Noble Rot Issue 35 Case

Noble Rot Issue 35 Case

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Drink six brilliant wines featured in the new Noble Rot Magazine with one of these cases:

Luke Lambert Chardonnay 2021
Just as the Grower Champagne movement heralded an overdue turn towards high-quality farming, a new generation of young Australian winemakers is now emphasising a sense of place rather than brand. From a string of single vineyards across the Yarra Valley which he works by hand, Luke Lambert crafts wines that marry perfectly judged fruit ripeness with fresh acidity and a chalky edge – a far cry from the sorts of whites that caused drinkers to ask for ‘Anything But Chardonnay’.
[‘The Vine Twitcher’; pp.18-23]

Mac Forbes Strathbogie Ranges Riesling ‘RS20’ 2022
After cutting his teeth at Mount Mary – part of an influential wave of small Australian wineries that sprung up in the ‘70s – and working alongside the likes of Dirk Niepoort in Europe, Mac Forbes returned home to shine a spotlight on the Yarra Valley’s lesser-known sub-regions. From cool vineyards in the granitic Strathbogie Ranges, Mac makes an assortment of Rieslings across the sweetness spectrum. With its generous fruit weight and jasmine accents, the ‘RS20’ is an ideal partner to fiery dishes from the Pacific Rim.
[‘The Vine Twitcher’; pp.18-23]

Musar Blanc 2017
Although Gaston Hochar planted the first Bekaa Valley vineyards and made his inaugural vintage in 1933, it was his son Serge who turned Lebanon’s Château Musar into what it is today. While completing his studies in Bordeaux, Serge honed his low-intervention winemaking approach, before taking over from his father in 1959. A blend of local grapes Obaideh and Merwah, part-fermented in oak and stainless steel and aged in bottle for six years, Musar Blanc combines fleshy fruit with gingery spice and a gentle oxidative savouriness.
[‘Flavour Bombs’; pp.38-40]

Huber Malterdinger Spätburgunder Alte Reben 2021
Pinot Noir (or Spätburgunder) has a long history in Germany – grapes were planted here a thousand years ago by the same monks who established vines in Burgundy – but only in the last decade or so have the wines become noteworthy. As a warming climate has delivered more reliable ripeness, growers such as Julian Huber have leaned into more attentive farming and acquired a better understanding of Pinot’s demands. A blend of old-vine fruit from the estate’s four Grand Crus vineyards, this is beautifully deep and smoky.
[‘Sprechen Sie Spätburgunder’; pp.104-107]

Joshua Cooper Cabernet Sauvignon ‘Dash Farm’ 2021
Raised by winemaking parents in Victoria’s Macedon Ranges – the coolest region on the mainland and a wellspring for a new generation of Down Under talent – 30-something Joshua Cooper is now making a name for himself with some of the country’s most intriguing wines. Inspired by the great old Australian ‘clarets’ of the 1970s, his ‘Dash Farm’ Cabernet Sauvignon is sourced from a late-ripening site on the slopes of Mt. Alexander. Elegant and refined, with leafy nuances and gravelly tannins, it pushes the potential of top Aussie Cab. 
[‘The Vine Twitcher’; pp.18-23]

Trediberri Barolo ‘Berri’ 2020
Cutting-edge father-and-son team Federico and Nicola Oberto are rapidly building a reputation as trailblazers in Barolo. Drawing on highly skilled, artisanal-meets-modern methods, they grow top-quality, organic fruit from traditional Langhe varieties. Trediberri’s Barolo ‘Berri’ – a combination of fruit from ‘Berri’ and ‘Torriglione’ in La Morra – is aged for 20 months in large oak. With its immediate red fruit appeal and lifted freshness, it is well suited to younger drinking, although it will gain further complexity with time in bottle.
[‘On The Case’; pp.8-10]