This wine came about on a wet, cold, windy, accident-ridden, city gridlocked Hobart summer’s day (it also happened to be Valentines’ Day, but that is by the by). Mrs Drew couldn’t get across the city in time to collect me before she taught a yoga class, so I suggested collecting me afterwards, she had the brilliant idea of a late-ish dinner at a nearby Japanese restaurant with a very small wine selection. I grabbed this from the next door pub’s bottle shop on special for $21. Bargain.
This wine is part of the PUNKT series from Chaffey Bros. and is subtitled “The Aromatic Point.” Sub-labeling also sees the tagline: “One Vineyard. Three Germanic Luminaries. One Aromatic Explosion.” It comes from the Fechner Vineyard in the Eden Valley and comprises Riesling, Gewürztraminer and Kerner (Weisser Herold). All co-fermented and bottled un-fined. Winemakers are Daniel Chaffey Hartwig and Theo Engela
Chaffey Bros. Wine Co., DÜFTE PUNKT, Eden Valley, 2016
Firstly, I really dig the packaging. Modern without being obtuse and eye grabbing without being kitsch. And some latitude/longitude for GPS geeks. Wonderfully aromatic…think all the just washed soft bits: there’s rosewater and bath talc and lychee along with clean lines of minerally lime and white rocks. It tickles the nose a little with fennel and bitter quinine/tonic too. The juxtaposition on the palate is almost hypnotic as the gewürz Rubenesque fleshiness gets corseted in by riesling, all whalebone-tight. Fruit and texture in very good balance. Screams food wine and great company.
Wine self purchased