Did you ever watch the ABC music quiz show Spicks and Specks? There was a segment where a small band would play songs and the contestants would have to pick the tune. The members of the band would often play instruments that would be, let’s say, not always the usual suspects. Now, obviously the songs would sound totally different to the original, but they were in tune, they sounded good together and were always well received by the audience. I think this wine is similar.
In case you were wondering, this blend is made up of ‘not your usual suspects’ Muscadelle (45%), Rousanne (30%), Viognier (13%), Sauvignon Blanc (6%), Semillon (4%) and Chardonnay (2%). That adds up to 100% impressiveness.
Very aromatic that’s for sure. Perfume and floral like without being overwhelming, if you know what I mean. Now, I have to say, tasting it is where this wine shines. It’s a pretty wine yet has great palate feel, and it’s rich but not in a powerful way, more like elegance and complexity combined with lovely texture forming part of the mix. It’s a little bit spicy, a little bit peppery but a lot characterful and personable.
Here we have a sextet of varieties that have made very good music together and are certainly marching at the same beat, and loudly too, which is a credit to its lead, Paul Bridgeman. Take a bow Mr Bridgeman, take a bow.
Region: Yarra Valley, Vic Price: $50 Source: Sample courtesy of Levantine Hill