- ultra pale in the glass with light legs
- I found the nose grassy with a touch of waxiness
- sharp palate, this has full acids with notes of lime-citrus & mildly garrigue
Vibrant - this was a brilliant way to start: it opened everyone's palates & made me excited to try more.
- the color of pale straw with a hint of lemon
- refreshing nose of floral, apricot-stonefruit & a touch of minerality
- crisp full acids, sharp minerality came through immediately on the palate with some young stonefruit & citrus at the end
I never would have guessed Chardonnay. The winemaker has created her own zingy interpretation & what a wonderful way to start a meal. Try it like a Macon - with your richer cream based dishes & soft brie.
Oldfield Series 2-Blend White, $23
- once again, I found this very pale in the glass
- moderately intense nose of buttery stonefruit - which almost made me think of a Californian Chardonnay (without the oak)
- moderately intense acids with lots of lime, young stonefruit, melon & green apple
I found myself comparing this alot to one of the predominant varietals in the blend; the Chardonnay (31%). But - then the 1-3% Muscat comes along in the nose and gives you some lush fruit & wild florals. Interesting blend with a variety of food pairing options. Grilled spot prawns anyone?
- almost transparent in the glass
- a full, huge Gewurztraminer nose; roses, lush stonefruit, lychee
- moderate+ acids... very crisp with a palate of grapefruit & stonefruit. Not what I would expect, the body was light & the acids quite high
This surprised me as well. I've never had Tinhorn wines before (except the Late Harvest Kerner which is brilliant), and haven't had a Gewurztraminer that was so acidic - so sharp and aggressive. I must admit that although it's not my particular taste, I found it invigorating & once again, would see it pairing wonderfully with rich seafood. Try butter poached crab/lobster.
Pinot Noir, $19
- moderate cherry/garnet center with moderate legs
- moderate+/full- intense nose of PINOT NOIR! Beautifully rich cherry, strawberry & cherry blossom. Lovely layers & a joy to savor
- moderate+ acids, moderate+ tannins - I found the tannins a bit chewy (John Schreiner advises decanting - http://www.johnschreiner.blogspot.com/ ) a perhaps they got in the way of the fruit a bit. Notes of leather, mild cigar box, dried apples & cranberries
Cabernet Franc, $18 **Buy this Now!**
- a moderate garnet centre with a cherry rim & moderate legs
- moderate++ Merlot nose. Please forgive me, but that's how I explain it - it was ripe plums & blackberry and all I could think was "Merlot" - but it isn't (lol)
- moderate acids were balanced by moderate++ tannins which were also chalky & chewy. Rich flavors of cherry, blackberry & black currant... I wanted to drink this all night
A luscious wine. Moderate+ body with a dynamically strong structure, I think this wine drinks superbly well now (decant decant decant) - or let it sit for a few years & open a treasure! This reminded me of Beni di Batasiolo Barolo... a wine for sitting and thinking.
- deep garnet center with the slightest strawberry rim
- moderate+ intense nose of deep earth, baie rouges & plums
- moderate+ acids with moderate++/full- tannin (chalky/chewy). Flavors of blackberry & black currant
A moderate+ body and long structure - I felt another few years might soften the tannins enough to allow more fruit to showcase. Others have simply opened the bottle and drunk it slowly over 5 days! Well, another reason to use the decanter.
Oldfield Merlot, $28 **Excellent Value**
- deep garnet center with a pronounced cherry/brick rim
- soft & sophisticated dark berry nose with a touch of pepper
- moderate+ acids with moderate++ tannin. Fully intense flavors of dark berries & a hint of spicy dark chocolate
This reminded me of full bodied Australian reds from the Barossa Valley. Perhaps that shows my lack of training, but there it is. Excellent structure, I would drink this any day of the week, and share it only with people I like (which is just about everyone - lol).
Oldfield Syrah, $35
- deep, deep garnet center with very little rim
- fully intense nose with lilies, plums & hot alcohol
- full acids & moderate+ tannins.... the fully intense flavors in this wine threw me off... I noted very sharp acids, currants & cranberries
My palate failed me here I assume. No excuses - I thought it was Gamay Noir with it's high acids & light to moderate body... forgive me, but I obviously learn from mistakes. It has an excellent structure and felt completely refreshed by it, but alas - I missed all of the beauty and poetry that so many have noted in this fine example of crafts(wo)manship.
So a wonderful evening. The grand unveiling of this blind tasting was done by 7pm (online & live on Twitter!) and I was home by 8:30 to go through my notes. What a truly lovely selection of wines. Rich, vibrant reds & uniquely crafted whites, all with character, and all with reasonable price points: all of the regular wines are under $20 and the Oldfield series are $35 and under. It's value for your money & I look forward to seeing the next development where some wines will be held at the winery for an extra 12 months... when do we taste the 2008 Pinot Noir?