A small production wine that is still showing such tightness and restraint yet with a little more tie will emerge into something rather impressive. Melony grapefruit characters with a nutty minerality. The palate is long and fine with real persistence. Like the structure and mouth feel of this excellent little chardonnay.
A medium bodied cabernet which appears to show the influence of some more southern vineyard fruit from Margaret River. Smoothly integrated palate with fine tannins and a gentle hint of oak. The blackcurrant fruit is juicy and plump but with a nice closing tightness to focus the finish.
Bursting with pungent ripe tropical fruit. Three’s a decent hit of passionfruit pulp and loads of other tropical goodies making for an enticing opening. The palate is loaded with vibrant crunchy fruit lifted with a crunch acidity. Has a slightly flinty character on the finish.
La Bratta Rosso 2012 ($50)
Garry Gosatti has repositioned his wines both from a location and style perspective. This is largely from his Forest Grove vineyard with the nebbiolo from Erl Happ’s
Karridale property. It’s had 24 months on oak, half of which was new, yet it remains elegant and stylish still. Nebbiolo is the key to this wine providing the style
direction and cornerstone. Has a dusty dry character with some floral notes but with an appealing textural mouthfeel.
This will age beautifully.
SCORE 94/100 CELLAR 10 years
La Bratta Bianco 2014 ($40)
This is a 75 per cent sauvignon blanc, 20 per cent Semillon and five per cent chardonnay blend. The chardonnay is added for texture and richness. It’s a terrific wine of some style and control. Has so much intensity and fruit concentration but is delivered with tight control. Terrific oak and balance. About one-third new oak
and the balance second use.
Interesting and thought provoking wine.
SCORE 94/100 CELLAR 15 years
Arlewood cabernet merlot 2013 ($25)
This is all from Gosatti’s Forest Grove property. It’s 84 per cent cabernet and as such has a strong cabernet feel to it. It’s ripe and shows excellent dark fruit concentration. The merlot definitely adds some textural complexity to the middle palate. There’s a suppleness and generosity but still with a firmish thread of structural core.
SCORE 92/100 CELLAR 8 years
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