Tuesday, May 28, 2013
The consistency and quality on offer from the 2012 vintage for Clare and Eden Valley Rieslings would almost be boring, but for the fact that the wines just taste so damn good.
As with most Riesling from this vintage there is a primary, vinous quality that makes this offering from Dandelion incredibly enjoyable from the get go. Ripe lime juice, white flowers, and a gin and tonic quality. All this fruit and flavour sits within an architecture that should see it age well for a decade and beyond. Lovely acidity, a nice sense of texture, and great length of finish. It improved over three days of drinking, and by day three that tell-tale Eden Valley minerality had emerged. Great wine.
Sunday, May 19, 2013
This wine had been sitting in the cellar for a while. I have a feeling it was part of a 6 pack offer for subscribing to the Winefront (www.winefront.com.au) back in about 2006. How time flies . . .
Put simply, a beautiful aged riesling. It still shows vibrant citrus fruit and acidity, but age has softened the wine, producing some honeyed richness as well. It drinks beautifully, with a great persistence of flavour. Displaying talc and florals, a hint of kero, there is also some pebble stone minerality. Over the course of a few days it actually improved, and my score continued to climb, so I would suggest its peak is still a few years away, though there's nothing to stop you drinking it now. Of course under screwcap you can continue to age this with confidence. Another stellar riesling from this much lauded Clare Valley vintage.
Rated: 4.5 stars
Monday, May 13, 2013
Friday, May 3, 2013
Brown Brothers Pinot Noir, Chardonnay & Pinot Meunier NV and 2012 Rolling Sparkling Pinot Grigio Chardonnay (Central Ranges NSW)
Two contrasting sparklings on the tasting bench: one a reliable NV from Victoria, another a ripe, fruity 2012 vintage from NSW.
Brown Brothers Pinot Noir, Chardonnay & Pinot Meunier NV
This Brown Brothers wine is as safe bet in an Australian sparkling wine context. The wine sings a steady tune, with yeasty, bready aromas with fresh strawberry and mild citrus on the nose, with strawberry fruit and a nice, vibrant mousse on the palate. Finishes with fresh acidity without harshness you get with many sparkling wines below $20. Balanced, reliable and fantastic value.
Rating: 90 pts
2012 Rolling Sparkling Pinot Grigio Chardonnay (Central Ranges NSW)
A blend of 50% chardonnay and 50% Pinot Grigio. Fresh and vibrant nose of sweet cut apple and pear. Apple and ripe pear prominent on the palate once again. Smells and tastes sweet from start to the back palate though finishes crisp and not as cloying as expected. Texturally quite soft and smooth with pleasant acidity. Quite a simple, fresh, fruit driven wine that would be popular with many, especially the Sauvignon Blanc army. Poles apart stylistically to the Brown Brothers NV.
Rating: 86 ptsWebsite: http://www.cumuluswines.com.au/cmls/
RRP: Not sure but the LUC is $18