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2016 Primo Estate La Biondina Colombard

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When was the last time you drank a Colombard? Have you actually heard of Colombard? We had actually forgotten that this grape was still produced but we are glad that winemaker Joe Grilli is a passionate supporter. La Biodina stands for Little Blond and this seductive minx is all about lifted aromatics, a generous and mouth-watering palate with a long, assured finish. This little blond likes it hot and spicy so pair her with a curry for a night of rare pleasure.

Winemaker's Notes

Our La Biondina (the young blonde) stands proud as a modern Australian classic. Celebrating her 35th vintage in 2016 our young blonde continues to tantalise the wine world with a style all her own. Each season she returns, eternally young, flaunting her finesse and class as the world's premier Colombard. The mouth watering, fruit driven palate is the signature of this style. The flavours are full, juicy, cool and very long.

There are many food matches for La Biondina, but the favourites still remain - fish in any form, raw, fried, grilled, steamed, 'salt & pepper' or hotpot. Oysters, crab or any crustacean are a dream. Whether it's a spicy curry or a simple salad, La Biondina is fine company.

Alc/vol: 12.0%

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2016 Primo Estate La Biondina Colombard

Expert Reviews

Tyson Stelzer (2013 Vintage) says
There must be wizardry on the go at the great Primo Estate to conjure a wine that transcends the nature of the region and the variety in summonsing a white wine more zesty and refreshing than anyone would expect for McLaren Vale Colombard. Fresh lemons and crunchy nashi pears are accented with a subtle sea salt nuance, making for the ideal aperitif or lunchtime prawn cocktail partner.
91
Jeremy Oliver (2013 Vintage) says
A delightful, zesty and vibrant early-drinking white packed with fruit and flavour whose punchy, tropical bouquet of passionfruit, gooseberries and lychees precedes a juicy, mouthfilling palate where intense stonefruit, melon and tropical flavours are neatly wrapped in a taut acidity and supported by a fine dustiness. It finishes with freshness, brightness and balance.
2013-2014
The Australian Wine Annual 2014 Edition
88
Nick Stock (2012 Vintage) says
A consistent favourite among value white-wine lovers, this will not disappoint with its bright sauvignon-like tropical fruits, passionfruit and citrus; really fresh. The palate has a supple and tangy feel to it, with ripe melon, some apple and melon here, and a fleshy, tropical finish.
Now
Good Wine Guide
90
James Halliday (2012 Vintage) says
Pale straw-green; a wine that has always delivered more flavour and attitude than theoretically possible; intense grapefruit flavours spear through the length of the intensely focused palate. If you want an alternative to chardonnay (or other mainstream varieties) try this, and leave pinot gris on the shelf.
2024
James Halliday's Top 100 wines of 2012
91
Tyson Stelzer (2011 Vintage) says
Primo's Adelaide Plains Colombard celebrates its 30th vintage this year - who would have guessed? Early bottling preserves freshness of nashi pear, pink lady apple and ripe passionfruit.
Wine100, September Edition
90
Nick Stock (2011 Vintage) says
The little blonde from Primo Estate is a ripe, tropical-fruited white that delivers plenty of flavour with an easy-Drinking style. Plenty of passionfruit, lime and citrus here, all smoothly rounded up and rolled out on the palate. Delicious value drinking.
Now
The Good Wine Guide
90
James Halliday (2011 Vintage) says
To 2013
Australian Wine Companion 2013
90
Jeremy Oliver (2011 Vintage) says
The best wine to appear under this label, with rare accumulation of flavour. It's wild, tropical and juicy, with a heady bouquet of gooseberries, cassis and tropical fruits lifted by a whiff of pear blossom. Smooth and generous, with length and penetration of vibrant flavours, it's long and fresh, with a lingering, fatty viscosity tightly wound up by fresh acids.
2011-2012+
The Australian Wine Annual 2013
91
Rob Geddes MW (2011 Vintage) says
For 30 years one of Adelaide's best kept secrets: gentle fresh guava and passion fruit aromas and a smooth fresh palate makes this a great casual glass of wine.
2013
Rob Geddes MW
88
James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2012 2011
90
Jeremy Oliver (2010 Vintage) says
The best wine to appear under this label, with rare accumulation of flavour. It's wild, tropical and juicy, with a heady bouquet of gooseberries, cassis and tropical fruits lifted by a whiff of pear blossom. Smooth and generous, with length and penetration of vibrant flavours, it's long and fresh, with a lingering, fatty viscosity tightly wound up by fresh acids.
The Australian Wine Annual 2012
91
Rob Geddes MW (2010 Vintage) says
For 30 years one of Adelaide's best kept secrets: gentle fresh guava and passion fruit aromas and a smooth fresh palate makes this a great casual glass of wine.
Rob Geddes MW
88
Nick Stock (2009 Vintage) says
Looking good! The little blonde makes another stunning debut as a young, easy-drinking citrus- and passionfruit-flavoured white wine of the moment, playing very much into sauvignon blanc territory. Fine, fresh and even, gently chalky and not too aggressive in the acid department. Chill and enjoy!
The Penguin Good Australian Wine Guide 2010 2009
89
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
Seems in archetypal Biondina style: ie with a touch of sauvignon blanc, which isn't there; early picking plays a role, leaving the wine with zesty, cleansing acidity on the long finish.
Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
90
Jeremy Oliver (2009 Vintage) says
