Vermentino and other whites

DanceVermentino and other whites 

Chalk Hill McLaren Vale Vermentino 2015: Tasted in January 2016, the wine is holding on to its youth but it will blossom soon and I think live for a few years yet. Therefore, a mean 91 points now, but more to come, and even at this early age it’s well worth $19.

Patritti Adelaide Hills Vermentino 2015: Crisp, lively wine with pleasant floral top notes underscored with well-balanced acidity. A good, long finish. Works well both as a glass of wine or taken to the table. 93 points and great value at $16.

Patritti ‘Jimmy’s Hat’ Adelaide Hills Savagnin-Semillon-Vermentino 2015: This appears to be a strange blend, but, boy, it works. It has a gorgeous nose of wild flowers and distant haystack. In the mouth the flavours twist and tumble around each other, giving huge pleasure, either for drinking alone or at the table. 94 points and outstanding value at $16.

Delatite ‘High Ground’ Victoria Roussanne 2015: Very different to any roussanne I have tasted. Perhaps it’s the cool climate that the grapes come from. It is light on the nose, with a chalky texture on the palate, not unpleasant but different. It worked a treat when taken to the table. I also think it has enough acid to support it ageing for a couple or three years. 92 points now, with maybe more to come. It’s well worth giving it a go at just $17. I asked Delatite’s David Ritchie for his comments:

David Ritchie: “Thanks for sending this through! Our comments on your comments:

“In hindsight we probably should’ve put the 2015 through malolactic to make it a little softer and rounder but easy to be wise after the fact (as you know these days we follow the principle of less is better, whether in the vineyard or winery)! What it needs more than anything is a bit more time in bottle – the 2012 is looking just fantastic at the moment with lovely honeyed characters on both nose and palate. And as you observed it’s very much a food wine.”

Gee Whiz ‘Tram Driver’ Eden Valley Traminer Riesling 2015: A textural wine, mouth filling and pleasant to drink very cold on a very hot day. 92 points and fair value at $18.

Yalumba ‘Y Series’ South Australian Viognier 2015: I have never been disappointed with this wine. Rich and sensual, it swells around the mouth, filling all parts with its heady perfume and rich flavours. It’s not to everyone’s taste but it is mine. 93 points and great value at $13 or less.

Sassy ‘The Ivor’ Orange Region Arneis 2015: It’s easy to drink and enjoy this wine, but to taste, to let it linger as it travels across the palate, makes it something else. One could say it’s a shy maiden, but with plenty of character when it’s drawn out. Worth tasting, not glugging. 93 points and worth $24.

Margan ‘Breaking Ground’ Albariño 2016: Apparently the first albariño out of the Hunter Valley. Light on the nose, it has (for me) a slight chalky character on the palate, which I admit is a strange description, but it’s a dryness that has its own attraction and it did attract me. Great food wine. 93 points and worth $30 for its rarity.

Delatite ‘Deadman’s Hill’ Mansfield Gewurztraminer 2015: This is young, but all the flavours are there now. It flows from front of the palate to the end in an easy movement, with just a little acid nip now and then. The gewurtz perfume is wonderful and dominates the return journey. 93 points now with a couple to come and I think great value at $25.

Robert Channon Granite Belt Verdelho 2015: Mr Channon is in my mind the master of verdelho. This I found slightly disjointed, but I feel it only needs more time to settle. Otherwise, it has many good points. Flavours zip around the mouth, and it gathers intensity as it travels. 93 points and worth the $28 asked.

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