Victoria continues to be Australia’s center for innovation and experimentation. Home to some of the country’s brightest young winemaking talents, I am repeatedly impressed not just with the overall quality of wines coming out of this region, but the individual expressions. This vast region has much to offer in terms of incredibly diverse terroirs, including patches capable of producing wines that reach the absolute pinnacles of greatness. But such vineyards can malinger into insignificance unless they are managed by people with real vision. It is this combination of incredible viticultural potential and the dedication of inspired winemakers that continues to make this region Australia’s region to watch. (Australia’s Victoria and Tasmania: Watch this Space by Lisa Perrotti-Brown, eRobertParker.com June 2012)
Perrotti-Brown’s observations resonated when I read Dalwhinnie winemaker’s David Jones refreshingly candid assessment of the dismal 2011 vintage in Victoria’s Pyrenees:
We actually did make a small amount of Moonambel Shiraz and Moonambel Cabernet but when the wines were finally ready to be bottled and tasted on the bench alongside the impressive 2010’s and glorious 2009’s, we just thought No! we would be kidding ourselves and doing our Eagle Eye members and supporters a disservice by releasing these wines. Enough said. (Vintage Notes, Dalwhinnie Eagle Eye Newsletter)
Integrity is definitely another hallmark characteristic I would add to describe Victoria’s best winemakers! I can’t imagine how difficult and financially painful the decision to throw away an entire vintage of red wines must have been!
But fortunately for Dalwhinnie fans the news was not all bad. Dalwhinnie’s wine have a reputation for being quite tannic when young, which makes them great candidates for cellaring. To compensate for the lack of a 2011 vintage of its flagship shiraz and cabernet, Dalwhinnie has released … Read the rest