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Sir Ian Botham Wines – Tasting 27/11/2018

In case you missed it, I’ve just released my interview with Sir Ian Botham for The Vincast, which I recorded in late November 2018 just before I had the chance to taste the following wines from the inaugural release of Ian Botham Wines. Here are my first impressions, I was generally very impressed with them, particularly at the entry level, all of excellent quality for the price.

Botham All Rounder Chardonnay 2018 – RRP $14.00
Peach cobbler, lemon butter. Very clean and fresh, fairly broad and simple but decent depth, freshness disappears a bit, more melon on the palate than stone or citrus fruits.

76 Series Margaret River Chardonnay 2018 – RRP $17.99
Very delicate flint and smoke, lemon pith and some pepper notes, opens up to a bit more grassy on the nose with some stone fruits on the back. Denser and finer on the palate, focus without the flesh, a bit more bite.

Sir Ian Adelaide Hills Chardonnay 2017 – RRP $100.00
Oak stands out right off the back, smoky floral note. Even denser, sweeter vanilla notes, good fleshy but fine fruit notes, very elegant but fuller.

All Rounder Shiraz 2018 – RRP $14.00
Really exuberant and powerful blue fruits, a little bit of sweet salty meat, some dried florals and spice. Dried red fruits, soft but fairly fresh, looks like a blend. Dry finish.

81 Series Barossa Shiraz 2017 – RRP $17.99
Meaty tomato almost Bolognese sauce, kind of leafy, a bit of basil. Warm generous good balance of dried fruit and slightly savoury elements, decent freshness and no apparent oak.

Sir Ian Barossa Valley Single Vineyard Shiraz 2013 – RRP $100.00
Super intense, not showing any age at all. Still showing a think fog of oak at first, extremely dense and dark on the nose, vanilla and blueberries. It’s there but the oak is dominating, hard to see where it may be in five years but doesn’t look like it’s losing anything, certainly appeals to a palate, not mine though. I get it.

80 Series Coonawarra Cabernet 2016 – RRP $17.99
Unmistakable Coonawarra Cabernet, eucalyptus and cigar leaf, a bit soapy and minty. Decent focus, good balance, soft yet not broad or bruised tannins, good tannins.

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Let’s Taste – Out of Step Denton View Hill Chardonnay 2016

I’ve long been a supporter of the Out of Step Wine Co wines made by former guests of The Vincast wine podcast, Nathan Reeves and David Chatfield. When Dave recently got in touch to let me know that they had released their first chardonnay since 2014, I was thrilled to have a chance to taste it. Let me know what your thoughts are in the comments below!

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February 25, 2017 · 6:27 pm

Let’s Taste – Topper’s Mountain Whites November 2016

On the day that I tasted my first Topper’s Mountain wine while at the Australian Alternative Varieties Wine Show 2016, I also received an email from the winery asking if I’d be keen to try some recent releases of their wines, which I was very keen to do. Topper’s Mountain is based in the New England region of Northern New South Wales, the most recently recognised Geographic Indicator in Australia. They are working with quite a few different grape varieties, including many emerging examples like tannat. On this edition of Let’s Taste I looked at two of their white wines which are more in the realm of alternative style rather than variety.

Wines tasted;
Topper’s Mountain Barrel Ferment Sauvignon Blanc 2013 – RRP $30.00
Topper’s Mountain Barrel Aged Gewürztraminer 2015 – RRP $35.00

Topper's Mountain Barrel Ferment Sauvignon Blanc 2013 & Barrel Aged Gewürztraminer 2013

Topper’s Mountain Barrel Ferment Sauvignon Blanc 2013 & Barrel Aged Gewürztraminer 2013

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Yabby Lake – 10/03/2013

Red Claw Pinot Gris 2011
Very light and thin on the nose. Solid balanced textured yet fresh. Looking a bit tired though.

Single Vineyard Pinot Gris 2012
Blossomy honeyed lychee peach notes. Warmer fuller mouth feel, Moore concentration of fruit, lacking in acidity somewhat.

Red Claw Chardonnay 2010
Clean light fresh citrus, not much else. Dense warm fruit, nice and clean from malo oak and lees, nice and ripe with good concentration.

Single Vineyard Chardonnay 2011
Much bolder and riper on the nose, a little leesy and curdy. Dense texture and phenolics, little green and lacking in depth, worked in terms of lees and oak, Mornington Chardonnay has changed.

Red Claw Pinot Noir 2011
Bold vibrant fruit nose, a tad reductive, a little savoury. Hot and reductive, not aggressive or hot but forward and bold.

Single Vineyard Pinot Noir 2010
Quite closed and young at the moment, very solid though, tight and focused ripe red fruits. Full balanced and soft, silky tannins, well structured with exceptional length.

Block 6 Pinot Noir 2010
Amazing purity. Soft supple and slightly spicy, gentle extraction but really builds on the palate travelling back. Extraordinarily young.

Block 2 Pinot Noir 2010
Denser and more concentrated. Much warmer and more tannic, a little aggressive for now. Needs a lot more time.

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Raventos i Blanc – 7/06/2012

Reserva Brut 2009
Nice fresh familiar cava nose, smoky citrus, creamy nose, wonderfully full and vibrant on the palate yet amazingly well balanced, focused and driven. Some great but unpretentious autolysis notes. SO enjoyable yet unique.

De Nit Rose 2009 (5% monastrell short cold skin contact)
Red citrus notes, quite vibrant and some astringent tannins texture. Bright slightly savoury red berries, not sweet, quite subtle. A very differet rose wine. Not rose but not white either. Interesting combination of tannin and yeast notes.

Elisabet Raventos 2006 (4 years on lees)
Floral vanilla creamy citrus notes. Honeysuckle white lily. Deeper more intense and serious, builds beautifully on the palate, layers of complexity. Very subtle but assured autolysis notes. Still fresh and will benefit from age. A champagne drinkers cava, no doubt.

Silencis Xerello 2011
Very intense fruity nose, grapefruit lychee apricot, freshness persistence, balance, very delicate and approachable, not a particular wine of distinction, but a great crisp fruit driven wine nonetheless. Good phenolics, some subtle viscosity.

Raventos i Blanc Reserva de la Finca Cava

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