Petaluma Coonawarra 2007
Predominately a Cabernet-Merlot blend, this iconic Australian red made by winemaker Andrew Hardy also incorporates some Shiraz and Petit Verdot. Still showing a youthful purple in the glass, the nose is surprisingly soft, balancing the oak with plenty of ripe fruit, showing its 37% Merlot, as well as characteristic Coonawarra mint. The Petit Verdot adds some attractive floral notes. A well balanced pleasurable wine already, this should evolve nicely over the next 5-10 years.
Pievalta Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi 2010
Marche-based Pievalta has been owned by Barone Pizzini for some years now, and the fruits of the professional, biodynamic approach of the parent is paying off handsomely. The 2009 version of this wine garnered three glasses from Gamberro Rosso, and the 2010 is another excellent interpretation. Already showing some elegant complexity to accompany its floral characteristics, this well structured 100% Verdicchio should continue to develop nicely in the next couple of years.
J. Baumer Rheingau Riesling 2009
Originally established by Joachim Bäumer, the winery has been owned by the Ress family for over 50 years, and this wine is produced by local growers under contract to the owners. The quality is great for the price, and offers plenty of pleasure on a warm afternoon. Plenty of acidity, with lime dominating the citrus flavours, and some underlying peach ripeness providing enough sweetness to make for easy sipping.