While reviewing a couple of dry Jurançon wines a little while ago, it occurred to me that the wines were both good and that Australian equivalents were sparse on the ground. This appeared something of an omission. Therefore, the sort of excitement that befalls wine geeks took hold when this petit manseng arrived in the mail the other day from a producer from the lesser known Australian wine region of New England. New England is not a region I am very familiar with at all, it being situated in northern New South Wales and appearing to go right up to the border with Queensland. The vineyards are situated a decent 900m above sea level which assists in offsetting what would, I expect, otherwise be a sub-tropical climate.
The wine is a bright pale intensity lemon colour in the glass, and opens to medium intensity aromatics of pear, lemon citrus, a more pungent guava note and grapefruit. The palate is a medium bodied expression of the petit manseng, with flavours of lemon citrus and red apples set to a slightly viscous texture and firm acidity. I could have kept drinking this one – a well balanced lovely wine that shows the potential of the petit manseng in this region. Good
Tasted: October 2012