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Chain of Ponds (Australia) Novelle 2003
Chain of Ponds is a very well-respected wine producer that burst onto the UK scene a few years ago with a range of wines from idiosyncratic (for Australia) grapes and blends. The company changed hands and UK distributors in 2004, but seems to be back with a bang with this intriguing wine. A blend of Barbera, Grenache and Sangiovese grown in the cool Adelaide Hills, this unoaked wine has a really seductive, velvety nose of crushed red berries and exotic spices, with a hint of somethig gamy and earthy too. On the palate it delivers an absolute rush of very ripe, very striking cherry fruit, with a plush, jammy sweetness, but a fine counterbalancing strike of roughening, grippy tannins and keen acidity. This is lively and delicious in the mouth, with a long, juicy finish. Very unusual, and great fun. 6.49, Booths.