There is almost none of this distinctive variety planted in Australia. Yet every time I see it I am reminded of the late Ian Tyrer and his enthusiasm for it when he planted Galafrey all those years ago. Slightly tropical with a hint of spice and citrus. The palate is crisp and clean with a refreshing acidity. A fait hint of sweetness completes a nice little wine.
These Riesling vines are getting mighty old now and I’m sure contribute to the intensity of fruit. Spicy and limey aromas are so typical of this region. The palate is so fine and precise with a crisp threading acid carrying a zesty appealing palate. This is all free run juice so it has that crunchy vibrancy delivered by quality fruit.
A rich and flavoursome chardonnay with a peachy creamy character that dominates the nose and then through into the palate. Subtle toasty oak and some roast cashew and fig characters add some mid palate depth. An ideal white wine with dishes having a bit of grunt and flavour in them.
Excellent shiraz that comes of very old dry grown vineyards. This is a deeply intense wine yet still with a degree of elegant restraint. Peppery and spicy notes on the nose with a lick of vanillin oak. The red fruit and dried earthiness of the palate make a compelling combination. Will certainly handle cellaring.
One of the best cabernets yet from Galafrey. There is some classic Bordeaux cigar box and black currant in here. It’s elegant and so elegantly proportioned with firm but fine chalky tannins and some nice fine grained oak. A powerhouse off those old dry grown vines.
Galafrey muller thurgau 2015 ($20)
The guys at Galafrey have stuck with this variety which was a favourite of Ian Tyrer when he planted the property. It’s distinctly spicy with a soft spicy acid and good palate flavour persistent to a long finish. A nice alternative variety worth checking out.
SCORE 90/100 CELLAR 4 years
Galafrey Dry Grown Riesling 2015 ($25.75)
Such an intense and urgent wine. This is from some seriously old Riesling vines in the Great Southern. The fruit is superb with a driving intensity of lemon zest and minerally spicy characters. The palate is supported by a lively chalky acid. Clean lip-smacking finish.
SCORE 94/100 CELLAR 10 years
Galafrey Dry Grown shiraz 2013 ($30)
Loads of spices and white pepper sprinkled on the sweet plummy and slightly raspberry fruit flavours. The palate shows some nice oak use with a gravelly tannin and fine acid finish. Slightly angular with a loamy dustiness. A wine that will soften with ageing.
SCORE 89/100 CELLAR 8 years
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