Ansonica – A marvellous interplay of bracing mineral tension with the persistent freshness of white stone fruit & citrus that delights the palate from start to finish. Sleek, tangy and a little sexy. A wine that is pure and precise as the sun that shines upon these grapes.
QWine Reviews 17/10/2020 – “I love different and my eyes lit up when this appeared on my door step. This Ansonica was sourced from the Chalmers vineyard – those lovely folk are flag bearers for planting emerging varieties. It’s the only vineyard in Australia producing this variety, although I’m most happy to be corrected. Made by Hidden Creek winemaker Andy Williams, this falls under his Unsung Hero range of wines which are dedicated to emerging varieties. There’s some exciting releases coming shortly too, so watch this space, or his…
Ansonica originated in Sicily and is a low yielding variety. It also goes under the name Inzolia. And that’s your history lesson done.
As soon as something new comes out, one of the first questions I’m asked is to make a comparison to a variety which consumers may be more familiar with. For me, this is like a Fiano without the spice but with some of that Clare Valley Polish Hill River Riesling minerality if you know what I mean.
Aromas of canned pear juice and lemon zest open proceedings. A fresh wine with a delicate weight, there is some textural complexity and an ever so subtle almond nuttiness. Riverstone minerality keeps a low profile with a citrusy finish. Green apple peel is a bonus parting gift. This is a wine which is thoroughly enjoyable, well made and I’d certainly recommend it to those keen who on expanding their horizons.” Drink now 92/100
Fiano – Aromas and flavours of lifted flowers, spice and citrus combine with the presence of roasted hazelnuts and almonds to make this wine so exceptional. It has a wickedly varietal character of chalky minerality which makes for a tantalisingly textured palate and savoury finish.
Novello Lagrein – A seductive and eminently inviting wine that is perfect for happy moments. Fiery sunset in colour with pronounced aromas & flavours of cherry, cranberry, and pomegranate. This is an invigorating wine with strong personality, freshness and fragrance, intended for early drinking.
QWine Reviews 27/11/2020 – “Winemaker Andy Williams reckons this is the perfect remedy for those stinking hot days we Queenslanders endure from time to time. Ice cold, I see what he means. I’d hate to strike fear, but its appearance in the glass reminds me of those dreadful sunsets we Australians have endured twelve months ago with fiery red clouds shrouding the sunset. A dark cranberry juice of sorts seems a more appropriate descriptor. The fruit saw 24 hours on skins with 8 weeks in older French oak with no MLF. A whiff reminds me of walking into the stone fruit section of the fruit shop during summer. Ripe plums, cherries and nectarine aromas diffuse. There’s more booty than Kim Kardashian. That depth and width stretches for miles through the mouth. Rich and with a subtle peppery spice, there is an orange peel and negroni thing going on. Give it a chill and you have a barbecue wine deluxe. With a snag or chop in hand, you are in business”.
Drink now. 88/100