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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 Pinot Noir
NOSE: Bright sour cherries, dark berries and exotic spices in a mortar and pestle, with fresh summer rain squeezed out of the dirt from a forest floor.
PALATE: Ethereal and satin smooth, velvety tannins are supported by the energetic acidity that draws out the palate far into the future.
PAIR: Crispy skin duck breast or a rare cheeseburger, miso eggplant.
CELLAR: Up to 15 years.
Whisson Lake is a magical vineyard that's planted solely to Pinot Noir and at over 600m, it has one of the highest elevations of any vineyard in the Adelaide Hills which shows through in the wonderfully elegant perfumed aromas. For the Pinot nerds amongst you, the clones are a big ol' mix: D5V12, MV6, 114, 115; with the ferments layered with 30% whole bunches, 30% footstomped for over and hour and topped with the remainder as whole berry component. On skins for 4 weeks and gently basket pressed to old oak for a year, with nearly another year of bottle age on it. It's this level of detail and finesse from both the vineyard and winemaking processes that make this such a unique and special wine.
X - 008 2022 Carignan
NOSE: Pink flowers, red berries and a slight hint of jamon.
PALATE: Light and delicate yet backed with a chalky structure that safely houses the perfumed fruits.
PAIR: Jamon, grilled sardines or a heirloom tomato salad.
CELLAR: Up to 10 years.
Carignan is a lovely and unique variety. Most often used in blends to add colour, structure or acidity, it also stands beautifully on it's own, using it's rustic charm to seduce and enlighten. This is my favourite Carignan we've made, using less whole bunch than we have in the past which allows for the earthy fruits to be expressed with that slight herbal note adding a complexing element without being the dominating character. I'm not sure what it is about Carignan that I find so alluring, but every year it's a wine I just love to make.