Vale Wine Company

2089946416 1904 E Chicago St Ste F & G
Caldwell, ID 83605
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No we are not! In 1999, we were researching unusual varieties for planting at our new vineyard at Balnarring on the Mornington Peninsula, some 80km. South of Melbourne, and noted that Durif was regarded as an early ripening variety (John Gladestones – Viticulture and Environment, 1992 page 67) along with Tempranillo (another variety we planted) and should be suitable to our site. Discussions with various experts (including Dr. Richard Smart) indicated that Durif (Petit Syrah as it is known in USA) was very prone to bunch rot and our cool maritime climate with an annual rainfall of some 750 mm., would prove to be difficult. It had originally been developed in the Southern Rhone area of France by Dr. Durif in the late 19th century by crossing true Syrah with Peloursin, but, today, very little remains in France because of the bunch rot problems. A recent visit by my daughter Caroline ( a winemaker at Leasingham Wines) to the Southern Rhone area found that Durif is still grown in small quantities Read more »

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  • Reserve Riesling 2010

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  • Hesketh Shiraz Mclaren Vale Barossa Usual Suspects 2008

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  • Quinta Do Vale Meao Douro 2011

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    Touriga Nacional from alluvial gravelBig wild berry fruit on the nose is layered over a base of dusty, spicy, inky aromas that are framed with a fine dried meat note. Opening with tons of wild blackberry cherry fruit, and herbal spicy, this lacks a touch of brightness in the mouth and is fairly tannic and astringent. The midpalate is a bit tou... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Quinta Do Vale Meao Douro 2011

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    Nutty oak, all creamy cognac and cigar box is dominant on the perfumy nose which also shows some subtle fruit aromas. A touch compact on entry, this then gains weight and power in the mouth, a bit tough but with excellent depth on the palate. Some nice inner mouth perfumes emerge slowly but this is still mostly tight and closed with inky, black... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Quinta Do Vale Meao Douro 2011

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    Wine review by mark


  • Quinta Do Vale Meao Douro 2011

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    Touriga Nacional from alluvial gravel Big wild berry fruit on the nose is layered over a base of dusty, spicy, inky aromas that are framed with a fine dried meat note. Opening with tons of wild blackberry cherry fruit, and herbal spicy, this lacks a touch of brightness in the mouth and is fairly tannic and astringent. The midpalate is a bit to... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Quinta Do Vale Meao Douro 2011

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  • Quinta Do Vale Meao Meandro 2012

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    cask sample Sweet and spicy on the nose with a bit of gingerbread and a green herbal floral cast adding detail and complexity. Bright, transparent, and very juicy on the palate with a bit of a minty edge to the red and black fruits, almost a touch of currant going on here. Tannins are soft and this is a bit short today. 86pts Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


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