All continental today: Two French style blends from Italian heritage Serafino wines. As usual, stylish and schmick looking packaging. 2013 a very good vintage, if a little warm and short, resulting plenty of ripe flavours.
Serafino, GSM, McLaren Vale, 2013
A blend of Grenache, Shiraz and Mataro (Mourvèdre) Bright purple in the glass. Jubey, yet cool like polished concrete. Iodine, blackberry and spiced plum. Small amount of stalky, herbal lift. Dark and plush plummy fruit Shiraz, with almost confected raspberry from the Grenache. Mataro gives some earthy framework. Capped off with sandy tannin and a decent length of fruit finish. Will handle some medium term cellaring, but a rich Rhône blend that has all parts in balance, it’s fun to drink now.
Serafino, BDX, McLaren Vale, 2013
The BDX is a short code for Bordeaux, the spiritual home of Cabernet blends in France: This wine sees Cabernet Sauvignon dominance, with Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Carménère. Interestingly, Carménère is rarely grown in France any more, and has found an exiled home in Chile.
Complex nose that keeps evolving in the glass: Blackcurrant, ash, eucalyptus leaves, sweet tobacco, whiskey barrel (American oak influence), earthy peat and dusty violets. Awash with layers of earthy tannins, drying and dominating. Distinct yeasty, soy over Cabernet blackcurrant and cassis. Merlot provides a plummy respite to these dark ashen assaults. There’s elegance underneath those rough hewn tannin blankets, but will require some time to emerge from the slumber.
Wine samples courtesy of Serafino Wines