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The Wine Front – Bannockburn has never done things by halves when it comes to its sauvignon blanc. This 2017 release was made in three separate batches: one partially destemmed with skin contact, one barrel fermented and the third fermented in tank. It’s low in alcohol, but almost sweet with fruit ripeness. Sweet fruit but cutting acidity. Fun and then serious. Lemon, almonds, florals and metal. Red apples and rose petals. It’s as much nuance as drive, though there’s plenty of the latter. In all honesty – and we don’t say this often of sauvignon blanc – it needs a little time. Though there is a great deal to admire here. And that’s without mentioning the check of chubbiness to the texture, which works a treat.
James Halliday – Announces its credibility with the first whiff of the bouquet, equally quickly confirmed by the palate. This is very good stuff, fully ripe at 12.5%, and not looking to be a wannabe sauvignon blanc. It's white peach first up, then pink grapefruit takes command on the back-palate and finish.
The Wine Front – Wild yeast, low sulphur, no new oak. An unfettered view of shiraz in a Great Western landscape. Great Western shiraz rarely smacks you between the eyes. Indeed back in the day I’d always read reviews of Seppelt Great Western Shiraz, go out and buy said wine, and wonder why wine writers always raved over them. It’s a style that grows on you over time. This wine from Lethbridge tastes of leather and plum, mint and black cherry, with a subtle-but-not-overt infusion of dry spice, not quite into pepper but almost there. It has a rude freshness to it in spite of its leathery undercurrents. The drinkability factor here is high to say the least. Few things are as magnetic as purity.
The Wine Front – Great to see a wine that delivers such a robust amount of flavor and perfume, without losing structure and drinkabilty. It’s a have your cake and eat it wine! Strange thing to say, but close your eyes, and you could almost imagine a Pinot Noir. There’s a good deal of high quality oak laying down sweet spiced biscuits and perfume over white cherries and plum, nectarine, and aniseed too. Medium weight, with juicy ruby red grapefruit acidity and flavour, distinctly flinty and delightful texture, offering a heady mix of restraint and power. Finish is long, spicy and crisply mouth-watering. Great Chardonnay, and I suspect, there’s more to come.