Here are reviews of a couple of new releases from Gartelmann wines.
Gartelmann Petit Verdot 2014, Mudgee
You don’t see too many petit verdots as a single varietal wine, although this wine also has some cabernet sauvignon in it. This is a fruity style, with aromas of strawberry jam and cedar. The palate is medium bodied with some fruit sweetness (the wine is of course dry), together with strawberry and earth overtones and some gentle tannic grip. For current drinking. Rating: Good. Abv: 13.2%. Price: $30.
Gartelmann Diedrich Shiraz 2014, Hunter Valley and Clare Valley
A blend of Hunter Valley and Clare Valley shiraz, making it a multi-regional blend from regions that are certainly not close. The blending decisions made however were good ones. More intensely coloured than the petit verdot, it has intense aromas of spearmint, menthol, baking spices and plums, together with cedar. On the palate, the wine is medium bodied, with sweet shiraz fruit, fresh acidity and firm tannins and an affinity to oak. Good length on the finish. This wine should improve with age and is a good warm climate expression of shiraz. Rating: Very Good. Abv: 14.7%. Price: $45.