I regret not writing sooner. The longer I left it… the more embarrassed about not writing I became. But the truth is, I did miss you and my attentions, although redirected – were good. I have started to pursue post-graduate study and have simply concentrated all into that over the past few months. And ashamedly, I have still been drinking – just without you…
But over new years, my resolution is to share more wines, laughs and interesting … even boring tales – whining or wining with you.
So tonight, I throught I’d have another crack -
–at a stelvin seal that is.
So feeling a bit fruity, I went for a Verdelho. Not a traditional favourite of the real wineo, yet - in my eyes far superior to the herds of crappy Sauvignon Blanc that still saturate the market en-masse. [Seriously? A whole aisle for Sauvignon Blanc? Don't get me wrong, I don't hate the grape. Its not Sauvignon Blanc's fault. In fact I blame the "fad" of Sauvignon Blanc because just like Chardonnay in the 80's there is soooooooooooooooooooooooo (soooooooooooooooooo) many bad ones. A great "Sauvvy B" can be wonderful. But I have never found one in a bottle shop. ]
Back to Verdelho. I think one of Hunter Valley’s regional hero’s is Verdelho. It just works for our climate.
Now the variation for Verdelho can be its let down. They can be anywhere on a scale from dry to fruity, but they are always going to be all about the fruit. This one, pale straw in colour. Citrus on the nose, reminding me of freshly grated zest. I get a hint of freshly cut pineapple and the last aroma is slightly green like bruised lemon tree leaves. The best part, is with more air and active swilling – the fresh pineapple turns candied – embarrassingly taking me back to pineapple lollies at school (without smelling sweet).
Righteo, the palate. It does have residual sugar, and is fruitier than other traditional varieties, but I don’t mind my Verdelho carrying fresh fruit flavour. And on the scale of fruity its not obscene. Anyway, fruity is why it matches so well with spicy foods like Thai. It can just handle the heat, when a Chardonnay or a Semillon would just go crying home to mummy.
The fruitiness of the palate is tarty, yet fleshy citrus – lemons, mandarins and oranges which have to share the glass with pineapple. The whole palate is backed up by excellent acidity. Just the way I like it. Acidity can save the day in a fruitier style of wine by cutting the palate off short, midway. Its a bit like hemming your palate.
The mouth feel is fun, its smooth…. smooth… zingy (without an annoying spritz) and then clean. The palate is left with a pleasant lingering sensation, and its overall a good example of Hunter Verdelho, and an even better example of why Hunter Valley wine should be the top of the bottle shop purchasing books.
This wine is people-friendly. The Spicy food activist would enjoy this, as well as the naive drinker. Its not a think and drink wine, its really just a pour and adore.