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This is a fun little number. The Small Change Red is a Bordeaux blend of sorts, with portions of Merlot and Malbec from Clare Valley, and Cabernet Franc from Langhorne Creek. It's a juicy, medium-bodied, smash-it-back sort of red, and a great 'modern' version of this iconic style. Built to be approachable and immediately appealing, with 91 points from Mike Bennie, this is a great go-to red for mid-week drinking and tip-top value.
What it Tastes Like
Smells lush. Coco, currants, mint leaves and some purple flowers perfume. Slick slippery palate that glides along. Nice pucker of tannin and spice to close.Great lil wine.
91 points. "More of this in Australia, thanks. A wine made to drink in youth, blend of grapes, fair price. Sent to bottle au naturale from its housing in winery, for sloshability and general good feel. This is a blend of merlot and malbec (Clare Valley), and cabernet franc (Langhorne Creek). Smells like stewed plums, pepper, dried Italian herbs. Straight in. Medium weight with some good, dark berry and plummy concentration, dash of pepper, good dose of anise, firming tannins. It’s a ripper drink, something you’d nail on a school night and go back for more to kick off a weekend. Fun, friendly, full-flavoured, honest red wine. Bust out your best carafe." - Mike Bennie (The Wine Front)
This is a blend of Clare Valley Merlot and Malbec, and Langhorne Creek Cabernet Franc. Built around the frame of Merlot with its tasty plum and chocolate notes, the Cabernet Franc adds lovely natural acidity and ethereal aromatics while the Malbec adds tannin and weight. The parcels were fermented and pumped over separately in open fermenters before being pressed to old barrels which were stirred every now and then over 8 months before bottling in spring. It's a young and strong wine and has come a long way in our three vintage releases. It's fruit-forward but with a solid lick of tannin, mostly from the Malbec. Delicious with saucy Italian dishes and smallgoods. It's made for drinking young but should age well for 5-7 years.
Closure: Screw Cap
Bottle Size: 750ml
Alcohol: Drink Until:
About the Producer
Small Change is the exciting label of Andrew Schonfeldt and Rhys Howlett, a pair of South Australian grape growers / winemakers, whose years of experience at bigger wineries have allowed them to establish their own boutique brand. The Small Change wines are made as naturally as possible, often from unique varieties and blends, are fun to drink and as the name suggests, great value for money!
The Clare Valley knows what it does, and does it very, very well. Riesling and Shiraz are the rockstars of the region and with some of the most famous wines in the county coming from this small pocket of SA, the Clare’s reputation for quality only grows year on year.
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