Rudely frothy from the first pour, the old vine Frontignac's sweet globes are firmed up with a poke of crisply priapic Gewurz and the pair quickened with gently beading bubbles that rise with flavours of honey and a gentle lick of nectar. Succulent rather than sweet and friskier than a pre-coital hummingbird tonguing hibiscus, this delicious wine finishes more-ishly, addictively, dangerously and toyingly sweet.
The Rude Mechanicals... a roughly-hewn and hybrid bunch of hapless hams whose play-within-a-play lives as a list within our list, not necessarily to be repeated but purely to express some individual urge – an itch scratched, a plan made flesh, an idea finally hatched, some sudden rush of blood, just something fresh. Every year Boutinot challenges some of our best producers to make something they might not usually make - something fun, different, exciting and a treat to drink.
This wine is made from grapes grown in the Vine Vale region of the Barossa Valley, where the deep alluvial soil on an old family block of 43 year old Frontignac vines marries with 35 year old Gewurztraminer vines. The grapes were picked relatively young to retain freshness of each individual aromatic characteristics and charm.
2014 Vintage: "Old vine Frontignac with a hit of Gewurz results in a fascinating wine where the sweetness is balanced by the lime acidity. ‘Light, grapey Muscat aromas with some notes of peach and fragrant rose petal,' said team leader Tom Forrest, with Yves Desmaris MS of Lutyens adding: ‘Quite sweet, floral and delicate petal fragrance, with medium length.’" Sommelier Wine Awards 2015, Judges Comments
2014 Vintage: "Sweet grape juie scent with at bit of leafiness. Plenty of flavour, easygoing - not to be taken seriously!". Jancis Robinson's Purple Pages - Antipodean Alternatives By Richard Hemming. 16 Mar 2015
2014 Vintage: Sommelier Wine Awards 2015 - Gold
Frontignac and Gewurztraminer
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