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.
From Sands Road single vineyard
fruit in McLaren Vale, the Tannat vines were established in 2006. The wine saw eighteen months in a combination of French oak barrels and stainless steel vats.
Deeply dark coloured juice with slight purple hues.
Aromas of black plum, dark cherries, forest earth and a potpourri of flowers and herbs. Dark chocolate, aniseed, white pepper, a good lick of oak and dark brooding earthy flavours. Mid palate exhibits a sour tannic quality.
Medium-bodied with a truckload of rustic, earthy tannins that grip and pucker the palate.
The mouthfeel is juicy and rich with a dark liquorice-type smoothness and with the wine's fresh acidity and those dry tannins flowing through to the long, powerful finish, it makes for an intriguing experience.
I wouldn't say Tannat is a delicious wine to drink per se but this edition is very approachable.
The Leask brothers, Malcolm and Richard have crafted a stylishly-packaged, excellent drink here from start to finish at a price not too hard on the pocket. Cellaring over the next three years will benefit the wine.