A really interesting variety that hails from north east Italy. This is dark and lush with black fruits, chocolate and earthy spicy notes throughout. The tannins are quite ripe and sinewy, while the oak lashed alongside to add some structure and further complexity. Really fruity with a savoury earthiness that carries the long palate.
This is a single vineyard wine that’s been 20 per cent whole bunch fermented and left 24 days on skins. The result is that it has picked up beautifully ripe and integrated tannins with a textural completeness that is so necessary with this variety. Savoury and chocolatey with that savoury sinewy feel extended to the long finish. Excellent.
Here is an example of what can be done with this variety with a little creativity. Half is tank fermented and the other half in barrel. The result is a steely wine of impeccable balance with a grassy edge to the minerally tropical characters held with a tight subtle oak influence. Wonderful texture. A very complete wine.
This is a racy and fruity expression of the blend. Melon and passionfruit with an edgy citrus and pineapple character. The palate is clean and zesty with a persistent finish.
This is such a consistent value for money that always overdelivers. Loads of blackcurrant aromas with a dusty chocolaty oak component. The palate is lush and plummy with oodles of generous flavours. Sinewy tannins with a little minerality add a defining touch to the finish.
This excellent cabernet is sourced from a single vineyard in the Wallcliffe area. The striking feature is the balance achieved with the mix of new and old French oak married with the smooth medium weight fruit. It’s so smooth and velvety. Gamey with a meaty blackcurrant and dark chocolate character lifted with some leafy black olive nuances.
by Brad cabernet merlot 2012 ($18)
Excellent red blend offering quality and value for money. Loaded with dark plum and blackcurrant fruit balanced with a gentle hint of savoury oak. The tannins structure
is just right for this style. Medium bodied with heaps of persistence through to the long finish.
SCORE 92/100 CELLAR 5 years
Mantra chardonnay 2014 ($25)
This excellent chardonnay comes from a single site in Wilyabrup. It gets a bit of wild fermentation for added complexity and a distinct mouthfeel appeal. There’s a compelling mix of mineral and savoury influences with a creamy richness. Deep and layered palate with a very long finish.
SCORE 94/100 CELLAR 7 years
Mantra cabernet sauvignon 2012 ($28)
Just love the leafy tobacco and black olive aromas that strike immediately on a beautifully created bouquet. There’s some deeper blackcurrant and subtle chocolate
characters lurking in there too. The palate is perfectly poised and controlled with grainy tannins and fine grained oak adding substance to the intense lingering fruit.
SCORE 93/100 CELLAR 10 years
Amato Vino carignano graciano 2014 ($28)
There’s an obvious Spanish and Italian influence here with these two varieties combining o produce a classically styled, medium-bodied, food-friendly wine. A wild and exotic mix of herbs and spices with a distinctive peppermint character. The palate carries fine tannins
and understated oak with a light cherry and red berry character. Suggest decanting first.
SCORE 91/100 CELLAR 5 years
Amato Vino nebbiolo 2013 ($40)
This is an excellent take on this Piedmonte variety. The management of the tannins is a feature. They are quite supple and ripe with none of the assertive hardness you
can get with this variety. Extended use French oak has been adopted while the wine is unfined or unfiltered. An exciting new direction and one to be applauded.
SCORE 94/100 CELLAR 5 years
Amato Vino teroldego 2013 ($40)
There’s a beautiful perfumed note on this wine from a variety synonymous with the north-east of Italy. It’s such a soft and supple wine with excellent structure and tannin support. Love the mix of dark savoury plums, a little clove and spices with a dry savoury finish.
SCORE 95/100 CELLAR 9 years
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