Week in Review 16-06-18
Saturday, June 16, 2018 in Review
For decades, the St George vineyard in Coonawarra has been recognised for producing one of the most consistent single-vineyard Cabernets from the region. Made from fruit produced from vines coming up on a half-century, Lindeman’s St George Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 has secured a 97-point rating from James Halliday. And it’s under $50 per bottle by the six-pack.
On Tuesday we took a look at the 2016 vintage of our best selling premium Pinot. It was also the first time we’ve been able to extend the Rockburn Pinot Noir beyond our brokerage clients. This accessible Pinot is definitively Central Otago from ex-Felton Road winemaker Malcolm Rees-Francis.
This week, we also got to taste the latest Cape Mentelle Cabernet Sauvignon 2015, Classified Outstanding, and the brilliant 2018 vintage releases from Rieslingfreak.
The tasting didn’t stop there. Our brokers addressed their discerning palates with the cult Spanish wines from Priorat revolutionary Terroir a Límit, a triple mini vertical with the 2015 and 2016 vintages of The First Paddock, The Last Chance and The Fusilier from Two Paddocks. We also tried Chardonnays from Pierro and Bannockburn 1314 a.d. If you’d like to know more about these wines, don’t hesitate to ask your broker.
See the full Wines of the Week here.
St George Vineyard
Cabernet Sauvignon 2014
Lindeman's St George Vineyard is certainly blessed by nature, so consistently does it turn out one of Coonawarra’s finest Cabernets, epitomised by the splendid 2014.
"This is a lovely wine, supple, medium-bodied, long and perfectly balanced. The cassis, redcurrant and mulberry flavours flow in a juicy stream, uninterrupted by egregious oak or tannins."
97 points, James Halliday
Pinot Noir 2016
Rockburn’s consistency is a result of both superb vineyard holdings and the skill and experience of winemaker Malcolm Rees-Francis, who joined Rockburn in 2005 following four-years at Felton Road.
"Fruit-focused… plump plum and ripe dark cherry flavours, together with mixed spice and a hint of floral characters. A silken-textured wine in a very appealing and accessible style. Another winner from Rockburn."
95 points, Bob Campbell MW
Cabernet Sauvignon 2015
A relentless focus on quality and single-vineyard excellence makes the newly released 2015 vintage a fine addition to this illustrious line.
“…explosive fruit power, considerate oak, thick grainy tannin, and a very attractive aniseed perfume…Tight and long in the finish, with tannin gripping and shaping it up beautifully. This is excellent."
94+ points, Gary Walsh
Scooping awards and selling out at the vineyard, Rieslingfreak stole the show in 2017. But that was last year. Winemaker John Hughes, the Rieslingfreak himself, has said that 2018 is a winemaker's vintage, with the new releases showing more concentration of flavour.
‘Marked Tree Red’
If you’re a fan of savoury, spicy, medium-bodied Shiraz made complex and textured by the inclusion of whole bunches (with their stalks) in the ferment, this wine is for you.
"The usual movement and energy of Collector Wines, the intense bouquet full of exotic spices and black fruits, the palate opening with fine, sweet dark fruits rising to a crescendo of ripe tannins on the finish and aftertaste…"
95 points, James Halliday
We also hosted a Seppelt Masterclass at Langton’s HQ with Senior Winemaker Adam Carnaby. Over 20+ guests enjoyed canapés and a guided tasting of the museum release 2011 Seppelt Drumborg Riesling along with the 2017 and 2018 vintages as well as the Drumborg Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier, Chalambar and the Seppelt’s iconic St Peters Shiraz Vineyards Shiraz.
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