Monday 15 September 2014

Tintilla Hunter Semillion Angus 2012 - Mistletoe Mozcato

ITS praises long sung, this is a great
drop with all manner of seafoods.

David Ellis

JUDGES, reviewers and loyal consumers alike, have long sung the praises of Semillons from Tintilla Estate in the Hunter Valley.

Family owned and operated, the company's just-over 10ha (25 acre) vineyard was planted with Semillon and Shiraz in the heart of Pokolbin over 20 years ago, and has not looked back since, the Lusby family proud that they harvest fruit from their low-yielding vines that give rich and concentrated flavours, and make their wines on the one property.

And while Semillon and Shiraz remain their mainstays, they now produce quite exceptional Sangiovese as well, and a Pinot Noir and a Chardonnay from fruit off a block a couple of kilometres down the road.

But look out for their 2012 Tintilla Angus Hunter Semillon, a lovely un-oaked drop made from handpicked fruit whose lime/lemon flavours blend in well with suggestions of sweeter gooseberry. With its vibrant acidity you can expect this one to do well in the cellar over the coming 10 years.

REWARDING low-alcohol bubbly made
from the "Prince of Muscat Grapes."
Well recommended to enjoy with all variety of seafoods at $28.

ONE TO NOTE: ANOTHER Hunter family we've long had time and admiration for are the Sloans at Mistletoe Winery also at Pokolbin, and who've just released an interesting low-alcohol bubby they call Sparkling Mozcato – the Z in deference to Australia rather than the usual Moscato spelling.

Made from the small-berry white Muscat Blanc a Petit Grains (often called the Prince of Muscat Grapes) this one's a clean, fresh and sweetly fruity drop with a slight fizz and just 5.8% alcohol. And interestingly it comes with two labels: a blue one you'll find now, and a "Christmassy cheer" from November for the Festive Season.

With an easy-open crown seal, its good low-alcohol celebration buying at $22.

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