Wine rated 91/100. 4 and a half stars
Medium red-purple; a very complex and intense wine, with four batches of 0.5 tonnes each separately fermented, two batches with 2-3% viognier; shiraz is by a small margin the major variety, petit verdot just behind, but it is petit verdot that is the dominant player in a fragrant, black-fruited wine with persistent but ripe tannins. Highly individualistic. Screwcap.
Radio Review by John Crook
June 30, 2012
Eloquesta Shiraz Petit Verdot 2009
March 30, 2012
I’ve never heard of Eloquesta before but winemaker Stuart Olsen has made me sit up and listen (or taste, as the case may be) with this quirky little number that’s just brimming with freshness and vitality. And if you thought that blending Shiraz and Petit Verdot was a little odd then adding some Viognier, as Stuart has done, should further arouse your interest. Mind you, making good wine isn’t all about eccentricity and twists – it has to come together in the bottle. This, my friends, does precisely that. Give it a good decant for now or stash some away f0r another eight or so years.
Vivid red and black fruits…almost crunchy in its berry-ness. It smells gorgeous with elegant leafy qualities amidst hints of violets. Chocolatey oak has a cameo appearance – it’s there and it matters but it’s very much a bit player. There’s some charred meat complexity too. The acidity seems a trifle formidable at first but it settles with time and enhances the wine when it comes to food pairing. What’s more, it feels natural and right. It seems a little more linear than layered but perhaps that’s because its line is so convincing and immaculate. Exciting and delicious. My favourite combination. Mudgee has a new hero.
Very Good – Excellent
Tasted: March 2012
Eloquesta Shiraz Petit Verdot 2009
April 5, 2012
After reading the official press release for this wine and learned the wine maker has had no formal education in wine making, had his first release as early as 2008 and that he is blending Mudgee grown Shiraz, Petit Verdot with a touch of Viognier, I knew I had to try it.
I am certainly glad I did as it is a lovely wine with a deep, dark purple colour that is incredibly aromatic and perfume like. It is delicious and easy to drink, yet not so easy to describe the flavour profiles other than fruity perfume with a touch of oak. You just have to try it for yourself to know what I mean.
Eloquesta 2009 Shiraz Petite Verdot
Price – $28 from Eloquesta
Region – Mudgee, NSW
Final Sip – Easily amongst the better red wines I have had from the Mudgee and Orange regions. Plus, I need you to try it so you can tell me if it was BS to use the word perfume to describe how it tasted!
Putting the boot in
June 9, 2012
Publication: Illawarra Mercury. Section: Weekender. Page: 20
Ex-scientist Stuart Olsen is not your conventional winemaker and uses the ‘sur-lie’ method of maturation on champagne yeast in a combination of French, Hungarian and Russian oak. Intriguing wine, soft and supple, cherry and berry, integrated spice, lovely balance.
Eloquesta Shiraz Petit Verdot 2009 (and a splash of Viognier)
March 4, 2012
March 4, 2012
I had the pleasure of sitting and talking with a relatively unknown winemaker, Stu Olsen of Eloquesta Wines. He has called the central tablelands home all of his life, but is well travelled and has spent time in the winemaking regions of central Europe. Stu also spent many years working at Lowe Wines, and other well established wineries around the Mudgee region. In talking to him you can immediately see his passion for the grape, there is a certain respect for the natural processes in play when it comes to the growth and ripening of his fruit. He employs very basic methods of maturation and prefers to stick to what he’s good at… Red Wine!
Whole bunch, very ripe fruit is fermented over a long period, in open vats using champagne yeasts and other slightly left of center techniques.. I particularly liked the photos of foot crushing his 2009 Shiraz Petit Verdot – a nice and very traditional touch. Matured in a combination of Russian and Hungarian oak there is a new level of spice and complexity to the wine with notes of cinnamon and all spice on the nose as well as beautiful purple flowers and black and blue fruits. I feel that time will do great things for this wine, although that is not to say that it wasn’t absolutely gorgeous young, and the colour!!
As i live and breath Mudgee it is easy to get carried away with the heavy hitters of the region and to always get entranced by the experts of the region. But again i suggest that slightly under the surface are winemakers, who with care and finesse are producing some damn fine wine!
Thanks Stu for a cracking night and getting to hear your story. It was a pleasure.