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Cobaw Ridge Lagrein 2010

From the Macedon Ranges producer, Cobaw Ridge, who seem to have their head down, busy doing their own thing, enjoying their turn to organics/biodynamics in farming and making a splash overseas for their range of wines, while finding the cultish followers at home still knocking at their doors. Recent years see some more exacting winemaking and there’s been some belters in the new releases. Lagrein is rarely seen outside Sud Tyrol/Alto Adige in Italy and has a home at Cobaw Ridge as one of their focus varieties. A uniqueness on top of uniqueness.

A really intriguing wine that shows restraint of fruit, in a tightness and savouriness of fruit profile, but glorious layered perfume of dark berries, spice, earthiness, barnyard, briary things and an amaro, alpine herb lift that hooks you in. Tannins are ripe, tense and give structure to the wine, and though fruit kind of falls away, there’s a delicious cherry-pippiness that sweetens and lends flavour. There’s a rusticity in the wine, but it’s super easy to drink and pucker and tension works in favour of food stuffs too. Sourness through the finish becomes distracting, but it’s an interesting wine. Worth a look for sure.

Tasted : OCT13
Alcohol : 13.5%
Price : $60
Closure : Diam
Drink : 2013 - 2018

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