Thursday, September 15, 2016

Reviews: DiGiorgio *** $ Frank Red and *** $ Frank White wines, Limestone Coast, South Australia

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By way of background:   The DiGiorgio family has been working the land in Australia for over 60 years and established their initial Lucindale vineyard in 1989.  Today, generations later, DiGiorgio Family Wines produces not only in Lucindale, but in Coonawarra and within the broader Limestone Coast. The wine label "Frank" is associated with entry-level, value-priced wines from the DiGiorgio Family line. Review wines were provided by the winery's representative.

Original tasting and review : This is Frank White,  Limestone Coast, South Australia, 2015, a blend of Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Semillon finished at 12.5% alcohol and first sampled one year from vintage date, in April, 2016.

Inspired by this wine:  Curling on the couch with your partner, ready to watch a lighthearted romantic comedy. 

In the glass: Clear with just the faintest tinges of yellow and green.

On the nose: Poured at room temperature and swirled vigorously, colleagues agree this shows a somewhat shy,  slightly flinty nose with notes of grass and light peach.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact lightly sweet grapefruit and lemons, holding their brightness on the palate for quite a few seconds.  Sip slowly fades.

In summary: Overall, does rate three stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale, making this a best value because of the bargain price point!
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Original tasting and review : This is Frank Red,  Limestone Coast, South Australia, 2013, a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz and Merlot, finished at 14.5% alcohol and first sampled three years from vintage date, in April, 2016.

Inspired by this wine:  Waiting in line at the home store, picking up some necessities for those necessary repairs.

In the glass: Deep magenta, opaque from about an inch of the edge.

On the nose: Poured at room temperature and swirled vigorously, colleagues agree this shows soft, bright, relatively undifferentiated black fruit.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact quite bright, almost sparky, crushed red/black berries.  The bright sip retains its character through the finish, closing consistent with its start.

In summary: Overall, just touches three stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale, but, because of its bargain price point, that is sufficient to concur best value status.

Updated notes, six months later, September, 2016:  Softer, deeper, cushioned palate now, with the red and black berries showing depth and some sweetness.  Moved as a full experience through the close, with some brightness and plenty of grip and depth.  Easy three stars now and an easy best value

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