Not quite the Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, The Chronicle Series brings to life stories of Thomas Hardy, founding father and wine pioneer. How much of the stories are fact? Well, who knows, but whoever let the truth get in the way of a good story..and a decent wine?
Number 1: “The Gamble”, Limestone Coast, Chardonnay, 2014
Bright gold. Rich peach/stone fruit and mushy cashews. Buttery complexity wafts back and forth.
Palate gives up the ripe stone fruit, lemon rind and lovely nuttiness.
Well structured, good chardonnay drinking.
Number 2: “Twice Lost,” Langhorne Creek, Pinot Grigio, 2014
Big sniff gives up ripe pear slices & white flower blossoms.
Tastes like pears and apples and rocket topped off with lemon citrus tartness. Intriguing. There’s a surprising texture that provides sufficient body for interest. Whilst no great length nor complexity, the refreshing juicy acid cut means flash fried shellfish will make an appropriate bedfellow.
Number 3: “Butcher’s Gold”, McLaren Vale Shiraz, 2012
Soft plums and mulberries and nice to smell. Toasty Oak and a jubey McLaren Vale bent topped with rhubarb crumble.
Medium bodied on the palate. Warming red berries, mulberry and sandy grainy tannins. The 14.5% seems a little warm for the structure giving a slight slight raisiny note to finish. Quaffable.
Number 4: “7th Green,” Langhorne Creek / Coonawarra, Cabernet Sauvignon. 2012
Blend of one well known and one that should be better known wine regions that do Cabernet exceptionally well. Nice cassis, bramble with blackberry fruits and a touch of cigar ash. Bright Black fruit juice that surprises. Pleasant amounts of Cabernet minty-menthol followed up with plenty of chunky tannins.
The better of the two red wines and easily enjoyable for the “mid week”