Corymbia’s 2019 Chenin Blanc is here – as Mike Bennie says, look out!

“Corymbia Chenin will be The Next Big Thing,” proclaimed Mike Bennie of The Wine Front on tasting this newly arrived beauty from 2019.

Corymbia has wasted no time in staking its claim as one of Australia’s brightest rising stars. No surprise, really, given how accomplished Rob and Genevieve Mann are, and how devoted they’ve been to making this dream come true.

We’re all licking our lips for the second coming of their Margaret River Cabernet, but in the meantime these two Swan Valley wines are in fine form.

The release of the ’19 Chenin Blanc was almost perfectly timed to coincide with International Chenin Blanc Day back in June. The support around that event really showed how popular this variety is right now. If you weren’t already a convert, this 2019 will get you across the line!

In fact, James Halliday has just joined the chorus, calling it “long and pure” and lavishing it with 95 points in the latest edition of Halliday Magazine.

It stars alongside Rob and Gen’s follow-up to the red blend that landed them Wine of the Year from the West Australian Good Food Guide. A most handsome couple. (The Manns, and these wines!)

2019 Corymbia Chenin Blanc $32

It’s gently spiced with pepper and cinnamon quills. It’s floral with some fresh herbs, poached apple, bees wax and refreshing lemon barley water flavours. The palate is altogether racier, almost Riesling-like acidity keeping this long and pure with the right amount of phenolics adding that extra layer. 95 points.

James Halliday, Halliday Wine Companion

Corymbia Chenin will be The Next Big Thing. Precise and racy style, kept in check with limey acidity and chalky phenolic grip. Actually, so much grip, rivulets of talc-and-salt-like pucker and chew. Serious structure and finesse in tow. Lime, tonic water, mixed minerals. Whoosh. Belter of a wine. 93+ points.

Mike Bennie, The Wine Front November 2019

2018 Corymbia Tempranillo/Malbec/Cabernet $43

Highly perfumed, pretty almost floral scents, violets come to mind, whiffs of blueberry/mulberry, green olive, a touch of clove woody spice, sarsaparilla and anise. Just lovely. Medium weight, sinewy feel, succulent and beautiful, fine web of clove-licked tannins, great energy here, bright and lengthy, fine, tight finish here. Has a ‘serious’ feel but also deliciousness. 95 points.

Mike Bennie, The Wine Front November 2019

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