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: Krinklewood



712 Wollombi Rd, Broke, 2330

Cellar Door: Weekends/pub hols (10-5)

Ph: (02) 6579 1322

Krinklewood is a medium sized, family owned, biodynamic vineyard. It was established in 1981 on a cattle farm at Broke-Fordwich.

As the vines expanded to 40 acres the Limousin cattle have been replaced although the label is a bit of a tribute to them. There is now a small cellar door open on weekends and public holidays and set in a Provencal style garden.

The white varieties (Semillon, Chardonnay, Viognier and Verdelho) are planted on free-draining soils while the reds (Shiraz, Tempranillo and Mourvedre) are on a gentle slope of clay-loam soils.

The table wines are supplemented with a botrytis Chardonnay, sparking Shiraz and a Blanc de Blanc (sparkling Chardonnay) and a Mourvedre Rose.

Tasting Notes

There are three types of Tasting notes:

(W) Notes from the winery (blurbs from bottle)

(GXY) Notes from a GenXY wine reviewer

(G) Notes from GenXY's Tasting events (collective opinions)

Krinklewood Francesca Rose 2016

Purchased: Cloudwine, South Melbourne ($25)

Drink: 2018

(GXY) Tasting: Jan 2017, from 100% Mourvedre, salmon pink blush, floral and glossy red cherry and blood orange with sage and rose petal, long and textural with fine, savoury phenolics and well integrated acidity (*****)

Krinklewood Semillon 2015

Purchased: Not ($24)

Drink: 2026+

(GXY) Tasting: Jan 2017, floral, bright and nervy lemon rind, cut grass and lime that builds intensity down the line, some lanolin and crushed herbs emerge down the palate, linear with a †firm acid spine (****1/2)

Krinklewood Francesca Rose 2014

Purchased: Ckoudwine, South Melb ($28)

Drink: 2015

(GXY) Tasting: Jan 2015, salmon-blush colour, Mourvedre-based, glycerolly cherry and blood orange with garden herb and rose petal notes, well balanced with a plush Provenance-like mouth-feel and chalky phenolics, one of my favourite Australian Roses (*****)

Krinklewood Biodynamic Francesca Rose 2013

Purchased: Cloudwine, South Melbourne ($27)

Drink: 2014

(GXY) Tasting: Nov 2013, in a Bandol style and made from Mourvedre, salmon orange blush, aromatic, plush and balanced showing cherry and blood-orange with savoury undercurrent and fine chalky phenolics, moderately glycerolly palate (perhaps a touch less than the 2011) with well judged acidity and admirable drive for a Rose (****1/2)

Krinklewood Semillon 2012

Purchased: Not ($22)

Drink: 2020

(GXY) Tasting: Nov 2013, bright floral nose, grassy lemon sherbert and passionfruit with garden herb and lanolin notes, tangy citric backbone, not super-taut but is well balanced and will develop with medium term cellaring (****)

Krinklewood Francesca Rose 2011

Purchased: Not ($21)

Drink: 2012

(GXY) Tasting: Nov 2011, the shift this vintage to 100% Mourvedre has taken this to a new level without the ambiguities in the last couple of vintages with the Shiraz and Tempranillo influences, pale salmon blush, aromatic, fresh, silky and plushly textured cherry and passionfruit with musk, garden herb, spice and rose petal notes, lovely dry and earthy/savoury underpinning with well judged citric acidity and very fine phenolics, I know itís a big call to give a Rose this score but if I didnít know better I would have been easily convinced that this came from one of the Bandolís (Provenance) premium producers, Viva the Rose Revolution ! (*****)

Krinklewood Biodynamic Chardonnay 2009

Purchased: Not ($28)

Drink: 2013

(GXY) Tasting: Jan 2011, wild yeast ferment with 10 months on lees, funky and vibrant early picked style with intense nectarine, melon and wheatmeal notes with flashes of apricot and pineapple, tangy with restrained spicy cashew oak and infused with tightly wound and lively citric acidity (****)

Krinklewood Shiraz 2006

Purchased: Not ($26)

Drink: 2012

(GXY) Tasting: Sept 2009, medium bodied with dark plum and mulberry with some ripe prune, anise and dried herbs aspects, earthy with the French oak bringing savoury and creamy vanilla-coffee notes to the finish, persistent fine tannins (***1/2)

Krinklewood Wild White 2008

Purchased: Not ($15)

Drink: 2010

(GXY) Tasting: Sept 2009, this a 100% Verdelho, lively and vibrant up front tropical fruit, passionfruit and lime flavours with zesty lemon acids, good outcome for such a wet vintage (***)