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A consequence in search of a theory; a thought on sub regionality

Has regionality in wine gone too far? A brief look.

Standing on the outside looking in

An Australian wine shelf abroad

Not treating vines; some limits of biodynamics?

Biodynamics, pesticides and organics.

Merlot in Australia: maligned or misunderstood? Or, Sir, can you spare a clone?

Australian merlot receives a lot of bad press from the wine media. Let's have a look at what's going on.

An exercise in "un" terroir in Beechworth

Terroir sometimes, it would appear, has limits.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Stefano Lubiana Primavera Pinot Noir 2010

Stefano Lubiana's Primavera Pinot Noir from the 2010 vintage is a very good wine indeed.  It has aromatics of cherry, stones, clove, florals and not an unattractive smidgen of volatile acidity.  For some reason hydrangae came to mind.  The palate has between medium and long length and savoury balanced flavours reminding of sour cherry, clove and florals.  This is a very good release from Stefano Lubiana that bears more than a passing resemblance in style to a Cote de Nuits village or premier cru wine.

Rating: Good to Very Good, Abv: 14%, Price: $36.99, Vendors: www.wine-searcher.com, Website: http://www.slw.com.au, Tasted: 2014

Monday, April 14, 2014

Bakkheia Tripartite 2013

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

Bakkheia United & Undaunted 2012

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 California Red 2011

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