(2023) My third and final wine celebrating International Women's Day 2023, this from Chief Winemaker and mother of four, Jo Nash. Fruit comes from a 30-year-old single vineyard in Victoriaâ€™s Grampians region - a bit of a hotspot for Shiraz - and the legend goes that when Jo discovered the vineyard and bought the fruit, she secured it without running it past â€˜Garyâ€™ the company's accountant. The wine was aged in French oak, 80% new. It's a ripe, smooth and creamy style, but has that lift of cooler climate Syrah/Shiraz, light gamy and black pepper notes over firm black fruit. In the mouth the richness and ripeness of blackcurrant has concentration without too much heft. The finish has a tart cherry acidity, but super-smooth tannins. The 'Mix 12' price is Â£14.99 and, as usual with such things, that's the price you should pay for this. Watch the video for more information.
(2017) A rare still wine made from Champagne's Pinot Meuinier, 100% whole berries fermented and aged in puncheons. Pale, perhaps slightly barnyardy, leafy aromas, with light spice and earthiness, the plum flesh and brighter raspberry fruit, the palate light and super fresh, with a hint of strawberry sweetness, a little coffeeish softness coming though for easy drinkability.
(2017) Really nice, expressive Barbera, with a creamy but shiny cherry skin and plum skin tang and brightness. The palate has a beautiful fruit freshness and purity, and intensity and lots of fleshy red berries, tinged with spice and tobacco into the finish. Juicy and delicious.
(2017) Relatively old vines. A touch of leafiness and earthiness to this, joining in with the cool black fruit. There's a dry woody note too, the 30% new barrel a little prominent in a slightly sawdust spectrum. Lots of blackcurrant juiciness but tart dry acids too, creamy but grippy tannin, and a nice plum-skin grip.
(2017) Well, Savoie France is the spiritual home of Mondeuse, but as so few of them ever find their way onto retailer shelves outside of the area, how fascinating to find an Aussie version - and it's a good one. Fabulous inky clove like medicinal stuff, high cherry aromatics tight, earthy and deliciously tangy, higher acid style.
(2017) Picked earlier than many then nine months in older oak. lovely sweet cherry and rose nose, touches of briar and sweet dried cherry. Soft, straightforward and elegant, but there is spice and a fine tannin structure in a style I really enjoy.