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Friday, 13 July 2012

Shobbrook Nouveau 2011

Shobbrook 2011 Nouveau Mataro bottle image
I've come across this wine a few times, yet this was the first time I'd sat down with a bottle for the purpose of writing it up.

The first thing to say is don't be alarmed by the spritz on opening, the winemaker has intentionally left some undissolved CO2 in the wine - a little like a soda water - and chosen not to filter the wine, making it vegan friendly, and rendering it with the appearance of something like a barley water.

The best description I have heard for this wine is its: "like a frosty fruit with pepper on it".  Not sure I can necessarily better that.

Beyond the initial spritz the wine is a great mix of sweet and savoury, with Mataro's familiar earthen spice juxtaposed against tart, sharp fruit - think sugar plum and juicy tart citrus.

Fun, lively and eminently drinkable it may be but it also has an edge of complexity to itself too.  Whilst made for drinking now, seeing no oak and no sulphur, along with showing little in the way of tannin, the winemaker has commented that it would be fun to see where the undissolved CO2 would go and what preservative properties it may have.  Just enjoy it say I.  90 - Good

Source: Winery
Price: $21
Alcohol: 13.5%
Closure: Cork with wax seal


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