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2016 Messing About Saperavi reviewed by Mike Bennie

Ballandean is Queensland’s oldest family owned winery, so the notion that they are ‘Messing About’ seems incongruous to the longevity of their brand. They might be messing about with the varieties they are playing with, but saperavi seems to have found a good fit in Granite Belt, with a few producers releasing some good gear using the Georgian wine staple.

One of those heady, rich wines you can smell a foot away. It’s midnight coloured in the glass, shows scents of ripe plum, black olive, mocha powder, maraschino cherry and old spice cupboard. I like it. Inky and smooth in the palate, you’d readily call it velvety, long in flavour, offering crisp acidity under the generous, rich flow of fruit flavours. It’s bold but even, mellow yet fresh – if you like full flavoured reds this is a gimme. Luscious done very well.

Rated : 92 Points
Tasted : JAN18
Alcohol : 14.5%
Price : $42
Closure : ProCork
Drink : 2018 – 2030

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