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

2013 SubRosa Shiraz Winefront Review
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