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New World in Serbia

Today, I enjoyed hosting a tasting with wines from the “new world” – more exactly from Australia, California, South Africa, and New Zealand here in Serbia. My white favourites included Tyrrell’s Vat 47 Chardonnay 2011 and the Vat 1 Hunter Valley Semillon. 

The Vat 47 Chardonnay impressed with its freshness and its multi-layered aromas of lemon curd, melon, quince, pear, hazelnut. The wood is well integrated, an attractive creaminess and a fine mineral finish add to the attractiveness. 

The Semillon is just starting to develop its characteristic toasty and bitter orange marmalade overtones. Fresh, very dense and very long on the finish. 

Among the red wines, I enjoyed the 2017 Amery vineyard Block 6 from Kay Brothers. 125-year-old vines produce a characteristically concentrated McLaren Vale Shiraz, which nevertheless comes across as very balanced and multi-layered and is only at the beginning of its development. Blackberry, black cherry, liquorice, balsamic spice, smoke, fine-grained tannin. 

Also excellent, among others: The Thistledown She’s Electric 2018 Grenache from McLaren Vale, Wird Wirra´s Angelus 2018, the Trinity Hill Syrah 2012 from Hawke´s Bay and the South African Constitution Road 2005 Shiraz from Robertson Winery.