Tyson Stelzer and Nick Stock, writers of the monthly independent wine magazine Wine 100, have fallen in love with the current release Primo Estate and JOSEPH red wines. The March/April 2011 issue of the magazine reviews no less than five of our wines, ranging from the flagship Moda Cabernet Merlot to the lively Merlesco:
JOSEPH Moda Cabernet Merlot 2008: 95 points
"The influence of grapes dried before crushing is something to behold. Complexity of roast tomatoes, fresh-baked foccacia, black olives and.dried herbs over blackcurrant and liquorice, supported by firm, fine tannins and a flourish of tangy acidity at the end." -- Tyson Stelzer
JOSEPH Angel Gully Shiraz 2008: 94/93 points
"Plush, deeply-fruited McLaren Vale Shiraz is a joy when it's held together by finely-structured tannins. A concoction of everything black: blackberries, blueberries, plums, cherries, liquorice, black pastilles and anise." -- Tyson Stelzer
"This Clarendon Shiraz embraces the ripeness of the 2008 vintage but still holds fresh with red fruits, spice, liquorice, chocolate and dark berries. Same for the palate which has richness, texture and flavour, dark fruits freshen to red through the finish ." -- Nick Stock
Primo Estate Zamberlan Cabernet Sangiovese 2008: 94 points
"A remarkably-crafted wine drinking very well now thanks to dimensions of complexity, but with structure and poise to age reliably for the medium-term. The secret is to pass it over the concentrated, dried out skins of Moda, enhancing its savoury complexity, crunchy berries and finely textural tannins." -- Tyson Stelzer
Primo Estate Il Briccone Shiraz Sangiovese 2009: 91 points
"Intentionally generous, this is a rich, deep, black-fruited Shiraz with the savoury olive nuances of Sangiovese to keep it under control. Taut, finely-structured, savoury tannins lace together its plum, prune, forrest berry and coal flavours." -- Tyson Stelzer
Primo Estate Merlesco Merlot 2010: 91 points
Playful and vivacious, this is a bubbling pot of wild berries and every incarnation of spice that you could conjure. There's a characteristic Merlot lift of violet and rose petal perfume. With its softly textural tannins, it enjoys a light chill." -- Tyson Stelzer
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Jeremy Oliver Reviews 2010 Colombard in this Month's Gourmet Traveller
A lively, juicy and punchy young white from a variety that has never really caught the imagination of the public, other than for this label. It’s scented with a floral and gently herbal aroma of melon, citrus and light tropical fruit. Bright and breezy, its concentrated palate of citrus and tropical flavours has a round, unctuous quality that is neatly wound up by a trim, tart acidity. It finishes with a lasting impression of freshness and brightness.
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Renowned wine critic Philip White has reviewed the JOSEPH Sparkling Red on his Drinkster Blog.
Easily the pinnacle of Australian sparkling red, this astonishing wine holds select bits and pieces from over forty vintages, and only Bacchus knows eactly which varieties. Joe Grilli basically watched Robert O'Callaghan pinch the old recipe he learned from Colin Preece at Great Western, and with his typical gastronomic passion and rare intellectual rigour, outdid them both with finesse, complexity and consistency. While the legendary Rockford Black suffers fits of terrible cork, brettanomycaes, staleness and whatnot, the JOSPEH Red simply offers deadly velvety luxury and consistency the like of which you'd otherwise only expect in something like Krug. Like that mighty Champenoise wonder of the blending bench and reserve cellar, this wine manages to contain all that ancient base material, and yet pour in the most disarmingly fresh, matter-of-fact manner. One can glower over it, pondering, or simply sock it away with the sort of beetroot grin you'd earn at the most carnal bacchanale.
95+ points. http://drinkster.blogspot.com/
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Stewart Noble has picked the 2008 JOSEPH Nebbiolo as his wine of the week...
Light cherry red in colour this wine has a really unique and pleasant aroma that includes savoury, floral and faint fruit elements. Those faint fruit elements in the aroma actually become more noticeable in this wine’s flavour profile but it is still well balanced with savoury and spicy elements. Silky smooth with enjoyable and unique aromas and flavours I found this wine rather delicious and definitely something I would have again.
To read the full article follow this link :http://adrianerdedi.com/palate/noble-wine-of-the-week-stewart-noble-primo-estate-nebbiolio/
You can also visit Stewart's site, www.winewithoutbs.com.au
The 2008 JOSEPH Nebbiolo is available to order online at www.primoestate.com.au/buy
Wine Spectator Insider published a review of the 2007 JOSEPH Moda Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot in their December 1st issue.
For those of you who have the '07 Moda safely tucked away in your cellars, here's a review to add to the collection.
90 Points. Focused, lithe and appealing for its balance and subtle range of flavors, offering savory elements along with notes of fresh currant and spice. Finishes gracefully. Drink now through 2015.—H.S.
Tony Love rates the JOSEPH Sparkling Red Top Class in last week's Adelaide Advertiser:
Totally decadent winemaking here crossing multiple vintages, a barrel of JOSEPH Moda from every year, blended with veteran fortifieds all mixing into a dark, gorgeous, wonderful wine. Worthwhile Luxury.
Food pairing: Turkey, plum pudding.
Tony also mentioned the JOSEPH d'Elena Pinot Grigio and Primo Estate La Biondina Colombard:
JOSEPH d'Elena Pinot Grigio 2010 ticks all the crisp, acidity, minerality boxes or for something a little less complex, try the same producer's Primo Estate La Biondina Colombard.
Stewart Noble has reviewed the JOSEPH d'Elena Pinot Grigio 2010 as his wine of the week on www.winewithoutbs.com.au
Still very much on the trail of great wines for summer I recently commented that Pinot Gris is considered an ‘In fashion’ wine this summer. What I forgot to mention is that Pinot Grigio is exactly the same grape variety and hence has to be just as fashionable with Gris being the French term and Grigio the Italian name. No surprises then that Primo Estate founders, the Grilli family, migrated from Italy and their wines often incorporate Italian wine making techniques learnt and passed down by founder, Primo Grilli, to his son and now head winemaker/owner, Joseph.
Named after Joseph’s daughter, whose birth in 1998 coincided with the planting of the vineyard used for growing Pinot Grigio, this wine has a classic pale straw like colour and an intriguing aroma. On the palate the wine sits somewhere between savoury and fruity and just so full of flavour it is one of the few Pinot Grigio’s I find tasty enough on its own, while always remaining a style made to enjoy with food.
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The 2010 Primo Estate La Biondina Colombard and 2010 JOSEPH d'Elena Pinot Grigio have both featured in the Advertiser Top 100 wines of 2010...
2010 LA BIONDINA COLOMBARD
This is a perennial summer favourite with just a few drops of sauvignon blanc thrown in for a bit of zing, here showing up with a waft of passionfruit and pineapple fruit while hanging tightly to its lemon flower and zest core that provides a keen tension between fresh acidity and natural sweetness. Sunshine captured in a bottle. 93 points.
2010 D’ELENA PINOT GRIGIO
One of the most expressive PGs tasted this year with bergamot/Earl Grey and mandarins featuring in the aromatic profile driven by good minerally acidity, crunchy and fresh in the mouth, fulfilling its "grigio" naming convention, the cooler climate fruit coming mostly from a smart Clarendon vineyard. 94 points.
Both wines are available now from www.primoestate.com.au/buy