Saturday, 18 February 2017
I made a note when I was in Coonawarra a month ago to MC the VIP tent at the Vignerons Cup race day that despite the region being known for its reds, specifically Cabernet, that there are some impressive Rieslings and Chardonnays around. Case in point here.
Gee I enjoyed this.
Pour it in the glass and whipped butter and creamy oak characters start making their intentions known. A bit heavy in the mouth with handfuls of spice. 60% saw new French oak for nine months with the remainder in one year French oak.
Friday, 17 February 2017
A cheeky little Pinot Gris here outta prime Riesling country. Solid as the bank vault doors, this is an enjoyable wine sure to please.
Clare and Barossa Semillon is something I've never really warmed to. This release is a fatter and richer style - different to the fresh and vibrant styles coming out of the Hunter Valley at the moment. Keep in mind they are different climates too.
Thursday, 16 February 2017
Wednesday, 15 February 2017
I was given the privilege to be driven around the Schild Estate vineyards by vineyard manager Michael Schild. We spent some time talking and strolling amongst these four rows of gnarly old vines which were planted in 1847 - yep, 1847! Moorooroo is an aboriginal word meaning 'between two waters', that is, the vineyard sits between Jacob's Creek and and the North Para River. This is the twelfth release under this label and around 200 dozen are produced.
A new fruit forward style outta the blocks here from Balnaves.
ENTAV stands for Etablissement National Technique Amélioration Viticulture based in Le Grau-du-Roi in the South of France. This organisation selects, grows and tests the best clones out of France. Balnaves now have two ENTAV Cabernet clones and one Merlot clone in the ground. The Cabernet and a new planting of Petit Verdot have been blended here to produce a bright and vibrant red for immediate consumption. Winemaker Pete Bissell tells me sales have been better than expected and it is doing very well on-premise.