By Fergal Gleeson*
Falls Wines is a family owned winery in Canowindra, in New South Wales Central Ranges, four hours west of Sydney. They are pretty excited about their newest releases.
Falls Wines Fields of Gold Chardonnay 2016
The “fields of gold” is a reference to Canowindra’s gold mining past. The gold is now of course the Chardonnay vines that are 20+ years old. This is a traditional Chardonnay that’s a pleasing white gold colour in the glass.
Tastes of ripe peach, melon and nuttiness. Generous use of oak provides a sweet vanilla flavour. Lovers of old school Chardonnay will be more than happy here. Has a nice depth of flavour but despite the traditional style it’s not at all OTT. Keenly priced for the quality.
Fall Wines Cabernet 2016
Rich and round blackcurrant flavour leads the way in a smooth, easy drinking red with soft tannins. There’s a touch of chocolate and cola and just enough acid to keep it fresh.
If you’re looking for a reference for the style Canowindra is cooler than Cowra but warmer than Orange which is reflected in a ripe, fruit forward wine.
Falls Wines Squatters Ghost Shiraz 2016
This is the sort of full flavoured, fruit driven Shiraz that is classically Australian. However it’s a style that’s less prevalent as many Australian winemakers look for cooler climate, European influenced styles.
Tastes of black cherries and sweet cordial fruit. Brought to mind Black Forest Gateau and Christmas cake. The grapes must have been black not red! This packs a lot of punch for $22. Very much in the style of top shelf (and far more expensive) Barossa blockbusters.
The labels shows 15% alcohol but the wine has a very smooth mouthfeel without any burn or heaviness. I tried to think of a wine with this much power at the price. I couldn’t.
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*Finalist- New Wine Writer of the Year 2016- WCA /Gourmet Traveller WINE