This is the first wine Château Tanunda has bottled out of the 2009 vintage. This light, fresh and deliciously sweet wine is the perfect aperitif. The nose is characterised by the lifted floral notes of musk and summer fruits with the palate having a great natural fruit sweetness. The slight natural effervescence is refreshing and cleansing, with fruit notes of lime and pineapple with a cleansing zesty finish.
Picked early in the morning, the fruit was delivered cool to the winery. Gentle pressing to minimise phenolics and cold settling preceded a long, cool fermentation averaging 12°C. The fermentation was left to run its course over 14 days leaving a naturally sweet, vibrant wine. A touch of spritz is detectable on the palate from the residual carbon dioxide which was harnessed and bottled to retain both fruit vibrancy and freshness.
Review by: Max Crus, Coffs Coast Advocate
Review by: Dave Ellis, Vintnews
DROLL THOUGHTS ON A ‘FEROCIOUS’ PROBLEMWINEMAKERS can be a droll lot, and Château Tanunda's Tim Smith certainly typifies this with his description of a 2009 vintage in the Barossa Valley that began perfectly,then descended rapidly into hellishly heatwave conditions that Adelaide newspapers described as "ferocious." On top of that, for some reason when fruit had to be assessed for picking in February, Tim found some vines suffered severe heat stress, while others were almost unaffected and showed extremely good natural acid levels.And so how did he sum up such a cantankerous vintage?"It was certainly interesting," he said. Now that's droll, and Tim chose his fruit for one particular wine, a 2009 Moscato under the Barossa Tower label that's particularly close to his heart, by combing through his vineyards virtually bunch by bunch. "We first made Moscato in 2005 when an Australian style of this wine was relatively unknown," Tim says. "But we've enjoyed continuing success with it, and actually have had to increase production year after year. In fact our 2008 has won two Gold Medals, as well as being named by the Adelaide Advertiser newspaper as one of the "Best Buys of 2008 at $15 and Under."The just-released 2009 Barossa Tower Moscato from that "interesting" vintage, is a naturally sweet wine with refreshing acidity, and is full of fresh lime, watermelon and guava fruit flavours, with a soft gentle spritz. Pay $15 and enjoy with spicy Thai dishes – or apple pie and ice-cream.VintnewsWine News with David EllisFri 17th April, 2009
Review by: Cairns Wine Show 2009
Review by: Barossa Wine Show 2009
Review by: Peter Forrestal, QUAFF 2010
Review by: Tony Keys, The Key Review