A month in the media – See what these journalists thought about our wines in October.
Tre Bicchieri – Gambero Rosso
90 pts – Alison Napjus (Wine Spectator): This minerally white is fine and creamy, with lemony acidity well-meshed with flavors of poached apricot, star fruit, almond blossoms and a rich hint of pastry cream. Garganega. Drink now through 2025. 7,000 cases made, 1,000 cases imported.
92 pts – Alison Napjus (Wine Spectator): A poised white, with baked pineapple and yellow plum fruit flavors that are ripe and enticing, buoyed by juicy acidity and a subtle tang of salinity. Reveals hints of elderflower, slivered almond, chalk and ground ginger on the lingering finish. Garganega and Chardonnay. Drink now through 2027. 9,000 cases made, 1,000 cases imported.
93 pts – Andrew Graham (Oz Wine Review): These Deep Down wines are seriously exciting. Organic, lofi Marlborough releases of uncommon intensity. Seriously uncommon. There seems to more layers, more width, extra everything. It doesn’t always work – this Deep Down Arneis 2021 pushes the cheesy grippy edges of the variety – but man there is excitement under this label. Indeed there is a Kaleidoscopic nose on this Arneis. Hay, fennel, straw, some cashew butter nutty oxidative edges. The lot. The palate manages to be a this big wall of cheesy citrus and pear fruit with skin contact grip and push. The acidity feels lower than it might actually be, which just makes the palate seem broad, but expansive. So much going on – concentration for days, even if it’s just a smidgen wooly and wild. Impressive, if not an easy wine.
94 pts – Winestate Magazine’s World’s Greatest Shiraz/Syrah XVII Wine Show: A very young but impressive shiraz with a spicy mulberry bouquet with hints of plums and a tight elegant palate.
Winsor Dobbin (Ciao Magazine): Spouses and winemaking team Ian and Suzanne Little are right on target with this savoury Hunter Valley shiraz that is in the zone at four years of age and offers a whole lot of immediate drinking pleasure. A single vineyard wine using grapes from Broke-Fordwich, this is only made in outstanding years and has plenty of fruit intensity along with a silky-smooth finish on the palate. We paired this with a juicy steak and kidney pie, and it would be an outstanding dinner party choice.
92 pts – Gabrielle Poy (The Real Review): Notes of brioche mix with wet rocks, fennel and pears. It draws you in. The palate is long and fine with a pleasing pithy phenolic finish and a minerally streak which adds texture. There’s a pulse and nervous energy to this wine that draws you back for more
91 pts – Gabrielle Poy (The Real Review): Notes of spiced honey, wet stones and green pears make way for an energetic and nervy core of fruit. A fine line of acidity pulsates through, injecting vibrancy into the wine.
92 pts – Aaron Brasher (The Real Review): Aromas of charred wood, wet earth, spice, cedar and blackcurrant. Full bodied, plenty of plum and mulberry teaming nicely with savoury, grippy, chalky tannins and shapely acidity. Lovely texture and length
October 28th was International Champagne Day – Check out our featured Champagnes on Matilda Marseilaise’s Blog here!