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2016 Primo Estate La Biondina Colombard

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    RRP $20.99 per bottle

    Our Price $17.99

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    $215.88 (12 x 750ml)

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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.

    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
    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
    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 (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
    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
    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
    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 (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

    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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