Improbably, takes the Bete Noir onto another level of depth, richness and complexity, although the flavours are in the same generic style family. It has harmony and supreme balance to its array of black fruits, black pepper and savoury backbone. Quite simple:...
Improbably, takes the Bete Noir onto another level of depth, richness and complexity, although the flavours are in the same generic style family. It has harmony and supreme balance to its array of black fruits, black pepper and savoury backbone. Quite simple: cellar this for as long as you can, and drink the Bete Noir in the interim.
La Maline is the moniker (pre-2008) for the former "Shiraz/Viognier". In fact, from 2010 Pete has dropped the Viognier component entirely believing the ripeness and sweet fruit that this variety delivered in 2010 didn't fit the restrained, yet flirtatious, style of La Maline. Instead, this year, Pete co-fermented the Shiraz with a touch (2-3%) of Barossa Roussanne, a variety that is of increasing interest to this grower. The red grapes comes from a selection of old vines - up to 80/90 years in some plots - grown in the Eden Valley and Barossa Ranges including fruit from the brilliant, rocky vineyard that produced 2009's Vallée des Roche. These cool, elevated sites bring this cuvée lovely, lifted aromas of crushed red plum, black raspberry and beautiful violet notes. The Roussanne adds intriguing aromatics of ginger spice. Naturally balanced, the palate is super fine, pure and delineated. Lovely, powdery tannins kick in at the back driving the wine to another level. This has roughly 20% new oak. Pete uses the thick stave Tronçais 'Magic Cask' barrels from Dominique Laurent's artisanal cooperage, for this cuvee which has been sumptuously folded into the old vine fruit during the long, slow maturation. La Maline 2010 is looking wonderful already although Pete has made it clear to us that it still has a way to go. You can expect this to get better and better.