This blog celebrates Australian wines that are produced from alternative, emerging or rare grape varieties, hopefully piquing interest and inspiring people to broaden their palate and enjoy some of our more esoteric, commercially made libations.
Reviews of wines from boutique producers, of avant-garde blends, of mainstream varieties grown in atypical regions or of organic/biodynamic, natural and small batch wines are posted also.
Designed for early consumption this is a youthful, fresh, lean take on Viognier from Clonakilla. Picked early, tank fermented and bottled early, the Nouveau is a more restrained new kid on the block than its fuller-bodied older sibling.
Straw green colour in the glass with floral aromas, melon, pine and herbal fragrances.
There is both fruit and savoury flavours on the palate. Light apricot, fresh green apple and cinnamon. Crisp in texture with a stoney and zippy acidity running.through the mid-palate. Soft acid, dry, savoury finish.
Winemaker Tim Kirk has nailed the essence of the Viognier grape. Sheer drinking pleasure. The 2016 has been released so if finding the 2015 has been difficult, do yourself a favour.
Named after the route Major Thomas
Mitchell took through Victoria in 1836. This is the second release of Blackjack's Tempranillo produced from Heathcote Region grapes.
Attractive ruby red colours.
Lifted cherry, tobacco, sweet red
berry fruits and herbalaromas.
Fresh, rounded and has a savoury edge that I like with this variety. Flavours of black cherry, cola, cloves and tar.
Chewy tannins. Medium bodied with refreshing acidity and a pleasing length. Easy drinking. Spaghetti bolognese comes to mind. Good wine.