I do this blog for fun, the wines here are some of the very few I can be bothered to write up. The cream has risen.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Koltz Pagan Shiraz 2014

Suspense be damned, I rated it Excellent+++

I'm always a little hesitant to rate a wine that highly, it leaves no room if I think a future vintage/wine is better. What I can say, with less hesitation, is that the 2014 Pagan leaves me unable to imagine how a wine could actually be any better.

Apart from coming in a Methuselah, and being in my hands, of course.

I tried this over 3 days. If you don't know how the Pagan is made, perhaps refer to here.

Initially, in Pagan terms, I thought the fruit was perhaps a wee bit lighter, and with more noticeable mouth watering delicious morello like acidity, than previous incarnations. This was just during the brief tuning period, where a few hours of air allowed what was already a high quality instrument, to come into complete harmonic resonance and really start to sing.

The really impressive part of the performance for me, is how you taste this wine with your entire chemo-sensory system. I could taste it with the back of my throat, and smell it with the back of my nose. Not an uncommon thing with a single malt scotch, but this is not a monster wine, and in fact it's quite refined with the flavour coming in waves. Not shore break waves either, deep ocean waves that slowly fade to the distance minutes later.

Ironstone, cedar, star anise and a hint of cloves by day 3. A wonderful earthy savoury character around a balanced complex fruit core, the morello acid is still there but blending in so well you really only find it bobbing up occasionally in those big flavour waves.

If I didn't know it was Amarone style I'm not sure I would have picked it as such, it's just so impeccably balanced that nothing stands out. It's actually a hard wine to describe well, yes it's big, and yes it's a sipping wine, but it just gently rocks you, and reminds you life is very, very good.

Rated Excellent+++
$50 RRP (and, genuinely, worth it)

Oh, a few notes on the production for the curious. Dried for 6 weeks in the winery, 100% estate Bewitt Springs fruit, then 21 days ferment, finally aged in 2nd and 3rd use French oak for 22 months.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Koltz DogDay Shiraz 2015

Some people equate the saying "Dog Day" to mean a hot and sultry summer's day. However that's only because it's historically coincidental with summer in the northern hemisphere having the constellation of Canis Major aka Orion's Dog with it's main star Sirius, aka the Dog Star, barely above the horizon at sunrise, thus heralding the Dog Day to come.

The label thus says on Dog Days to expect the unexpected. Dog star or not, I expect that during the summer days of 2015 the signs were this was going to be the Siriusly good wine that it is.

The grapes are mainly from Blewitt Springs, with the remainder from a sand block in McLaren Flat. Open fermented for a coupla weeks and then near a year in mostly old oak, with 10% new oak for some complexity.

A crimson to purple edge, otherwise completely opaque. A nose initially of black cherries, dark chocolate, nutmeg and a hint of sandalwood. There is real power in this wine, even with a sensible 14.5% alc/v, it has simply oodles of fruit flavour that lingers for a long time. A solid backbone of satisfying rustic tannins, the antithesis of so many factory made wines these days. Very slurpable and satisfying indeed.

I tried this bottle over 3 days, and yes that took both willpower and substitution to accomplish. By day 3 the tannins were softening nicely, suggesting perhaps a year to three more cellaring would be of benefit. The power of the wine did not fade either, but the aromas evolved, and by day three I was getting a nice Moroccan tagine overtone.

Rated Highly Recommend++ and ***** value at $22 RRP