The Good Luck Club
We continue the long-standing theme of superstitious wines with Smalltown Vineyards, a bird which for many represents fortune, so the bottle has a dual-facing label to show either The Good Luck Club (front) or The Bad Luck Club (back) which is illustrated in the most animated of media: 19th Century Japanese Kabuki masks. It's about the highs, lows, ayes and noes of winemaking, chance and the mad undulations of human existence.
It is lovely with steak tartare, seared tuna, roast Mediterranean vegetables and some crunchy, matured hard cheeses.
Notes of shoe-leather on the nose with a palate driven by fresh cassis, vanilla, a dollop of cream and the texture of a lollypop sucked clean. It is an absolute bloody marvel!
The latest lovechild of renowned Barossa winemaker, Rolf Binder and UK-based wine merchant, Noel Young. Smalltown Vineyards purchased the small-town block in 2016, 40ha of 28 year old Shiraz and Cabernet in the premium Ebenezer District of the Barossa Valley. This wine was aged in new and tertiary French oak for 24 months. The oak lends a subtle texture and structure to the fruit leaving the palate fresh so this is a bright, varietal Cabernet that wears it's oak lightly as a structural veil rather than anything more monstrous.