Greatness In The Making
managed to get in some of these wines back in 2012 and have never been able to
get any until now. I tasted on Thursday and I was as impressed as ever.
What a find and from the most unexpected place. These are the most exciting
new wines I have tasted this year. After some twenty years of doing this,
it is very rare that I am blown away by something new and different. I have
tasted and know the great wines of the world and once in a long while some new
wines come up from a region that I have not looked at for many years that
simply blow the doors off. I learnt about these wines through a great friend. I
was able to sit down with John Streicker, property owner and businessman
extraordinaire to try his wines. I must tell you this happens to me quite
frequently, somebody who knows somebody starts making wine, buys a winery,
starts importing some wine and I am called in to taste these new master pieces
that are truly unbelievable and the wines are pretty much always disappointing.
I am forced to smile and thank them, so as not to insult them in any way and
send them on their way.
time however the opposite happened, the wines were brilliant! Mr. Streicker has
interests all over the world. While in College back in the day, he one a
competition that allowed him to spend some time in South Africa where he
learned about the unique flower, the Protea which is the national flower of
South Africa. Later on he realized there was a worldwide demand for the flower
and set up Protea farms along the Margaret River area of Australia, yes
Australia in Western Australia. He later decided to plant vineyards, three
different single vineyards and make wine. He hired Napa’s Niebaum-Coppola ‘s
winemaker to make the wines, Bruce Dukes and the results are outstanding. I
have always been a big believer in the wines of the Margaret River, much cooler
than the South Eastern Australian wines we are all more familiar and the result
is wines that have much more balance and structure, spectacular fruit but will
also age brilliantly.
Decanter World Wine Awards; 95pts James Halliday
Old Vine Chardonnay displays perfumes of lime blossom, acacia flowers,
grapefruit, hazelnut and the most subtle brioche highlight this wine. The
palate is textured and lengthy, yet remains precise and focused due to an
oyster shell type of minerality and succulent acidity. Flavors of white pear, grapefruit
and wet granite. The wine shows clear pedigree lines to the 2006, 2007, 2008,
2009 & 2010 vintages.