Generous, round and juicy, this punchy young white has a slightly confectionery and citrusy aroma backed by suggestions of grassiness and a whiff of musky spice. Its luscious palate of melon, lemon and tropical fruit extends towards a soft but vibrant finish with notes of lemon juice and green olives.
Australian Wine Annual 2010 2009
88
Rob Geddes MW (2009 Vintage) says
One of Adelaide’s secrets: intensity while retaining the same smooth bright freshness.
Australian Wine Vintages 2010
89
Rob Geddes MW (2008 Vintage) says
One of the secrets of Adelaide is now boosted by sauvignon blanc to another level of intensity while retaining the same smooth bright freshness.
Australian Wine Vintages 2010 2009
90
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
Delicious, upfront wine busting with aroma and flavour; juicy tropical fruits and perfect acidity; never better than right now.
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
90
Jeremy Oliver (2008 Vintage) says
Generous and juicy, with bright aromas of grapefruit, melon and citrus backed by suggestions of spice and minerals. It's luscious and mouthfilling, with a broad, somewhat simple presence of tangy citrus/melon fruit that finishes rather short, with a lingering briney note and lemony acidity.
Australian Wine Annual 2009 2008
88
James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
Despite the low alcohol, has more richness to the flavors than prior vintages; good balance and length to a pleasing, ready-to-roll white
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
90
Ken Gargett (2007 Vintage) says
Colombard is usually regarded as a bit low-rent by the nobler grapes, but Joe Grilli is famous for stating that he'd rather make the best colombard than the 57th best chardy. Recently, however, he's caved: there's now a splash of savvy in what was once straight colombard—presumably it helps with marketing. Well Joe, you might be selling a lot more, but come clean: are you really happy? (Probably yes.) Still, a delightfully fresh wine.
Don't Buy Wine Without Me 2008 2007
88
Jeremy Oliver (2007 Vintage) says
Rather sweet and juicy, forward and oily, with a lightly grassy presence beneath its tropical expression of melon and passionfruit. Rather candied, it finishes with slightly cloying flavours of pineapple and lemon.
Australian Wine Annual 2008 2007
82
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
Light straw-green; a tight structure with mineral, herb and lemon, then a chalky, bone-dry finish. The annual summer seafood drink.
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
90
Jeremy Oliver (2006 Vintage) says
A faintly salty and mineral wine whose fresh, slightly confectionary aromas of passionfruit and pineapple reveal nuances of herbs and lemon. Juicy and mouthfilling, its tangy but rather syrupy palate finishes long and clean, despite a trace of residual sugar.
Australian Wine Annual 2007 2006
87
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
As ever, vibrantly fresh and precise grapefruit, stone fruit and mineral flavours; amazing finish and aftertaste.
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
93
Jeremy Oliver (2005 Vintage) says
A fresh lightly herbal aroma of tropical fruit and lemon sherbet precedes a tangy, juicy palate developing a bright and restrained expression of citrus and melon flavour. Its long, fine and nutty, finishing with a faint sweetness.
Australian Wine Annual 2006 2005
88
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
While predominantly colombard, now incorporates lesser amounts of riesling and sauvignon blanc. As ever, fresh, crisp and lively, with slippery/squeaky mouthfeel, and a clean, dry finish and aftertaste.
Australian Wine Companion 2006 2005
89
Jeremy Oliver (2003 Vintage) says
A remarkably complex expression of colombard, with a lightly grassy fragrance of spicy and slightly confectionary citrus and tropical fruit. Its punchy, almost funky palate of pineapple and passionfruit and creamy leesy undertones finishes mineral and austere, with a dusty talcum powder texture.
Australian Wine Annual 2005 2004
89
James Halliday (2003 Vintage) says
Fragrant; lots of ripe fruit offset by cleansing acidity on a lingering finish.
Australian Wine Companion 2005 2004
91
James Halliday (2002 Vintage) says
Light straw-green; the bouquet has distinct smoky/sweaty reduction, making it more Sauvignon Blanc-like than ever; some of the same characters come through on the palate, again with totally striking similarities to Sauvignon Blanc. Others will be more forgiving of the reduced aromas.
Australian Wine Companion 2004 2003
85
James Halliday (2001 Vintage) says
Excellent green-yellow; the fresh, lively and tangy bouquet with its citrus/mineral mix reminiscent of Sauvignon Blanc, is followed by an abundantly flavoured but fresh palate with a twist of spritz.
Australian Wine Companion 2003 2002
92
James Halliday (1999 Vintage) says
Smart new packaging and an Italianesque name does not disguise the crisp, aromatic, tangy bouquet; followed by a delicate yet piercing gooseberry/tropical palate. Gold medal 1999 Royal Adelaide Wine Show.
Australian Wine Companion 2001 2001
92
James Halliday (1998 Vintage) says
Light to medium yellow-green; the bouquet has that unique gooseberry/herbal lift which only Primo Estate seems to achieve with the variety. The palate is lively and fresh, with a touch of CO2 giving it a tingle; the natural acidity also adds to the interest and length of the wine.
Australian Wine Companion 2000 1999
87
James Halliday (1997 Vintage) says
Light to medium green-yellow; the bouquet has that extra edge of vinosity which Primo Estate so often achieves; the citrus-accented palate is lively, fresh and crisp, again showing something extra on the mid-palate, before finishing pleasantly dry.
Australian Wine Companion 1999 1998
88

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