When I first began, some years ago now, going to Piesse Brook Wines – which is what Aldersyde used to be called – it was always good to see the West Perth and Richmond champion (all West Perth players are, of course, champions by simple definition) Ray Boyanich, who with his sister Di Bray ran the place. He seems to have taken a back seat latterly with Di’s daughter Larissa (Lara) the winemaker and guiding light of the winery.
She took over the business in 2007 after a wine making career with, among others, Cape Mentelle. Lara is also a lawyer so combined both careers – a big achievement I reckon – and a few weeks ago became a mother to Abby undertaking a third career! –even more challenges ahead I guess.
Anyway, I went out that way in early December to have a taste and buy a few bottles to conduct a more in-depth review over Christmas and this is the result. In passing I have to mention the manic dogs – although they were a little more subdued than I recall with not as much interest in chasing the ball this time – Oban and Zoe – Oban appearing on the wine label.
One other point to note is that you are getting current release wines with some considerable age on them for pretty good prices. It is well worth the drive out to the Bickley Valley.
2012 Aldersyde Estate Chardonnay
Pale straw with a tinge of green in colour, this has a lightly scented aroma with hints of nuts and nectarines. On the palate it shows citrus and grape fruit tones and the oak is subtle, assisting the wine to a quite long and refined finish. This is a lovely wine. (92)
2009 Aldersyde Estate Merlot
Deep red in colour, this wine has distinct plum characteristics on the nose, with some spicy undertones. On the palate it has very good balance, with gentle use of oak, and evidencing fine tannins, hints of dark chocolate and ripe sweet fruit. It is a good easy drinking wine with some cellaring potential. (90)
2010 Aldersyde Estate Cabernet Shiraz
Dark red, it has dusty spicy notes on the nose, with plenty of blackcurrant from the Cabernet. The medium bodied palate has an almost confectionary character, with plums and red berries in evidence and with fine tannins. (89)
2010 Aldersyde Estate Shiraz
Deep red, this has dark chocolate and plum fruit notes on the nose. On the palate it is quite concentrated but with a smooth mouth feel from the ripe tannins and with a mid palate hint of sweetness. This should cellar well in the medium term. (90)
2011 Aldersyde Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
With a nice vibrant colour, this has lifted blackcurrant notes and a hint of violets on the nose. It is medium weight on the palate with good use of oak and tannin, revealing chocolate, sweet blackcurrant and plummy tones. This also should cellar well in the medium term. (91)
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