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Symphonia Wines

1019 Snow Rd, Oxley

Cellar Door: Via Sam Miranda

Ph: (03) 5727 3888

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The Read family established Symphonia Wines which is one of the long standing vineyards in the region.

They developed the vineyard in 1981 initially to supply the main commercial winery in the area, Brown Brothers.

They started putting out their own wines in 1998 and became pioneers in the cool climate alternative variety market: the Tempranillo and Pinot Grigio looks positively mainstream alongside rare varieties in Australia like Petit Marseng, Saparavi and Tannat.

Sam Miranda'd wife, Rachel and parents purchased Symphonia but has kept the portfolio intact and seperate from Sam's own brand.

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)

Symphonia Tannat 2013

Purchased: Not ($36)

Drink: 2021  

(GXY) Tasting: Sept 2016, plump blackberry and raspberry with violet and toasty brown spices, blocky palate with some savoury game aspects to back half, the alcohol is a modest 13%, the tannins are firm but quite approachable (***1/2)

Symphonia Arneis 2014

Purchased:  Not ($22)

Drink: 2016

(GXY) Tasting: Apr 2015, 15% barrel ferment, slightly creamy lime, pear and apple with a whiff of almond, chalky phenolics on the crisp finish (***1/2)

Symphonia Museum Release Petit Manseng 2008

Purchased: Not ($25)

Drink:

(GXY) Tasting: Aug 2014, nice varietal expression of this Juracon (French Pyrenees) variety, floral nose, moderately viscous lemon barley, honey, cumquat and pineapple with marzipan notes, good acid balance despite the bottle age and some chalky phenolics (****)

Symphonia Pinot Grigio 2013

Purchased: Not ($22)

Drink: 2015

(GXY) Tasting: Aug 2014, rounded with fairly brightly flavoured pear, lemon barley and melon with light musky spice and a touch of honey, fresh acidity with a wet pebble note on the finish (***1/2)

Symphonia La Solista Tempranillo 2012

Purchased: Not ($22)

Drink: 2015

(GXY) Tasting: Aug 2014, straightforward joven style showing fresh cherry and boysenberry with violet and bay leaf notes, juicy and medium bodied with fine savoury tannins, there is just a whiff of coffee oak (***1/2)

Symphonia Saperavi 2006

Purchased: Not ($24)

Drink: 2015

(GXY) Tasting: May 2008, Gold Medal at 2007 National Cool Climate Wine Show, austere nose but the palate is fairly full bodied, deep blackberry, dark plum and mulberry, light black pepper notes on the mid-palate with bitter dark chocolate oak support, fine chalky tannins are not too scary (****)

Symphonia Las Triadas Tempranillo 2006

Purchased: Not ($24)

Drink: 2013

(GXY) Tasting: May 2008, some Cabernet and Merlot added, ripe and bright expression of blackberry and black cherry with a touch of raspberry, light-medium bodied, savoury, discrete cedar-vanilla oak with a spicy finish (***1/2)

Symphonia Pinot Grigio 2005

Purchased: Not ($24)

Drink: 2007

(GXY) Tasting: Sept 2006, grapefruit and honeyed pear aromas, full but minerally mid-palate with citric finish (***1/2)

Symphonia Arneis 2005

Purchased: Not ($24)

Drink: 2007

(GXY) Tasting: Sept 2006, powerful floral pear and musc notes, quite intense at the front with dry, herbal mid-palate with a touch of almonds, fresh finish (****)

Symphonia Saperavi 2005

Purchased: Not ($24)

Drink: 2009

(GXY) Tasting: Sept 2006, blackberry and mulberry aromas, oak driven full bodied but not complex, chalky tannins but smoother than expected for the variety (***1/2)

Symphonia Tannat 2004

Purchased: Yes, Caufield Cellars, July 2006 ($20)

Drink: 2010

(GXY) Tasting: July 2006, the famous food variety of the French Pyrenees is mainly blackberry although some raspberry notes can be found on the mid-palate, it starts a bit thin but moves to a much fuller, tannic second half, meaty and savoury palate with liquorice notes, well integrated oak, while it has the varietal tannic and acid finish it is not as much as I feared, this food wine is quite approachable now but will benefit with medium term cellaring (***1/2)