Alternative wines made from mainstream grape varieties is the name of the game for Canberra District’s boutique Sholto Wines.
As Jake Carter, owner of Sholto Wines said to me, he wants to “show people just how versatile these varieties can be”.
So what exactly does Jake mean by alternative wines? Here’s what he told me..
“All of my white wines receive skin contact because I believe that is where a lot of the flavour and texture is and my Rieslings are given barrel fermentation to add a different element to the variety. And a lot of my reds go through Carbonic Maceration and extended skin contact to broaden the flavour profile.“
Read my tasting note on the Sholto 2018 Reisling >>
How cool is that! When Jake offered to send me a couple of samples, I definitely had to say yes. I was intrigued! Thank you Jake!
This here is the Sholto 2018 Syrah and let’s just say, it went down pretty well in our house.
We found it a deep red-mauve colour in the glass. The nose is full and alluring. Think dark juicy fruits, cloves and pepper spice with a hint of leather. While in the mouth the flavours coat your entire mouth and evoke thoughts of cedar wood, pomegranate and black currant. Well balanced with a silky texture.
This wine was sent to me as a sample, I was under no obligation to post about it.
All opinions are based on my own taste buds. Wine is subjective & always evolving, so make sure you drink what you enjoy!