Showing posts with label Eden Valley. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Eden Valley. Show all posts

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

2014 Chaffey Bros 'Not Your Grandmas' Rose

In contrast to the sickly sweet roses of generations past, many of  the better Australian wine producers are making excellent dryer style roses which are more similar to those produced in Provence, France.

This particular example is made from a blend of  Barrosan Grenache, Mourvedre, and a touch (2%) of the aromatic white varietals used in their excellent Dufte Punkt blend.

Plenty of cherry and red berry fruit are dominant on the nose, alongside some hints of spice. Soft texture and mid palate length make this a very easy drinking and refreshing rose. A good example of where rose is headed here in Australia. 

Price:     $20
Source: Cellarbrations, West End, Brisbane
Varietal: Grenache (69%), Mourvedre (29%), Gewurtztraminer/Riesling/Weißer Herol (2%)
Tasted: April 2012
Rating:   91
Website: http://www.chaffeybros.com/

Friday, December 19, 2014

2008 Pewseyvale Eden Valley Riesling

Pewseyvale sits 250 meters above the floor of the barossa valley, providing a slightly cooler climate ideal for Riesling production. The Pewseyvale winery is one of the oldest in Australia and said to be Eden Valley's first vineyard. They are also one of the most consistent high quality Riesling producers in the country and have produced many of the best Australian Riesling I've tried.

The 2008 is drinking beautifully right now. Starting to develop a small amount of aged Riesling aromas, which sit beautifully alongside aromas of lemon, lime, and hints of tropical fruit. Great refreshing acidity and minerality to this wine.

A fantastic bargain at this price point. I can't believe how good Australian Riesling generally is for the small price tag it so often carries.

Price:     $23
Source:  Dan Murphy's
Varietal: Riesling
Tasted:  December 2014
Rating:   94

Monday, November 17, 2014

2013 Chaffey Bros 'Tessalation' Riesling

Chaffey Bros have sourced the grapes for this Riesling from three different vineyards in the Eden valley and created a well balanced wine that definitely stands out from the pack. Tessellation is the name given to a combination of shapes that are able to cover a surface perfectly, without any gaps. True to its name, all of the elements of this wine fit together very well.

Great aromatics featuring lychee, lemon, lime, and floral notes, with maybe a hint of kerosene developing. Perfect acid sugar balance, with 7 grams/litre residual sugar. A very refreshing and easy to drink Riesling. 

This was absolutely perfect with an array of different Thai dishes. Highly recommend getting your hands on some of this the next time you are having Thai food, or pretty much any time you feel like a Riesling.

Price:     $24
Source: Chalk and Cheese, West End
Varietal: Riesling
Tasted: November 2014
Rating:   94

Thursday, September 25, 2014

2014 Chaffey Bros Düfte Punkt

ASB0959_001_LO_sRGB copyDüfte Punkt translates from German to "The Aromatic Point", and aromatic this wine sure is. This blend consists of Gewurtztraminer, Riesling and a less common German grape called Weißer Herol. All three varietals are grown on a single vineyard in the Northern Eden Valley. This is drinking great right now and just in time for summer. 

It has a giant flowery nose that keeps delivering Turkish delight, grapefruit and orange peel. A fantastically aromatic wine. Great minerality plays wonderfully with heaps of citrus. Perfect level of residual sugars for my taste.

I will definitely be stocking up on this for the summer. Sure to be a crowd pleaser among serious wine drinking friends and occasional tipplers alike. Drinks well with Vietnamese food, and likely much more. A cracker.

Price:     $25
Source: Cru Bar, Brisbane
Varietal: Gewurtztraminer, Riesling, Weißer Herol
Tasted: September 2014
Rating:   94
Website: http://www.chaffeybros.com/

Monday, September 1, 2014

2005 Penfolds Reserve Bin Riesling

Penfolds recently held a promotion, in collaboration with Vinetec wine fridges, offering a fantastic deal on a  fridge when you purchased at least six wines from their bin series or luxury wines.  Being in need of a wine fridge this seemed like a perfect excuse to pick up some Penfolds wines.  Amongst the six pack of wines I got a couple of bottles of this riesling and am glad for it.

The nose has a nice toasty character with some lime and kerosene, characteristic of so many aged rieslings from this region.  The palate is holding up well with nice crisp acidity, sustained minerality and plenty of citrus.  Drank fantastically well with salt and pepper soft shell crab.  Will buy again, if I see it, as it's hard to beat at this price and I love aged riesling.

Price:     $25
Varietal: Riesling
Tasted: September 2014
Rating:   94
Website: https://www.penfolds.com/