Queens Pinch Vineyard from Mudgee, New South Wales was started in the mid 90s and until 2004, the grapes were sold off to what was Southcorp, now Treasury Wine Estates (TWE). In 2004 the land was purchased by the Buchanan family and slowly, their land’s own identity began to appear. Starting off with only Cabernet Sauvignon, the labels have now grown to include the “Select” Cabernet, a Rosé, a Chardonnay and a sparkling Brut Blanc de Blanc (made from the Chardonnay). The future looks good for the label as time will march on, mature their vines and the “Select” Cabernet just might become one of Mudgee’s flagship reds.
Queens Pinch Vineyard, Sparkling Brut, NV
Made in “Champenoise” style, that is, secondary fermentation occurs in the bottle (not in a tank or other vessel) and allowed to rest on its yeast lees for 12 months before disgorging. 100% Chardonnay fruit.
Attractive black label packaging with the embossed hand pinching the tail of the “Q.” A shame to then find a very plain, silver, unadorned cap under the cage. Perhaps a black cap replicating the label would work? The bottle I had also showed a slight discolouration on the cap from the cage. I can’t help but think the overall “experience” of the bottle would be helped by that tiny detail. And yes, opening Sparkling wine/ Champagne is an experience! The closure regains dignity by using Diam cork.
Straw colour with soft lemon highlights. A fine persistent bead of altitude seeking bubbles. Soft doughy biscuits, lemon and light hint of dill on the nose. A medium full mousse leads into a crisp aperitif style with plenty of Chardonnay lemon citrus characters. Good crystalline acidity in the middle, finishing with honeyed marscapone creaminess. Hints of what could be and missing complexity for the moment. Ageing may help, but I like the cut from the Chardonnay now.
Queens Pinch Vineyard, Cabernet Sauvignon, 2012
Another note on their packaging: this bottle feels exceptionally light in the hand. Perhaps an indicator of where it sits in the range.
Expressive, varietal and plentiful nose. Blackcurrants, Blackberry jam, sweet oak and plenty of pouch-style-roll-yer-own tobacco. Plush, soft and approachable on the tongue. Juicy black fruits, pastilles and cuddly oak. A hint of that savoury tobacco gives way to the fine tannins in this medium bodied wine.
Good value. Going for a song: As Icehouse sang, it’s “Nothing Too Serious” and as Republica shouted, “Baby, I’m ready to go.” Drink up and enjoy with home made pizza.
Queens Pinch Vineyard, Select Cabernet Sauvignon, 2009
A dichotomy: smells old and new and the same time. Ribena and Chesterfields. Under screwcap there’s a slight “cabbage” reductive note too. Leafy capsicum brackets blackcurrant sweetness. Opaque in the glass and a little dulled at the edges. Holds a massive fruit core of blackcurrant and plums. A maturity to the after flavour: a meatiness, master stock/soy “umami” quality that tends to emerge in older reds. Tannins are firm and effective: just starting to integrate nicely.
Some people might be keen to lay this down and age even further, but I like where it is at now for a ready made ‘adult’ take on Cabernet.