I’m talking about wine, not a beautiful red head. What were you thinking?
Geographe Bay Wineries produce reds that hit the spot
I love me a good glass of the good stuff, and the longer I live in the glorious South West of Australia, the more pernickity I get when it comes to wine.
Three Raunchy Reds of the Geographe Wine Region (oh and those are Frangipanis from our little patch – we don’t have any vines – yet)
We started at the Barrecas stake-out and within a few minutes we’d bought a bottle of the Barbara 2011, which we cracked open and savoured with some flavoursome Aussie lamb chops that evening.
Barrecas is located 5 kms south of Donnybrook on the South Western Highway, and is managed by Fil and Kelly. Iolanda Radcliffe makes the wine for Antonio and Fillipo Barreca on the picturesque site where they also produce ports and olive oil.
Well known wine afficiondo, James Halliday has this to say.
“Three generations of the Barreca family have been involved in winemaking, first in Italy and ultimately in Donnybrook. Third-generation Tony Barreca sold his orchard in 1994, using the proceeds to buy the site upon which he has since established 32ha planted to a Josephs coat of 11 different varieties. Most of the grapes are sold under contract, but a small, modern winery onsite produces a limited amount of wine.”
Now He Himself is my wine tasting muse and he had this to say: “A zesty red full of flavour. Made in the Italian style it’s fun fruity and flavoursome.”
I had to agree and enjoyed a glass (or two) very much – so had to be careful how much I consumed!
Heathen, shame on you.
Bakkhei Wines strutting their stuff at the Donnybrook Food and Wine Festival
Next we met the very friendly Michael Edwards from Bakkheia, a winery with some eclectic wine labels.
Michael invited us for a private tasting (there is no cellar door) and so if you’d like a private tasting experience, then give the vineyard a call and arrange something on a weekend – how celebrity is that?
“We only bottle about 350 – 600 cases each year,” he told us. “Small quantities and small batches keep us focused on quality and keeping the wines distinct, which means availability is limited and only available online or by phone or through the Frenzy Wine Club.”
Their labels are curious and when I looked up on the website, the reasons behind them were really interesting. Here are three and the reasons behind them:-
“There is no specific formula for our labelling. We have have a number of themes that are either relevant to past or present lives or, the philosophy that we follow. The Groszman – the Bride’s family name. Her father was the catalyst for the wine making journey. Tripartite – (French) – of three parts. Describing the inspiration and composition of our GSM. Priapus – Roman minor God of viniculture and sailors (what a combination!)”
On the day at the Donnybrook Festival, and after a few snifters, He Himself declared that the Tripartite 2011 would be the one to offer our guests on Sunday.
Tripartite is a blend of Grenache / shiraz / mourvedre and as He Himself said:-
“It’s a blend of three wines made in heaven.”
In fact we both really enjoyed the balance and the different levels of the tripartite.
If you need something a little more sophisticated, here are the tasting notes from the Bakkheia Website :
“2011 – blend 10/65/20/5 (Graciano). Much like the 2010. Limited blending opportunities reduced access to Grenache. Lighter weight red developing some great characteristics and will reward cellaring and breathing. Good wine to enjoy with food.”
Michael told us more about this year’s vintage.
“With the vines just coming into full maturity the flavours of the grapes are improving. The winemaker is very excited about this year’s vintage which he thinks could be the best yet.”
David and John Mazza explaining what their wines are all about. And very fine wines they are too.
Then we met the very busy and friendly David and John Mazza, who were pouring tasters of wine as fast as the river was flowing behind them.
David Mazza told me more about the vineyard.
“In 2002 we planted six Spanish and Portuguese wine grape varieties to see how they would grow in the Geographe Bay region. Our plantings were inspired by the fabulous wines of the Rioja and the Douro Valley.”
Sharp intake of breath as we remember back to our days in Europe and quaffing Rioja on long soft summer evenings.
“The varieties have thrived and in November 2010 we won a gold medal for our Tempranillo in the Australian Alternative Varieties Wine Show. Our ambition is to produce an Australian translation of these Old World heritage varieties,” David continued.
It was great to have a chance to sample these wonderful red wines as none of these producers have cellar doors. However if you’re interested I would suggest you give them a call and organise a tasting when you’re in the area.
Do you have a favourite red wine – Do tell us … what is it and where is it from?