Wine: Minnow Creek “The Black Minnow”
Grape types: Sangiovese 76% Cabernet Sauvignon 19% Malec 5%
RRP. $30 plus
This wine was given to me at a discounted price only $12.00 compared to the usual $30.00 plus you would pay at a commercial distributor. This wine has spent 5 years in the bottle, and in that time it has had time to let the acid and tight tannin so often recognised with the Sangiovese grape settle right off. The wine itself is nothing particularly interesting. That being said though, it is like reading a good children’s book. There is a story that reads well in such a simple fashion, but without the complexity to create any real challenge to the drinker. What you see and smell, is exactly what you get.
The nose is what you would expect from a Medium bodied red wine. Cranberry and pomegranate noticeable upfront, (though due to the age it took me a while to suss it out), with the hints of more earthy characters and oak’d notes.
On the Palate, the oak characters started to make their way though. A bit more of a earthy quality ran with this wine; like a drinkable version of the earth the grapes had been planted in, with a subtle smokey quality generated by the oak and bought around to its age.
This wine was so surprisingly easy drinking and balanced throughout. As I stated, it is nothing complex, but it was such a surprise to enjoy a wine that was so very well balanced with its fruit, oak and acid. I expected firm tannin, but that seemed to be abolished and balanced out by the small percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon having a cameo in the bottle.
Credit to Tony Walker, the wine maker behind this wine. Also a credit to the note on the reverse side of the bottle that says: “Ready for drinking on release, or ready for cellaring up to five years.” Tony has hit the nail square on the head. It is now 2015 and this wine was showing its absolute full potential. If you can source a bottle, or own a bottle of 2010 “Black Minnow” I would highly recommend that you drink it now, or within the year. Like I said nothing complex, but hell, is it ever such a beautiful wine to consume when all you want something to drink with your pasta or roast.
The SA Wine Guy