Mount Barker, Australia
by Howard Park
The 2017 vintage is now at a particularly captivating stage in its evolution. The wine’s youthful exuberance has softened, making way for a rich and nuanced tapestry of aromas and flavors that only come with age. Citrus and pear, once vibrant, have faded, giving rise to a more developed display on the nose with verbena, honeycomb, and apricot coming to the forefront. Preserved lemon, lanolin, burnt orange, baked apple, nectarine tart, and beeswax intertwine underneath forming a rich and rewarding bouquet. The palate harmonises soft, supple texture, minerality, and fruit weight, all underpinned by balanced acidity and hints of yuzu, grapefruit pith and lemongrass. While easy to enjoy now, this wine promises even deeper revelations to come as it continues to age and integrate over the years.