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Bellingham Bernard Series Old Vine Chenin Blanc 2017

Bellingham-OVCB-wmOne for lovers of a full flavoured, savoury styled white wine. Bellingham has some excellent finds among their Bernard Series, named after Bernard Podlashuk, one of the founders of the brand. South Africa embraced the Loire grape, Chenin Blanc, early in their vinous history and the vines producing the grapes for this wine are nearly all 40 – 50 years old.  As with old vines, the yields are lower and the grapes take on a graceful intensity in character.

This Chenin has been given a polish with some new and old oak with some regular lees stirring so the fruit has plenty of spicy, savoury appeal and some added fleshiness along a soft acid backbone.  Read More

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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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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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Flavabom Field White 2016

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This is a tasty four varietal field blend from and really is a showcase for showing just what the Riverland in Australia can create with their traditional, and old vine, varieties. Muscadelle, Chenin Blanc, Colombard and Semillon are varieties that have a deep history in the area and this dry white tells the story of each, backed by a gracefulness that comes with vine age.

A sweet savoury perfume reaches out from the glass. Being from Riverland, ripeness comes easier than some Australian regions and here it is portrayed in the fulsome floral, peach, and just picked nectarine character. Having some time in French oak has given this Flavabom some spiciness to flesh it out. Soft acid adds curves and silk to the rich palate that firms towards the savoury, spiced nuts and fruit finish.

This is a lush wine that is playful but sticks around long enough to leave an Read More

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Two ‘Great Whites’ from Central Victoria

Who said that in the Game of Rhones that the only colour was blood red…..

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