A partnership between Don Lewis, Who spent 35 years as a winemaker at Mitchelton and Narelle King, the former accountant who saw the light and is now a winemaker. In 2001 they started working together and now they’re business partners. In 2006 Tar and Roses was launched and is focussed on showing the best of Central Victoria (not surprisingly). Nebbiolo, Sangiovese, Shiraz, Pinot Grigio and Tempranillo plus a wine they make in Spain and ship back to Australia.
This wine pays tribute to the sheer amount of time Don Lewis spent making wonderful Riesling at Mitchelton. This wine is a fair facsimile. In fact, when I close my eyes and sniff, it is a dead ringer this year. Smells like limes, floral and citrus. Hints of mineral and aniseed. The nose is enough for me. The palate is off-dry but finishes quite clean and crisp. Chilled right down, this wine is refreshing and cleansing. All of the flavours on the nose flow through to the palate. There is a tight core of fruit that will unravel with 7-15 years in the bottle. But it is perfectly drinkable right now.
A LARGE GI that covers the area North of Melbourne. It takes in a lot of great regions as well as the area in between them. There is no generalising here except the say, in general the areas are warm, dry and suitable more to fuller flavoured wines and reds in particular.
One of the world’s most noble varieties and known transmitter of terroir. Riesling is an important variety for quality wine production although only makes up approximately 4% of the planted area. Wonderful wines are found in Germany, Austria, Alsace and Australia. They can be as dry as any wine you’ll taste or super sweet and luscious. It is a wonderful grape. See more about Riesling here.