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 a popular variety there, Vermentino would do well in their warm Clare Valley climate.
And so quickly was their first-production Vermentino snapped-up a year ago, it encouraged them to “really get behind the variety and increase the make” in coming years… so that now they’ve just released a 2015 that 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 for this true-blue Aussie Mr Mick Vermentino was sourced from a single vineyard in the south of the Clare Valley, and which has given the wine wonderful apple and nashi pear flavours
Excellent as a pre-dinner tipple on its own, at $17 a bottle from fine wine retailers you’ll find it a beaut match as well with pork loin chops with a quince paste, and oven-baked.
ONE TO NOTE: EDEN HALL did the right thing with their 2013 Block 4 Eden Valley Shiraz that they released only late last year, giving the wine nearly two years in French oak and more than another year in bottle before that release.
That cellaring’s made it a very rewarding drop with a subtle nose of spice, white pepper and chocolate, and out of the glass fills the mouth with nicely fleshy red and black fruit flavours, lovely balance and velvety tannins.
One to enjoy now with grilled beef ribs, duck or game dishes, it is well worth the $40rrp. And it would also make for a good investment at that price, too, to put one, two or even more away in the cellar for special-occasion enjoyment anything up to 20 years down the track…
SHARE this now with grilled beef ribs, duck or game dishes, or enjoy even more- so up to 20 years down the track
A REWARDING pre-dinner tipple, also a great match with pork loin chops with a quince paste and oven-baked.
Written by David Ellis