More scandal from Patina
Patina announce the releases of two new vintage wines
Patina’s owner and winemaker, Gerald Naef, constantly pushes the envelope, looking for ways to build complexity, drinkability and flavour in his wines.
Two new vintage wines that reflect this philosophy include the 2014 Patina Scandalous Riesling ($25) and the NV Patina Rosé ($25).
The Patina Rosé style began life in 2008. Gerald co-fermented Pinot Noir and Chardonnay in a bid to create a Patina Sparkling wine.
“The blend would have made a great wine,” explained Gerald. “However, my heart wasn’t in it. So, in 2013, I decided to change direction. I blended it with the juice of the 2013 Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc to re-ferment with the plan to make a rosé.
“I was really pleased with the result and so have recreated it for this latest release. This is a 2014 and 2015 Rosé comprising 38% Cabernet Sauvignon and 4% Cabernet Franc from 2014, and 27% Merlot, 22% Pinot Noir and 9% Chardonnay from 2015.”
The red varieties all had minimal skin contact and the Chardonnay was whole bunch pressed. The juice was clarified and fermented at cool temperatures until dry.
The new 2014 Patina ‘Scandalous’ Riesling was also a style developed through Gerald’s constantly questioning winemaking.
“I love Riesling and have a number of styles in the Patina portfolio. It’s an exciting variety and Orange, with its intense sunshine, cool climate and soils, is a perfect region to grow it. I believe that this will become more evident over the next ten years as vines continue to mature.”
The 2014 Patina Scandalous Riesling was picked with good natural acidity and fermented in stainless steel until the natural sugar and acid struck an enticing balance. The wine was then moved into the cool room to stop the fermentation and retain 18g/L residual sugar.
“Having retained sugar in wines in Australia is a bit of a scandal,” explained Gerald. “In Germany it’s universally accepted, however in Australian it is often seen as a ‘bit commercial’ and not overly serious. This is a serious wine with the retained sugar highlighting the varieties and regions’ fruit.”
Pricing & distribution: The Patina wines are available in Sydney, Queensland, Canberra as well as nationally and direct from the winery via Patina’s website www.patinawines.com.au
- Orange (NSW)
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