by Daniel Kelada, Wine Writer, Texas Wine and Trail; Founding Director of the Texas Wine Journal
The Texas Wine Review is a column that aims to provide insight and reviews of Texas wines using a professional evaluation approach while encouraging the discovery and enjoyment of wines from across the State of Texas.
Producer: Hawk’s Shadow
Appellation: Texas High Plains
Other: Lost Draw Vineyard
Wine Type: Dry White
Varietal: Orange Muscat
Total Production: 147 cases
Residual Sugar: .06%
Brix at Harvest: N/A
Date of Review: 05/1/2014 Time: 12:50am Glassware: ISO
Quality of Style: 5 Drinkability: 4 DK 93/100
Visually the wine is clear, canary in color with a medium plus depth of color. The wine is alive in the glass with enhanced reflective qualities. The most prominent visual element is the viscosity; it is as if the wine is suspended in the glass – very elegant with a bouncy quality (a term I’ve never used to describe viscosity in wine but it seems to fit nicely with this wine).
The aromas are spring in a glass; there is wet stone minerality commingled with floral notes of lilies, gardenias and honey suckle. The fruit character showing through is more of a candied lemon drop. Overall the aromatics are intense, linger and are moderately complex.
On the palate the wine is dry, has lively acidity, generous alcohol, is medium bodied and is balanced. The mouth feel is the most enjoyable and exciting experience. It is a wine that doesn’t show any signs of malolactic fermentation but yet has a completely rounded, velvety mouth feel that is clean and not oily in the slightest bit. The counterbalance between the decadence of the viscosity is the zippy acidity and the slightly elevated alcohol level. The wine shows tropical citrus qualities up front (melon, starfruit, guava, orange blossom, apricot) and mineral qualities in the back (wet stone).
An excellent dry Muscat that has complex aromas and flavors. It is a sophisticated wine that has it’s own personality and unique characteristics – particularly the viscosity. The primary flavor profile consists of both tropical and mineral notes embraced by a firm acid and alcohol backbone.
Drink Now Through: 2018
Complete Evaluation (click here for .pdf attachment)
Daniel is a Executive Sommelier, Master Candidate and Senior Wine Instructor with the International Wine Guild and through the Guild teaches accredited wine certifications and seminars in Texas and around the country. He has a background in BioChemistry from the University of Texas at Austin and in 2008, he founded GUSTO Tastings, a wine education company with expertise in consulting and event curation. He is a founding partner in Vinovium Partners, a Texas négociant that specializes in premium wines on tap from Texas and abroad. Daniel is also the Tasting Director for the Texas Wine Journal, a subsidiary of the Texas Wine and Food Consortium.