Thursday, August 29, 2013

Glaetzer-Dixon New Releases

When I reported on the Glaetzer-Dixon Shiraz winning last year's Jimmy Watson trophy and not being too enthusiastic about the wine, I drew some flak from company representatives, and the post became one of my most read posts. This review will be less controversial, I think, although I will not be dishing out James Halliday level points (which is quite normal for me).

The first wine I tasted was the 2012 Glaetzer-Dixon Uberblanc Riesling. It has quite a crunchy citrus taste, there is lime and apple as well. The wine finishes dry and a little acidic (89 points). The 2012 Uberblanc Goldpunkt Riesling is a step up in fruit intensity. It is a more elegant wine, but still characterized by an acidic finish, which should give it a long life ahead. It is probably worth while to keep this wine for a number of years to see it develop and mellow (Goldpunkt?) (92 points).

The 2013 Glaetzer-Dixon 'Nouveau' Pinot Noir is  a Beaujolais-style wine. Obviously quite young, it is a dry wine lacking somewhat in mouthfeel (86 points). The 2012 'Avance' Pinot Noir has a strange animal fur smell on the bouquet, but loses this on the palate. The wine is dark coloured, with black cherry fruit dominant, medium bodied with a lifted acidic finish (91 points). The flagship is the 2010 'Reveur' Pinot Noir. This is a softer wine, no doubt partly due to bottle age. The flavours are complex: dark cherries mixed in with savoury forest floor. The finish is long, with quite firm tannins on the back palate. This is a well structured and interesting wine, which will further develop for the next four years and live quite a while longer (94 points).    

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