2015 SubRosa Grampians Shiraz Winefront Review

2015 SubRosa Grampians Shiraz_jpeg2015 SubRosa Grampians Shiraz – $30

Mike Bennie, Winefront 

91 Points

From a vineyard that Sub Rosa manage themselves. Only nine rows of shiraz in this vineyard. Natural ferment, de-stemmed fruit, hangs out in used oak for a while, no filtering or fining. “Kinda wanted it fresh and approachable”, says winemaker Adam Louder.

Peppery whiffs, dark berries and dark cherry, scents of Chinese five spice, anise. Light feeling in the palate, lick of leafiness and herbs over darker fruit, big dusting of pepper. Juicy, bright, squeaky acidity, velvety yet tightly wound and pure. High drinkability and good Grampians character.

Rated : 91 Points
Tasted : JUN16
Alcohol : 13.7%
Price : $35
Closure : Screwcap
Drink : 2016 – 2025


2015 SubRosa Pyrenees Shiraz Winefront Review

SubRosa 2015 Pyrenees Shiraz2015 SubRosa Pyrenees Shiraz – $30

Mike Bennie, Winefront 

92 Points

It’s just 17 kilometres from the Grampians shiraz in this range. Natural ferment, sees used oak. Winemaking kept very simple to reflect clear regionality.

Earthy, spicy scents, dusty cupboard, sniff of twigs and briar. Crisp in texture, some sweet, red and black fruitiness, white peppery spice, lick of mint and herbs. Nice, cool, restrained, even flow to this wine. Doesn’t match the reading of 14.9% on the label, evenly balanced and more genteel. Sleek. Lovely drink.

Rated : 92 Points
Tasted : JUN16
Alcohol : 14.9%
Price : $30
Closure : Screwcap
Drink : 2016 – 2022

 


2015 SubRosa Pyrenees Viognier Winefront Review

viognier2015 SubRosa Pyrenees Viognier – $30

Mike Bennie, Winefront

93 points

Small, very lo-fi producer out of Central Victoria, a shed, some old barrels and flexi-tanks, couple of tonnes of fruit for each wine. Lovely family duo of Nancy Panter and Adam Louder. Panter and Louder sound like the neighbours you don’t want, but these are genuine, lovely humans so there’ll be no issue. This viognier is all from the Pyrenees, and I believe from Blue Pyrenees estate vineyards. Louder says “I was trying to make a well structured viognier.  It gets six months on lees, gets stirred, hangs out with some oak staves”.

Spicy scents, whiff of almond, apricot, but stone fruit is not the main deal. It’s a pleasing, complex scent. Hits the palate with rocket of acidity set amongst some crunch and juiciness. Unusual for viognier, offering chomp and refreshment with plenty of architecture. Not an oily, slippery mess. Good nut kernel savouriness to finish too. Good gear.

Rated : 93 Points
Tasted : JUN16
Alcohol : 14.3%
Price : $30
Closure : Screwcap
Drink : 2016 – 2019


2013 SubRosa Chardonnay Winefront Review

2013 SubRosa Mast Hill Chardonnay – $25chard2

Mike Bennie, Winefront

93 points

I love getting wind of new wine projects from Australia, but I also sometimes feel overwhelmed by how much new wine is out there. All sorts of things come across the desk, from exciting through to downright awful, and when one of my editors from Gourmet Traveller Wine magazine asked me to hook up with some of her winemaking friends from the Grampians, I felt I might be taking one for the team. It was a hunch that went wrong.

Sub Rosa is a winery to watch. The first releases have hit the market this year and are striking for their regional verity, (affordable) price points and deliciousness. Adam Louder is the winemaker, and has an enviable resume that reads like, ‘winemaker alongside Trevor Mast at Mount Langi’, ‘Chateau Araujo in California owned by Chateau Latour’, ‘winemaking at Xanadu and Pierro in Margaret River’ and the like. He describes his time with Mast as a kind of master and apprentice scenario. It’s all pretty darn potent.

