A round up here of the very good value range from West Cape Howe. Each is varietal, textural and value for money.
West Cape Howe, Riesling, Mount Barker, 2015
Riesling rocks in most places it is grown, but the ones coming out of Great Southern in WA are showing plenty of potential and value.
Steely and soapy, light lemon/lime fruit, touch of beeswax and flint. Slightly rounded palate: not quite generous, but certainly not miserly. Tangy lime pith and feijoa fruit with minerally lines. Acidity is medium length and certainly going to give this some years in the cellar. A good wine.
West Cape Howe, Semillon/Sauvignon Blanc, Western Australia, 2015
Part of the Cape to Cape series from WCH packaged in lighter glass, with a 21% reduction in the production carbon footprint. Sourced from Great Southern and Margaret River, carries a little sticker from James Halliday’s 2016 Wine Companion Awards for Best Value.
Lemon and lime sorbet aromas, with a distinct herbaceous Sauv Blanc lift. Some tropical fruit skin showing under the skirt too whilst the Sem gives a lemon curd twist. Good balance between the two varieties, with the SB giving an earthy, yet pungent tropical base note for the Semillon bracing acidity and citrus. Light passion fruit seed crunch lingers around a salty tang. Made for sunshine and school prawns.
West Cape Howe, Sauvignon Blanc, Mount Barker, 2015
Drawn from the single region. Gooseberry, chalk, black currant leaf, dried pawpaw. Not an asparagus spear in sight (or sniff). Enjoyable flavours: zesty tropical with a distinct light black currant earthiness. Good mouth feel supported crisp acidity. A pleasant divergence from herbaceous and green flavours.
West Cape Howe, Pinot Grigio, Western Australia, 2015
Fruit sourced from Mount Barker and Frankland. Apparently Pinot Grigio is going to be the next big thing. Jury is still out on that one until it can somehow, in an Arthurian manner, pull the Marlborough sword from the mass sales Stone. Light pear, almond blossom, orange rind oil and a little nail polish remover (acetone). Slightly sweeter than expected on the palate. The requisite pear and nutty flavours are there, along with bittersweet citrus. Carries a touch more weight than your average “smash it by the bottle at lunchtime” PiG, and this offers a level of complexity. Finishing with a tea towel flick of spice for a moment of pensive thought, ultimately it still does what it says on the bottle without offense.
West Cape Howe, Chardonnay, Western Australia, 2015
Stainless steel ferment, but with French oak maturation. Hyper brine, oyster shell and one tide too-many seaweed smells. Followed by grilled nuts, light tropical lines, a little fig, preserved lemon and cut straw. Medium bodied Chardy, the fruit lines recall honeydew melon rind. Tangy and salty lines lean towards requiring a lightly crumbed piece of Blue Eye Trevalla (and maybe a serve of sumac dusted flash fried calamari). Still a lot going on for the price.
Wine samples courtesy of West Cape Howe Wines