Il Lido, Cottesloe, on Friday 1st December was the latest iteration of the Young Guns Uncut wine show which is zipping around the country showing off the best of the younger breed of Australian winemakers – with 20 wineries and over 40 wines on display it was a great opportunity to taste the wine and chat to the winemakers, all the while sampling canapés from the Il Lido kitchen as well as a range of cheeses and some juicy oysters from Smoky Bay.
It kicked off at 1PM, and by 2PM was jam packed making it a little difficult to navigate to all of the tables, but once again I did my best – and here are some of the most memorable.
Brave New Wine
Andries and Yoko Mostert produce some of the most distinctive wines in WA, with fabulous names as well – and the two on offer were no exception.
2017 Batard Sauvignon Blanc – skin contact and no fining or filtering lead to some tropical notes on the nose – mango and papaya with a nutty overtone; melon flavours, again with distinct nuttiness and a zippy, fresh finish.
2017 Dreamland Riesling – an unusual wine, Riesling infused with local botanicals – a minty, lemony bouquet with flavours of blood orange and a touch of menthol, and at the end a peppery note.
Elizabeth Reed always has top notch wines to try – and this time also the announcement she was opening a cellar door on the 16th December – at 49 Wilyabrup Road – not to be missed. You can get details off the website.
2016 Chell Chardonay – named for her sister this, she says, is similarly complex and many layered, and it is – melon and cashew aromas, with slippery lemon and nectarine flavours; bracing acidity to conclude.
Brian Kent was on hand to chat about this outstanding Riesling, one of the Great Southern’s fortés.
2015 Alter Weg Riesling – made in the German style, this has a bouquet of lemon blossom, honeysuckle and a little spice; the palate is crisp with juicy lime and lemon flavours, finishing with good acidity.
Julian Langworthy, award winning winemaker from Deep Woods, produces interesting wines under this side project label and along with John Fogarty was happy to talk us though the wines.
2017 Smoking Gun Chenin Blanc – flor fino nose with some apple aromas, minerality flows into the palate, along with herbal flavours, supporting lemon and lime pith.
Mr Barval Fine Wines
Once again Robert Gherardi produced a couple of rippers.
2016 Chardonnay – pears, peaches and spice on the nose; fine acidity, with flavours of pears, green apples and cashews.
2015 Cabernet Merlot – blackberries and mulberries on the nose; plums and blackcurrant supported by fine tannins leading to a lingering finish.
I loved the two Chenin Blanc from Remi Guise at last year’s show and was just as impressed by this blend on hand this year,
2015 Absolution Danse Macabre – interesting blend of Chenin Blanc, Chardonnay and Muscat of Alexandra – lemon, apple and musky aromas, with flavours of peaches and nectarines, green apples and citrus.
A new one on me, but these two from Anthony Pearce’s Adelaide Hills winery were excellent.
2015 Sunburst Barossa Chenin Blanc – honeyed nose with hints of dried figs and oranges; the palate is complex with layers of mandarin, butterscotch and herbs; bracing acidity and a grippy finish.
2016 Blacklight Barossa Mataro Grenache – dark plums, blueberries and violets on the nose, with cherries, raspberries and black pepper on the palate.
Dylan Davidson gave a run down on this couple from Margaret River.
2017 Vermentino – lemons and honey on the nose, lime and green apples on the palate.
2017 Red – a blend of Touriga Nacional, Mataro and Shiraz – an easy drinking style with plummy aromas and juicy berries on the palate.
Ashley Lewkowski is looking to produce the best Pinot Noir that he can and this was a great example of the Pinot coming out of WA.
2014 Pinot Noir Pemberton – light red in colour, sour cherries and a hint of mushrooms on the nose; spicy cherry and well integrated oak on the palate.
Nic Peterkin is knocking out some beauties and the two here were just brilliant.
2016 LAS Vino CBDB – Chenin Blanc, inspired by the Chenin of South Africa, this has a bouquet of pineapple, pears and lemon blossom; the creamy palate has notes of lemon and lime, underlined by honey and spice.
NV Pirate Blend – a blend of two years and four varieties – Tinta Cao, Touriga Nacional, Cabernet Sauvignon and Sousao – it has a bouquet redolent of blueberries, plums and cloves – the palate is juicy and fresh, with flavours of chocolate and red berries; smooth and silky.
What can you say about Vasse Felix – 50 years old and still going strong.
2016 Premier Chardonnay – grapefruit and lemon on the nose; peaches, green apples and a flinty finish.
2014 Premier Cabernet – blackcurrant and mulberry aromas, a hint of mint; the silky palate full of plums, blackberries and dark chocolate.
Among the other wineries were Galafrey, Plantagenet, Ten Miles East, McHenry Hohnen, House of Cards, Handpicked, Wines of Merritt, De Bortoli, Higher Plane and Heretic – as well, a Masterclass was held out front of the restaurant with wines from Vasse Felix, Dormilona and Cloudburst.
All in all a fabulous day, once again, and an event you should pencil in for next year.