All hail Julius, one of the great whites
MORE of Australia’s and the world’s winemakers are visiting Perth than ever before to show their finest and best value drops.
The 2013 Houghton Classic Stripe Range cabernet sauvignon 2013 was clearly the finest value for money in a line-up of 15 very good cabernet sauvignons at the Barry Weinman tasting in late August.
It is big, ripe, soft, gentle and fruit-driven from a low oak regime, showing very pleasant (if young) lingering fruit flavours for a wine in this price range.
Not classically styled but more appealing than most and made to drink well early at 17.8 points and often available under $11.
Picardy’s new white wine releases are due for release in early October.
The 2015 sauvignon blanc semillon (18 points) is clearly the most appealing yet with fuller, softer and juicier flavours than previously and a more generous and relaxed finish and aftertaste.
The 2014 chardonnay is also their best to date. 18.5 points.
Prue Henschke was in town recently and said her husband Stephen agreed the 2014 Henschke Julius riesling was clearly their finest to date.
This is one of Australia’s great rieslings ever, being solid, serious, dense, long and powerful.
It has a brilliant finish and aftertaste and, while marvellous now, will improve until 2035. 18.8 points and $45.
The Henschke reds were marvellous in the ’70s, better in the ’80s and by the ’90s, along with Penfolds, are producing Australia’s greatest.
Henschke’s has surpassed the best of those wines in recent years and the latest releases, while expensive, are extraordinary wines on an international scale.
Prue believed two or three recent vintages matched this, the 60th vintage and from 100-yearold vines, but on our card the Henschke Mt Edelstone 2012 is the finest ever.
Delicious now until 2040 at 19 points and $184.95.
The Henschke family.