2015 Eldorado Road Quasimodo Nero d'Avola Shiraz Durif
Combining Nero d'Avola from Glenrowan, Shiraz from Eldorado (not far from Beechworth) and Durif from Rutherglen, this is one wonderfully odd NE Victorian wine.
Yet for all it's oddity, this is one hugely impressive release. Made by the seriously capable Paul 'Bear' Dahlenburg (Baileys Glenrowan Winemaker) and partner Lauretta Schulz (Brown Brothers) it's a masterful, medium weight, delicious drink.
What's most attractive about this red is the authenticity. A small producer, making a meager amount of a very distinctive red, at a more than fair price.
A 41/37/22% blend matured n French oak. It has excellent hue, depth and clarity, one of those wines giving you a 'come-on' signal before you've had a chance to even smell it. It combines insouciant elegance with intensity, its balance already set in stone. You can tuck this under your arm and walk into any Italian BYO restaurant and walk out very happy. Bravo. 95 points - James Halliday's Wine Companion
Deep, dark red/purple colour with a sweetly floral, perfumed, complex yet fresh and fruit-driven bouquet. There are raspberry, rose, red cherry and even some violet nuances. In the mouth, it’s intense and finely-focused, taut and long, with excellent balance and high-quality. A nice touch of juiciness. A very attractive wine that drinks well already. 92 points - Huon Hooke
It’s moderately light in colour but it’s immaculate from every angle. To smell, to taste, to feel as it slips along your tongue, and of course to savour. It’s berried and earthen, spicy and floral, with rust and leather-like nuances threaded into the bright, juicy fruit. There’s a gentle creaminess to the mouthfeel but it boasts a tanginess too. Indeed for straight-out drinkability it takes some beating but there’s more than enough here worthy of contemplation. I reckon it’s quite a ripper. 93 points - Campbell Mattinson
How’s it taste?
This wine will further reward with careful cellaring.
Who made it?
Eldorado is located in the Beechworth foothills equidistant between Beechworth and Wangaratta. The tiny home vineyards are located on Eldorado Road and only several kilometres from the quaint hamlet of Eldorado. The property was selected and purchased principally because it is located on a seam of free draining red decomposed granite loaded with granite buckshot, flanked by granite hills and fed by the gentle flowing Reedy Creek which weaves its way through the property on its journey to the Ovens River. Paul Dahlenburg (Bear) and Lauretta Schulz (Laurie) have been growing grapes and making wines for others. Eldorado Road is their opportunity to pursue their dream of making wine and building a home for their wine that truly reflects their personalities and showcases the potential of their site. Eldorado Road is truly a family project consuming their lives, robbing Paul and Lauretta of their weekends which are now dedicated to making wines, developing vineyards and restoring the old block; work which is often demanding but truly rewarding.
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As a wine buyer, the first question people ask me is, ‘What’s your to favourite wine?’ Not a difficult question, right? Well, it’s not always that simple, as it depends on so many different factors such as; the occasion, the weather, or the food I’m eating. So, if you’re having trouble finding the right wine today, never fear, it happens to all of us! And to help make things easier, I have selected some of my personal favourites.