A vinous round up

Here is a vinous round up of wine notes that I, for one reason or another, have not been quick enough to type out individual posts on, but nonetheless ought to be commented upon.  There are some very good wines among these.  In re-reading them, it is a bit of vinous Noah’s Ark which, moreContinue reading “A vinous round up”

Ten Minutes by Tractor 10X Sauvignon Blanc 2014

Ten Minutes by Tractor have succeeded here with sauvignon blanc from the the Mornington Peninsula.  The grapes were whole bunch pressed, fermented with wild yeasts and saw ~9 months in old French oak.  More Pouilly-Fumé than Marlborough in style, the 2014 10X sauvignon blanc has stoney, saline aromatics.  The palate is fresh with notes ofContinue reading “Ten Minutes by Tractor 10X Sauvignon Blanc 2014”

Mud House Pinot Gris 2013

The Mudhouse Pinot Gris from the 2013 vintage has aromatics of pear, pear skin, spice, florals and reminds, more or less, of poivre eau-de-vie.  The palate straddles dry and off dry and is quite a full bodied and thick expression of pinot gris.  Heat, lemon peel and pear flavours fill out the remainder of theContinue reading “Mud House Pinot Gris 2013”

Forrest Estate Chardonnay 2004

This 2004 vintage chardonnay from Forrest Estate in Marlborough has some age on it.  It has pungent aromatics of musk, florals, dried tropical fruit and even gooseberry.  (I tasted the wine blind, so this latter character was not an leap of logic based on the taste profile of the region’s more ubiquitious grape variety.)  OnContinue reading “Forrest Estate Chardonnay 2004”

Mud House Sauvignon Blanc 2012

If Marlborough sauvignon blanc has a spectrum of flavour – let’s call it bright clean passionfruit fruit to slightly dank tinned vegetables – then this wine sits squarely in the middle as a melange of the two.  It opens to aromatics of mild asparagus and passionfruit.   Its palate continues this duality of expression withContinue reading “Mud House Sauvignon Blanc 2012”

Giesen Riesling 2012

I like those “dry-medium dry-medium sweet-sweet” diagrams that now appear on a lot of riesling bottles.  That said, I have probably made more mistakes of the “oh my God it’s sweet kind” with German riesling than with Australian or across the Tasman pond versions.  In this case, the arrow is pointed at the lower endContinue reading “Giesen Riesling 2012”