Monday, April 11, 2016

Vinomofo Wine Review

Brought to you by Nuffnang and Vinomofo.

When I was asked to review a product from Vinomofo, I had no idea what it was about until Nuffnang told me that they would be sending me two bottles of wine. The name Vinomofo is a funny one, until I recalled "vino" means wine in Italian, and "mofo"....oh well, I was curious as to how the name came about. So I read the mile-long "About" page on the Vinomofo website which talks about how a bunch of wine geeks went a roller-coaster journey to build the most epic wine site in the  universe. Or was that planet? Anyway, you should check out some of the wines available on their website. They also have "secret deals" where the only way they can get their hands on them is by agreeing to keep the identity of the wine and the producer secret. Sounds good already! 

They also co-produce their own branded wines, labelled "Kinda Independent Wine Company" that isn't available elsewhere. I was fortunate to be able to try out the 2015 Clare Valley Fanny Lime Head Riesling, which by its very name speaks of tongue-in-cheek sophistication.  The fancy portrait-style mural of a label with the love letter written to Fanny Lime by Dick Lemonbottom, though cryptic and suggestive, insinuates that the wine itself is made with love and will pair well with spicy Asian food with its citrusy flavours and light limey fragrance.
This is wine of notable standard, given its source, and also of great value.  It is smooth and quaffable, with a refreshing hit on the palate, leaving one wanting more.  The initial sips of lightness build into a delicious and delightful finish, yet never overbearing nor too astringent in nature.  It is after all, juicily enchanting yet mysterious.

The Yarra Valley Bisou Bisou Blanc de Blancs Sparkling is similarly cheeky and playful with its interesting packaging, you can't help but read the fine print on the label (in all silliness!).

There is no doubt in the pedigree of this wine.  The description is as it says, fruity citrus lemon flavours, a hint or 2 of golden delicious apple, with a creamy zesty mouthfeel in its finish.  Another sip and the flavour builds once again, with the bubbles titillating the tongue with an element of spiciness.  And so it is true, one kiss of this sparkling is not enough to sate the palate.  Bisou bisou indeed!