Wednesday, 12 August 2020

Steels Gate Bastardo 2019


I read the variety on the label and can't help but sing, "Bastardo. Why don't you come to your senses..." I digress... Sourced from Victoria's Nagambie region, this is the first Bastardo to come across the Qwine bench in 4200+ reviews. It's quite exciting seeing new varieties emerging in a sea usual suspects.

A variety often used to blend away or to be used in fortifieds, this is a lovely drink. On tasting, I see some similarities to Cinsault. Attractive scents of dried red flowers and sour red cherry, but there's an earthiness evident too. Grown at 400 metres above, there's some attitude to match it's softer side. Sandy and dusty feels through the mouth, it speaks of the land it's grown on. That sandy soil certainly having a say. A little drying, blackberry fruit is not hard to miss with a gentle spice finely brushed atop on close. Quite an impressive wine. I could be persuaded to add another point.

Drink to five years.

92/100

Region: Nagambie
RRP: $40
Source: Sample

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