Monday 2 March 2015

Wades of Haslemere - Mr Mick Vermentino

A NEW label from a classic Riesling-producing region
and perfect match with a prawn and paw paw salad.
David Ellis

A NEW label out of the Barossa Valley pays tribute to a stalwart of the region, Bob Wade who with mate Brian Miles devoted fifty years to establishing and managing some of the region's finest vineyards.

Bob's son John has launched the new Haslemere label, naming it after a 70-ha vineyard Bob and Brian planted together in 1993, and whose fruit for more than 20 years has been used in the making of top drops from companies including Penfolds, Wolf Blass and Hardy's. That same fruit will now go into this new label.

John Wade said those vineyards of his Dad, who passed away in 2009, and Brian Miles produced fruit that was second to none, with the Haslemere Vineyard now managed by Brian's son Bob, and wines for the new Haslemere label to be made by consultant winemaker Mark Maxwell.

One of the first to be released just before Christmas was their Haslemere Samuel's Row Eden Valley 2014 Riesling that features outstanding citrus tones, clean mineral freshness and a lovely dry finish – all reflective of the excellence of Riesling from this region; pay $22 and enjoy with a prawn and paw paw salad.

SAY "Ciao" to this one over perfectly
matching Italian-style seafood dishes.
ONE TO NOTE: THE Clare Valley's Mr Mick Wines has released a 2014 Vermentino that's one of those wonderfully easy-drinking whites for simply enjoying on its own, or enjoying with Italian-style seafood dishes… this, after all, is a wine of Italian origin.

Priced at $17 a bottle and with grapefruit, fresh apple and nashi pear flavours, the 2014 is what winemaker Tim Adams calls "a trial release from dipping our toe in the water with Vermentino," and adding that he and wife Pam (also a winemaker) intend to "really get behind and increase the make."

Tim and Pam describe themselves as "custodians" of the landmark Mr Mick property that was named after K.H. (Mr Mick) Knappstein, a legend of Australian winemaking who believed passionately in creating wines for everyone to enjoy, every day.


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