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Fine Wine Friday: Wines in Focus

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Some wine labels are very simple, some are incredibly complex, detailed and artistic. This week Hansi our Fine Wine Manager has taken a look at two very different wine labels, the stories behind them and how they differ…

Dreams Chardonnay, Jermann. The wine has been called a few things over the years, starting out as ‘Where the Dreams have no end’. The name is an homage to the U2 song ‘Where the streets have no name’ from the Joshua Tree album, released in 1987, the same year as the inaugural vintage. The seven colours of the rainbow, as well as black and white, the phases of the moon and the planet Mars make up an iris on the wine’s label. Not exactly a typical wine label, but the winemaker Silvio Jermann is widely considered as an artist, so the label is very apt! The wine heralds from the Friuli region in the North Eastern corner of Italy, bordering Slovenia. A blend of 97% Chardonnay and 3% of a ‘secret’ variety, the wine is then aged in oak for 11 months. Aromas of ripe, tropical fruits, vanilla spices, hints of honey and flowers abound. In the palate, the wine is dry, rich, layered with tropical fruit flavours, a creamy texture and a long, full and round finish. Silvio Jermann interprets the dots as ‘Where Dreams can happen’, but after trying the wine, everyone is free to draw their own conclusions…

There are several other wines in the Jermann portfolio, including Tunina, a blend of local grape varieties, and a fantastic Pinot Grigio.

Ten Minutes by Tractor. At the other end of the spectrum, just four words sum up nearly everything about the winery and the wine…and with a picture of a tractor on the label, you almost know everything about Ten Minutes by Tractor instantly! The first three vineyards in the estate are within ten minutes tractor drive of each other in Victoria’s Mornington Peninsular – hence the name! There is a twist, as although tractors are widely used for transporting the grapes after harvest, 95% of the work in the vineyard is done by hand. The sea breezes, which provide a cooling influence to the vineyards, have resulted in the peninsular being considered as the finest region in Australia for growing Burgundy varietals. The wines are a far cry from the jammy and hot style one normally associates with Australia; the Chardonnay shows its cool climate origin with aromas of stone fruits, melon and hints of minerality and a touch of oak. In the palate the wine is ripe, yet very vibrant, fresh flavoured with peach, melon, vanilla and spice and a bright, vibrant and long length. The Pinot Noir exudes a beguiling mix of ripe red berry aromas with savoury and spice, leading to a complex array of sensations in the palate; red cherry, plum skin, sweet red berries, vanilla and spice. The finish is long and lingering, a delicate balance between fruit sweetness and savoury flavours.

Hansi is our resident Fine Wine expert, often seen poring over excel spreadsheets in the corner of the office. When he’s not behind the desk Hansi mostly enjoys watching Sebastian Vettel decimating the field and listening to Rock n’ Roll with a glass of Montrachet.

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