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2016 was a warm year for the folks at Eden Road with whites all coming in early with plenty of flavour and fruit weight. Winemaking head-honcho Nick Spencer decided to try something new.
The Skinny Flat White is part of Nick’s “Chalkboard series” - a collection of wines for Nick to stretch his creative muscles. This is a blend of six varieties from vineyards in Murrumbateman, the Hilltops and Tumbarumba.
Skin contact and cold-soaking has brought out the best in each of the varieties. This is a white built for casual yet interesting drinking. It’s playful and beautifully textural.
What It Tastes Like
“It’s warm and spicy, has mainly brown pear flavours, with a bit of the skin too. Some hard candy and grassy/herbal flavours , though mild and well-bedded in the wine. In not such a bad way, there’s a kind of meths character, though I hasten to add I’m not a regular meths drinker. Finish is powdery in texture, with a talc, musk and stonefruit aftertaste. It’s an interesting wine that’s likely have fairly broad appeal.” - Gary Walsh (The Wine Front)
92 points. “A skinny flat white coffee is a dud flavour, unlike this wine, which has stacks. A blend of sauvignon blanc, pinot gris, riesling, gewurztraminer, viognier and chardonnay - that will do, with some skin contact hence the pale copper hue, loads of texture, savoury neat phenolics, dried herbs, talc-like acidity and a lick of sweetness. Yum.”
- James Halliday (Australian Wine Companion)
90 points “It’s warm and spicy, has mainly brown pear flavours, with a bit of the skin too. Some hard candy and grassy/herbal flavours , though mild and well-bedded in the wine. In not such a bad way, there’s a kind of meths character, though I hasten to add I’m not a regular meths drinker. Finish is powdery in texture, with a talc, musk and stonefruit aftertaste. It’s an interesting wine that’s likely have fairly broad appeal.”
- Gary Walsh (The Wine Front)
A combination of Riesling and Sauvignon Blanc fruit from Eden Road’s Estate vineyard. Chardonnay from Tumbarumba, Pinot Gris from Murrumbateman, and Viognier from Hilltops.
All components of this wine were either cold-soaked or fermented on skins followed by cool fermentation.
Closure: Screw Cap
Bottle Size: 750ml
Drink Until: 2018
About the Producer
If you are looking at the ‘new guard’ of the Canberra wine scene, Eden Road is a name you need to know.
Winemaker Nick Spencer is right at the forefront of Canberra’s next generation of winemaking rockstars. Since he famously won the Jimmy Watson Trophy in 2009 with his first release of the Long Road Shiraz, the wines from Nick and his team have been highly sort after. And rightfully so, they are outstanding. These are premium quality wines from special sites across the cooler parts of NSW. Eden Road is one of the country’s most dynamic modern wine operations and definitely one to keep an eye on.
Canberra. A mountain of potential. A sleeping giant of Australian wine. The ability of this region to produce world class wines in only a relatively short history is almost second to none in the whole country. We have some absolute geniuses to thank for developing this region. People have taken notice. Canberra wine is some serious gear. With the ability to produce everything from perfumed and tightly wound Syrah, to razor sharp Riesling and a bunch of emerging varieties in the ground excelling, Canberra will be one of the ‘must watch’ wine producing regions in Australia for many years to come.
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