Found this on lineNever seen the cabernet.
I think I have a vague memory of the Dolcetto, but not enough to tell you much more than I don't remember it standing out to me in any way?
Did the lockdown takeaway from the Union Hotel yesterday for the Grand Final, a date night pack for two, roast lamb shoulder, potato, carrot, beans, onion and sweet potato chips and a bottle of wine for $50, wasn't expecting a lot but food wise it was enough to be feed 3 people comfortably and maybe 4 at a stretch so left overs tonight, wasn't expecting much from the wine either but it was a 2019 Little Giant Shiraz and went perfectly with the lamb, it was typically plummy but had a spicier follow through while staying nice and soft, it was more a drink now wine and a perfect foil for the lamb so i didn't have to raid my red cabinet.
That is a great deal for $50. Couldn't do it own your own for that.
Time to be a company man - James Busby McLaren Vale Shiraz 2019.
I wanted to hate this wine, I really wanted to. The best I can come up with is that I wouldn't pay $25 for a bottle. But as a drink? Very drinkable Shiraz, classic Aussie style more reminiscent of Barossa than McLaren. Would not recommend putting any away, definitely a drink now wine.
I'll have to give it a look. Grenache Blanc is starting to pop up a lot lately.2021 (or 2020? Iunno man what day is it?) Yangarra Blanc.
Really cool blend. Reckon @Drew-Sta would get right around it. Grenache Blanc, Roussanne, Picpoul, Clairette and Bourboulenc. Even I had to look the last one up in the ol' wine atlas, tbh.
Whole bunches, fermented and then matured separately on lees (4 months) in a mixture of ceramic and well seasoned French oak.
So. Good. It takes a touch of richness from the lees but barely any, really, more like a structural contribution. Pears, but partly cooked, think pear tart with some patisserie creme. The structure is what I really enjoy, they've nailed the Rhone Blanc IMO. That soft fruit fullness early, into a green apple crunch, some herbs and then finishing with slate, almost salt-stone with the lees giving you one last lingering cashew note.
I had their noir the other day too and got through it too quickly to even think much about it, which is always a good sign.
I'll have to give it a look. Grenache Blanc is starting to pop up a lot lately.
Also, @Scott Gourley's Lovechild and @Bazal - grab a 6 pack of my wine and let me know what you think.