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Tuesday, 30 August 2016

Cush & Cush Granite Belt Verdelho 2016

Dave Cush - ex-Spring Vale Tasmania - and wife Kris have set up Cush & Cush Wine Co, with an initial offering of three wines, this Verdelho along with a Vermentino (Heathcote) and a Grenache/Mataro blend (McLaren Vale).

To the wine in question, a select parcel of fruit was purchased from Queensland's Robert Channon (themselves a leading producer of the variety). It was whole bunch pressed, allowed to settle and after racking transferred to old barriques to ferment. A little stirring on gross lees has allowed texture to build. The resultant wine - quite delicious.

Golden, flaked almond, suggestive of a little buttery pastry, segueing to stonefruit and a little tinned fruit syrup. 

Complex, drying, chalky - has texture, through good use of phenolics, than the overt oiliness that can be seen in the variety. Good use of time on lees to build that texture and palate presence without sugar. 

It's long on flavour, spice coming back into play, drying richness. Impressive debut. 93 

Tasted on: Thursday 25th August, a Fruit to Root day
Source: Sample
Price: $25
Alcohol: 13%
Closure: Screwcap

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