Tasting notes - Lowe Wines (NSW) 2010

Established in Mudgee in 1987

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David Lowe, Lowe Wines, Mudgee

David Lowe, Lowe Wines, Mudgee

Organic Lowe Wine - Merlot, Shiraz, Tinja Merlot

 

Lowe Wines is at the forefront of practising and promoting environmentally friendly agriculture. With minimal intervention they are consistently producing award-winning wines that truly reflect the red earth of Mudgee. In fact when they converted to organic certification, little changed to the way Lowe Wines had always been produced.

The range of wines produced under the Lowe label are all grown on site and made by Lowe Wines. The Tinja labelled wines are made to the same high standard by Lowe but with fruit either from their own grapes or from some of the best vineyards in NSW. After all, despite their evident skills as winemakers, Mudgee isn't quite the right place to grow the finest sauvignon blanc or pinot noir.

  

2006 Lowe Organic Merlot

This was a brilliant year with enough spring rain and benign warm summer without any bad weather issues.

The wine has very dark and intense colour, still purple showing youth and great potential to age. There's fruitcake bouquet with a touch of vanilla spice tucked away from the French oak. Youthful fruit dominates the palate, with plenty of tannin to hold the wine and the spine of Mudgee  strength and colour to preserve the wine. Like the Shiraz, cellar this wine with confidence until 2015, and watch the wine extend and soften. One of Lowe's best.

Alc/Vol: 13.5%

RRP A$30.00

 

2006 Lowe Organic Shiraz

2006 was a brilliant year with enough spring rain and benign warm summer without any bad weather issues.

The Shiraz is a dark colour typical of unirrigated grapes. Now in 2010 after four years you start to see the progression from blueberry, primary shiraz characters, to the liquorice secondary early bottle age influences. As you would expect, complete flavour with soft tannins but retaining the hint of tannin that assures the taster there are many years of improvement ahead. Quality in this wine is from a good year and the efforts of organic grapes and winemaking.

Alc/Vol:14.5%

RRP A$30.00

 

2010 Tinja Preservative Free and Organic Merlot

Vintage was extremely dry throughout the growing season with 1/3 normal crop. Grapes were ripe early February, one month early and thankfully escaped the summer rain.

This Merlot is a vibrant young red - very dark in colour, richly textured with aromas of blood plums, star anise and a spicy full palate with fine tannins which are another form of protection. Only for immediate enjoyment it will not mature past 18 months so drink before mid 2011, but that doesn’t mean it will spoil.

Alc/Vol:13.5%

RRP A$20.00

 

2010 Tinja Sauvignon Blanc

It was a fairly wet season in Orange which makes fruit vulnerable to disease.This threat forced an ealier harvest han normal which means the fruit was generally higher in acidity and lower in sugar content.

The Tinja is a very refreshing sauvignon blanc which is low in alcohol. This wine delivers more complex varietal fruit, grapefruit like, with no residual sugar yet delivers softness from light oak maturation and wild yeast treatments. It has all the freshness and zing you would expect from a high altitude, cool climate wine.

Alc/Vol: 9.8%

RRP A$20.00

 

2010 Tinja Pinot Grigio

The season in both Orange and Mudgee were fairly wet forcing ealier harvest than usual in order to avoid disease in the fruit. Harvesting the fruit early means that the berries are higher in acidity and lower in sugar than in an average season.

This wine is packed with fresh acidity and is low in alcohol; typical Italian style. Crisp and minerally, this wine shows flavours of pear and nougat with long length.

Alc/Vol: 11.4%

RRP A$20.00

 

2010 Tinja High Altitude Riesling (med-sweet)

Due to the season’s high amount of precipitation close to harvest, botrytis affected the riesling fruit on the Nullo Mountain vineyard. The bunches of berries were picked later in the harvest season and had to be handpicked to sort out the fruit which was only slightly affected by botrytis.

A stunning nose of lime blossom, quince and green apple leads to a palate of great delicacy with perfectly balanced sweetness and lively acidity. This will cellar extremely well in the right conditions.

Alc/Vol: 12%

RRP A$20.00

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  • Central Ranges (NSW)
  • Explorer Country (NSW)
  • Mudgee (NSW)

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