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The Lino Ramble team of Angela Townsend & Andy Coppard will give anything a go, so when a few tonne of Bastardo (Trousseau) was up for grabs they jumped at the opportunity.
This has interest and drinkability up the wahzzu. It hits the medium-bodied, Italian-esque red MO square on the head. It’s fun, doesn’t take itself to seriously and is ludicrously easy to drink.
Gary Walsh was mighty impressed calling it a, “Happy wine. Great to drink… Certainly worth trying.”
Think of it as something in the ballpark of Nero d’Avola or a lighter style of Grenache and you’re heading in the right direction.
With only 56 dozen produced, this little wine is a rare treat and a great wine to expand to expand your drinking horizons.
What It Tastes Like
“This is a great drink, with a point of interest. Plenty of spice, plum and cherries in liqueur, a distant whiff of porcini mushroom and ozone. Medium bodied, brightly lit and full of juicy strawberries, but earthy and savoury with open grained tannin to square it off. It’s trying to be serious, but you know it’s just foxing. Happy wine. Great to drink. Harder to rate (90 or 91?). Certainly worth trying.” - Gary Walsh (The Wine Front)
92 points. “Bastardo, aka trousseau, has real charm starting with red licorice, black pepper, Mediterranean herbs and dried mushrooms, cherries and pips, and crushed rocks. There’s a lot going on and the lighter palate delivers tangy juicy fruit effortlessly. Loads of fun. Alas, only 56 dozen made.”
- Jane Faulkner (Australian Wine Companion)
91 points. “A total of 56 cases made from grapes grown at Chalk Hill. Otherwise known as Trousseau Noir, I prefer Bastardo, and I like that winemaker Andy Coppard chose it over its other names.
This is a great drink, with a point of interest. Plenty of spice, plum and cherries in liqueur, a distant whiff of porcini mushroom and ozone. Medium bodied, brightly lit and full of juicy strawberries, but earthy and savoury with open grained tannin to square it off. It’s trying to be serious, but you know it’s just foxing. Happy wine. Great to drink. Harder to rate (90 or 91?). Certainly worth trying.”
- Gary Walsh (The Wine Front)
2016 Blind Man’s Bluff: Bastardo
Technical Information Vineyard California Road Vineyard
Region: McLaren Vale
Sub Region: Whites Valley.
Viticulturalist Matt Hatwell, Chalkhill Viticulture
Varietal 100 % Bastardo
Average Age of Vines 2 years
Surface Area 2 rows x 200m Soil Silty loam over clay Exposure Gentle west facing, 30 meters.
Harvest Hand Picked Average Yields 5 tons/ha
Average Production 100 dozen Vinification Crush/destemmed, open fermented. 14 days skin contact. Indigenous yeast. No added enzymes or fining agents. This wine is unfiltered.
pH 3.67 Acidity 5.94 g/l Alcohol 13.8% v/v Date of bottling June 2016
Winemakers Angela Townsend & Andy Coppard
Nose: Bright, fresh lifted Mariposa Plum. Savoury spices.
Palate: Rich plums, earthy, forest floor. Rich and round lifted forest fruits. Warm, spicey, lingering finish.
Closure: Screw Cap
Bottle Size: 750ml
About the Producer
Lino Ramble is the exciting creation of eccentric duo Andy Coppard (Winemaker) and Angela Townsend (self-proclaimed “Engine Driver”) born amongst the picturesque landscape of McLaren Vale. Their wines are built on the philosophy that “The right variety grown in right place, farmed in a sustainable fashion” is going to produce the best fruit and it looks like a winning formula. They focus on the classic Rhone varieties that have built the reputation of “The Vale” as well as adventuring into the realms of the likes of Nero d’Avola. Their wines have a distinct, textural feel and are brilliantly packaged and first class value for money.
The South Australian region of McLaren Vale is famous for its powerful red wines. Shiraz and Grenache have thrived for years in the Vale’s sandy soils. Nowadays, the region’s varietal diversity has majorly increased, the coastal location and warm climate proving perfect for a new wave of varieties from Italy, Spain and Portugal. The success of varieties such as Nero d’Avola, Tempranillo, Touriga Nacional, and Fiano has transformed McLaren Vale into one of the country’s most vibrant wine scenes. It’s where tradition meets innovation and it is producing some of the Australia’s finest wines.
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