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Pikes ‘Traditionale’ 2016 Riesling

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This is one of the classic Rieslings from Australia’s Clare Valley that you will always find a spot for in your fridge. If you are lucky, it will be chilling with some Pikes beer. While ‘The Merle’ is from the Polish Hill sub-region in the Clare, ‘Traditionale’ has been sourced from throughout the Clare & has the typical citrus characters of the region.

The ‘Traditionale’ is a dry riesling-lovers wine. With just a few grams of balancing sugar to texturise the palate but with all the intensity lemon/lime drive of ‘the Clare’ rieslings along with facets of talc and white flowers. Not only should this wine be in your glass, you should pair it with a couple in your cellar for later. Enjoy its freshness now with fresh seafood or some Thai or Vietnamese flavours.

Country of Origin: Clare Valley, Australia
Tasting Date: 
February 2018
Price: USD19 | AUD22 | GBP £16
Drink: now – 7+ years
Needs food: no
Source: tasting

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Jordi Miró Garnacha Blanca Terra Alta DO

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Jordi Miro grew up helping out his family in the vineyard but decided that he would follow a different path and instead started working at a wine co-operative. Then within a short time, by 1999, he started his own vineyard and later built his own winery fully enmeshing himself within the region’s wine history. Terra Alta is literally, a high altitude Spanish region found south of Catalunya, between the borders of Aragon and the river Ebro.

This is a fresh, dry white that is ultimately Read More

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Pizzini Arneis 2017

pizzini-arneis-wmArneis is one of Italy’s white wine grapes and is just one of the Italian varieties that the Pizzini family of Australia’s King Valley champion.  It is a variety that has a richly perfumed heart redolent of honeysuckle and stonefruit that brings with it the essence of summer. It makes as good a companion for spicy food as it does for a fleshy piece of white fish with toasted flaked almonds and lemon beurre blanc.

This tasty mouthfilling, dry white has all the hallmark aromas of jasmine and honeysuckle wrap themselves around ripe peach and pear. The fuller body has a lushness in the mouth that is balanced with a soft, fresh flush of acid. Chill it lightly to get the best from this wine’s loquacity.

Quickie review «This wine’s rich perfume exudes the scents of summer while keeping it fresh. Very stylish indeed! »

Country of Origin: Australia  Date: February 2018   Price: AUD24 | GBP16   Drink: now  Needs food: no   Source: tasting

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Peter Lehmann Wigan Riesling 2012

PL-wigan-wmThe Wigan is named after winemaker Andrew Wigan and hails from the well drained, higher altitude soils of South Australia’s, Eden Valley. The Valley is one of Australia’s best regions for fine expressions of Riesling, the classic German grape. It is known for its lush aromas, ripeness and often floral overtones. This is one of Australia’s most highly awarded Rieslings.

Pre-cellared for 5 years already on release it shows some honeyed toastiness amongst the ripe lime juice and zest. Some floral prettiness was showing as well. But in the mouth, the beauty of this wine shone with a soft acid that was evenly balanced out. That soft line of acid drives Read More

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Getting to know Gruner Veltliner! An Austrian and a few Aussies …..

Even five years ago, Australian Gruner Veltliner was unheard of outside the circle of the wine trade. Yes, that is correct, Australian …. not a typo at all.

 

paracombe-GVWhile there is the rare kangaroo on the loose in Austrian paddocks, the same can no longer be said about Gruner Veltliner, a grape traditionally at home in Austrian vineyards, being grown on Australian soil. It can be said that since posting ‘A Tale of 3 Gruners…..’ back in 2015, Australian wine drinkers are getting spoiled for choice.

Canberran pioneers of this grape, the Carpenter family released the first vintage of their Lark Hill Winery Gruner Veltliner in 2009 when their vines were just 7 years old. Each new vintage that I have tasted of this biodynamic wine, I am impressed by its polished nature and the faceted floral fruit that sits happily amongst the more savoury elements. The current vintage is 2017 (AUD49).

Hahndorf Hill Winery from Adelaide Hills released the first vintage of GRU in 2010. Recently, lovers of this wine will have noticed a new addition to the Hahndorf Hill Gruner Veltliner story. Fermented in stainless steel, Hahndorf Hill Winery White Mischief (AUD24) is all about pure fruit expression; zesty citrus and stonefruit. A fruity, fleshy dry wine that quickly makes friends. Read More

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