3) 2008 Allegro Rosé ($39.95) … we tried both the 2007 and 2008 version, I found the 2007 flat and boring while the 2008 was vibrant with lots of red berries: an intense raspberry nose with an intense strawberry flavour all finished with a surprisingly dry finish, especially for a wine with so much upfront fruit. Julian pointed out that they were two very different types of vintages, which explained the night-and-day difference in the wines.
2) 2007 Adam’s Rib ($49.95 … this wine is made by Julian's son, a Chardonnay / Viognier blend - the nose was sweet with tree fruit (apples and peaches), while the palate was scrumptious showing peaches and hints of vanilla.
1) 2005 Sparkling Genesis Syrah ($99.95) ... usually, sparkling Shiraz is about as exciting as watching grass grow - but Julian is trying to improve on that reputation. He is experimenting with this sparkling to see what the difference age will have on his wine. First, he barrel aged the wine for 18-months, making only 6 barrels in total. He then divided them into three batches of two barrels each, bottled them and then let the secondary fermentation begin. He released one after twelve months – which Julian says was nice. The batch we tried was the 24-month experiment, then in another year he’ll release the 36-month batch. In the end the best batch will become the standard he uses from that day forward. In his opinion, the 24-month shines well above the twelve-monther, and he's looking forward to trying the 36. Lots of Shiraz character here with spicy-peppery notes, and lots of black cherry following on the taste with a healthy dose of fine bubbles. I just hope Julian comes back and lets us try the 36er.
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