Sunday, May 27, 2012
McLaren Vale biodynamic producer Yangarra Estate is the Australian outpost of American wine conglomerate Jackson Family Wines. The wines produced from the former Norman's vineyard at Blewitt Springs are unashamedly Rhone in style, and this one of the most impressive Australian takes on the viognier grape that I have seen. This is a fresh but impressively restrained viognier, full of appeal but understated and without any of the canned apricot characters found in so many of its rather loud brethren. Twelve months in French oak and regular lees stirring have added interest to the creamy palate. $25.
Saturday, May 19, 2012
I opened a swag of red wines recently, and this was the one with a definite "wow!" factor. From one of the unsung heroes of McLaren Vale (and an organic producer to boot), this is a refined, medium-bodied wine, unmistakeably varietal and immediately inviting with dark blackcurrant, charry oak and hints of tobacco leaf harmoniously knitted together - and terrific tannin structure, too. A really delightful drink that carries its 14.5% alcohol effortlessly. Great now, and excellent value, too, but you'd want to put a few bottles down for the long haul. $25.
Friday, May 11, 2012
There are some Marlborough sauvignons blanc that are just too overt and outspoken, like a scantilly clad young thing leaving nothing to the imagination. Then there are superior offerings like this estate-grown offering. There are herbaceous notes on the nose, as you'd expect, but the palate offers so much more with bright, ripe citrus notes, minerality, crispness and concentration, along with restrained grassiness and hints of gunsmoke. Plenty of length; plenty of flavour but most of all, crunchy freshness, intensity and length. Very enjoyable with grilled flathead. $30. www.dogpoint.co.nz.