Thursday 8 September 2011

Salena’s Rosie Ink

Something a little bit different...
Salena Estate Ink Series 2010 Bianco d’Alessano

Hailing from Southern Italy, Bianco d’Alessano is a white grape variety, apparently known for it’s ability to retain acid in hot conditions. Perhaps I’m simplifying things, but that sounds like the perfect variety for several Australian growing regions!
Particularly where this one came from; Loxton. Riverland wines have a tendency to taste a bit flabby, like they’ve been overwatered to compensate for the extreme heat they endure. But not this one!

This wine was refreshingly crisp and acidic. It reminds me most of a Vermentino, with a little bit of Pinot Gris in there too. Mostly Nashi Pear with an almost fake confectionary touch on the nose, that reminds me of those old sherbet bombs I used to get as a kid, you know the pink ones? Then the acid follows through like the sherbet. Odd combination, but it does work.

I’m not into buying wines with medals on the label. In fact, it’s usually off-putting. There are a few reasons for this.
More often than not, the medals pertain to pokey little backyard wine shows that really don’t mean much from a benchmarking point of view – meaning, sometimes the competition isn’t up to scratch. Also, if you need to plaster your bottle with medal stickers, perhaps you need to spend some money on proper advertising or a better label to make your wine stand out. Of course there are exceptions to this; I just don’t like relying on it!

This wine, however, cleaned up well and truly at last year’s Australian Alternative Varieties Wine Show. I have been to this one and it is a really interesting show. Lots of new and different things to get your head around and a good mix of big and small producers. Hard to judge with such a variety though!

What would an “Ink Series” be without matching it to some Rose Tattoo? I know, again not strictly metal, but it’s healthy to have an Alternative Variety of music to listen to sometimes!
How about some Rock & Roll Outlaw, to pay homage to the wineries that bother to try something different? Someone has to mix things up a bit!
This is a really good Spring/Summer Cheapie! You can get it from The WIne Lover's Warehouse, it's one of their few gems! Try something different!


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