From fledgling winery, Municipal, this 2017 Strathbogie Ranges Riesling is a cracker. Lovely citrus tones, with a hint of blossom character, supported by racy, cool-climate acidity.
2017 marks only the third vintage for winemaker Matt Froude under the Municipal label - his first being 2014. But he is already making a splash in the wine scene, with his wines getting good scores from critics, across the range.
Matt is hoping to open his urban winery - hence the name, Municipal - in Melbourne's northern suburbs, bringing his wines to the people. Definitely one to watch.
From 30+ yo (average) vines, off the Whitegate vineyard, Strathbogie Ranges.
3 days on skins with wild fermentation encouraged before pressing then inoculation.
A long cool ferment of 35 plus days at 13 degrees was conducted.
This wine was bottled as soon as was practical to retain freshness.
Bright straw colour with light gold edges. The bouquet is intense and complex with yuzu, lime leaf, green apple, mandarin flower, plum blossom, honey and nutty notes. Great texture and weight on the palate, with good acid drive and a restrained skin contact character showing kumquat, kaffir lime and almond meal.
Municipal was established by Matt Froude a boutique winemaker, passionate about bringing you unique wines that offer a taste of place, time and variety. Matt was inspired to create Municipal Wines so you can experience elegant, varietal, food friendly wines that are lower in alcohol than your average Australian sledgehammer.
Matt has travelled far and wide to gain inspiration and expertise for his offering which is produced in the cool climate of Victoria’s Strathbogie Ranges. Matt likes to choose the best variety or varieties from a region or a unique established vineyard sometimes requiring rejuvenation after years of neglect.
Matt first started producing wines under the Municipal label in 2014 with his Whitegate Tempranillo and Shiraz. His plan is to bring the wines to the people not expect the people to come to the vines by opening an urban ("Municipal") winery and cellar door in Melbourne's Northern Suburbs.
MIKE BENNIE - THE WINE FRONT
From a small scale producer based out of Strathbogie Ranges. The vineyard is 30-or-so years old and at just shy of 500 metres above sea level. As I understand, this riesling sees some skin contact during fermentation. A producer to keep an eye on, when you do find the wines. This is straight up delicious drinking. Vibrant and fresh, cool and clean, licks of chalkiness and squeaky feel to texture, good length and a persistent, lemon-lime, mouth-watering finish. Perfume is more straight up florals and green apple, but the volume is turned up to room-filling. Nothing to not like here, it’s a complex, excellent expression.