On the back of some big trade tastings it was good to have a closer look at some of the new wines that are being released. We had Neil Jericho, winemaker from Jericho Wines in the Adelaide Hills through to show his wines.
I can honestly say that if you see a Jericho Wine in a bottle shop grab it, you will not be disappointed. Every one of their wines is well made and each variety offers something a little different.
But I want to highlight the Jericho Tempranillo. What a seriously gluggable wine, its made in the Joven style which means they do not ferment to dry and put through oak in the traditional Riserva style. This is made to be young and juicy, bright and vibrant.
They put 10% through Carbonic Maceration - putting the grapes into a container and sealing the top, the weight of the grapes causes them to be crushed and release juice which then starts to ferment, this releases CO2 in turn increasing the pressure in the vessel - traditionally this is how Beaujolais is made - before blending it back into the wine, which just increases the juiciness of the wine.
Very easy to drink mid week or take it to a bbq where it will work perfectly with grilled meat or veg (caramelisation from the grill will work seamlessly with the Tempranillo flavours).
Jericho Wines Tempranillo is made in the joven style which produces a young vibrant and juicy wine. This is seriously gluggable Temp!
The nose offers purple and red fruit notes, think pickled plums, raspberries and wood spice. The palate is really juicy showing rich raspberries and blueberries backed by exotic spices and truly soft tannins. About 10% has been put through carbonic maceration which has softened the tannins and allowed the rich flavours to shine.
This weeks reds are all about the cooler climes of South Australia so following in that vein the next Red is a delicious Malbec from the Clare Valley, the Stonehorse Clare Valley Malbec 2016. You might know the Stonehorse Range, they are made by Kaesler Wines and their Shiraz & GSM are some of the best value Barossa Reds on the market. But todays focus is the Malbec they produce from a small vineyard in the Clare Valley. I love Clare Valley fruit, its cool climate fruit so the flavours are more complex and developed but something about the Clare just adds this additional level of intensity.
The Stonehorse Malbec is $25 which puts it into a league all of its own...most Malbecs are imported. Malbec grown in Australia is often blended with other varieties due to the limited volumes available. The imported Malbecs command a premium, and often this is justified by the quality of the Malbec. But when you find a good Malbec made in Australia that is priced just right and drinks soooo easily. Then you need to celebrate that!
Stonehorse Malbec, what a wine! Inky black in colour with aromas that draw you further into the glass with lots of ripe purple fruit, chocolate, satsuma plums, blackberries, mulberries and malt whisky - I kid you not!
The palate is another adventure entirely...mouth-coating tannins are soft and super smooth seamlessly working with inviting deep black fruit flavours showing black cherries, plums and blackberries against a backdrop of peatiness. I have never seen a wine with such incredible whisky characters and it is a delight.
This beautiful wine will work really well with hearty meals on cold nights, but otherwise match it with a nice piece of beef or lamb and you are in heaven.
Last on the tasting table and certainly not least, is a great little Cabernet from the Clare Valley. I know I mentioned one that I had last week that was a perfect example of an Aged Clare Cabernet, but I tried another this week and it is testament as to why you should hunt out good Cabernet and drink them.
Cabernet Sauvignon consumption in Australia is dropping, and the amount of space devoted to Cabernet is reducing. Whether it is a generational thing or changing tastes or both I am not sure. But we make some great Cabernet in Australia and when we get it right, it is awesome. Not all of it is from Coonawarra and Margaret River, so it does not all come at a premium. A perfect example is the next wine, the Clare Wine Co. Cabernet Sauvignon 2016.
I think I am just a big fan of Clare Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, because when I tasted this one it was love at first sight. And at $19, its a no brainer!
Clare Wine Co Cabernet Sauvignon, this is a great example of why I love Clare Cabernet. Intense purple to black in colour. Black olives, hints of eucalyptus, menthol and smoky ash cobine with a classic Cabernet nose of juicy blackberries and blackcurrant.
The fruit on the palate is even more evolved with rich red (red currants, cranberry & raspberry) and black fruit (blackberries, mulberry, black currant and cherries) mingling with chocolate hints of black earth and tobacco. Tannins are really fine to chalky but combine with a juicy finish. A completely red dry wine that works mid week or with the Sunday Roast. Beautiful wine, Clare Valley has produced another winning Cabernet.