Wines - 2013 YP Sete Di Vino
36% Barbera 34 % Lagrein 30 % Dolcetto
“Thirst for Wine” — a fitting name for this delicious, dangerously drinkable blend of 36% Barbera, 34% Lagrein & 30% Dolcetto and a tip of the hat to the beautiful Italian varieties that seem made for enjoying with good friends and good food. Bruised red/purple in colour with lifted aromas of dark & black-fruits, satsuma plum, blackberry and black cherry characters lead the way with a touch of fragrant mulberry lift. Underlying hints of forest floor, Asian spice, violets, bramble, dark licorice, freshly cut fennel and deep earthy notes.
Bright and detailed on the palate with primary fruit flavours of black cherry, juicy plum and brambly black-fruits, with wine flows across the palate with a pure flavour profile and savoury swagger. The fruit flavours are underscored by a raft of sweet spice, licorice, purple flowers, crushed earth, fallen leaves, almond paste and jasmine high tones. It’s a lovely fragrant wine with a stony, savoury presence on the palate — unctuous and fresh, with a high drinkability factor. It’s at the lighter end of medium bodied and floats over the scales at 12% alcohol, making a wine that we like to think sits confidently at the table matching pasta and light meat dishes — think a rowdy table of friends dining together and this delicious, sessionable red blend will win over your hearts and palates.
These 3 varieties were hand picked over a 2 week period between 26th February and 7th March. All parcels were fermented in open fermenters for between 13 and 22 days and gently basket pressed. These small parcels of wine were then transferred to 100% old French barrels for 15 months maturation. This wine has had minimal intervention to maintain purity, unfined and unfiltered prior to bottling.
Bottled – 11th July 2014
pH – 3.55
TA – 7.45
Alc – 12 %
Vegan Friendly and Organic principles.
All parcels of grapes were grown on the western edge of the Barossa by the Farquhar family using a traditional Italian method of high density planting (6500 vines per hectare). A combination of several clones on different rootstocks, grown at approximately 180-190m above sea level in a variance of soils from black loam on limestone through to alluvial clay.
The vineyard was tended to using Organic principles but isn’t certified at present.
- Steve Leszczynski - Qwine
- Stuart Robinson - The Vinsomniac
In my mind a significant improvement over the 2012 (caveat emptor: that could be me, vintage, earlier picking, appropriate food pairing, all of the above).
The the wine in question: Initially savoury, woody, suggestions of caramel balsamic. I could continue to reel off lists of descriptors here. Suffice to say fruit and florals play their part too.
Goes well with food, here the acid laps up a rich tomato based sauce. Without, it does stand out a little. On a good length with a little rose water sweetness on exit. Happy days here. Score 91