So unusual, it’s not even commercially available. Whilst it’s made from an all-star cast of multiple white varieties, the winemaker’s intention is to show the regionality of the Whitlands area in King Valley. A dirty mind spots the artwork on the label as a depiction of the wine’s name, overlayed on a patch of soil. Look closely and you’ll see it. If you don’t know what a Reverse Cowgirl is, this wine probably isn’t for you. Or is for you.
Neil Prentice (mastermind of Moondarra) calls it 'Reverse Cowgirl,' in that it’s crafted using a different technique to your standard (missionary) wine making.
It’s unfiltered and has undergone malolactic fermentation. The fruit was picked early to retain acidity. The wine was wild fermented and left on lees in barrel.
Cloudy. About as much as fresh apple juice. Initial aromatic impressions are of almond shell, apricot and mint. There’s a suggestion of something medicinal. Whatever it is, it comes hand in hand with the wild mint character, which also emerges on the palate. It’s a better drink as it warms up, but don’t let it go too far. Quite a bit of brinyness adds savory interest and contrasts lemon pith phenolic grip and acidity. Marzipan and toast add yet another edge at the end.
A wine with all the thrill, shock and guts of a good horror flick. You need to be prepared for it. Mature audiences only.
- Region: Whitlands
- Varietal: 40% Picolit - 30% Friulano - 30% Riesling
- Vintage: 2011
- Vineyard: Holly's Garden
- Vine Age: 15 years old
- Yield: 2.1 tons per acre
- Soil Type: Mineral Laden Black Basalt
- Alcohol: 11%
- Oak: 10 months in seasoned French foudre
- Production: 800 cases
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