New Release – July 2017
Barry Weinman: 13th July 2017
The panel looked at a variety of styles this week as well as wines at varying price-points. The team at Angove continue to impress, this time with their Organic range. Angove have arguably the largest holdings of organic vineyards in Australia.
The Rosé was a stand out and sets a benchmark for this variety in Australia. However, the Shiraz/Cabernet was my pick – a bargain that could even take a few years in the cellar.
Another bargain was the Wolf Blass Yellow Label Shiraz. A delicious wine that can be picked up for as little as $10.
Moving up the price scale, the wines from Rochford and Singlefile impressed greatly.
Finally, I would like to draw your attention to the wines from St Mary’s. Here are idiosyncratic wines where you can taste the region in each of the wines. They are also delicious drinking!
Angove – Sauvignon Blanc – Organic – 2017 (17pts – $16). Fresh and lively, with floral notes, musk stick and a touch of cut grass. The palate is a treat and, while not overly complex, has plenty of lemony fruit. Great quaffing (demonstrating that the Riverland can make decent SB).
Rochford – Chardonnay – Dans Les Bois – Yarra Valley – 2015 (18.5pts – $49). A serious wine that has had the gamut of winemaking techniques. Barrel ferment and10 months’ lees aging in oak (30% new) has added great complexity and depth. The nose is powerful, with minerality, curry leaf and a touch of struck match. The palate is very long and textured. The high quality fruit and oak need a year or two to integrate, but this is a very impressive wine.
Angove – Rosé – Organic – 2017 (17pts – $16). Very pretty colour complements the attractive, vibrant floral fruit that reminds me of red berries and jubes. The palate is round and soft, the berry characters complemented by balancing acidity. Will be great on its own, or with antipasto. 100% Shiraz.
St Mary’s – Pinot Noir – Limestone Coast – 2014 (17.8+pts – $35). The sense of place is a key feature of this wine. The mint, and chocolate characters are so typical of the region, yet there are still floral berry characteristics typical of Pinot. The palate is supple and textured, with souring cherry fruit. Ageworthy, this is a unique expression of Pinot that captures the terroir from which it was produced (cork closure).
Singlefile – Cabernet Sauvignon – The Philip Adrian – 2014 (18.5+pts – $80). A blend of restraint and power. Inky purple colour. Complex, restrained and taut. The palate is supple and very long. A wine for the long haul that only hints at what is to come with time in bottle.
Angove – Shiraz/Cabernet – Organic – 2017 (117.8pts – $16). Attractive blue and red berries (Shiraz) over a core of structural elements (Cabernet). Excellent length and persistence, with the textural components coming into their own on the finish. At this price it is also worth putting a few in the cellar, to see how they develop over the next 5 years. A delight! (from the Riverland).
Wolf Blass – Shiraz – Yellow Label – 2015. (17.8pts – $16). This is a wine that will please lovers of a big juicy red. Ripe plum fruit, balanced on a textured, chewy palate. The lushness of this wine is a standout. My points might be a little high, but this is ridiculous value at $10 from Dan Murphy.
St Mary’s – Shiraz – Limestone Coast – 2015 (18.2pts – $30). Another wine that speaks of its region, with mint/menthol and eucalypt, over ripe, plump fruit. Great balance on the palate, with excellent texture and mouth-feel. A delicious, complete wine that will also age well in the medium term.