40 dollars: "legrand" Rylstone Cabernet/Merlot 2016
NEW ERA WINE SCORES GRAND TOTAL: 83 points. Highly recommended. I have an interest to declare: this is my own wine. But if you don’t highly recommend your own wine, who will?! My 83 points probably has some kind of equivalence with Campbell Mattinson’s recent 92 points score for the same wine on The Wine Front. I tried my best to be objective, but since when was wine an objective science anyway?!?!
Producer: Tom Munro
Region: Rylstone NSW
Grape varieties: Cabernet, Merlot, Petit Verdot.
Price per bottle: $40
1)Aromatic intensity, up to 5 points.
4 points. Jumps!
2) Aromatic complexity, up to 5 points.
4 points. A wine to mull over.
3)Aromatic attractiveness, up to 20 points.
17 points. I love it. Dense and pretty at the same time.
4)Palate intensity, up to 5 points.
4 points. Relentless building of tannin structure.
5)"Mouthscape" or "palate complexity", i.e. how much of an interesting experience in the mouth a wine delivers, up to 5 points.
3.5 points. Conservative basics.
6)Drinkability, i.e. how much the wine's total taste characteristics leave you thirsting for more, up to 20 points.
17. Nails drinkability. Rustic drinkability.
7)The morning-after test, i.e. how this wine looks on the second day after opening and beyond, up to 5 points.
3.5 points. Kicks on.
8)Cellarability, up to 10 points.
6 points. Probably too open to keep too long.
9)Individuality or how distinct the personality of a particular wine is, up to 10 points.
8 points. Rylstone is such an uncommon place to grow vines with such an unusual climate and terroir that this Cabernet/Merlot looks quite different to any others that I know. It has freshness and yet seriously plump fruit too.
10) Look, packaging, label, up to 5 points.
5 points. Look at it!
11) Environmental credentials, story, philosophy, history, brand weight, up to 10 points.
Little history or brand weight but I start with art works and make wine to match the art, which is more interesting than most! 7 points.
12) SUBTOTAL: Add together the individual scores from points 1 to 11, above. Subtotal is scored out of 100 possible points.
1 Value-for-money, take SUBTOTAL and divide by price to give X, then multiply X by 2. 2X is the value for money score.
2 The grand total NEWS value for a given wine is the product of SUBTOTAL + the value-for-money score.
Below 70: May have outstanding features but also some drawbacks and I couldn’t recommend it in confidence.
80-89 highly recommended
90+ points: Remarkable wine. Theoretically a score over 100 is possible once the value-for-money factor is taken into account. Something around 105 would be the upper limit of perfection.