Sauvignon blanc 2011
Not like your usual NZ sauvignon blancs. Light straw-green; with tropical fruit flavours followed by a rich mouth feel balanced by acidity providing a long smooth finish.
Two chardonnays. Olivia Chardonnay exhibits a vibrant, spritely personality. Glowing greenish yellow with good texture and mouth feel with a lovely display of white peach and nectarine. A long fruit driven balanced acid finish. An excellent example of a chardonnay from a cold climate Wine of show; Kyneton, 2011. The other Chardonnay is riper with a bouquet of nectarines with a residual hint of grapefruit. It is an elegant, stylized and focused wine, well balanced with fullness on the front, middle and back palate. On the palate it has nicely balanced nectarine fruit and subtle oak flavours. Will last for many years
Malbec is one of the grape varieties of Bordeaux complimenting Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet franc and Merlot. In France it is rarely made as a straight varietal but adds great fruit flavours to Bordeaux blends. In Australia much the same practice is followed as in France but some producers make a straight varietal which can have intense flavours. Mendoza in Argentina at the foot of the Andes is the home of great MALBECS. Wines produced there have great fruit flavours with a robust structure and finish. Reasons for the difference from France are unclear though it is possible that warm to hot days with cool nights produce the intensity of flavours but maintain the structure. The day night temperature differential is close to 20 C. Malbec has been produced at Mount Charlie since 2004.
An intense dark ruby coloured wine with aromas and tastes of brambles, plums and mulberry. The structure is full due to a balance of acid and tannins with a dry persistent finish. A short time of bottle age will soften the tannins and make it an outstanding MALBEC which should have a life of at least 10 years
Temparanillo is the great red wine grape of Spain. In Rioja in the north and Albero de Duro in the centre. It produces elegant fruit driven wines. In the south it produces intense tannic wines. The wine produced at Mount Charlie is a wine with the elegance of Pinot but with the body of Shiraz.
A brilliant, cherry red coloured wine. Bouquet of dark cherries with spicy overtones tempered by oaky and vanillin flavours. Mouth pleasing with a great balance of spicy fruit, acid and tannins. Elegantly structured but full bodied and finishes with length. A wine to be enjoyed now but will be even better with 2 to 3 years of bottle age.
The wine has been made in limited quantities and the production will never exceed 100 cases. It can be purchased at the cellar door or by mail order.
SHIRAZ MERLOT 2009
The way most people make a blended wine is by growing the grapes separately, making the wine separately and then blending the finished wines. Mount Charlie Shiraz Merlot is made in a different way. The vineyard plantings of Shiraz and Merlot are intermingled and are picked together. The proportions of vines are approximately equal but the contribution of each variety will depend upon the cropping level of each variety which will vary from year to year. There is also a small amount of cabernet which contributes to the wine. This system is demanding to obtain the appropriate ripeness with maintenance of acid but the combination usually comes out right. The wine is made by open fermentation with 6 hour plunging followed by airbag pressing. Due to the cool climate and the airbag pressing the wine produced is soft without excessive tannins but it has a long life due to the acid content.
The 2009 vintage came from a warm, relatively dry year. The wine has a bright ruby colour with a bouquet that includes cherries and raspberries. There are spicy herbaceous flavours with peppery characteristics. The American and French oak contributes cedary and vanillin flavours. It has a soft, full bodied mouth feel with a good middle palate followed by a smooth but firm and long finish. It will become even better with bottle age and continue drinking for at least 10 years.