Yarra Yering Dry Red No.1 and No.2 are legendary Australian reds created by founder Dr Bailey Carrodus in 1973. However, his No.3 Dry Red flies well under the vinous radar. It’s sourced from a hillside block of Portuguese varieties. Current custodian Sarah Crowe, foot pressed the grapes in the Portuguese lagar way. Aromas of dark berry fruits vie with earthy and smoked meats. The palate is initially subdued, opening up to reveal a sinewy yet enticing red with length.
Maison Louis Jadot is one of the big players in Burgundy, founded in 1859. This terrific Savigny-les-Beaune is from the stellar 2015 vintage. La Dominode smells more earthy than fruity with truffles and moist undergrowth in the mix. The palate is tight with lots of umami flavours spiced by some cedary oak. The finish is long driven by fine pumice-like tannins with an echo of refreshing acidity.
The wines from Domaine de Marcoux are compelling – all have a special brightness and energy that biodynamic disciple Sophie Armenier brings to her wines. Grenache and syrah lead the way in this rouge, with a splash of carignan and the obscure caladoc. Buoyant aromatics of ripe cherry, dark plum and sandalwood give way to a juicy, fruit-fresh palate with underlying elements of star-anise and clove. Medium weight and unencumbered by oak, this is a delightful, all occasions red.
David Freschi keeps delivering quality wines. Take his latest La Signora, made from 70% Nebbiolo with the balance equal parts of shiraz and malbec from the Langhorne Creek vineyard, planted in 1972. Nebbiolo was a later planting and, while it may seem too hot for the variety, La Signora proves it’s not. Dried sour cherry, fading rose petal and exotic spices dominate the nose with gently persistent tannins driving the palate. The flavours are classic Nebbiolo with the shiraz and malbec adding depth.
Bring back the ‘goon’ and I don’t mean the Uni student’s best friend, the ‘goon bag’ but the original glass flagon. There’s something immensely pleasing about pouring a big drop of scarlet. I spied this splendid ‘goon’ on the bottom shelf at a wine store in the Southern Highlands. It’s a long way from home but it turns out both the Angelicus vineyard and the wine store are under the same ownership. And the wine – just what it purports to be, and easy drinking red with a Spanish twist. Ole!
Brian Freeman has done it again – well, with the help of his winemaking daughter, Xanthe. Their love and respect for the Veneto grapes, rondinella and corvina is palpable. This gorgeously slurpable Rosso, a blend of corvina and rondinella, fermented in stainless steel and matured in old oak for a year. The result is a fresh, breezy red with sweet, red berry fruits and savoury spices. The bright acidity and modest tannins combine to energise the finish.