01 Feb Southern Hemisphere Tasting Sat. 2/3
Saturday, February 3
12 to 4pm
In our Event Space
This Saturday we’re pouring boutique, family owned and operated wines from South Africa, Chile, Australia, and Argentina! We are big proponents of these oft-overlooked regions, where they’re working with lots of unusual grapes and interesting flavors! There is so much to love from these countries. Come taste for yourself!
Salta is located in the extreme north of Argentina and boasts the highest-elevation vineyards on the planet! The vineyards tend to be situated on steep, craggy cliffs. Why do we love the wines? Because they are a departure from the Mendoza style of Malbec, with less extraction of color and more freshness (acidity) and high tone aromatics. The indigenous grape Torrontes is produced in a very unique style here as well.
2014 San Pedro de Yacochuya Torrontés, Salta, Argentina
On Sale $17.99
The one white wine produced at this Bodega is of course a Torrontés, and this year I tasted the 2014 Torrontés. It had been in bottle for some six months but still felt a little reductive and took time to show the perfumed nose that made the Argentinian grape famous. It opens to aromas of rose petals, jasmine and ripe yellow fruit with plenty of spicy notes. Added are also loads of flint/mineral aromas that make it more complex than your average fresh and fruity Torrontés. The very dry palate is sharp and vibrant, with great acidity, a mineral/salty sensation and a slight bitterness in the finish. Great with light food; even early in the morning I was thinking about the famous empanadas from Salta.
90 points, The Wine Advocate
2013 San Pedro de Yacochuya Red Wine, Salta, Argentina
On Sale $23.99
Full medium ruby. Musky coffee and herbs lift aromas of blueberry and crushed black cherry. Rich, plush and deep, with sexy oak tones (50% new and 50% second-use French barrels) complementing musky dark fruit, fig and cocoa powder flavors. Lovely fine-grained, concentrated wine with the energy to support its 15.3% alcohol. This very ripe but suave and energetic blend possesses the peppery lift to match well with a big steak.
90 points, Steven Tanzer (Vinous Media)
Adelaide Hills & Coonwarra, Australia
These two sub-regions of South Australia are prized by us due to their cool climates. They both produce wines with elevated acidity, strong aromatics, and tremendous balance between fruit and earth. Adelaide Hills is well known for grapes like Pinot Noir and Chardonnay produced with a lower alcohol level, almost Burgundian in style. Coonawarra, located along the Limestone Coast, is world famous for its “Terra Rossa” soils, which are neon red in color and perfect for growing Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.
2016 BK Wines “Skin & Bones” White, Adelaide Hills, South Australia
On Sale $32.99
Glinting like a golden beach bathed in late-afternoon sun, the nose on this wine is surprisingly musky, rustic and – dare we say – ‘red’. The aromas evoke a firm cheese spiked with peppercorns or a young sopressa. The palate is quinine-tangy, lemon pith and almost saline with an enticing tannic backbone of young rosemary. Juicy pear fruits to taste. An uncommonly complete and complex white.
2015 BK Wines “Skin & Bones” Pinot Noir, Adelaide Hills, South Australia
On Sale $34.99
Intensely aromatic with a fair whack of green hops and hippy weeds. A full palate of fresh, new young plums and mulberries with a generous sprinkle of cinnamon and nutmeg. A Pinot Noir that wears its classic varietal attributes proudly on its sleeve. Will pack away nicely if you’re a glutton for delayed gratification.
2014 Jim Barry Cabernet Sauvignon “Cover Drive,” Coonawarra, South Australia
On Sale $15.99
This is a terrific value in balanced, ready-to-drink Australian Cabernet. It brings several Bordeaux-ish qualities to the table-medium body, silky tannins and aromas reminiscent of cigar box and Ribena-then adds varietally true flavors and a long finish. Drink now-2025.
91 points, The Wine Enthusiast & Editor’s Choice
Itata Valley, Chile
This is the oldest winemaking region in the entire country, located at the southern end of Chile’s long, thin wine growing zone and noted for its cool climate and long hang time for the grapes. Wines here are typically made very traditionally and come from very ancient vines (the wine below is sourced from vines 120 years old)!
2014 Garcia + Schwaderer “Bravado,” Itata Valley, Chile
On Sale $16.99
The Rush-inspired 2014 Bravado (the name is an homage to the Canadian rock band) is a blend of 39% Carignan, 28% Syrah, 21% Petit Verdot, 6% Grenache and 6% Mourvedre. It feels really Mediterranean this year, with plenty of esparto grass and other aromatic plants and ripe fruit without excess. The palate is a great expression of the Itata granite soils where the grapes are sourced. This has very good balance between approachability and seriousness.
94 points, James Suckling
Western Cape, South Africa
This region is the home away from home for Chenin Blanc. In the hands of a great winemaker, the cool, coastal vineyards can produce a Chenin for the Chablis lover. Elevated acidity, loads of mineral and earth balanced by a punch of tart but tropical fruits.
2015 Blackwater Chenin Blanc “Underdog,” Western Cape, South Africa
On Sale $14.99
Ripe, offering notes of quince, melon and yellow apple. Stays racy, with honeysuckle, quinine and verbena accents lending contrast. Presents a bright, focused finish. Drink now through 2020. 500 cases made.
91 points, The Wine Spectator