2014 Tahbilk Nagambie Lakes Roussanne

Used as a blending component with Marsanne and Viognier since 1998, this is Tahbilk's first varietal release of Roussanne.

The colour is light yellow to green. Lifted aromas of nectarine, herbal green tea and fragrant wild flowers, lime blossom comes to mind. 
Palate is herbaceous, pear, citrus and a light drizzle of honey. Silky mouthfeel but without much elegance. 

Taut, bracing acid kick from the get-go but then pulls up short.
Light-weight wine bordering on thin and somewhat bland and underwhelming, which wasn't what I was expecting. 

Source: Cellar Door. ABV: 12.8%. Closure: Screw Cap. Price: $16.95. Rating: 85 Points. Website: http://www.tahbilk.com.au

2015 Coriole McLaren Vale Picpoul

The first commercial release of this white variety in Australia from one of the trailblazers in alternative varieties, Coriole in McLaren Vale. The winery had bragging rights when it planted Australia's first Sangiovese in 1985 and now adds another string to its bow.

Picpoul de Pinet has its own Appellation, the white wine only cru of the Languedoc region and holds a rare status in France: a varietal-labelled wine ! Picpoul (Blanc) is one of the lucky thirteen permitted varieties in Chateauneuf-du-Pape, the name translating as 'lip-stinger' in the local Occitan language owing to its high natural acid content. So, the variety has it going on and now, it's our turn to get our lips stung !

This release is pale, clear yellow with greenish highlights.
Lifted aromas of lemon blossom, green leaves, pear and a subtle crushed rock minerality. Riesling-like aromatics on the nose. 

Adding interest to those aromatics was some suggestion of salty sea air, perhaps a reflection of the maritime climate of the grape's origins in the Languedoc-Roussillon region of southern France. 

Delicate and juicy palate with a lemony, peppery zing. Does in fact have some 'lip-sting' to it but in a subtle, lean sort of way. Dry, crisp with a little briny action going on too. Although not a complex wine, there's a lingering brightness and freshness that is attractive. On the light-side of medium-weight with an aftertaste of apple skin and gentle minerality. Think a cross between a crisp Riesling and a textural Marsanne and you wouldn't be far off. A good find that appears to be well-suited to its new McLaren Vale environs. 

Fascinating to watch how this first release Picpoul develops especially after having received a bronze medal at the recent AAVWS in the other white aromatic light to medium-bodied variety class.  

Limited amounts at the cellar door and if you're lucky, a perfect 'go to' wine for summer seafood dishes.

Source: Sample. ABV: 12.0%. Closure: Screw Cap. Price: $25.00. Rating: 91 Points. 

NV Zonin Prosecco

The Zonin family has a long heritage of winemaking and today is Italy's largest private wine company and a significant player on he European stage. Headquartered in Gambellara in the Vicenza province, the company's Zonin Prosecco brand is one of the most popular ones in Australia at present.

This pale yellow-coloured, Glera-based wine with its greenish tinge is enhanced attractively by persistent perlage and a fluffy mousse. 

Aromas of pear, light lemon notes and florals are followed by a soft palate delivering baked green apple, peach and almond. The fine spritzy beads are dry, aromatic and zingy in the mouth. Soft creamy texture to the overall palate. Finishes smooth and refreshing.  

A quality bubbly in a delicate, uncomplicated sort of way. Good on its own or even as a basis for spritzy summer cocktails. Widely available and excellent value.

Source: Sample courtesy of UMM Communications https://umm.com.au 
ABV: 11.0%. Closure: Cork. Price: $12.00. Rating: 89 Points. 
Website: http://www.zoninprosecco.com