Saturday, 31 August 2013

Shob Brook Wines Mourvedre 2011

A few weeks ago I just had a hankering for Mourvedre. So off I went in search of something new. I took this off the shelf and was excited by a new label I was yet to experience.

A simple yet attractive label with a wax seal, I thought I was onto a good thing... Not so much.

Natural wines have caused some divide amongst wine enthusiasts - you are either for them or completely against. I'm happy to say I have had some very good experiences whilst others ended in the sink, like this wine.

Not fined or filtered, the wine was wild yeast fermented. In the glass it was cloudy and dirty. It just didn't look right nor appealing leaving a milky type film as I swirled it about. I thought I was missing something but with an open mind I pushed on.

Savoury aromas, fresh thyme and salt bush. Not bad. Not bad at all. But once I opened the hatch things fell apart for me. Flavours were slippery with a texture which I can only describe as messy. The juicy fruit flavours I yearned for were definitely not there.

You win some. You lose some. Sadly I lost out here.

Who: Shob Brook Wines
What: Mourvedre (14.5% alc)
Where: Barossa
When: 2011