Has regionality in wine gone too far? A brief look.
An Australian wine shelf abroad
Biodynamics, pesticides and organics.
Australian merlot receives a lot of bad press from the wine media. Let's have a look at what's going on.
Terroir sometimes, it would appear, has limits.
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Monday, April 14, 2014
The 2013 vintage of Bakkheia's Tripartite is a blend of 40% grenache, 50% shiraz and 10% mourvedre. In style, it's like a journey to southern France; and a good journey at that. With some depth of colour in the glass, the 2013 release is super aromatic and has notes of lavender, spice, plums and earth. There's medium length on the palate, with a savoury edge and flavours reminding of earth, plums and spice. Some chalky tannin is tucked away too. This is a good wine that achieves a balance and moreish quality eschewed by many.
Rating: Good, Abv: 14.3%, Price: not yet released, Source: sample, Vendors: http://www.wine-searcher.com/, Website: http://www.bakkheia.com.au, Tasted: 2014
The 2011 vintage of this label from Bakkheia saw 100% mourvedre, whereas the 2012 reviewed here sees 60% mourvedre and 40% shiraz, and 16 months in old French oak. The result is a good one. A bright cherry in colour, the wine has aromatics of esters, savoury meats, plum, spice and with a bit of air, the pepper from the shiraz comes through. On the palate there's a lovely balance of fruit and spice flavours, with medium acidity and some peppery characters with time. Overall, this is a good wine that is ready to drink now and if last year's price of $15 is anything to go by, this is a bargain at more.
Rating: Good, Abv: 13.6%, Price: not yet released, Source: sample, Vendors: http://www.wine-searcher.com/, Website: http://www.bakkheia.com.au, Tasted: 2014
Sunday, April 13, 2014
Conundrum is a "proprietary" red blend, meaning that the grape varieties apparently do not appear on the label or even its website, and a region (other than California) is not claimed either. Not declaring a blend seems a fairly odd thing to be doing, but I suppose if it gets people talking... It turns out that the wine inside is a pretty good if full throttle sort of affair. It has aromatics of plum, spice, blueberry, prunes and mostly currants. The aromatics carry through to flavour the balanced and richly flavoured palate. A very concentrated wine, it frankly shows pretty well.
Rating: Good, Abv: 14.5%, Price: C$25, Vendors: http://www.wine-searcher.com/, Website: http://www.conundrumwines.com, Tasted: 2014