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Shake things up (McLaren Vale, South Australia – 11/04/2013)

No other region in South Australia does wine marketing better than the McLaren Vale. They have been producing quality wine there longer than any other region in the country and this has been well communicated all over the world.  There are great soils, a stable climate and sufficient old-vine material to make a European blush. Brands cover the whole gamut; iconic, commercial, boutique and cult. Their wine tourism is some of the most sophisticated I have seen, not to mention diverse in terms of cellar door offerings. Yet when I first visited in early 2011 as a trade guest I left as underwhelmed as I had already been. In some ways this is because I felt that not only were they focusing on varieties that are so common in Australia and the world, but they were also producing them in an outdated and inelegant way. These are not wines that excite me, nor are they particularly exciting younger consumers who crave difference, particularly from wines their parents drank. The thing that did excite me was the number of producers starting to work with alternative varieties, experimenting and diversifying to find different expressions and compliments to the environment. A shame that so little emphasis was placed on this on our program. For this reason I was interested in returning to visit some producers who are focusing on new vines and wines in a somewhat stale wine region.

McLaren Vale at its best

McLaren Vale at its best

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Alpha Box & Dice – 12/04/2013

Golden Mullet Fury Pedro Ximenez Sauvignon Blanc 2012
Really bright but funky apricot oil nose, a little floral note to it. Textural but a little toasty rich but still crunchy, wild fruits and herbs, hazelnuts.

Rebel Montepulciano 2012
Lively bright juicy aromatics, slight rosy currant character. Lovely and dry, clean fresh vibrant, nice light dense fruit, just a great wine with food.

Blood of Jupiter Sangiovese Cabernet 2008
Dark plum violets and cassis is looking strong. Great wine but Cabernet dominating, sweet toasty vanilla from the oak.

Changing Lanes Cab/Shiraz/Malbec 2010
Nice dusty leathery dark fruits. Full opulent dense and expressive. Similar sweetness of oak coming through.

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