(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) I get the idea of this natural blend of Gamay and 25% Cab Franc from Tom Belford, such a pale colour that it is almost rosé, but for me it is not entirely successful. Whole bunches were fermented in very shallow fermenters with no sulphur and wild yeast. It has a mousiness, a very funky and rather too elastoplast/bretty character for me, certainly it is medicinal. Pale and juicy on the palate, it is cleaner, and that slightly yeasty/wheat beer character was interesting. I grew to like this more as I was tasting it: not completely successful for me, but surely interesting.
(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.