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WINTER 2015 NEWSLETTER

 

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Following the release of our 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon in the last newsletter, the wine reviewers ratings are now in.

2010 Cabernet Sauvignon

James Halliday ... 96 Points

A 96/2/2% blend of cabernet sauvignon, petit verdot and cabernet franc, hand-picked, open fermented, basket pressed, and matured for 19 months in French oak (50% new). Has retained a youthful line, and a youthful grip to the medium- to full bodied palate, resulting in an exceptionally long finish; the flavours are all in a sombre/black spectrum, but the tannins are fine and ripe, the oak totally intergrated. High quality from start to finish.

WineGenius.com ... 95 Points

(The notoriously tough team of sommeliers & wine writers who have developed the Wine Genius website & app for finding wines you will enjoy)

A wonderful 2010 vintage provided the foundation for Victory Point to assemble this excellent wine. Violets, plum and mulberry are interlaced with savoury oak, rustic charm and musky notes. A fine and supple palate structure is punctuated with dark chocolatey fruit and earth complexity.

Drinking Range: 2013 - 2015

To accompany their winter menu the team at Guillaume Bistro, Perth has selected this wine to be served "by the glass".

Match it with the delicious Beef Daube in red wine sauce on a bed of Paris mash, or Rack of Lamb with confit tomatoes, white beans and chorizo, which are on the menu – The food may take you to France, but we are proud to say the wine is classic Margaret River.

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2013 Malbec

In our last newsletter we also released our first 100% Malbec wine and it was certainly well received. The 2012 vintage sold out to Mail list customers within a couple of weeks, sorry if you missed out!

This vintage should be tucked away for a few years now as the tannin structure is quite tight and will mellow over time.

Luckily, the 2013 vintage produced another great example of this variety, the last we have made to date. This wine is now ready for release and is tasting delicious now, and will cellar well for another 10+ years.

While the Malbec variety has recently gained recognition as the wine of Argentina & Chile, its origin is in Bordeaux where, until the frosts of 1956, it was widely planted and is still permitted by all major red appellations. Plantings in France now centre around Cahors where we discovered it, a couple of decades ago!

Early research trip to seek out Malbec in the Cahors Region:


Thursday morning market, Villefranche.

Young Bersons inspecting the produce – don't touch

Friends in the wine business had converted a derelict French farmhouse into delightful family holiday accommodation. With this as our destination, we found ourselves deep in the French countryside where our closest town was the Bastide town of Villefranche de Rouergue. The ancient town square (bastide) now housed, amongst the usual artisan providores , two horse butchers either side of the Aussie “Billabong” surf shop as well as liquor merchants with cellars full of the local wine, Cahors from the Malbec grape, also known as the Black Grape of Cahors.

Vintages going back 30 years were available. We were astounded at the spiciness backed by strong fruit and grippy tannins – it captured our palates imagination. On returning to Margaret River, discussions with the Mugford’s of Moss Wood, revealed that it was one of the original varieties planted in the region but in the early days, inconsistency of fruit set had made it uneconomical. Further reading of John Gladstones research about the Margaret River region revealed that he had identified the variety as suitable for the region particularly in the area where Victory Point vineyard is now located, on the undulating slopes, just north of the Margaret River township.

With new information form the Agricultural department of WA explaining the difficulty with the fruit set was due to a lack of specific trace elements, soil testing in our valley suggested the gravelly loams on the northern slope contained these elements.

The vines were amongst the first we planted and have flourished. The dry grown conditions have made the vines work hard to find the water source and the intensity of flavour in the fruit each vintage is exceptional.

Pairing Food with Malbec Wine

Because of its body and astringent structure, we like pairing Malbec with any food that packs bold flavour. It goes incredibly well with skirt steak and we’ve had recommendations from foodie friends to try it with rare lamb. The spice, leather and smoky flavour backed by berry flavour allows for a wide array of food pairings. Some of our family members are fans of Spicy Mexican dishes which have bold hints of both spice and savoury flavour which complement the Malbec characteristics.

The classic French winters dish, Cassoulet, originated in the same region as Malbec and the flavours complement and enhance each other. I’ll save that recipe for the next newsletter – by which time we may be experiencing some more wintery weather in the West.

If you’re not big into meat, try it with heavier fish, chicken and pasta dishes. Gary’s famous paella cooked over the open fire is always a winner.

Gary's Paella

Gary’s paella has been evolving over the last few years, and has been based on the recipes in several of the great books by Penelope Casas. “Paella!” and the classic “One Pot Spanish” are family favourites and we are now buying multiple copies of "One Pot" for the kids to take with them as they move into their own homes ... HINT!!

Click this link for a fabulous article and recipe for Paella.

Gary’s tips are -

  • catch your own seafood – (easy for him!)
  • to use the best homemade seafood stock you can make.
  • cook over coals to end up with a slightly smokey crust on the base of the pan.
  • Have a glass of Victory Point Malbec, while cooking.

2015 Vintage Report

Vintage 2015 provided an interesting growing season for our viticultural team. Average maximum and minimum temperatures were up to 1.6° C warmer than historical averages between the Capes. Rainfall for the region was slightly lower than previous years but the most significant weather factor influencing yield this season was the cool drizzly weather over flowering in November. Flowering was prolonged and fruit set was reduced which significantly reduced bunch weight and yield. Quality of the fruit however, was remarkable and our winemaker, Mark Messenger, commented that in the early stages that the wine was showing good depth of flavour and structure.

In the winery, the 2015 Rosé has been blended and bottled and is ready for release in Spring.

The wine is again a blend of the Cabernet Franc and Malbec varieties, which have worked so well together for the past few vintages. We have also included a parcel of Pinot Noir fruit from our secret plantings which has added even more complexity to the final product. The Cabernet Franc provides the floral, leafy profile which combines well with the quite ripe Malbec and spicy Pinot. All indications are that this vintage will again score 90+ points.

Victory Point Wines now available in Melbourne & Brisbane

We are pleased to announce that Airoldi Fine Wines have been appointed as our distributors for the East Coast. Daniel Airoldi, a former chef and native of Bordeaux, will be our representative to the trade in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane and we will keep you posted as to the availability of our wines in those states.

Our new listing in Sydney is at Teague Ezard’s, Black by Ezard. Within The Star entertainment venue in Pyrmont, this luxe dining room makes the most of the stunning views of the harbor and city. The restaurant's seasonal menu changes regularly and includes ‘fun combinations’ to suit all tastes. Don’t forget to ask for Victory point Cabernet with your meal.

All trade enquiries can be directed to Daniel:
Daniel@airoldifinewines.com.au
0407 856 334

Of course, we still look forward to receiving all mail orders, which are sent (freight free) from the vineyard. Click here to order our wines. All orders received in July will receive a 15% discount. Apply the code: VNBFAH

ph 0417 954 655 | jberson@bigpond.net.au | www.victorypointwines.com

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