I was interested to see the 3 Amigos pair of wines arrive with the new labels/vintages for the Rocky Road range from McHenry Hohnen. Obviously there’s a little bit of alternative action going on in Margaret River, so why not blend it. Usually these are bright and fresh, but the 3 Amigos range came with a bit of bottle age, with interesting results. The Rocky Road range however, are all drinking beautifully and are great value.
3 Amigos White, Marsanne/Chardonnay/Rousanne, Margaret River, 2011
Wild yeast and barrel ferment. Smells of golden honey, stone fruit, lemon, nougat, yoghurt and some pretty jasmine/white flowers. The palate shows ripe tropical fruit, rich lemon, nutty almond and with interesting complexity from the age and barrel work. Sliding into secondary characters of honeyed age, the acid is starting to slip and the palate broaden out. Drink up with a big roast chook.
3 Amigos Red, Shiraz/Grenache/Mataro, Margaret River, 2011
Vintage swap out for this one already (moved to 2012), and that’s not necessarily a bad thing in this case. Nose is earthy, with demure red/black fruits, coffee syrup, chicken salt and alcohol. The palate is dullish and seems a touch simple: black fruit dominant and tannins all soft and not holding on as once they would…like a velcro sneaker strap that’s been used one too many times.
Rocky Road, Semillon/Sauvignon Blanc, Margaret River, 2014
Lemon zest, grassy and fresh. Hints of dried pineapple pieces, a distinct ground salt line and a touch of sherbet/WizzFizz.
Puckering Semillon lemon/lime drives through the dewy grassy melon and slight green capsicum note. Topped off with a whisper of the Sauvignon smoky ash. Acid is well judged, not shrill at all. Leaves a refreshing length of lemon from the Semillon. Summer time in a bottle.
Rocky Road, Chardonnay, Margaret River, 2014
Light peach and stone fruit. A touch of brine and hint of white flowers. There’s some glossy nutty nougat too. On the palate: crisp and clean. a tang of sweet tropics, baked/preserved lemon and finishes with silky, creamy soft peach slices. This wine is friendly, smiling and very approachable.
Rocky Road, Shiraz, Margaret River, 2013
New packaging for the Rocky Road reds to align with the whites in the range. Simplistic, but elegant.
Black olives, char, raspberry, cedary oak, funky and meaty. A touch of the Margaret River sea salt. Lovely flavours of black cherry, savoury tar/asphalt with some cough syrupy red fruit goodness. Mineral/graphite line that leads to tingly acid and crunchy tannins. Thoroughly enjoyable.
Rocky Road, Cabernet/Merlot, Margaret River, 2013
The previous vintage was topped up with a bit of Malbec and Petit Verdot, this probably has similar. Fruit forward, friendly but not simple. Lovely blackcurrant/blackberry fruit smells topped by dark chocolate, plums and Margaret River mint and sea smells. No danger of donut holes here, the juicy Merlot acts like jam filling. Good structure from happy tannins (that remind me of the little bacteria from the Inner Health Plus ad). Pure drinking enjoyment.
All wines samples courtesy of McHenry Hohnen Wines