Friday Drinks with the FWO

It’s that time of the week again…..


Wildman Wine 2017 Heavy Petting Pet-Nat

What a pet-nat this is! Great name great label too- made from Nero D’Avola with a dash of Zibbibo all from SA’s Riverland and processed in the Barossa for Wildman Wine. Dark red purple with aromas of spiced plums and then one of the tartest (is that a word) you can imagine. Rhubarb, prunes, green mango all there with some sharp raspberry and cranberry notes. Gee this went down well. Bought this at Mane Liquor.

Vasse Felix 2017 Blanc VII

Gorgeous skin contact Sauvignon Blanc from Margaret River icon Vasse Felix – the Blanc VII is golden amber with some fino characters on the nose along with notes of nashi pears and apples. Tannins grip the mouth and support apricot and dried pear flavours. Tasted at Shadow Wine Bar.

Small Fry 2017 Rose

This blend of Cinsault, Grenache and Mataro from the Barossa was just the ticket. Foot crushed with wild yeast fermentation it is a little cloudy in the glass with aromas of cranberries and rose petals. Dry, crisp and refreshing the palate shows flavours of rhubarb and tart strawberries. Another beauty from this impressive small producer – purchased from the winery.

Honey Badger 2017 Nicholas

Wow this should be ridiculous…a Merlot and Semillon blend? But it works! Nicholas a work of art jointly by Dormilona Wines and Brave New Wine. Cloudy pinot red with a bouquet of raspberries it has flavours of sour cherries and an underlying citrus note. Sharp acid finish. Could drink it chilled too. Another purchase from Mane Liquor.

Lamonts 2015 Black Monster

I always look forward to this release and the 2015 Black Monster lives up to its name. Made from Donnybrook Malbec it is deep dark inky red with a lifted bouquet of crushed currants, blueberries and tobacco. The plush velvety palate is alive with flavours of dark plums and bitter, dark chocolate. A beautiful wine with years to go if you can keep it that long. Purchased from their Swan Valley cellar door.

Swan Valley Wines 2016 Frisson

Another interesting rosé – Frisson from small producer, Swan Valley Wines. Made from Italian variety Aleatico, quite rare in Western Australia. Dark pink red it has a very aromatic bouquet of crushed rose petals and a waft of lychees. The palate is dry and crisp with flavours of cranberries and dried strawberries; refreshing. Visit the cellar door to buy this one.
Terzini Tocco Da Casauria Montepulciano D’Abruzzo

I loved this Montepulciano at the Urban Italian wine market held at the State Buildings last month. Red purple in colour with an amazing bouquet of hot tar and crushed violets. Tannic, big rich flavours with those intense violet notes flowing through on the palate. Distributed by Vino Bambino Wines.

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