Monday afternoon, tasting a lot of Arete wines with winemaker Richard Bate and with Jeremy Pringle from Wine Will Eat Itself.
Firstly the bottle Jeremy brought, Bird on a Wire Marsanne 2011.
A visible straw yellow colour.
Product of malolactic fermentation or was it contact with oxygen? A pleasant oily texture and mild acidity, i dont know how other to describe but a taste i like comparable to a pleasant cellared semillon from my limited past wine tasting experiences. Also according to my wobbly notes a mention of hints of Volatile Acidity which is supposedly a fault giving off a not clean taste but also a character building element some producers like Penfolds highly value.
Arête Sav Blancs
2009 being 2 years from release, still quite young, acidity still quite strong, probably due to the then orthodox sav blanc wine making procedures.
2010 really mild, can taste the malolactic being introduced in this vintage also some skin contact to complicate the texture and flavor.
2011 again more textural than sav Blancs that I am used to.
Jeremy explains that the capsicum aroma of youngish sav Blancs that are main stream are created without any oxygen contact or malolactic for that really characteristic crisp sharp taste.
Arete challenges that and i find it an interesting way to taste the grape.
Arête chatterbox shiraz
2008 apparently a not good vintage too sweet dry fruit characteristic. too much heat creating this. I didn’t mind. I thought it was quite an interesting wine with a strong perfume like scent.
2009 masculine big bold. Long aftertaste.
2010 similar to 09.
2011 perfume again, partly due to grapes from kanungra area of the barossa being famous for a nice aroma but again according to the expert, a fault of the grape not carrying too much body but just the sweetness and perfume scent, this year due to rainy weather, I found it very drinkable.
Arete Single Vineyard Greenock Shiraz
The premium single origin wines, hard to find a flaw, all balanced full body Shiraz from the best Shiraz area in the country.
2008 Slightly sweet? But nice!
2009 well balanced masculine wine with a long finish. very moreish.
Always truly stimulating to talk to passionate foodies (and winies!).