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Larry Cherubino Ad Hoc Straw Man Sauvignon Blanc Semillon

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There should be a wine label called ‘the many faces of Larry Cherubino’ because this tireless winemaker has his fingers in so many winemaking pies that it’s hard to keep up. One of the many labels is Ad Hoc and these everyday drinking wines deliver all the freshness and fruit flavour that the Margaret River can provide. The Straw Man alludes to the classic descriptors of this white blend and the wine is certainly packed with aromas of straw and cut grass as well as herbs and citrus. A nicely creamy palate with natural acids easing out the long finish means it’s a contender for your next Asian feast.

Winemaker's Notes

Overt aromas of minerality, fresh herbs and citrus jump from the glass. The palate shows lemon sherbert, juniper and fresh peas. The impression is one of complexity and power, yet the wine is immediately approachable and drinkable. The natural crunchy acidity is balanced by a soft textural mouth-feel. This wine shows great fruit intensity, persistence and length of flavour. Pretty serious stuff for the wine buff and a great drink for those just looking for a glass of this classic Margaret River blend.

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Larry Cherubino Ad Hoc Straw Man Sauvignon Blanc Semillon

Expert Reviews

James Halliday (2012 Vintage) says
Devoid of colour Aug Í12, but flooded with flavour, a full cornucopia of tropical fruits to the fore, carrying through to the mid-palate and to the finish, when just enough acidity arrives to save it from cloying.
2015
Wine Companion Dec/Jan
93
James Halliday (2011 Vintage) says
Pale quartz; Cherubino says (on the back label) 'the blend reminds me of dried straw and fresh-cut grass'. I'll buy that, but would like to add (for this wine at least) nuances of ripe citrus and guava.
Australian Wine Companion 2013 2012
93
Tyson Stelzer (2010 Vintage) says
This is one of the best SSBs to hit the shelves so far this vintage. Almost ripe passionfruit, guava and kiwi fruit are the themes of this zesty, textural style. It has sensational purity, mouth-caressing texture and precision of line and length.
93
James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
2012
Australian Wine Companion 2012
92
Ray Jordan (2010 Vintage) says
Crunchy and pure with such a beautifully refreshing and precise mouth feel. The nose of tropical gooseberry and a light dusting of herbaceousness has a touch of minerality to keep it honest. The palate length is a feature of a perfect wine for current drinking.
Ray Jordan's 2011 WA Wine Guide
92
Nick Stock (2009 Vintage) says
Another smartly made wine from the Casa Cherubino, this has a melange of tropical fruits on the nose, fruit salad-like - smells really ripe and juicy. The palate is smooth and soft on entry, dishing up plenty of crisp tropical fruit in balanced, attractive form.
The Penguin Good Australian Wine Guide 2010 2009
91
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
Attractive, easy-drinking style; gooseberry and citrus flavours dominate proceedings; has good balance and length.
Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
91
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
Highly fragrant passionfruit and grass on the bouquet are mirrored on the zippy/zesty palate and reverberate on the aftertaste.
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
93
James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
Good structure, line and length; a firm, herbal core with some passionfruit and gooseberry; 10% oak invisible; pleasingly dry finish.
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
92
Peter Forrestal (2007 Vintage) says
Former Houghton Chief Winemaker, Larry Cherubino, has established the budget-priced 'Ad Hoc' label, the medium-priced 'The Yard' and flagship 'Cherubino' range - based mostly around the family vineyard at Frankland River. This is a classy Margaret River quaffer - intense passionfruit and white stone-fruit flavours, bright and vibrant, refreshingly cool, with a tiny kick from a hint of new French oak.
Quaff 2008 2007

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