2012 Orange Sauvignon Blanc, Lot 689 – 12.9% al/vol
First cab off the rank is invitingly true to its varietal characters, with intense passion fruit and citrus qualities. Zest of orange, pineapple and green mango climb out of the glass. The colour is clean, pale and has high clarity.
Appearances can be deceiving? Oh what fun! Is this a hint of oak I sense when mid-palate stirs soft, toasty and mellowy? Excellent length of palate is supported by ripe citrus right to the tip of the tongue. It is well balanced by fruitful acidity and lee-sy roundness.
There is nothing more I want to do on this Monday of the long weekend than sit in the sun with a glass of this, slightly fuller than it should be by etiquette standards! I would love to serve as an accompaniment to a chicken, Thai basil and mango salad.
2012 Orange Semillon Sauvignon Blanc, Lot 589- 12.0% al/vol
Startlingly bright, this wine’s bouquet proves it is spring and sugar snap peas are in season, and mingling with freshly shucked sweet baby broad beans. Honeydew melon shows more fiercely when allowed to gather more air in the glass. This aromatic beauty also shows kiwi and lime. Delightful!
Sauvignon Blanc qualities shine through with herbal undertones. Passion fruits drive youthful citrusy acidity, clean swept off the palate by elegant minerality.
Semillon is the dominant varietal and this is evident in the steely, citrus backbone of the wine.
2012 Orange Pinot Gris, Lot 666 – 12.9% al/vol
The growing conditions must be devishly good in Lot 666! Not dark, but taking a more golden tone than the previous pair, this wine has a tremendous bouquet of ripe pink lady apples, with fresh cut juicy Nashi pears. But there’s more depth than this, hints of allspice and cinnamon waft from an apple crumble cooling on some faraway windowsill.
The roundness of palate is lent by another sneaky introduction of delicate oak, which accentuates the high notes of the wine. This could linger on the palate for days, the length is incredible, with slight sweet nutty characters as reminders.
I’m really craving to match this wine with roasted chicken Maryland with a creamy mustard and brandy sauce.
Thanks again to Duncan for ushering me samples to review. Cooks Lot wines are consistently high quality, individually defined and yet indicative of the passion of which they are made. Cool climate wines are already fashionable, so follow the trend and seek out these examples. You won’t be disappointed as they are well made, affordable and accessible. It is an absolute credit to this family.
Each wine RRP’s at $19.99 http://www.cookslot.com.au/
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