Appealing crunchy and quite juicy blended white with a load of grassy tropical character on the nose and palate. A decent splash of lemon tang adds to the picture to create a wine ideal for summer drinking. Zippy fine acidity sustains the finish.
The chardonnays from St Aidan have been pretty smart in recent years. This is another hits the mark. It’s creamy with a light stone fruit and edge of citrus to balance. It’s had some time on yeast lees to introduce texture and palate richness. Works well.
This is a soft and generous full-bodied cabernet delivering stacks of rich palate weight and intense fruit concentration. There’s a mineral edge to the ripe tannins and the oak adds a little further complexity. Like the leafy black olive and tobacco character. Nicely balanced wine.
St Aidan Zena Liqueur muscat ($35/375ml)
Beautifully fragrant liqueur muscat with those delightful spicy floral nuances. The palate is thick and unctuous with rich sweet liqueur fruit. Quite warm in the mouth
but easily carried by the weight of deeply complex fruit intensity. Great to see the style finding a place in this region.
SCORE 91/100 CELLAR 20 years
St Aidan chardonnay 2012 ($28)
This is light bodied but with depth and a layer of complexity coming from the extended time on lees in oak. A little more time in bottle before release has added
a further dimension to palate complexity. Lovely light white peach and cashew richness. A little citrus edge completes the finish which is pleasing and long.
SCORE 91/100 CELLAR 4 years
St Aidan cabernet sauvignon 2012 ($28)
Lovely perfumed aromas of red berry and violets with a hint of leafy mint and tobacco. The palate is medium bodied with firmish minerally tannins. It’s still rather
tight but the additional year in bottle has allowed some interesting blackcurrant characters to emerge. The oak sits snugly within the soft sweet fruit. It’s a stylish
expressive wine with an effortless finish.
SCORE 91/100 CELLAR 5 years
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