Released only late last year, Eden Hall did the right thing with their 2013 Block 4 Eden Valley Shiraz, giving the wine nearly two years in French oak and more than another year in bottle before release.
That cellaring’s made it a very rewarding drop with a subtle nose of spice, white pepper and chocolate, and it fills the mouth with fleshy red and black fruit flavours, a lovely balance and velvety tannins.
One to enjoy now with grilled beef ribs, duck or game dishes, or to stick in the cellar for special-occasion enjoyment anything up to 20 years down the track…
Winemaker at Mr Mick Wines in the Clare Valley, Tim Adams and his wife Pam Goldsack (the company’s General Manager) were on the money when several visits to Sardinia had them thinking that Vermentino, a popular variety there, would do well in their warm Clare Valley climate.
And they were right: their first-production Vermentino was snapped-up so quickly a year ago that it encouraged them to “really get behind the variety and increase the make in coming years…”
Their just-released 2015 Vermentino really hits the spot. Modelled in classic Italian style – Vermentino’s a mainstay in Liguria in the country’s north-west and Sardinia in its south, as well as in near-neighbouring (French) Corsica – the fruit was sourced from a single vineyard in the south of the Clare Valley and has given the wine wonderful apple and nashi pear flavours.
And while excellent on its own as a pre-dinner tipple, you’ll also find it a beaut match with oven-baked pork loin chops.