Onannon is the venture of Sam Middleton, Kaspar Hermann and Will Byron, who donated the last two or three letters of their surnames to come up with Onannon. They have many things in common, not the least working vintages at Coldstream Hills, Will for six years, Sam for two (before ultimately returning to the familys winery, Mount Mary) and Kaspar for one. Since then they have bounced between vintages in Burgundy and Australia. Strictly speaking, I should disqualify myself from making any comment about them or their wine, but you would have to go a long way to find three more open-hearted and utterly committed winemakers; the world is their oyster, their ambitions unlimited.
A lot of pepper, spice and stalk here, in with juicy cherry, rosehip and smoke. Medium bodied, very spicy capsicum and stalky stuff, but encapsulated in a core of juicy and glossy red fruits, tangy acidity, light graphite brush of tannin, and a pretty long, sappy red fruited finish. It’s a wine of individual personality, for sure. Tasted: Jul 19; Alcohol: 13.5%; Price: $40; Closure: Screwcap; Drink: 2019-2024; Rated: 93 Points; Gary Walsh; The Wine Front
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