Sorry, this isn't Langhorne Creek, just a pic I took at Big Bob's place in Eden Valley.
Who :: Matt Wenk of Two Hands fame. This is his ‘private label’ (his words, not mine), dedicating to showcasing Matt’s talents.
Where :: Langhorne Creek. The unsung hero of Australian wine, this workhorse of a region has been providing rich, luscious fruit to some Australia’s most well known and popular wines/wineries for over one hundred years. Now labels like the cult Noon, effervescent Bremerton and fabled Bleasedale are helping this region carve a solid and growing reputation.
What :: Zinfandel or Primitivo in Italia. Not a common grape in Australia, it is the ‘king of California’, occasionally known as America’s gift to the wine world. You think Shiraz can make monster wines? Shiraz ain’t got nothing on Zinfandel. Poorly made examples are truly OTT, highly alcoholic (16%++) and lacking structure. In the right hands though (Ridge in California make a selection of killer Zinfandel blends that are my personal favourites, the Southern Italians also make some great examples) it can be balanced, hedonistic and one of the most luscious wine experiences imaginable.
Colour :: Deep, deep magenta with an almost burnt orange rim.
Aroma :: Massive, intense, clean, complex and enthralling aromas that literally leap from the glass. Ribena cordial, dark cherries, stewed fruits, earth, raisins and a delightful floral lift. Threatens to edge into OTT territory, but I don’t mind a gloriously aromatic nose as long as the palate is balanced.
Palate :: Smoother than Barry White covered in treacle, this is silk personified on the palate. But there is balance, structure and a smidge of refinement. Cascading dark berries, stewed apricots and a well managed lick of oak give the wine admirable line and length. Well worth seeking out, a great wine to introduce yourself and your friends to Zinfandel if you’ve never experienced it’s hedonistic charms.
Score :: Huh, what is it good for? Absolutely nuthin’!
Music Match :: Got to be Barry White… The smooth and sexy Zin deserves nothing less than the classic stylings of You’re The First, My Last, My Everything…