Wine Reviews July 2010†
By Franz Scheurer
Hollyís Garden Pinot Gris 2009
Itís always gratifying discovering something new; Hollyís Garden Pinot Gris 2009 is a real cracker.† Itís a high altitude wine, grown at the Whitlands high plateau at 750m a/sea level in volcanic soils. Located in the upper reaches of the King Valley in North East Victoria, Whitlands is one of Australiaís highest and coolest vineyards. The wine shows both its terroir and the way it is made leaves a fair amount of residual sugar. Itís a bit like an Alsatian Pinot Gris, without the fattiness and textural oiliness. Itís clean, acid and sugar are perfectly balanced and itís 100% a food wine.† Donít even try to drink this on its own. I love it and there should be more winemakers out there who arenít afraid of a bit of residual sugar!
For more information go to the Prentice familyís website http://www.hollysgarden.com.au
Cirillo 1850 Grenache 2006
Might this be Australiaís best Grenache? Itís certainly up there. Grown in the Barossa Valley from a vineyard that was started around the 1850s. Itís full bodied, basket pressed, made in open fermenters and using both French and American oak, this wine will live for at least 8-10 years, but you can happily consume it now and as Marco Crillo suggests: in the true Italian fashion with food, family and friends. I drink to that!
Look out for it at your local bottle shop!
Voyager Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2005
Hailing from Margret River this Bordeaux blend is, although typically New World, a very good wine. A cool, coastal strip of land, with lots of red, gravelly soil shapes the wine as much as the blend, which is 79% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot, 5% Malbec and 1% Petit Verdot. The Malbec gives it body and the Petit Verdot acts like a perfume, adding high floral notes. Bottled at 14% a/v this is no shrinking violet and it needs to breathe before you serve it. Try it with lamb shanks or a good old-fashioned Irish Stew and youíll bring out the savoury notes. For more information go to: http://www.voyagerestate.com.au