Four wine-loving pals from Perth-way have committed to a vineyard in Swan Valley (Gino’s Block, southeast of the region) to which they will apply dry-growing and organic practices. They seem to drink a lot of great wine, have experience in some winemaking and vintage work, hang around good people and generally bring a sense of fun, experimentation and nous as a cohort embarking on their own wine project. The vineyard was planted in the mid-1980s and this is semillon from that beautiful, warm region. It sees around a week fermented on its skins (the wine made at Swan Valley Wines), is fermented naturally, sees no additions. It’s a brilliant orange wine.
A ripper here. Chewy, puckering and chalky in its feel with all that embellished with lemon-ginger tea characters, salty nuttiness, dried herbs and a little curry powder spiciness. Acidity courses and pulses under the serious thread of smoky, powdery tannins, the finish a long, long way away and mouth-watering and savoury. Orange wine lovers who know the canons of Radikon, Princic, COS, or that ilk of textural depth and seriousness, will get the drift here. And see it not far off those high water marks. I love it. Drink relatively quickly, but not too cold. - The Wine Front