The newest kid on the Swan Valley block opened for business on Sunday 29 November, and I was along to check it all out.
A large shed on the Great Northern Highway in Baskerville has been nicely fitted out, with a very impressive stainless steel bar; tables made from wine picking crates and some interesting paintings on the walls, all combining to produce an attractive space for tasting the wines on display.
The owners previously operated Wovenfield in the Ferguson Valley and some of the grapes have been sourced from that vineyard; others from the Baskerville estate. Each of the wines has been named after a demon, which is a point of difference from other operators, giving drinkers an opportunity to learn a bit about mythology as the wine is consumed.
2013 Verrine Savignan Chenin Blanc – the demon of impatience –pale straw, this blend has lifted aromas of lemon and pears, while the Chenin provides tropical fruit notes; some salty and briny notes on the palate, with zesty apple and a touch of citrus zing at the end; a very good blend. (91)
2012 The Fruitimer Chenin Blanc – the demon who rules over parties and festivals – has a subdued nose, with some citrus and stone fruit notes; on the palate lemon and lime tones lead to a zesty finish. (89)
2015 The Fruitimer Chenin Blanc – vibrant tropical fruit aromas abound in this young Chenin and a hint of citrus too; on the palate fine acidity balances the fruit and the slightly sweet mid palate, leading to a clean and crisp finish. This would be excellent with spicy food, or just sipping on a hot day. (91)
2012 the Rosier – a demon who bestows love between the sexes and brings about romance – rosé made from Grenache, it is bright pink with strawberry and cherry aromas; the palate has some residual sugar, but good acid finishing off dry with plenty of toffee apple, raspberry and strawberry flavours flowing through. Nice summer drinking. (90)
2015 Carman Moscato – the Celtic goddess of evil magic – distinct Muscat nose, gentle fizz, confectionary notes, sweetness balanced by good acidity, a funky warm day sipping wine. (89)
2010 The Demon Shiraz Viognier – deep red, it has spicy and savoury notes and plenty of dark plum aromas, the palate has smooth tannins and good oak integration; the viognier adds hints of its characteristic apricot flavours, balancing the savoury fruit; good cellaring potential over the next 5 years or so. (92)
2009 The Beast Shiraz Grenache – a big wine, plums, sour cherries and prunes dominate the bouquet; the palate is full bodied, grippy and chewy, with liquorice and dark plum flavours abounding; again this should cellar well into the medium term. (93)
2012 The Barbas Shiraz Tempranillo – a demon who answers truly on secret things, causes and heals disease and changes men into other shapes – plums, black pepper and some savoury notes on the nose; the full bodied palate is full of syrupy plum , light raspberry and dusty oak flavours; long firm finish. Will reward cellaring. (92)
The FWO’s wine rating system can be found at: http://perthcafeculture.com.au/about/