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The Now & Next in Wine

Last tasting of my hosted triple in Alto Adige. This time I talked about the Now & Next in wine exemplified by 18 different bottles. Many exciting bottles with some of my favourite wines. Here are my super-six – very personal – highlights of the evening.

Pearl Morissette Riesling 2017 “Cuvée Black Ball”, Ontario. A pure, taut, focused Riesling. Racy, bone-dry, lime, salinity, beautiful textural grip on the palate, lovely salinity and an excellent length. 

Ocean 8 Chardonnay “Verve” 2017 Mornington Peninsula. Restraint and elegant, white peach, lemon curd, long and lingering on the palate with a good dash of oak.

Matthiasson Refosco 2015, Napa Valley. What a beauty in the bottle. Very elegant, just 12.5 abv. Refreshing and linear with dark berries, violets, earth and fine-grained tannins. An excellent interpretation of this native Italian grape variety.

Fascinating also Timo Mayer´s Nebbiolo 2019, Yarra Valley. Very light ruby colour perfumed ripe cherry and blackberry with some rosehip. Chewy but well-crafted tannins. Complete different from Piedmont examples but worth more than a try.

The third Australian in the flight was Langmeil Shiraz 1843 Freedom Vineyard 2017, Barossa. It was crafted from 177-year-old vines. One of those wines, which I always touch me. Outstanding balance of freshness and luscious ripeness, an artwork of dark fruit layers, earth, liquorice, balsamic notes, dense and intense. Fine-grained tannins with an extremely long finish.

Podrum Radovanovic, Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve 2008, Serbia. A prime example of a superb Cab. Elegant with savoury blackberry, cassis, tobacco, earth and spice. Ripe but not loud. Superb grip of tannins and very long.