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Umani Ronchi Casal di Serra Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi 2009

Vintage: 2009

Country: Italy

Region: Marche 

 

Overview: Umani Ronchi Casal di Serra Verdicchio dei Castelli Jesi, try saying that three times quickly. Just the variety itself is a tongue twister, Verdicchio. It’s easy to see why people are scared from these kinds of wines when the label is like some obscure riddle so let’s break it down. Umani Ronchi is the producer, Casal di Serra is what Umani Ronchi have named this wine, Verdicchio is the variety and Castelli di Jesi is the sub-region that the fruit has come from in Marche. This is a DOC Classico Superiore classified wine which means it comes from a region recognised for growing Verdicchio and is from a historic zone from which the wine has gained fame. Sometimes deciphering a label is half the battle.

Verdicchio is a variety that is not too common in Australia, the variety produces wines that developed as they age and typically display characters of citrus and straw. I’ve heard it to be likened to a Hunter Semillon. If you’re a wine wanker like me you might prefer to say that a Hunter Semillon is similar to Verdicchio in style.

Tasting note: Golden in colour, this is a sign of the wine’s development. A nose of honey and lemon. The palate is toasty with a hint of straw there is a touch of pineapple on the back palate but this wine mostly displays lovely savoury tones, rosemary, a soft acid and a mouth feel that is not creamy as such by incredibly full.

           

Final Say: Want a wine perfect for seafood? Then go out a grab a bottle of this wine. It has those savoury tones that are hard to find anywhere other than in Italian white wines. It sells for between $25-$30 a bottle, a steal for a wine that sits in the classification of DOC Classico Superiore.  

 

Score: 16.5 out of 20 A damn good drop. (83 out of 100)

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Dӧnnhoff Oberhäuser Leistenberg Riesling Kabinett 2009

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Vintage: 2009

Variety: Riesling

Country: Germany

Region: Nahe

Overview: So if you haven’t guessed already this is a German wine, a Riesling to be exact. Kabinett is a style of making Riesling that basically means off-dry and is traditionally as dry as a German Riesling will get though there has been a push for producers to break with tradition and start making a drier style of Riesling as the popularity for sweeter wines has dropped substantially over the past few years. German Rieslings and the Kabinett style in particular ooze balance without the need to go as dry as our Clare Valley of Eden Valley Rieslings; the reason being is the interplay of sugar and acid. Acid is ever present in wine but like sugar it needs to be balanced, for instance you would not sit down and eat an entire lemon, unless you’re into self inflicted flagellation, why? Because it’s far too acidic but you would sit down and eat an orange because here we have a fruit that has sugar to balance the acid. The exact same applies for wine. A lot of people are put off from Germanic Riesling because of the influx of the cheap, sweet wines twenty years ago but believe me Kabinett style Riesling is one of the best styles of Riesling you can drink, especially with food that is a touch spicy.

Tasting Note: A delicate, lemon colour. On the nose there is lanolin and orange blossom. The palate is softly constructed by flavours of citrus, orange sherbet, sandalwood and green apple peel and is supported by a fine, linear acid.

Final say: Don’t let sweet scare you off, some of the best wines in the world are sweet or off dry, just know that there are few producers who seem set on destroying the reputation of good sweet wine. As I said, a chicken stir fry with a bit of chilli is a perfect match for this wine. You can pick this up for around $45 a bottle so treat yourself.

Score: 17.5 Freakin’ Awesome (88 out of 100).

All of the information above has come from my own brain and books; Wikipedia was not, at any stage consulted.

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First Drop Mere-et-fils Chardonnay 2010

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Variety: Chardonnay

Region: Adelaide Hills, Australia  

          Overview: At the same time as paying a homage to the Chardonnay regions of France (Chablis and Burgundy) it also sticks it’s middle finger up at then and blows raspberries at them. Its label takes inspiration from the understated France labelling system but adds all those confusing terms that the French love to use. For instance in place of the term appellation controllée (which means the wine comes from a controlled region that is known for producing a certain variety eg, a Chardonnay from Chablis would be able to use the term appellation controllée) the clever fellows at First Drop have used the term appellation non controllé (which means the wine comes from a non controlled area for the variety). Unlike France, Italy, Spain, Portugal and Germany, all major countries that have been making wine for far longer than Australia, Australia has no policing of what is produced where, this means that a region that is not known for producing Chardonnay eg. McLaren Vale, can still produce a Chardonnay and sell it as a ‘Premium’ wine. Whereas in France if a region like Rhone Valley produced a Chardonnay they would only be able to release it under the quality status of vin de pays, a table wine of a region that does not normally grow this variety. The back label of this wine is spliced with French and English terms that only people with intimate knowledge of the industry would find humorous.

            Tasting Notes: The colour is what initially impressed me with its vibrant, pale lemon. Yes I am aware that it sounds strange to be getting so excited over a wine’s colour but the colour of the wine can tell you a lot about the wine itself. On the nose the vanillin oak and brioche characters dominate, these characters follow onto the palate and are joined with flavours of peach, minerality, a lovely toastiness, citrus and a balanced acid.

Final Say: This wine is an elegant style of Chardonnay, not over oaked and the fruit balance is perfect. I’ve been told by the supplier that only a small amount of this wine was made and after looking around I only found it at one website for $25 a bottle, I got mine for $18.99 a bottle but most sellers have sold out of it by now so if you have it in your cellar as I do then you are one lucky sucker.

Score: 17.5 Freakin’ awesome (88 out of 100).

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