Whilst Calabria have their heart in the Riverina, they manage to source quality fruit from other areas, in this case: the cool climates of Tumbarumba on the western edge of the Snowy Mountains.
Calabria Wines, Three Bridges Chardonnay, Tumbarumba, 2015
Light figgy, peach stone fruit, vanilla cream, clean lemon, balsa wood/hessian and a bit sulfide meatiness.
Tangy up front: spicy oak is a little overpowering the normally pristine Tumby fruit. There’s plenty of atitude/altitude acid and bittersweet tart, grapefruit and tight green melon like tones. A little unbalanced, but maybe served with grilled seafood, it’ll find its happy place.
Calabria Wines Cool Climate Series Pinot Noir, Tumbarumba, 2015
Light cherry, little wooden sticks, red waxy crayons/lipstick, cherry cola. Initially lightly framed but plenty of spicy black pepper, lingering waxy black cherry flavours. A touch austere on fruit flavour but medium alcohol fills the void: that’s part of its attractiveness, like Kate moss’s cheek bones and then her curves. Good value.
Wine samples courtesy of Calabria Wines