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Let’s Taste – Monte by Bodega Montepulciano 2016

Recently I was in Geelong and paid a visit to the amiable Andy and Lewis at Union Street Wine. While showing my now available Vino Intrepido wines, we chatted about the incredible work being down by Ricca Terra Farms in the Riverland region. The mentioned that they had bought some montepulciano fruit in the 2016 vintage, and offered me a bottle of the wine they made. Here are my impressions!

Monte by Bodega Montepulciano 2016 – $23.00 at Union Street Wine

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November 1, 2017 · 7:49 am

Let’s Taste – Samu 2016 wines

After spending a week in Mildura having the full Australian Alternative Varieties Wine Show 2016 experience, I was thrilled not only to meet the people behind Samu Wines, but also to taste the entire 2016 range. There are a few additions to the line up this year, so I was interested to see how they are expressed. Of course part of my excitement was that the fruit all came from Ricca Terra Farms in the Riverland region. Feel free to ask any questions or make comments below, and be sure to like share and subscribe!

Wines tasted;
Samu Fiano 2016 – RRP $25.00
Samu Montepulciano Rosato 2016 – RRP $25.00
Samu Nero d’Avola 2016 – RRP $30.00
Samu Nero d’Avola Lagrein 2016 – RRP $30.00
Samu Lagrein 2016 – RRP $30.00

Samu 2016 wines

Samu 2016 wines

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November 25, 2016 · 9:24 pm

Let’s Taste – Head Nouveau 2014

Alex Head was my guest on Episode 68 of The Vincast wine podcast (link below), and so I was thrilled when my girlfriend brought home a bottle of his 2014 Nouveau and decided to open it up and share my impressions.

Head Nouveau 2014

Head Nouveau 2014


November 16, 2015 · 3:45 pm

Boscarelli – 19/04/2012

Prugnolo Rosso di Montepulciano 2010
Made from 90% sangiovese and 10% mammolo, had wild green pepper expressiveness on the nose, showing bright red fruit on the palate with some complex spice and great drive on the back of the palate.

Vino Nobile di Montepulciano 2009
Much more intense and closed, with some floral earth and darker fruit notes, focused acids, gentle tannins and some very subtle crushed herbs and dried apricots on the palate.

Vino Nobile di Montepulciano Riserva 2007
Deeper black fruit sweetness, showing the toastiness of additional barrel ageing, violet floral elements and great balance.

Nocio dei Boscarelli 2007
One of the most seductive of all the wines I tried in Tuscany, combining floral, black cherry and yellow plum fruit aromas, with amazingly pure yet complex and concentrated elegance and tannins.

Boscarelli IGT 2006
A very perfumed cassis oak and dust element, with full and dense tannin and bold structure, but for the time being looked a little hot and needs some time in bottle to balance.

Familiae Vin Santo 2002
Was only the second of the style to impress me, having a caramel colour with some oxidative, flan, toffee, vanilla and hazelnut aromas, and whilst rich and sweet still had plenty of fruit and sweetness to offset the higher alcohol level.

The entire Boscarelli range

The entire Boscarelli range

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Poliziano – 19/04/2012

Rosso di Montepulciano 2010
Spicy and juicy on the nose, expressing purple and red fruits with plenty of fresh acids and balance. This is a classic style for the region, and is made up of 80% sangiovese and 20% merlot.

Vino Nobile di Montepulciano 2008
A subtle rustic earthy nose, with great intensity and plump mellow tannins, a wine of approachability and elegance. This was yet another wine to show the majesty of the 2008 vintage in Tuscany.

Asinone 2007
100% sangiovese wine. Quite open and broad yet subtle and concentrated, very soft and generous with plum, cranberry and cassis.

Asinone 2006
A much more focused and expressive nose, with significantly more elegance and structure, drive and focus on the middle of the palate.

Le Stanze 2006
A ‘super tuscan’ blend of 90% cabernet sauvignon and 10% merlot. Rich and textured, with bold fruit sweet tannins and very integrated oak, showing approachability and complex nutty characters.

In Violas Cortona Merlot 2008

A dusty earthy aromatic wine, had some structure but was very broad and unfocused.

Lohsa Morellino di Scansano 2010
Unctuous and full, was uncomplicated and flavoursome with some earthy mineralic elements.

Mandrone di Lohsa 2008
The reserve of the previous wine, but is made from 80% cabernet sauvignon and other varieties whilst the Lohsa is led by sangiovese. Similar to the In Violas, being quite approachable and soft with plenty of flavour, but lacking distinction and focus.

The Poliziano wine librabry

The Poliziano wine library

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Who is Kaiser Soze? (Tuscany, Italy – Day Four)

When you hear names of regions and places for wines, many things may come to mind. Very rarely are you able to associate a specific wine or style with a specific place, but some famous examples are Champagne, Burgundy, Mosel, Rioja, Barolo and Chianti. It is not difficult to see why this phenomenon is common in the vast majority of regions outside of Europe, as the focus on producing regionally distinct wines from specific regions has only been a recent occurrence. In many cases entire countries that may have a huge variety of climates are associated with a particular variety, such as Australia with shiraz, New Zealand with sauvignon blanc, Chile with merlot, Argentina with malbec, and South Africa with pinotage. Anyone from these countries will happily tell you that this does not reflect the entire production, as they produce many more varieties and many more styles even with the same variety. This phenomenon is also common in Europe for a range of reasons. This may be because a range of different varieties are grown but no one or two are considered the best, it may be because the law allows much leeway for blending other varieties, or perhaps the wines are simply not good enough. In many countries this is further compounded by the setbacks in the first half of the 20th century, with most regions rediscovering the right variety for the best sites, and re-establishing many of the winemaking traditions. With so many regions in Europe, with some much bigger and more diverse than others, it is easy to get lost. Thus it is important to establish regional identity and distinction, rather than produce the same wines as everywhere else. Montepulciano is one such region that lacks clear regional identity, in spite of the fact that the most common grape grown is sangiovese.
New shoots on old vines in Montepulciano

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