This uncommon – well uncommon in Australia – variety is native to Georgia. It characterised by incredibly deep colour and a fair whack of acid. Yet the palate is soft and surprisingly juicy and supple. This is all wild yeast fermented with no fining or filtering. And that’s after hand picking and basket pressing. High floral notes and ripe raspberry cherry flavours with a hint of vanilla essence and bramble.
This comes from Fairbrossen’s Margaret River vineyard. It’s an excellent wine displaying leafy black fruits on the nose and masses of concentrated fruit on the palate. The smooth and almost velvety palate tends to conceal the real power and urgency in this wine. Wild yeast and 18 months in new French oak have contributed to a very promising wine.
Fairbrossen Margaret River malbec 2013 ($24)
A rather beautiful malbec sourced from Margaret River.It’s an elegant and most stylish expression of this variety with leafy floral perfumed notes on the nose. The palate is supple and refined with a light tannin and oak influence complementing and never dominating the quite delicate fruit. The flavour though is superb with loads of red berry nuances.
SCORE 90/100 CELLAR 5 years
Fairbrossen tempranillo 2014 ($22)
Love this rich and ripe choc bomb of a tempranillo. There’s more than a passing resemblance to the wines of Spain. Full and sumptuously soft and supple but
with an excellent inner core of fine dusty tannins and oak. Savoury dry finish after the plump middle palate provides great balance.
SCORE 91/100 CELLAR 5 years
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