THOUSAND CANDLES – 2017 RELEASE GATHERING FIELDS

Gathering Fields Sauvignon Blanc 2017
by Thousand Candles
$30 each $300 per case
Last year Stu tried putting out a Sauvignon Blanc with a bit of a difference, a bit of Springtime freshness and appeal. This year we’ve been given a Wintery version…
The sort of wine that someone who enjoys double IPA would like

Textural minerality, I actually heard someone in the crowd mention “slippery” as a character and yes, this wine it has an almost glycerol characteristic adding to the mouthfeel. Still fresh with green leafy notes but barrel fermentation has worked its magic and left a balancing palate weight. If you like the grape variety but are after something new and interesting, try this alongside the roast chicken and it won’t disappoint.

 

Gathering Fields Pinot Noir 2017
by Thousand Candles
$35 each $360 per case

Ethereal palate with elevated aromas of dark cherry, mulberry and florals. Elegant juicy red and purple fruit flavours, plenty of fine tannins over an otherwise supple palate. Later on there’s a refreshing kick to the mouthfeel and balancing chewiness on the finish. A surprising amount of palate weight for a 2017, I have to admit I was expecting a thinner mouthfeel.

 

Gathering Fields Shiraz 2017
by Thousand Candles
$35 each $360 per case

It has the typical 2017 vintage uplifted fruit and spice nose. This time plums and black pepper with underlying raspberry. Soft and well-rounded almost creamy textured palate. Once again, much like the pinot a burst of juice flavour on the finish which adds enjoyment and food matching ability and should fetch this wine a few extra points from judges.

 

Gathering Fields Red Blend 2017
by Thousand Candles
$35 each $360 per case

First of all congratulations Stu for having the tenacity and ability to make a delicious Bordeaux blend when many others won’t even try. All the elegance of a nice St Emilion too. From a high-density planted vineyard which is giving an extra depth and balance to the palate. A mixed bag of aromas here from plum and figs to blackcurrant and all-spice. It’s still fresh two days later, which is a very strong sign. A soft well-rounded structure which you would expect from this style with a medium intensity and long finish that seems to come at you in waves and I suspect that the mid-palate and length will become even more balanced given another 6 months in the bottle.