New Release White Wine

Reviewed: 10th January 2014

With the warmer weather upon us, I was pleased to be able to look at a cross-section of whites and rosés.  During this tasting, it struck me that there were two distinct brackets to which the wines could be assigned:

  1. Those that were easy-drinking and perfect for consuming on a warm summer’s day.  Imminently satisfying, yet without too much distraction.  (Wines by Peos and Jericho).
  2. More complex/savoury wines.  Perhaps better suited to pairing with food and made for sipping and exploring.  (Wines by The Lane and Shingleback).


Jericho – Fiano – 2013 (17.5).  Lovely, floral fruit with hints of sage and parsley.  The palate is very long and enticing.  Whilst there is some attractive, floral fruit on the palate, this is drier than the Sahara Dessert.  Leaves you wanting (needing) another sip.  Served cold, this will be a knockout this summer.  From the Adelaide Hills.

Shingleback– Viognier – John Foolery – 2013 (17.3).  Lemon and lanolin on the nose, with grassy notes.  Opens to show stonefruit, orange peel and clove.  The palate is full of ripe fruit in a generous, creamy style (probably aided by a degree of barrel fermentation).  Having said that, there is good acidity and apricot kernel astringency that adds substance to the finish.  Powerful, but precise, this is an excellent effort.  (RRP $18).

The Lane – Pinot Gris – Block 2 – 2013 (17).  Golden tinge to colour, typical of pinot gris.  Opens with red fruit, and a touch of bees wax.  The palate is slightly viscous and textured, with a touch of phenolic richness adding complexity.  This is quite a serious wine that appears to have had partial barrel fermentation to add depth and creaminess to the palate.  (RRP $25).

Peos –Verdelho – Four Kings – 2013 (17).  Quite a neutral nose.  The palate is taut and fresh, with gentle citrus and nutty overtones.  Long and balanced, this would make an excellent summer drink.