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Patritti 2016 PetNat: Wine Review

All the cool kids are drinking this naturally sparkling wine. Even though its ‘new’, as with most things grasped by hipsters it is an ancient and natural product, but without any hint of irony. Its a form of fizzy wine which is bottled before the completion of fermentation. As the yeasts consumes the sugar, turning it into alcohol, the yeast creates carbon dioxide which causes the juice to become spritzy. With a Pet-Nat, the live ferment is trapped inside the bottle . This method of winemaking is known as méthode ancestrale or Pétillant-Naturel (natural sparkling) or Pet Nat for short.

Patritti Pet Nat


Patritti is actually based in Adelaide city suburbs, but the fruit for this is Trincadeira from Barossa and adds sweetness and natural acidity. Essentially being an ‘unfinished wine’ the Patritti Pet Nat still has yeast lees in suspension. So leaving the bottle upright a day or so prior to opening minimises the cloudiness.

Aromas of wild strawberries, with a definite funky spiciness and a herbal edge. On the palate its lightly spritzy, noticeable sweetness but balanced with acidity. Red berries, cranberries. The Patritti Pet Nat reminds me of that strawberry yogurt that I left in the fridge for a week too long, but still decided to eat the fizzy creamy berries goodness. Serve the Pet Nat slightly cooler than room temperature, and its freshness and slight sweetness makes it super tempting on a warm summery evening.

Alcohol: 12.5%
Price: $25
Region: Barossa Valley, SA
Source: Provided by producer

Freedom in Barossa with Langmeil

Langmeil Winery in the Barossa Valley officially opened the new
Freedom Room.

Langmeil Freedom Room

The private tasting room is hidden underneath the restored cobbler’s store and water tank. The cobblers store was built in 1884 as part of the original Langmeil village.

The village also included a blacksmith, a baker and a butcher – all of which were put to use again for the winery’s 172nd birthday celebration last week.

The event also celebrated the release of the 2013 Old Vine Garden collection, which includes The Freedom 1843 Shiraz, Fifth Wave Grenache and Orphan Bank Shiraz.

The wines in the Old Vine Garden range, are made from amazing old vineyards, including vines planted in 1843 by Christian Auricht, an early Lutheran settler. Christian Auricht himself was a blacksmith, and the Langmeil Village still has his blacksmith workshop open for visitors.

Langmeil s-1772

Langmeil Village

Langmeil Village

Elderton ‘Greenock Two’ 2013 – Wine Review

Continuing along the modern and stylish theme of the Elderton Greenock One Shiraz, the Elderton ‘Greenock Two’ is a modern take on this traditional blend. 49% Shiraz, 41% Mourvedre, and 10% Grenache make up the components. This wine is from vines planed in 1969 in Barossa Western edge, near the small township of Greenock. Elderton greenock-two

On the nose the 2013 Greenock Two shows quite a meaty, savoury character, presumably from the larger component of Mourvedre. Dusty cocoa and a pretty floral waft keep it alluring.

On the palate its silky tannins and well bodied. Ripe blue fruit and a red fruit hint, chocolate and liquorice. Fresh cracked black pepper, and touch of juniper. Ultimately leading to a pleasurable, complex and intriguing wine which from a great vintage.

Alcohol: 14.0%
RRP: $28
Region: Barossa
Source: Provided by producer

Turkey Flat 2013 Shiraz: Tasting Note

Ive always penchant for the relatively more restrained styles of Shiraz [and tweed jackets with leather elbow patches]. So its always interesting to see the Turkey Flat house style continue along the more elegant Barossa Shiraz route.  Although potentially a little richer than the 2012, it still sits in the slightly more than medium bodied range. Vintage 2013 had a dry winter which led into a hot and low rainfall summer, creating a low yielding, early and short vintage. Turkey Flat shiraz

On the nose there is the typical liquorice, ripe red strawberry/raspberry fruit, and more sweet spice in the background. On the palate the Turkey Flat Shiraz shows dusty fennel seeds and Indian spices, complement ripe dark plum. All round quite rich and generous but in no way forced. Supportive tannins suggest great drinking ahead (15+ years). After several hours of being open it really started to show what it can do.

Also check out the new release of the Turkey Flat 2013 Butcher Block Red.

Alcohol: 14.3%
RRP: $47
Region: Barossa
Source: Provided by producer

Turkey Flat 2014 Mataro: Tasting Note

With about 16 different names around the world its no wonder consumers get confused with Mataro/Mourvedre/Monastrell/Esparte et al.  So I’m sure wine enthusiasts will be grateful for Turkey Flat deciding to use the much easier to pronounce Mataro.  Turkey Flat mataro

On the nose the Turkey Flat 2014 Mataro has some sweet blue fruits, floral violets, and gamey meats in the background. Nice complexity. On the palate its medium bodied, which wouldn’t dominate too many foods.

Savouriness is the dominant character rather than fruit, which makes a nice change for a Barossa wine. Black olive brine, beef stock/Marmite savouriness lurking in the depths. Acid contributing to the juiciness. Fine tannins make for a seductive and interesting drink. Middle of winter, slow cooked goodness (specifically a Moroccan roast vegetable tagine) and the Turkey Flat Mataro, would be a perfect match.

Also check out the new release of the Turkey Flat 2013 Butcher Block Red.

Alcohol: 14.5%
RRP: $32
Region: Barossa
Source: Provided by producer

Turkey Flat 2013 Butchers Block Red: Tasting Note

Around South Australia you get to experience a broad range of the GSM/SGM styles of wine.  Each consistent with the theme, but also incredibly varied. Some are obviously Grenache dominant, with its bright red medium weight fruit. While others Shiraz dominant, darker tones and a little more body weight. So its always a please to see each winemakers take on the theme. Turkey Flat bbr

The Turkey Flat 2013 Butchers Block Red (48% Shiraz, 28% Grenache, 24% Mataro) once again over delivers for the price. On the nose there’s a combination of warm earth and old fashioned roses.  Some savoury elements which I often see in Turkey Flat wines. Hints of ripe strawberry, and warm Indian spice.

On the palate blackcurrent, cassis, fennel seed/liquorice (which I often see in the Turkey Flat Shiraz).  Its dark and brooding, but still with a lightness of touch consistent with the style. The sympathetic tannins don’t get in the way, and maintain a supporting role.

Alcohol: 14.5%
RRP: $20
Region: Barossa
Source: Provided by producer