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Coco di Mama 2016 Terre Siciliane Grillo and Syrah

16 April,2018

‘Coco di Mama’ is a Sicilian wine project of Tamra Kelly-Washington former head winemaker of Yealands Family Estates. Following taking maternity leave after the 2015 vintage, she elected to get involved with a number of independent wine activities, including Lubrication Wines, a boutique fine wine distribution business, as well as winemaking. Coco di Mama takes her back to her early winemaking days in Sicily, and she made a Grillo white and Syrah red, both organic wines, which are now available on the New Zealand market. Tamra’s daughter is named ‘Coco’ so there is an extra connection with this label. Here, I review these two wines, which are distributed by Mineral. www.lubricationwines.com www.mineralwine.co.nz

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Coco di Mama Terre Siciliane Organic Grillo 2016

Other White from Italy – Other

17.5/20

Bright yellow colour with ligjht golden hues, a little lighter on the edge. The nose has good presence and is fresh in expression with aromatic tropical and yellow stonefruits entwined with subtle nutty and waxy elements and nuances of fresh herbs. Dry to taste and medium-bodied, the palate has up-front, penetrating and vigorous fruit flavours of tropical fruits, yellow stonefruits along with subtle waxy and nutty elements. The fruit is mouthfilling and underlined by light phenolic textures, with fresh, lacy acidity providing good brightness and energy. The wine carries to a lingering finish of tropical fruit and stonefruit. This is an up-front, bright and vigorous dry Grillo with tropical and yellow stonefruit flavours along with nutty and waxy notes on a light-textured, refreshing palate. Match with Middle Eastern and Asian fare over the next 2 years. 100% Grillo fruit, hand-picked and fermented in stainless-steel to 13.0% alc. Certified organic. 17.5/20 Apr 2018 RRP $25.00

Coco di Mama Terre Siciliane Organic Syrah 2016

Syrah from Italy – Other

16.5/20

Dark, deep, ruby-red colour with slight purple hues on the rim. The nose is elegant and softly packed with gently interwoven aromas of ripe, dark-red and black berried fruit along with subtle notes of black pepper, and some funky game and earthy elements. Medium-full bodied, the palate is fine in presentation with rich and sweet fruit flavours of spicy, ripe blackberries along with plummy notes, and a layering of funky game and earth. The fruit sweetness is balanced by grainy tannin structure and grip which lends plenty of mouthfeel, with fresh underlying acidity providing energy and linearity. The wine carries to a light, savoury finish. This is a rich and sweet fruited Syrah with blackberry and plum fruit with a layering of funky game, on a well-structured, but fresh palate. Serve with barbecued and grilled game meat dishes over the next 3+ years. 100% Syrah, hand-picked, destemmed and fermented to 13.5% alc. Certified organic. 16.5/20 Apr 2018 RRP $25.00

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