La Violetta Almirante y Obispo Garnacha Mataro Tempranillo 2011

The admiral and the bishop has a significance beyond me. Anyway, the fruit is from Geographe from low-cropping vines and is co-fermented, with some whole bunch, a natural ferment and the pulse of one switched on winemaker in Andrew Hoadley. 

Whoowee, some aromatics. Spicy, red fruited, briary, touch dusty but spilling out of the glass with fuming gusto. Really pretty to inhale. Texture is surprisingly tight and restrained, a crispness to tannin that gives great definition and though red fruit and spice jostle, it’s a tightly wound, intensely inward affair. That being said, time lets the wine unfurl well and it’s a very fine, seamless expression of the varieties with a long belt of slate-meets-wet pebble-like minerality underlying. Geez this wine looks good. Structure and precision, yet delicious and intriguing. Sheesh.

Tasted : OCT13
Alcohol : 14.7%
Price : $75
Closure : Screwcap
Drink : 2013 - 2028
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