Caught up with this pair yesterday at the Liberty tasting. Strikingly labelled, they are interesting wines from Margaret River. LAS Vino (LAS standing for luck, art and science) is the label of Nic Peterkin, who has quite a few good wine genes. His father is Mike Peterkin of Pierro fame and his mother is Shelley Cullen, sister of Vanya. These are small production bottlings, and by the time they’ve got to the UK they are a bit expensive (c. £40), but they are really good. And fun. There are other wines in the range, but these were the only two Liberty were showing.
L.A.S. Vino Chardonnay 2013 Margaret River, Australia
From a 16 year old vineyard in Willyabrup, whole bunch pressed then natural ferment in French oak (30% new). Intense, spicy, mealt nose leads to a vivid, powerful palate showing keen citrus fruit with some toast and spice complexity. This has a lot of concentration, but it’s not at all heavy, managing to combine richness with freshness. An intense experience. Serious effort. 94/100
L.A.S Vino Portuguese Pirate Blend 2013 Margaret River, Australia
From 40 year old vines in the north of the region, this is a blend of Touriga Nacional, Tinta Cao and Sousao. The grapes were picked in two tranches, a couple of weeks apart. This is very fresh and supple with elegant red cherry and plum fruit, as well as vivid raspberry notes. There’s elegance here, and a lovely core of bright fruit. 94/100
UK agent: Liberty Wines
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