July 19, 2009

Ladies Who Shoot Their Lunch from Plunkett Fowles

By Andrew Barrow In Wine Notes

ladies who shoot their lunch

I’m hoping Naked Wines is expecting further stocks; seldom do Australian wines get the excitement levels rising as these have. Currently three wines from the Blackwood Ridge are showing up on the Naked Wines wine search; they are good too but the ‘Ladies Who Shoot Their Lunch’ range is, for me, simply superb.

Created as a ‘home drinking’ range for the owners, who have a penchant for locally shot game, they are perfectly designed to accompany food. And the marvellous packaging matches the quality of the liquid inside the bottle. Annoyingly I’ve lost the original photos of the wines and have had to steal the image used here from the internet; just don’t tell on me!

The Strathbogie Range of hills, on which the Plunkett Fowels vineyards are planted, is classed as a cool climate area; helping the formation of tight tannins in the reds, again helping those food-matching aspects.

Red Wine Review/Tasting NoteWine Tasting Note: Plunkett Fowles Ladies Who Shoot Their Lunch Shiraz, 2006, Victoria, Australia

Price: £13.99 [More on Adegga / Snooth]
Great concentration and depth but also balanced with a lovely black fruit intensity on the finish. “not overly ripe, aiming for a more refined perfume and aromatics, allowing the flavours of the region to shine through”. Juicy, food-loving palate with hints of mint and underlying spice. Alcohol 14%.
Scribblings Rating – 94/100 [4.25 out of 5]

White Wine Review/Tasting NoteWine Tasting Note: Plunkett Fowles Ladies Who Shoot Their Lunch Wild Ferment Chardonnay, 2008, Victoria, Australia.

Stockist: Naked Wines Price: £13.99 [More: Adegga / Snooth]
Clean and fresh aroma, lovely textural quality to the palate. Not overly oaked. Again aromatics are important. A softness to the palate. A spicy note adds interest. Alcohol 13%.
Scribblings Rating – 90/100 [3.75 out of 5]

By an indirect route (did someone mention a Facebook reference?) Luise Fowles, Communications Manager of Plunkett Fowles has read this post and sent in the following images that show the bottles in all their glory.

ladies who shoot their lunch - bottle shots

  1. Dylan July 21, 2009

    Very interesting label and winemaker’s intent. It’s made for a very niche group, but that’s what gives this product its charm and definitive personality. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Andrew July 21, 2009

    The labelling certainly makes the wines very distinctive; while created for ‘game’ the wines will obviously suit other cuisine too; I can’t wait to buy a few bottles when they next become available in the UK.

  3. thewinesleuth July 22, 2009

    I’m glad you liked my choice :-)
    Well, to be fair, it was me and a bunch of Naked tasters who chose this wine way back in March at the Naked online wine auction (http://winesleuth.wordpress.com/2009/03/12/naked-wines-live-online-auction/). Really excellent stuff, if only they could all be this good.


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