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