Showing posts with label Tscharke. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Tscharke. Show all posts

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

2012 Tscharke 'Girl Talk' Savignin

Savignin  is a grape closely related to Gewurztraminer, Traminer, and Albarino which has made proper identification a little bit confusing. An excellent article by James Halliday on the history of this grape can be found here.

Originally brought to Australia in 1832 by James Busby, the grapes for this wine, as well as some others around Australia, were imported by the viticultural arm of CSIRO and were thought to be Albarino. It wasn't until an expert in grape identification from France (an ampelographer) toured some Australian vineyards and noticed that it more closely resembled Savignin than Albarino, that the grape wines were reclassified.

The confusion is quite understandable when you taste this wine, as it really is reminiscent of a nice Albarino. Smells of pear, lemon, wet stone, and perhaps a whiff of honey. A nice clean, dry wine with a good lick of acidity. I've had a couple of bottles of this now, and am sure to have more.

Price:      $20
Source:   Dan Murphy's
Varietal:  Savignin
Tasted:    May 2015
Rating:    94
Website:  www.tscharke.com.au

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

2013 Tscharke 'Matching Socks' Touriga Nacional

Touriga Nacional is a grape varietal originating from the Douro Valley in Portugal, where it is traditionally blended with several other grape varietals to make port. However, it is increasing being used to produce interesting and distinct table wines here in Australia.

Tscharke (sounds like sharky) have been growing grapes in the Barossa Vally for 6 generations and are currently producing some very interesting alternative varietals such as Touriga Nacional, Savagnin, and Montepulciano. Their cellar door was a definite highlight of my recent trip to the Barossa.

Deep purple in color, this is a lively aromatic wine with plenty of violet and lavender aromas. Drinking well right out of the gate, it's juicy without being jammy or overripe in anyway. Fresh blue fruit flavors dominate and good levels of acidity make for a nice clean finish.  

Price:     $20
Source:  Cellar Door
Varietal: Touriga Nacional
Tasted:  January 2015
Rating:   93