2020 Local Weirdos Big Valley Bombo
This is a blend of skin fermented semillon with grenache parcels that saw carbonic maceration and ‘regular’ winemaking.
The skin ferment semillon tannins are a huge feature and then there’s this super pretty, floral, juicy grenache thing going on. It’s like when a razor sharp knife cuts through ultra ripe stone fruit, or something similar – that’s not the characters here, it’s more about this palate-confusion between textural elements, but they synch up in their own way. It’s unique in shape and form. At once quite a serious wine, tannins rippling and all authoritative, then the wafts of jolly srose hip and raspberry liquorice rolls in. Same with flavours; on one hand powdery, firm and dense, then jolly with fruitiness and a long roll of come hither pretty sweet-sour red berries. It’s unique and compelling in its way, and I’d drink a tonne of it for the singularity and deliciousness that keeps me at my glass. Mike Bennie - The Wine Front