Australia whites are not often primed in my fridge for that midweek moment but this zippy white from the Victorian Pyrenean foothills has plenty of lively fruit and also a rather satisfying richness from the Semillon element to transcend mere refreshment. Do also spend a moment to enjoy the pithy and playful back label.
Mark Pardoe MW, Wine Buying Director (March 2013)
The quirky name bears a little explanation but it should not be assumed that its light-heartedness indicates a wine of little substance. On the contrary, it is a wine which, although lovely to drink now, also repays a little patience. The title pays homage to the books written by Afferbeck Lauder in the 1960s, the most celebrated of which was “Let’s Talk Strine”, in which he spelt out words phonetically as they would sound in an Australian accent. One such was called Nose Tone Unturned.
This blend comes from vineyards in the Murray Darling River area on the borders of Victoria and New South Wales. The glacial stony soils seem to lend themselves to the production of crisp, fresh mineral white wines; here the Sauvignon imparts acidity while Semillon brings weight, depth and structure. The addition of 5% Viognier adds a dash of floral , lifted aromatics.
Alun Griffiths MW
Cool, crisp and grassy on the nose with lemon notes and a touch of honeyed richness. Balanced acidity and softly rounded fruit characters. Plenty of zesty lemon notes and a little grapefruit alongside herbal and gooseberry flavours. Bright, crisp finish. Zippy and fresh Semillon & Sauvignon wine, perfect for summertime drinking and ideal with light salads and shellfish starters.Portavin