I thought I had bought the 2013’s but this is a 2012. I also wish this had a better name than “late harvest”, which fro me conjured up images of some of the sweet muck that was going around in the 70s, which in every way is 40 years apart from this wine.
87g/l residual sugar, 10.4% alcohol, puts it in the middle ground between table wine and dessert wine. Paired with a pork belly roast, it does the first of those two jobs admirably with flavours to match and acid to cut through the rich fattiness of the pork. Its very well detailed – white flowers on the nose, pineapple and passionfruit on first sip, nuanced with honey, lime rind, guava, a slatey touch of sulphur and a dusting of cinnamon. Clean and light on its feet, juicy and delicious, very slurpable and at the same time intellectually stimulating. Would sit well in a global lineup of this style. 91/100.
A blend of Nero D’Avola and Frappato from Sicily, presented in a squat, heavy, dark glass bottle. This is the version aged in steel, not the amphora one, which is denoted “pithos”.
The pink tinged vibrant red says this should be crackling with youthful energy, but this goes somewhere different on the palate – we are well and truly in savouryland. Smells of cracked wheat, and a grassy meadow with a strawberry and blackberry bush at the other end. The palate is similarly languid and elegant, with dry spice and softly spoken fruit tannins joining in, and some slightly angular acids on a back palate. After 24 hours the fruity components come up a bit. Needs food – antipasti would do. Just medium weight, and 13% ABV. Pleasant and well made, just doesn’t float my boat and doesn’t stand out. Would need more intensity and more fruit presence to score higher. 85/100
Michel had a special day recently. Here are the highlights:
Youth & structure-excellent
Reminds me of Nyall Decongestant Cough Mixture- I love this olive green port – world class
Earthy berry fruit -one of the great wines I have ever had the pleasure to try
Funky -a good wine-but I reckon it is more Ponsot that CDR
Power & minerals- great maker
White flowers – bit of – oak- modern fresh wine – brill
Ooh-I could drink buckets of this- deft gentle minerals & perfume
Pretty florals – like this maker
A blend of 45% Shiraz, 30% Grenache and 25% Mourvedre from a very good vintage. Consumed over two nights. The notes from the first night aren’t terribly complimentary, but summarising I found it bruising, boozy and badly tempered. Fortunately on the second night it was much improved, showing juicy plums, ripe cherries, bright raspberry fruits and warm spices. The palate was equally luscious, dark berries with a lovely depth of fruit and structure. Full bodied. 14.5% abv. Retails around the $19 mark. 90 points. Needs some time to settle. Drink 2019+.
This is the copper gold colour of those wines your rellies have kept in a cupboard and are now way past it.
Smells of musky rosewater, pickled ginger, white flowers. Some expectation of sweetness which is a ruse – this is bone dry.Floral, gingery lychees, and a real energy about this. Oxidative in its stature which reflects the time on skins, and a wildly spicy finish that will entertain you for some time after swallowing, on a finish that is…well…like a red wine. Tannic, mouthfulling and long.
Full of energy this. Won’t be for everyone.
Go on – find a wine with a longer name than that!
I have tasted and written up this wine so many times, when I went googling for a picture, the first three search results and three of the first 1o images are ones I have posted myself since getting onto this wine at the end of 2008.
This was slurped down while watching the mighty Hawks take out Geelong in the prelim final last night, so no detailed notes taken at the time. But fair to say this wine has hardly moved over the last 8 years. Its honey drenched passionfruit and cumquat is balanced nicely by a laser sharp acid line. Still has the effervescence of youth, and isn’t showing much sing of middle age just yet. This will live for a long long time. Stunning wine, somewhere around 94/100.
Now normally,Cabernet+Merlot*Tasmania can = Green, herbal mess.
But not this time. While there is some Cabernet pea-shoot here, this comes from the same warm vineyard in the Coal River Valley that produced that Tasmanian Jimmy-Watson winning Shiraz.
Blueberry and blackcurrant, cedar and roast beef. Chewy sinewy tannins, which all wraps up in a juicy, forward package which seems to have the balance to hold its form and evolve for quite a while. After some airtime, the fruit finishes shorter than the tannin, and there’s a wave of whiskey-warmth despite only 13.5% alcohol. Clearly this has been well treated in the vineyard and winery, but just doesn’t quite scale the heights. Gluggable all the same, $50 is premium pricing for this outcome. 85/100.
A big juicy nose, dark fruits and spices, plums, cherries and dried meats. Strangely I kind of like it, not as a Pinot, but more as a dry red. A big palate too, full of stuffing, quite a lot of tangy acid, though the tannins are a bit abrasive. Bulky dryness at the end of the palate. Too much extract? Dries out sharply with time. Not a lot of finesse. Screwcap. 14.0% abv. 85 points. Drink 2014-2017.
I had this next to a 2005 Clos de la Roche from the same producer, and that wine is nowhere near ready. Another five years at least I would guess. This wine was weightier on the nose than I expected; meat and minerals, rose petals, a touch of shoe polish, red cherries and minerals again. The palate is beautifully weighted, lighter than the nose would suggest, cherry fruits and minerals, lots of acid, red cherries, but still quite tight. It is also missing a bit of the delicacy and lightness I like. Still, that said, it is a lovely wine, it just needs a few more years. 13% abv. 92 points. Drink 2018+.
One from the back of the cellar. I think this was part of a mixed dozen purchase from Randalls, and I remember the initial bottles being quite reduced and sulfury. This bottle didn’t show any signs of that. Quite a bit of bricking. Lots of secondary leathery characters, dark cherries, a bit smoky and varnishy too. Still a bit of grip on the palate, but it is really very much resolved; cherries and wood spices, quite a streak of acid, leather and a touch of earth. Sealed under cork. 13% abv. Certainly mature; drink now. 85 points.