Founded in 1922, John Kosovich wines is one of the oldest wineries in the Swan Valley – and the oldest still run by the founding family- it has been turning out wines of great quality over an extended period, and simply exceptional fortified wines. As well as their Swan Valley vines, another property in the Pemberton region supplies cool climate grapes.
Walking into the winery and through the barrel room past the stacked wine barrels, breathing in the heady aromas of fermenting wine, we come to the entrance to the underground cellar, and clambering down the steps arrive in the tasting area.
Above the tasting bench can be seen the main beam – a huge 7 metres of white gum – that holds up the roof – and the broad axe that Jack Kosovich used to cut it by hand hangs alongside – it certainly makes you realize how easy we have it today.
John Kosovich Chenin Blanc 2013
Chenin is a classic Swan Valley variety and this is a wonderful example of the style. It is light golden in colour, with interesting stone and tropical fruit aromas on the bouquet. It is fruity and rich on the palate, with nice acidity helping to complete a long and satisfying finish. (91)
John Kosovich Verdelho 2013
Grapes from the Pemberton vineyard show fruit salad and honey on the nose, moving to some citrus notes on the mid palate. It is a very fruit driven wine, but finishes quite dry. It has the potential to age well in the short term. (90).
John Kosovich Cabernet Blanc 2014
Described as a blush wine rather than a Rosé, it certainly meets all of my expectations of what a good rosé should be. It has a lovely soft pink to orange colour, some strawberry aromas on the bouquet, fine and dry on the palate, with some lovely dusty notes, and good mouth feel. (92)
John Kosovich Cabernet Malbec Reserve 2011
This is produced from grapes grown in the Pemberton vineyard – 85% Cabernet and 15% Malbec. It is deep crimson, with black berry and mint characteristics on the nose, with hints of cedar. The tannins are firm but very well balanced. It is an elegant and impressive wine. (94)
John Kosovich Pinot Noir 2010
Another Pemberton product; a clear, light red colour, it has some cherry and mulberry notes on the nose. The palate is quite light, with smooth tannins. To me, it is a current drinking wine. (88)
John Kosovich Shiraz 2012
Lovely dark red, with lifted plum and blackberry aromas; on the palate some spice and pepper notes accompany ripe tannins and well integrated oak, moving to a long satisfying finish. This should age well over the medium term. (90)
John Kosovich Petit Verdot 2012
This has a wonderful dark crimson, almost purple colour. The bouquet evidences strong black cherry and violet aromas. The palate is firm, with an abundance of red and black fruit flavours. Firm tannins, very well integrated oak lead to a long and firm finish. It well cellar very well indeed. It is a most impressive offering (96).
John Kosovich Rare Muscat
One of the very best examples of Swan Valley fortifieds – it loses nothing in comparison to the offerings from Rutherglen. Blended from a base of 1950 wine it is deep and dark in colour, with brown tinges on the edges; the nose is the classic concentrated Christmas cake, intense and tempting. The palate is luscious, with elements of burnt toffee, raisins and honey. It clings to the glass, rich and delicious. It is an outstanding wine. (97)
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