Hunter Valley. 10%
Fantastic acidity. This is just starting to mellow and develop some of the complexity that comes with age. Enjoyable yet I regret opening now.
Muscadet, Loire. 12%
I’ve not heard of this producer before but apparently they have been around for 11 generations and there is a glowing endorsement from Robert Parker on the back no less.
Very much what I’d hope for in a Loire Muscadet. Savoury minerality. Not quite as striking as some mineral bombs, nor as racey as others. But good stuff. I continue to wonder why the world overlooks Muscadet.
Cotes de Duras. 14%
This appellation is halfway between Bordeaux and Cahors.
It’s a low acid wine with hints of cumquat or orange. Lots of retained CO2. Certainly doesn’t taste like Semillon/Sauvignon, and its hit 14% in a cold vintage. They can also use Ugni Blanc, Chenin Blanc, Muscadelle and Mauzac – so who knows?
Interesting wine. Drink immediately.
Serve & Maine, Loire. 12.5%
Muscadet is usually thought of as cheap supermarket wine, useful dry white to wash down Oysters. But here is another profound Loire Muscadet. And 8 years old too!
In perfect condition, I guess it’s been in a cold Loire cellar. Impossible to guess the age by the nose.
Perhaps the creaminess on the palate gives it away but this is still fresh. Quite intense, juicy. Exciting wine.
Eden Valley, Adelaide Hills. 12%
A creation of Jeffrey Grosset and Robert Hill Smith (of Yalumba). Presumably grapes from Yalumba vineyards made into wine by Grosset.
A very nice wine with svelte acidity. I suspect that 2012 is a natural acidity (ie not added) vintage and the wines are so much better for it. This is dry yet low alcohol. It’s not quite a charmer, it’s a little too savoury for that. Needs to be matched carefully to food.
Pikes Clare Riesling seems to have more fruit sweetness.
Adelaide Hills, South Australia. 13.5%
Sawdusty lemon nose.
Surprisingly friendly forward (say compared to Ashton Hills, Adelaide Hills Chardonnay) yet still clearly young. Stylish modern Australian Chardonnay. Has the savoury complexity of some of the best European whites with the core of fruit intensity of really expensive wines.
Better yet in a year or two.
Tasmania, Australia. 13%
A picture perfect chardonnay, starting with an amazing green gold colour. Lovely flavour, deft oak, restrained alcohol, acid moderate. It’s a little disjointed at present but the component parts are beautiful and I suspect will knit together very soon. I certainly don’t see this wine lasting 5 years but who cares.
Muscadet Sevre et Maine, Loire. 12%
A light gold colour, certainly more advanced than Guy Boossard’s wines but in the same very high quality range. Ripe fruit within a mineral framework. Great complexity for so young a wine. Great enjoyment. Seriously good wine.
Barossa Valley, South Australia. 12.5%
A single vineyard Semillon from 70 year old vines. Screwcap.
An evocative slightly smokey (or am I dreaming) nose. Arresting and inviting.
Compared to the Peter Lehmann Margaret Semillon I suspect this has had a bit more skin contact. It’s slightly higher alcohol, a bit more luscious, and I suspect less suited to age – but on this last count I could be very wrong. These Barossa Semillons can age for decades, as shown by the Moorooroo white.
This is an extremely good wine. Complex, each sip a little different, not easy to figure out. An absolute bargain.
Barossa Valley, South Australia. 11.5%
Has that tight grape skin aroma like a Hunter Semillon, but the palate is richer than this suggests. A perfectly lovely wine all the better for its low alcohol.
More advanced than expected, which is a bonus. I still expect this to last many years for those who can resist drinking it earlier.