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Westend 'Calabria' Saint Macaire

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Westend 'Calabria' Saint Macaire

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James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2013 2012
Rob Geddes MW (2007 Vintage) says
A rare old Bordeaux variety which seems suited to the heat of the Riverina and although a work in progress it is included for reasons of interest, diversity and value. Wicked wine options wine.
Australian Wine Vintages 2010 2009
Peter Forrestal (2007 Vintage) says
I guess if you had only 2 hectares of a French ^rape variety planted in Australia you'd want to flaunt it. In Bill Calabria's case his plantings are 30 years old, low-yielding for the area, and so he gets good concentration from the wine. St Macaire is a village on the opposite side of the river from Sauternes in Bordeaux so I would expect that to be the variety's likely origin. In 2007 the 'Calabria' St Macaire is deeply flavoured with ripe, swe0t blackberry and dark plum flavours, is powerful, robust and smoothly textured. Approachable now.
Quaff 2009 2008
Peter Forrestal (2006 Vintage) says
Bill Calabria's family has been running Westend since 1945 so it's fair enough that there should be the occasional wine that celebrates that achievement. There are some attractive floral aromas, delicate redcurrant pastille flavours, light to medium body, silky smooth texture and balanced acidity and tannins to finish. Good quaffing.
Quaff 2009 2008
Peter Forrestal (2004 Vintage) says
Saint Macaire is such an obscure grape variety that you are unlikely to find mention of it in the key wine reference books, though one website refers to it as 'one of the red grapes of Bordeaux that became extinct there but has been resurrected in California where it may be used in Meritage reds.' I met some vignerons from the sweet wine appellation of Saint Macaire at Spain's Vignoble Exhibition in Jerez and, in June, drove past their town near Bordeaux's Entre Deux Mers region. That's the kind of obscure trivia that I'm driven to when I need to report on Bill Calabria's planting of Australia's only two hectares of Saint Macaire. The wine has won Blue Gold when judged with food at the 2005 Sydney International Top 100 and I found it fascinating in the Quaff tastings. The 2004 Westend Saint Macaire is fragrant with some stalky notes, is rich and powerfully flavoured with cherry ripe characters and velvety texture. Bold and intriguing. One to fool your friends if you wish to play the options game: Is this red a) cabernet, b) shiraz, or, c) Saint Macaire?
Quaff 2007 2006
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
Good colour; very unusual spicy chocolate fruit characters, almost floral; not much structure on the finish other than lots of vanilla oak. An extremely rare and (says Jancis Robinson) inferior variety once planted in Bordeaux. Blue Gold medal Sydney International Wine Competition '06.
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006

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