Louder has eked out fruit from some vineyard sources he’s had his eye on for some time. He’s gone the garagiste route and fermented his first wines in flex tanks and dropped some staves in for when oak complexity is required. Natural ferments, no additions (likely couldn’t afford them yet even if needed, though Louder is decidedly committed to low/no intervention anyway) and though inspired by Mount Langi, not trying to make Mount Langi wines.

That being said, the connections are visceral. The vineyard that this fruit comes off one is the one where Trevor Mast lived. The fruit was handpicked, then friends dropped off from picking, got tired, had to go home, so it went slow, then slower again as the the press took 24 hours to work, then died, and in the end Louder borrowed Mt Langi’s press. Natural ferment, sent to a flex tank and a few staves were put in. It sat on full solids for 18 months.

Rich scents somewhere between nougat, ripe stone fruits, melon and ripe citrus. It’s really attractive and rich, but there’s a briny lift which keeps things more lively. Interesting any way. It’s slippery in texture, inwardly concentrated, big on grape flavour, rippling with ripe fruit but finishes with cool, refreshing, very natural feeling crisp acidity. This is delicious. Proper chardonnay. Run at it. 

Rated : 93 Points
Tasted : JUN15
Alcohol : 14.5%
Price : $25
Closure : Screwcap
Drink : 2015 – 2023

2013 SubRosa Shiraz Winefront Review
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2013 SubRosa Shiraz Winefront Review

shirz22013 SubRosa Mount Cole Shiraz, Grampians – $41

Mike Bennie, Winefront

90 points

Some more intel on this producer if you click here. Definitely someone to watch.

About 30% comes off Malakoff vineyard in the Pyrenees. The rest comes from the Mount Cole site in the Grampians. The next release will be from 2015; 2014 was skipped over. “I wanted to make it 100% Malakoff, and made that portion whole bunch, and it had great aroma, but didn’t have the weight, so I blended for a better wine”, says winemaker Adam Louder. Louder worked with Trevor Mast at Mount Langi, amongst many high profile places, and is setting sail on his own winemaking project, looking to produce wines that show where they come from, with little in the way of veils in winemaking.

Smells quite ripe, a touch of the dried fruits, but not untoward, you just get a richness in the bouquet meshed to anise, sweet spice, mustard powder, asphalt – pretty attractive perfume. It’s medium bodied, slippery in texture, feels very concentrated, but then also quite fresh riding on its peppery spice,  fine tannin web and crisp acidity. A bit short, but forgiven for ease of drinking. Satisfying shiraz here. Has a really good feel.

Rated : 90 Points
Tasted : JUN15
Alcohol : 14.7%
Price : $41
Closure : Screwcap
Drink : 2015 – 2025

2013 SubRosa Nebbiolo Winefront Review
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2013 SubRosa Nebbiolo Winefront Review

2013 SubRosa Mount Cole Nebbiolo, Gram2013 Nebbiolopians – $25

Mike Bennie, Winefront

92 points

There some more information on Sub Rosa on the SubRosa Chardonnay 2013 review here.

This comes from Mount Cole vineyard. About six kilometres north of Mount Langi. There’s one acre of nebbiolo planted here, planted 1999/2000. “It’s a prick of a spot; doesn’t get much sunlight. Howling winds come through. It’s really hard to get ripe. But I love working in this block. Makes it pretty unique”, says winemaker Adam Louder. Interestingly, and another one to chalk up for a very good vineyard tasting, from 2015 this wine will be from Malakoff Vineyard in the Pyrenees. “I had no idea what I was doing when I came at this. After three days in an open fermenter the skins looked like shit, so I stopped plunging and let it do its own thing. Gassed it and shrunk wrap it; let it go”. It’s a lighter shade of nebbiolo that’s emerged.

Good scents of almonds and walnut husks, red fruits, briar. Light, fresh, engaging perfume. It’s light and juicy to taste, savoury as all get out, touched up with cranberry like acidity and amaro sour-sweetness. Shows the variety very well, albeit in a lighter framework, and feels ultra refreshing to drink. Very fine, long, sandy tannins drag flavours long. Great expression.

Rated : 92 Points
Tasted : JUN15
Alcohol : 12.9%
Price : $25
Closure : Screwcap
Drink : 2015 – 2020

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