Got a silver in the International Riesling challenge! So far this wine has received a bronze at Perth, under a bronze in Mt Barker and now a silver in Canberra??Nigel says next one should be a gold???.
A bit stoked as I expected another bronze but scored one better....asJust look scores up- got highest silver, third highest score behind top gold Robert Oatley Wine aka Larry Cherebino and Howard Park in the Great Southern.....not bad for this little winemaker!
for more information and a list of the full results go to...
Australian Wine Review
Galafrey Dry Grown Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
Posted: 24 Sep 2012 05:21 AM PDT
Galafrey Dry Grown Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 (Mt Barker, Great Southern, WA)
13.5%, Screwcap, $28
Galafrey Dry Grown Cabernet
If ever there was an example of what dry grown old vines and 'traditional' winemaking can do it is here. There is - as ever with the Galafrey wines - a rustic sense of genuineness to this wine that should be appreciated (or I think so).
This looked best on day three. A solid indication of potential for sure. Looked a little whiffy on day one but gee much to like by the second day. There is a twitch of horse hair on the nose which I don't think is bretty, but is meaty (and indeed part of the style as I picked it up in previous Cabernet releases). It's a nose of tomato leaf, tennel, blackberry and even rhubarb. The feature point though is the palate which is cut with some impressively powerful drying tannins indeed. That tannin structure is excellent, supporting the dusty, mid weight and meaty palate nicely.
Top length, plenty of density and power, this is a charismatic wine indeed. It's still anything but sophisticated but that is indeed part of the style.
Drink: 2012 - 2020
Score: 17.5/20 91/100+
Would I buy it? By the glass at a restaurant, with something meaty? Entirely possible.
|Galafrey Wines received
95 points for their 2004 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon in the
International Australian Wine Magazine Wine Showcase and 93
Points for their 2004 The Jovial...AWESOME reviews!!!
Galafrey 'The Jovial' Cabernet blend 2004
Posted: 20 May 2012 03:00 AM PDT
Galafrey 'The Jovial' Cabernet blend 2004
13.5%, Screwcap, $35
I've talked before about how much I enjoy the wonderfully genuine, unpolished style of these Galafrey reds and this is another great example. An example that not only tastes hand-made but also came hand-labelled too (check out the vintage blue pen update below. Love it). It may seem trivial (and indeed some writers may be unimpressed) but such a touch helped remind yet again that wine is made by people.
A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc picked off the un-irrigated 30+ year old Galafrey vineyard from vines that averaged a miniscule yield of 2 tonnes per hectare (less than 1 tonne per acre). You can see that absolute concentration in the wine too, from the deep, still youthful, ruby red colour, through the cedary, spicy, minty, blackberry and bark nose to the firm, furry, slightly green tannins and sprightly acidity of the palate. From start to finish it tastes uncompromised, unpolished and wonderfully hearty in a proper fashion, a mid weight, firm and even slightly old school red of some depth and power but with acidity to match.
Rusticity, but with vibrant fruit at the core? Yes please. 18/93
The joy of the unpolished: Galafrey Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2004
Posted: 17 Mar 2012 03:08 AM PDT
Galafrey Reserve Cabernet
Nice to see a currently available 04 too
Galafrey Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2004 (Mt Barker, WA)
13.5%, Screwcap, $35
I've got something of a soft spot for Great Southern Cabernet. In fact, I'd have to say that I generally prefer the Cabs to the Shiraz from said part of the world, though that might just be me showing my Cabernet bent. I blame Howard Park for helping foster this Gt Southern Cabernet love *shakes fist*.
Anyway, there is much to like with this Mt Barker Cabernet. It smells and tastes like it has been produced from somewhere, by actual human beings. It's slightly stinky, hearty and happily rough around the edges. It has a density on the palate too, that low yielding, dry grown (or sparingly watered) concentration that indicates grapes grown for flavour and not yield. Lots of like.
What I particularly like is the tomato leaf vitality of this wine. It's a varietal leafiness, but also with a meaty, sort of fatty meat secondary character. The palate is ferrous and tannic, with firmness and length aplenty. A furry, undergrowth character in there too.
Unpolished, genuine and interesting, this is 'winey' wine in the proper fashion. 18/93
Galafrey wines was featured in the lastest Good Wine Guide by Nick Stock.
Our 2010 Riesling was featured as
The best of the rest and Best value wine wine under $25
here's what he said....
This fragrant and concentrated dry-grown Riesling has intense citrus fruit aromas, lemons and limes, a whiff of talc and a thread of spice- showing impressive purity. The palate's crisp, intense and dry, with plenty of pure lemon and lime fruit flavours; scintillaying acidity, long and pure. 94 points.
he also wrote a solid review of our 2010 Muller
Muller Thurgau was hailed by the New Zealand industry a while back as a pre Sauvignon Blanc white wine success story. It's a bit of a trainspotter's wine these days, exhibiting ripe tropicial fruitn and crunchy melon flavours; quite fleshy texture too. An easy glass on its own or with something spicey to eat. 90 points.
not bad reviews for this little winemaker!!!
AUSTRALIAN WINE REVIEW
Posted:16 Jul 2011 07:06 AM PDT
Galafrey Dry Land Riesling 2009 (MtBarker, WA)
11.5%, Screwcap, $20
Of all the Rieslings I opened tonight, this is the one that I'd be choosing formy cellar. It's in a bit of a development hole perhaps, but the depth andgenuine intensity is there in spades. A real Riesling, no question about it.
It's not offering all that much on the nose though, save for a whiff of petrolthat blows off with air, with the rest of the bouquet still very much 'underdevelopment'. The palate builds slowly too, all coiled citrus and some honeyedgreen apple fruit. As it travels (and with more airtime) things flesh outthough, giving that lovely blend of generous slightly honeyed lemon/grapefruitfruit characters and prominent acidity which Great Southern rizzas are knownfor. A proper persistant, dry and lengthy natural finish again signals thiswines class and drinkability.
I'd be waiting a few more years before attacking this again, but no questioningthe attraction. Good indeed. 17.7/92+