07 Fletcher Vineyard Riesling – Excellent style with well balanced RS. Nice.
07 Kidnappers Vineyard Chardonnay – A lean and elegant Chablis inspired style, Very good.
06 Le Sol Syrah – Extremely stylish red (I even picked out the miniscule addition of Viognier) and obviously well made. But still didn’t really do anything for me. Lacking a little intensity. Ridiculous price ($120!!)
Met the man himself and he is a very interesting and friendly guy.
Loved his wines.
He has three single vineyard 2008 Rieslings soon to be released under the ‘The Yard’ label, all very very good and all from the Great Southern (Mt Barker, Frankland River etc)
The ‘Whispering Hill’ 2008 Riesling in particular is something quite amazing. Serious structure, real fruit, its got to be the best young Riesling I have had this yr.
08 Margaret River Semillon Sauv very good too.
Under the Cherubino label there is another spectacular Mt Barker 08 Riesling and although his 06 Shiraz is definitely the product of a very average vintage for reds (Larry discarded half his fruit!), it is still a good-un
I prophesise a strong future for this label. Even his cheaper Pemberton Chard & ‘Ad Hoc’ wines are the goods.
Barossa Valley Estate ‘E Minor’ Shiraz 2005
Distinctively Barossan Shiraz at a great price ($15). Very drinkable.
De Bortoli Gulf Station Sauvignon Blanc 2007
Following it’s ‘Yarra Valley’ brother, this de-emphasises varietal characters for a slightly more textural style. Again very drinkable.