Andrew Marks is one of the quiet achievers of the Yarra Valley. He works with Timo Mayer on his family’s Gembrook Hill range of wines, but sources grapes for his own The Wanderer label from vineyards throughout the Yarra Valley. He also does an excellent Carignan during his annual pilgimage to Catalunya. And in his spare time, makes and markets gin under The Melbourne Gin Company label.
This 2015 Syrah is a brand new release, with just 18 bottles collected by me from the winery on Thursday. Two bottles are going into my Singapore cellar leaving 16 for retail.
It’s missed this week’s airfreight so if ordered will be in Singapore in the second week of January.
It’s safe to say you won’t see this wine much outside of Australia.
I first met Andrew Hoadly from La Violetta wines in August, when he visited Singapore as part of a Great Southern wine event. I was immediate;y struck by his enthusiasm and almost rebellious approach to winemaking. As you know, Tiger Wines may well have the motto “no boring wines” and Andrew’s wines fit this to a t. It seems JancisRobinson.com agrees, with his wines that have been reviewed so far receiving glowing reviews. Following the event, Andrew and I sat together and talked, and it was agreed there and then that some of the La Violetta wines would make their way to Singapore.
“La Violetta began producing small quantities of wine at Denmark, on Western Australia’s south coast, in 2008. Grapes are sourced from a handful of trusted growers with exceptional vineyards, some amongst the oldest in the state. The idea is to keep production at a small scale so that each wine is personally hand-crafted. In 2010, La Violetta’s first release, 2008 La Ciornia, featured in Matthew Jukes’ Top 100 and Sarah Ahmed’s Top Five Australian Wines. The wines are not entered into shows due to the limited volumes produced.
The name ‘La Violetta’ derives from an old Peidmontese song celebrating intoxication. And the name ‘Ciornia’ (meaning ‘dark’ or ‘black’ in Russian) carries the 19th Century Romantic sense of being drawn by a fatalistic necessity to act decisively…ideally people will sing the song ‘Oci Ciornia’ when they are drinking it. Perhaps more significantly, in the local dialect, ciornia is a term for an attractive woman. A very attractive woman. It’s also a pretty bad pun on Cxrnas, that hotbed of potent shiraz-making on the Rhxne.”
Tiger Wines is delighted to introduce the La Violetta wines to Singapore. Please see the attachment for pricing and availability.
From ‘Oci Ciornia’ (Dark Eyes) by Hrebinka:
Oh, not for nothing are you darker than
I see mourning for my soul in you.
I see a triumphant flame in you: A poor
heart immolated in it.