Liv Zak wines is the daughter label of Warramunda Estate, both relatively new ventures in the Yarra Valley. I tasted three of their new releases, a Malbec, Chardonnay and Syrah.
The labels are pretty, but a bit wild. The estate fruit for these wines is quite young, and for this, the quality of the wines is quite remarkable. The wines are matured in used French barriques and it is clear that the winemaking is quite detailed.
The 2018 Liv Zak Malbec has an appealing core of blackberry and plum fruit with some syrupy characteristics. The wine does not quite fill the mouth as acidity overtakes before dry tannins dominate on the finish. This wine needs to be tamed a bit, but has potential.
The 2019 Liv Zak Chardonnay delivers attractive flavours of stone fruit, white peach and nectarine, as well as green apple. The flavours are light and the texture is smooth. This is a dry, well balanced Chardonnay.
The best wine in this line-up is the 2018 Liv Zak Syrah. It is quite a typical cool climate Shiraz: medium-bodied, blue and black fruited and quite peppery. The alcohol is a modest 13.5%. This wine has an elegant mouthfeel. It does not have the greatest length, but I enjoyed the fresh finish. This wine drinks well now, but will improve in complexity over the next five years.