Bob Mutton's Alternative Wine Styles
by Bob Mutton
Whilst I haven't tried many of the specific examples on Brian's list, I have tried and enjoyed quite a number of alternative varieties, both red and white during 2008.
Some that come to mind that I enjoyed very much include:
Trentham Estate 2005 Lambrusco Maestre - and no it isn't a sweet, bubbly red but a full bodied dry red wine - very impressed.
Trentham Estate 2004 Petit Verdot / Tannat - the Tannat gave the wine an added complexity that was very good
Mac Forbes 2004 Arneis from the Yarra Valley - an interesting and different white wine
Bleasdale 2004 Malbec - in my opinion one of the best Malbecs in Australia
Kangarilla Road 2005 Zinfandel - because I wanted to see what the Americans found so good in this variety
Hill of Memory 2002 Petit Verdot from the Riverland in Sth Aust. One of the best examples of this variety I have come across, but unfortunately not available any more. I have one bottle left in my cellar
Coriole 2004 'Earth' Sangiovese. Bottled under their export lable and excellent value for money
Richard Hamilton 2003 'Marion Vineyard' Grenache. A very good example of this variety that is often overlooked
Mulcra Estate 2003 Reserve Petit Verdot from the Mildura district
Dowie Doole 2007 Chenin Blanc. Not sure if this qualifies as an alternative style, but we loved it anyway. Don't drink it too cold!
Vintina 2003 Sangiovese from the Hunter Valley - very good.
Can I finish with a couple of Chilean Carmeneres that I tried this year. Arboleda 2006 and a Caliterra 2006 were both excellent examples of this very interesting variety, but both could do with more time in the cellar. Sorry that they are not Australian, but a straight aussie Carmenere is hard to find. One of the best aussie Carmenere blends I tried this year was an Amietta 'Angels' Share' from the Geelong region, which is a 65% Cabernet 35% Carmenere blend and is a very good wine that will improve with time.
That's my lot, so let's hope that 2009 brings some more great alternative wines.
(Bob initially commented on Brian's list
. But as his comment was really a list on its own I have made its own special page, as it deserves...Darby, editor)
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