Rutland Wine Society Tasting

Old vines of Australia

Instigated by Philip after his trip to Australia this time last year. He returned full of enthusiasm for this country that has a huge heritage of old vine stocks, the oldest soils in the world, a stable climate (apart from 2011) and dynamic winemakers who are very forward thinking.

What does an old vine give you? What is so special about them? Deep roots, more flavour, rich concentration. A vine that is young and vigourous produces 25 bunches, compared to an old vine which only produces just 5 bunches. The intensity and depth of flavours is fantastic.

We showed 7 wines Semillon Old Winery Tyrrells 2010 and 2009 from the Hunter Valley and compared the two vintages. Loads of history with the Tyrrells family back to 1864. 2010 gave a light fresh structure, lemon and lime characters with a clean refreshing finish, the 2009, still very fresh but had a slightly more rounded texture to it. The screwcap maintains the freshness in this wine showing that the vintage variation was minimal. Cork would have shown a marked difference.

Then we tasted Riesling Pikes 2010 from Clare Valley, very fresh, zippy, green apples orange blossom, citrus fruits, great minerality, lovely weight with a crisp finish. No petrol aromas here! Henry Pikes, founder in 1878 from Dorset England!

Turkey Flat Rose 2011 from Barossa Valley. 61% Grenache, 22% Shiraz, 12% Cab Sauv, 5% Dolcetto. Vines all planted on natural root stock, so heavier yields. Single vineyard from vines over 100 years old. This wine was very popular with the group. A lovely pink salmon hue. Fresh, vibrant, ripe summer fruit characters, soft tannins crisp, dry finish with lovely balance. 5% residual sugar allows the fruit flavours to shine. Great wine and on offer £9.99 at the moment!

The first red tasted was Baby Bush Hewitson 2009 from the Barossa Valley. The star of the night in my opinion. 100% Mourvedre aka Mataro. Made by Dean Hewitson. The cuttings come from vines planted in 1853 from the “Old Garden Vineyard”. Intense yet youthful flavours, classic richness and rusticity, herby and earthy with a rich velvety mouthfeel, soft and fully ripe tannins.
Miss Harry Hewitson 2009, 44% Grenache, 39% Shiraz, 8% Mourvedre, 4% Carignan, 4% Cinsault. Again made from deep rooted 100 year old vines, full concentrated ripe black and red fruits, racy acidity, giving elegance and vivacity and a long fresh finish.

Finally another favourite of the group was the Shiraz Quandong Farm Single Vineyard Paxton 2009, McLaren Vale, made biodynamically by David Paxton. 30 years of winemaking. 100% Shiraz. Lifted nose, smooth, balanced bright plum, spicy earthy round mouthfilling texture.

Tonight showed that old vines produce styles of wine that are well worth tasting!
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Posted on 23/03/2012
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