The wine that started it all. We’ve always felt this wine was the standard bearer for the whole idea behind Between Five Bells; deliciously different, varietally ambiguous, engaging wines.
It’s also the wine that has had the most dramatic changes in almost ever year it has been made.
The release, the fifth now, is from a new vineyard for us. The Malakoff Vineyard in central Victoria is well known the wine industry, having been founded by notable companies, and farmed very professionally. The type of vineyard you can trust for delivering exemplary fruit.
We were drawn to try to see how it would go with our philosophy in 2014, mostly due to the very low yielding of the Between Five Bells block in Mt Duneed.
This wine is the Shiraz and Nebbiolo of the vineyard, co-fermented as usual, on top of the skins of Nero d'Avola from the 2014 H-COTE. This all happened in a closed fermenter, as we sought the carbonic juicy-ness we crave.
This wine is very aromatic, but still stoic and powerful. We like it.
“This ‘Red Wine’ from the Between Five Bells quartet, was produced from mostly shiraz, with splashes of nebbiolo and nero d’avola. The fruit comes from the Malakoff Vineyard in Pyrenees, Victoria. Tasted blind first, tasted with a couple of ice cubes tossed in it second. On fire when it’s chilled.
This has so much going for it. It’s got a pent up feel, tense ultra slender tannins holding in crisp red and black berry fruitiness with acidity raring to go. The wine feels like that first bite through thick skin on a juicy plum, more or less. Lush fruit and firm texture hand in hand. Spice and earthiness chime in, as does a little herbal character, maybe just minty too. It drinks with ease, fine and fresh, vibrant and long. Medium weight, crunchy red wine magic. Yum.” 92 points, Mike Bennie, The Wine Front