One of the most famous wine trails in McLaren Vale is called McMurtrie Mile and it is located on McMurtrie Road ;) There are few wineries (Primo Estate, Hugh Hamilton Wines, Wirra Wirra Vineyards, Brick Klin), a brewery (McLaren Vale Beer Company) and two restaurants (Salopian Inn, Red Poles) on McMurtrie Road and all of them are worthwhile visiting.
I had a pleasure to meet one of M.’s best friends, Nat McMurtrie, whose vineyards and estate is located at the crossroad of the Main Road and the McMurtrie Road. I’ve tasted a few wines that Nat made, but I haven’t been writing any wine reviews in my wine journal so unfortunately I can’t share detailed tasting notes as right now I don’t remember anything but the excellence of the wines. The only one bottle I could write about is McMurtrie Cabernet which M. brought home for me as a gift from Nat. The review and tasting note of McMurtrie Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 you will find soon in the Tasting Room.
Some time ago I wrote about Wirra Wrra and their wines, it was one of the firsts cellar doors I’ve visited in McLaren Vale and one of four on our Wine and Cheese Trail. You are very welcome to read my article about Wirra Wirra – click here to read more.
Primo Estate and Joseph Wines
While walking the Shiraz Trail and enjoying it I turned to McMurtrie Mile in order to taste some wines; Primo Estate was the closest one to the Trail, so… it didn’t take too long to decide to come in; I was lucky – there were not so many people in the cellar door as it was lunch time!
I’ve learned that Primo Estate wines are their entry level wines and Joseph is their other wine brand with high quality and expensive wines; apart from that there is some Italian wine in the portfolio as they also have a winery in Italy (Primo & CO). Therefore I’ve tasted a few Italian wines while being in Australia ;)
Altogether I tried nine wines in this cellar door, I also had possibility to try their olive oil which, by the way, was amazing.
Primo & CO La Biondina Colobmard 2014 – (16$) an easy to drink wine with nectarine, melon, pineapple and lemon grass in the bouquet with fresh and light palate;
Primo & CO Bianco Veneto IGT – (12% vol.) full of green apples and easy to drink wine, very light and short;
Shale Stone Shiraz McLaren Vale 2013 – (coming soon; check out other wines in Tasting Room)
Zamberlan Cabernet Sangiovese 2013 – (14,5 %T vol., 35$) made with Italian ripasso method this wine is full of flowers (beautiful violets !) and herbs in the aroma with full and rich palate (black fruits, spices, dark chocolate).
Joseph Nebbiolo 2012 – (coming soon; check out other wines in Tasting Room)
Joseph Angel Gully Shiraz 2012 – (coming soon; check out other wines in Tasting Room)
Moda Cabernet Merlot 2012 – (coming soon; check out other wines in Tasting Room)
Joseph Sparkling Red J+D Grilli – (13,5% vol.) delicate aroma of black fruits with intense palate where you will find black fruits, sweet cherries, white pepper and a hint of green pepper (capsicum).
La Magia Bortytis Riesling Traminer 2013 – (30$ for 375 ml) the wine taste mostly of overripe apple with a hint of sweet cherries and mirabelles;
What’s interesting, they can’t grow natural botrytis in the vineyards (Riesling comes from Clarendon Vineyards while Traminer is from Coonawarra), so they pick the grapes, place them on the wooden frames and wait until grapes dry a bit, then spray the berries with water and botrytis (the botrytis comes from Roseworthy University) and just …wait and keep their fingers crossed ;) I’ve been told that the wine is not being made every year in order to the problems with waiting for the botrytis to affect the grapes; the process sounds for me interesting as I’ve never heard about botrytis wine being made this way! I’d like to see this process one day ;)
McMurtrie Road is a very nice road for walking especially when the weather is nice and you would like to do more than just visiting cellar doors and tasting wines. You can spend the whole day only on McMurtrie Road and I guarantee you will enjoy it!