Region: McLaren Vale
Visit date: 31/12/2009
Contact details: http://www.foggowines.com.au/
Very small and quaint cellar door, but with great service and an extremely knowledgeable host.
Our little group was lucky enough to catch a couple of their regular bottles on special too, which should make their way to the blog as a full review in due course.
As per most wine tasting trips, we sampled almost everything on the list... however remembering everything on the list is another story! I'll try and list the few tastings that made it into my notes for the day, with some basic first impressions. Many of the wines listed here will be reviewed in their own right eventually... I hope!
Unwooded Chardonnay 2007 - we were lucky enough to have a back to back tasting of the unwooded and wooded chardonnays, with expert commentary from winemaker Sandie. The unwooded version certainly has the clean, crisp tastes you would expect, with quite a nice fruity flavour.
Wooded Chardonnay 2004 - this was quite a standout! The wooded chardonnay was just magnificent, with a real soft oak flavour and plenty of sweet, fruity parts to go with it. I'm unsure how long it was in oak, although my memory recalls it being around the 2-3 year mark (I should check with the winery again). I'm only just starting to develop a liking for white wines, and this one certainly has won favour with me so far.
GSC (Grenache, Shiraz, Cincaut) 2004 - having never heard of or tasted cincaut before, this one was bound to be interesting. Apparently they use it in similar fashion to viognier, as many wineries do today, as a light balancing white to a heavy shiraz blend. This gave it just the right amount of boldness and softness to be a really well balanced red.
Old Vine Shiraz 2005 - my memory of this is a little clouded, however I do recall the rest of the party getting quite excited about this drop. Perhaps another trip to the Vale will provide a more comprehensive review!
Black Myriah Sparkling Shiraz NV - sparkling gold! What more can I say? Most... in fact ALL sparkling reds I have ever had were rubbish. They have always been force carbonated, seemingly using cheap end-of-barrel shiraz. But not the Myriah. This is bottle fermented, just like an expensive Champagne. I can't rave about this wine enough, except to say its light, fruity bubbles are the perfect example of what sparkling shiraz should be.
Golden Botrytis - close to the end of the days drinking and the sweet wines make their way out. This botrytis style wine is only bottled when the grapes naturally age and start their fungal decent. Apparently conditions have been so bad with no late rain, that there hasn't been a vintage made for a while. This dessert wine was a real treat.
Well that concludes our taste testing of Foggo Wines. A real boutique, family run winery in one of South Australia's finest wine regions. I'm really glad we stopped off here, as I'm sure it will be one of my regulars from now on.