Sunday, 19 November 2017

Golden Grove Estate Vermentino 2017

Ray Costanzo is turning Vermentino into a mean beast. This is a ripping rendition of the Italian varietal. Take a bow for going next level and producing a rock star. It's by far the best Vermentino I have had the privilege to taste.

"This is the furthest I could push it," he tells me. "I have pushed it into a new realm of texture and depth."

A blend of all types of winemaking - free run, pressings, skin contact, skin ferment, lees ferment, barrel ferment. Nothing left to chance, plenty here to gain.

Take a whiff and be consumed by pineapple husk, raw nuts, green apple and beeswax. It's a touch skinsy too but certainly not over the top. There's a peach skin and creamy complexity that linger too. The fruit rebounds off every corner of the mouth delivering a wine with interest and poise. An ever so fine star anise cameo on close seals the deal with a classy touch. Find it.

Drink now to three years.

95/100

Region: Granite Belt
RRP: $26
Source: Sample

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