Pandemonium Wines

The newest kid on the Swan Valley block opened for business on Sunday 29 November, and I was along to check it all out.

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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.

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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.

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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/

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