I apologise in advance that I am very much looking forward to an impending trip to Canada and writing about chance encounters with wines little seen on these shores. Mostly likely from the Okanagan Valley in British Columbia and Napa Valley, with a smattering of South American wine for good order. In the interim, here is a collection of wine reviews to bring things nearing on up-to-date, plus or minus a dozen or so wines to review on return.
Kirrihill Regional Range Clare Valley Riesling 2014
I find these Kirrihill wine labels a bit confusing. I reviewed the Kirrihill “Selection Series” Clare Valley riesling a couple of weeks ago. This is the “Regional Range” Clare Valley riesling, which I thought I had reviewed, but in fact hadn’t. It’s a bit cheaper at $15 cf. $20 for the former. Its aromatics remind of wet wool, almond meal and stone. Citrus seems secondary. The palate is balanced in a pleasant if unremarkable “dry white” style.
The blurb really made me want to like this wine from the Orange region. Alas, not so the wine in the glass. Aromatics of camphor, ash, Christmas tree candles, green peppercorns and smoke. Whole bunch? The palate is better and more balanced. It still has the green pine character though, with fruits in the red berry spectrum, supplemented by smoke and eucalyptus. Not my style.
This pinot noir is sourced from Ten Minutes by Tractor’s estate vineyards of Judd, McCutcheon and Wallis in Main Ridge on the Mornington Peninsula. It is unashamedly a good wine. Its aromatics remind of dried earth and thyme, with an undercurrent of cherry, strawberry and spice. The palate is almost exquisitely delicate, with cherry, strawberry and bacon flavours. It builds a more weighty impression of glycerol roundness with time in the glass and its acidity seems exactly right. Elegant in style, this is a refined and classy pinot noir. If this is sold out, as the website suggests, I can see why.
Rating: Very Good, Abv: 13.5%, Price: $46, Source: sample, Vendors: http://www.wine-searcher.com/, Website: http://www.tenminutesbytractor.com.au, Tasted: 2015