2021 Linnaea Electric Magnolia Arinto
Brilliant pale straw colour with a glimmer of green to the edges and a watery hue. Spicy green apple and lime aromas are married to wet steel, fresh herb and flinty mineral characters. Intense flavours of pear, lime rind and green apple are underscored by electric, mineral infused acidity which is counterpointed by a generous mouthfeel. Finishes dry, crisp and very flinty with a long zesty aftertaste that has a dash of white pepper to it.
A Portuguese grape that doesn’t mind a bit of heat, and still stays fresh. Likely a taste of things to come.
Distinctly saline with some chamomile perfume, crushed lemon pulp lends tang and subtle bitterness, some umami miso, nori and chicken flavour, fine chalk dust texture, preserved lemon, and heaps of crushed lemon and grapefruit on a tangy finish of good length. Very different, lots of texture, savoury, yet refreshing. Drink 2021-2025.
Gary Walsh – The Wine Front