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Junior 2022 Nebbiolo
NOSE: Creaming soda, rose petals, red currants and sandalwood.
PALATE: Succulent cherry fruits slide on a dynamic wave of tart acidity, lapping on the shores of sandy tannins that build into a playful castle of structure.
PLATE: Veal or porcini and sage pasta.
CELLAR: 15 years
Fleet-footed, full-throttle; JUNIOR plays the room with vibrant ruby fruit and repartee at the ready. Sour cherry pie stolen from the window sill, this approachable, easy-drinking red is a must-try offering bound to leave its mark.
Tight acid rounded by dusty tannin gives this Nebbiolo a chewiness not always present in other showings of the varietal, with a nose boasting rhubarb, cassia and raspberry licorice. Taut and structured, JUNIOR paves his own way. Stubborn? Maybe. But like his namesake uncle, he gets results.
Corrugated Castle 2021 Chardonnay
NOSE: White flowers, flint, white stonefruit, golden apples.
PALATE: Bright and zesty upfront with grassier elements that resolve into a creamy, pillowy soft leesy finish slathered over the thick brioche.
PAIR: Crayfish, snapper or roasted cauliflower.
CELLAR: Up to 10 years.
This is the style of Chardonnay that really gets me going! Tart acidity like biting into a fistful of soursobs, plush white stonefruits and a whiff of flinty reduction all held together with a lick of oak and a golden leesy texture. Wild yeast, partial MLF, fermented in 40% new French oak puncheons; again another wine of detailed winemaking yet still showing the pedigree of this Chardonnay vineyard. From a high elevation vineyard that is just amazing for Chardonnay, and the grower is meticulous in his management of the vines. It's generous yet driven, proud yet subtle - just the way Chardonnay should be.
Pâté 2022 Trousseau
NOSE: Confectionary, potpourri and spiced earth.
PALATE: Soft with an elegant vibrancy, the palate unwinds to reveal dusty structure and confectionary aromatic fruits and an intruiging earthy note.
PAIR: Pâté, cured meats and pickled things.
CELLAR: Up to 10 years.
Trousseau is here! The Portuguese called this grape variety Bastardo (no further translation necessary) due to its notoriety in the vineyard, yet as a wine it's a wonderfully rustic variety. This might look like a soft little Rosé but there's a depth here that belies its lighter hue - wild cherries mixed with an ethereal earthiness all bound together by a solid textural core - translated from winespeak this reads as 'it's yummy AND interesting'. Served slightly chilled for the best effect, it's one of the most exciting wines from a very exciting vintage; it's true AB&D in a glass.