During the last month my work has involved me tasting another hundred or more wines and since the web is awash with wine tasting notes, I will keep my comments to the minimum. However a few paragraphs about wine will at least provide some counter-point to my other blog entries that seemed so focused upon mountains and books.
Amongst the many dry Rieslings now on offer from around the globe a Riesling from Skillogalee, which is not new to me, stood out along with a few others. I first tried this wine when I met Dave and Diana Palmer who own this estate a few years ago. I was taken with the wines purity then and it was lovely to taste it again.
The grapes for this wine are grown on low yielding vines at about 500 metres above sea level in the Clare Valley region of Australia and the fruit is harvested piecemeal as it ripens and each lot is fermented separately. This is a painstaking way of doing things and personally I should have thought it would have been reflected in a higher price than what this wine sells for. The wine is quite beautiful, elegant, fairly lean and mineral and I’d be tempted to leave a bottle to age for a few years and re-taste it to see how it evolves.
Another wine I have recently run into again which I know from a few years back is the Sauvignon Blanc from Iona Vineyards. I was introduced to Andrew Gunn the proprietor a while ago and although his various red wines continue to impress the wine that asserts this estates quality in my mind is the Sauvignon Blanc: vibrant fruit on nose and palate and a lingering finish with flavours that fan out in the mouth. I am tempted to start throwing adjectives around but it is perhaps just better to say that this is very good sauvignon blanc indeed.
I have increasingly searched out bio-dynamic or organically made wines over the last decade and two estates that I have only recently become acquainted with which have stunned me by their quality are noted below along with the wines that I tried.
Nuevo Mundo Reserva 2007 Carmenere. Maipo Valley
Novas Gran Reserva 2010 Carmenere Cabernet Sauvignon. Colchagua Valley.
A friend who lives in Tasmania mentioned the other week that their neighbour had bought and was enjoying reading The Dragunov Deception, which was lovely to hear since that feels as about as far away from Scotland as it is possible to be.