Gardelin (Pinot Grigio) 2011
A bit light on, plenty fresh though.
Quite sulphurous on the nose, brooding earthy intensity. A bit young.
Bright herbal almost gherkin nose, sweet and sour saltiness.
Creamy cheesy leesy nose, meaty toasty texture, very serious but seriously fresh. Fantastic wine.
Medana I. Classe Ortodox 2006
Very subtle wheaty biscuity toast notes, quite intense but not bold or aggressive, very complete.
Very fresh and vibrant, not what I’d expect from a Bordeaux blend from this vintage. Still plenty of tannin but delicate in nature.
Medana I. Classe Mōra 2009
A touch broad on the nose and developed in a barrel way. Very intense and full on the palate, plenty of freshness but intense tannins.
Klinec Medana I. Classe Ortodox 2006
Honey wattle wax quite herbal. Rich wild textural complex, very fresh but some late tannin.
Dirty earthy, a little reductive, closed. Very good on the palate though, fresh mealy meaty bright dark red fruits.
Stinky wild red red red. Sweet core of dark fruits, currants, dusty cocoa, but wild funk on the back very subtle.
La Querciola 2010
Much more funkified, but still precise fresh fruits, pretty deep. Sweet texture in the front, warmer more intense tannins, some salty chocolate notes.
La Querciola 2011
More closed earthiness, much more intense dense tannins, coating the mouth, prominent.
Really serious raisining, very intense but exceedingly fresh on the palate, sweetness late but very subtle and integrated. Not as concentrated as I expected.
Francesca Sfrondrini from Massa Vecchia
Very lifted floral honey blossom aromas. Rich but fresh on the palate, a little bit of savoury wax note, nice clean finish.
More rich caramel notes, honeycomb notes. Silky sweet texture rolls across the palate, rich mouthfeel almost syrup-like, still fresh at the end though.
Ribolla Gialla 2009
Tighter leaner younger more savoury intensity, more tannin in this one, fresh but fuller expression.
Pinot Grigio 2009
Very delicate bronze colour, a bit quiet on the nose. Tight intensity, some red fruits with a little sweetness of fruit, long and focused. Nice serious rosé wine.
Lifted and fresh intensity belies its age, fresh but also quite a bit of tannic grip and warmth.
Really big on the nose, oodles of sweet ripe black fruits. A bit heavy and varietal but not vegetal or under ripe at all. Just not my style.
Serious colour development. Really intense toffee notes, lots of tannic texture, very long on the palate, dry but sweet at the same time. Intense wine.
La Castellada wines
Langhe Nebbiolo 2013
Quite subtle, haunting almost, delicate freshness, deceptive tannins, elegant and long, in a league of its own.
Barolo Brunate 2011
Lovely lithe expressive elegant soft subtle long full structured approachable.
Barolo Tre Tine 2011
A little bit more brooding and closed, very serious intensity. Fuller more intense structure on the palate, more tannin, more crunch, needs more time.
Rinaldi Langhe Freisa 2013
A little richer and more textural in style, oily texture, nice cheesy notes.
Much livelier aromatics, very mineral citrus, earthy pithiness on the palate, fresh vibrant but very long. Some savoury apricot.
Vitovska T 2011 (6 months skin amphora, 2.5 years amphora)
Herbal density, still extremely shy, a rubbery aroma. Very heady ethereal depth subtlety. Very very long.
More intense expressive notes brighter character of the T. Very subtle elegant texture but hold on the back palate, silky freshness.
Showing quite floral now, quite pure on the nose. More pithy texture, earthiness.
Paolo Vodopivec with importer in Australia Gianmarco Balestrini