Walsh & Sons Lola 2016
DOZEN BUY. What a succulent juicy Margaret River red!
Walsh and Sons is about little wines with big personalities. By using biodynamic methods in their vineyard and natural winemaking techniques they aim to make lighter styles that are fun, youthful and different to the mainstream.
“We believe that it’s our differences that set us apart and so we choose to enhance these in our wines rather than suppress them…
Our philosophies are developed through transcending the tangible senses of sight, smell, taste, touch and sound. Our winemaking relies very much on the non-tangible senses of inspiration, intuition and innovation. But using these we seek out a more informed expression of who we are whilst respecting the purity of our natural ingredients.”
Ryan Walsh and Freya Hohnen have been involved in winemaking at the vineyard and winery level since their childhoods (Freya is the daughter of David Hohnen, founders of Cape Mentelle and Cloudy Bay) Both have travelled the globe to further their knowledge in places such as France, USA, Spain and Switzerland. But their home will always be in Margaret River, WA. “In the grand scale of things we believe Margaret River is still youthful in its wine age. We believe in technique over technology so our wines retain their raw personalities.”
“Much is yet to be discovered in style and soils and so we make wines from grapes and label them on localities as opposed to the generalised sub regions. Most of our fruit comes from family owned entities in the location of Burnside and Osmington but we do dabble outside the boundaries with friends.
Our immediate family, consisting of our two sons Roi and Hamish, are what we enjoy the most. We’re a little worn of seeing older generations named on bottles when so much lies with our youth. Our core wines are mirrored on personalities of our younger extended family. They sometimes push the boundaries.”
Syrah 50% Cabernet Sauvignon 35% and Grenache 15%
The Syrah and Cabernet come from sandy clay soils in east Margaret River in a locality known as Osmington. It is eastern Margaret River with cooler nights and clay soils produce beautiful aromatics in the wines. Syrah was planted in 1995 and the Cabernet in 1998. Grenache comes from Freya’s family property set on the Margaret river itself in a locality called Burnside. Planted in 1981 by her father David Hohnen its unique micaceous black soils are only 2km from where the river meets the ocean.
Syrah and Cabernet were both 20 % hand picked 2 days before a machine harvest in mid March though fermented as separate batches. 20% whole bunch component of each was tipped to concrete vat with the machined component going straight on top, no crushing or destemming. The whole bunch increases complexity and tannin weight. The grenache however is pressed straight to barrel.
From the winemaker: “Why SCG… we feel this blend is a softer yet more complex style than the traditional classic Margaret River blend. Syrah helps fill Cabernet mid pallet weight whilst Grenache heightens the nose, adds finishing tannin and naturally lowers the pH in the wine aiding in natural preservation and balance.”
What a succulent juicy Margaret River red !.. A riot of red and black fruits, fragrance, spice, depth carried along with high toned vibrancy.. Don’t miss out on this medium bodied beauty.
Alc 13.5% Recommend decanting this for maximum enjoyment.
RRP $28 **Only $22.99 a bottle when you buy 12 of this wine**
Walsh & Sons
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Australia, Margaret River, Western Australia
Red Blend, Shiraz Blends
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