I am often skeptical about "Natural" winemaking, often what comes out of the bottle is less than what was described. But, when a winemaker gets it right...oh wow! Thats my experience with the Casa Freschi Ragazzi Pinot Grigio 2018. In other notes Ten Minutes By Tractor has produced (in my mind) a non Savvie Sauv Blanc...if you want to dabble in a Sauv Blanc that does not look feel or smell like Marlborough Sauv Blanc and more like an Italian Soave then this is your day! Lastly but certainly not least we got a look at one of Europes most sought after Soaves, decadent flavours and made beautifully. A perfect intro to Soave.
From the Adelaide Hills, made using Natural and Biodynamic winemaking. Sometimes letting mother nature do her thing is for the best because this Pinot Grigio rocks. And they reckon its good for ten years! Personally I prefer to drink my Pinot Grigio younger. But what is it like? Classic in style with aromas of pear, wet stone and white pepper. There is a silky texture across the palate with soft acids, it's really quite lush. Wild ferment and six months on lees in oak have given this wine a big, rich style with flavours of Banana, more pear and lemons. Throughout there is this wonderful minerality. For $29 I think this is a bargain, I would like to think that if I ordered Pinot Grigio this is what turns up each time.
Not being a huge fan of the Marlborough style Sauvignon Blanc, I am always in search of something that will convince me of the merits of Sauvignon Blanc as a variety. In tasting the 2018 10X Sauvignon Blanc I think I am on the right path. Offering delicate indistinct aromas of white florals and citrus fruit it does not give much away. The first mouthful could not be more different, a rich display of lemons, quince and honey, backed by lemon pith and distinct minerality. Although driven by citrus and having a clear line of minerality down the middle there is a mouthfilling texture which evolves into this ever so slight chalkiness on the finish. A great wine that will match food, be it seafood, salad or something creamier. Honestly I could have been drinking Soave.
Suavia make some of Europe's most sought after Soave (The Monte Carbonare Soave Classico), this is unsurprising as the winery is dedicated to only producing Soave.However the small amount of Monte Carbonare that arrives in Australia is snapped up quickly. So although it is a glorious wine...I can only tell you about the Suavia Soave Classico. Which if you have not tried Soave before...then its perfect as an introduction.
100% Garganega (60 year old vines), lemons, lemon pith and sherbet. Wonderful texture, lemon flavour carries all the way through into a soft and creamy palate. Acids are present but hiding, making this a gloriously textured wine with a lovely savoury finish. The world is not all Chardonnay, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Gris...hiding in plain sight are treasures like this Soave Classico.
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By Farr Chardonnay 2018
2018 produced fruit which presents as rounder and plusher than 2017.
This year's Chardonnay is in my opinion the best that Nick has ever made.
There is an element of skill that showcases great winemaking to produce an incredibly flavoursome and rich wine that is also balanced, such that he does not need to rely so much on oak to balance the flavours.
There is a majority of old oak and most of that is medium toasted, so this is all about the wine. The nose offers lemon pith, white pepper, perfume of white peaches along with chalky wet stone notes. There is even a hint of sherbet. The palate is incredibly balanced a voyage of lemon curd into white peaches. A faint creamy texture seduces the tongue and then the very faint acids kick in to produce a long dry finish. My personal rating…YUM.