05 September 2011
I’ve blind tasted around 40 SSBs in the last 7 days including the new releases (2011 vintage) of many of the leading West Australian producers. The better wines have some serious acid, as they should, and as a group are quite impressive, but the general impression I have is that I’d rather be drinking a good quality 2010 SSB. A stand-out for me was the Edwards (No relation) Semillon Sauvignon Blanc 2010- Still youthful looking , beautiful aromatics of lime and gunflint. Very intense and textured on the palate with minerals, light spice and lime. Highly recommened for current drinking.
I’m sceptical of the ‘nouveau’ mentality. It’s a great idea commercially, but does good SSB ever taste it’s best in the first 12 months?
19 August 2011
Pio Cesare Grignolino del Monferrato 2008 was a very pleasant surprise. I expected something light, a little bit juicy, perhaps Dolcetto-like but as all the old books tell you, Grignolino will be light but is often tannic (from the many pips) and also quite acidic. This combination didn’t altogether appeal. But in the spirit of nothing ventured, nothing gained I boldly pulled the cork, poured a tasting measure , sniffed, sipped and swilled. Waiting, waiting, waiting, still no tannic hit, no big acid, just juicy and light, raspberry, cherry, earthy and slighty herby. Acid all in balance. Faint tannins present. Very pleasant indeed. I couldn’t smell the ‘alpine scent’ described by Jancis but I’m not quite sure what that is. Recommended for light drinking now but whatever you do don’t leave it for long. Its freshness (which is what this wine is all about) is just holding on, but only by one hand.
19 August 2011
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19 July 2011
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