Sunday, August 30, 2015

Cooks Lot #333 Riesling 2015

The 2014 was an absolute belter and this is just a fraction behind I feel.

There's more fruit here and less of the slate and minerality this time. But hey, this is still a damn fine drop.

White flowers, Granny Smith apple peel and lemon zest dominate this delicious and fresh Riesling. The citrus appeal drives all the way through leading a crisp finish.

Up four dollars from last year but still worth every cent.

Very good +

Region: Orange
RRP: $22
Source: Sample

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Friday, August 28, 2015

Turkey Flat Butchers Block White 2014

A Rhone style blend of Marsanne, Viognier and Roussanne (49/35/16).

The longer this was open the more I enjoyed it. There's plenty of weight and textural appeal courtesy of the Marsanne component which sat in French oak for six months on lees. The remainder was all tank fermented.

Apricot and peach skin, lemon curd and honeyed characters. A dash of spice and defining acidity round this off well.  The finish lingers large. Rich with generosity, a smart wine this and worth the coin.

Very good.

Region: Barossa
RRP: $22.50
Source: Sample

www.turkeyflat.com.au

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Thursday, August 27, 2015

Angove Long Row Shiraz 2014

Riverland and McLaren Vale fruit was used here to deliver an easy drinking wine.

Softish plummy fruit, dark chocolatey oak, black pepper with a wash of spice to finish. It just has a slurp factor to it.

A tidy medium bodied wine made to drink now. And for ten bucks, there's not too much to be unhappy about. A bargain for sure.

Good+

Region: Riverland and McLaren Vale
RRP: $10
Source: Sample

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Angove Long Row Merlot 2014

Raspberry aromas wrapped in plummy fruit.  Some chunky oak and an unpleasant alcohol warmth (14.5%) which I suspect is using much of the 1.5% allowance.

Not a wine for me. Spend the same money on the Shiraz.

Region: Riverland
RRP: $10
Source: Sample

www.angove.com.au

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Angove Long Row Sauvignon Blanc 2015

Here's another reason why Aussies should drink more of their own Sauv Blanc rather than those form across the ditch.

A ripping deal for under $10, I really like the freshness and the fruit this carries.

Honeydew melon, green pineapple husk, passion fruit, apple and cut grass.

Clean and crisp to finish, a well placed wine and great buying. A bargain.

Good+

Region: Riverland
RRP: $10
Source: Sample

www.angove.com.au

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Angove Long Row Chardonnay Pinot Noir NV

Quite golden in appearance, the 70% Chardonnay contributing to this no doubt.

For a ten dollar fizz this is pretty good. An easy drinking style, it's not too dry. Tinned apple and pear fruit linger long enough. Some toasty bits too. A dab of freeze dried strawberries to finish.

Sure there's not layers of complexity to it but for the money it would be hard to beat. And many a fizz in that bracket can cause harm. Not this.

Looking for a budget fizz? You'd be happy here.

Good.

Region: Riverland
RRP: $10
Source: Sample

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Angove Long Row Pinot Grigio 2015

A whiff of stewed apple though not too aromatic.

Apple and pear make an appearance on the palate. There's a warmth to this which rubbed me the wrong way. Crisp to finish but nothing to excite me here.

I'd prefer others.

Region: Riverland
RRP: $10
Source: Sample

www.angove.com.au

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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Lindeman's Limestone Ridge Shiraz Cabernet 2013

Rich and dark juicy fruit, spice and fine grained tannins sum this up.

Dig a little deeper and you get lots of cherry ripe type action. That dark chocolate and those dense dark fruits get jiggy with it.

Soft and generous, the finish is fine and moreish. Well weighted too giving you something to ponder.

Give it a good decant now and it will reward. Time in a dark place will reward further more.

A long term cellaring option for sure.

Very good.

Region: Coonawarra
RRP: $60
Source: Sample

www.lindemans.com

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Houghton Crofters Shiraz 2013

My initial thoughts on this weren't great. A bit of a bullish type kid. Rough around the edges. Abrasive is probably a better word.

A day on it opened up and seemed more inviting. Blue fruit and some violet type aromas stepped up. Spice is tempered as is the oak, but there was still a roughish finish. But hey, for $19 you could do worse. Much worse. Mind you, I'd spend the same money on its stablemate The Bandit in a heart beat.

Cellar up to eight years.

Good+

Region: Frankland River
RRP: $19
Source: Sample

www.houghton-wines.com.au

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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Brash Higgins Shiraz 2013

There's something about Brad Hickey's wines which make me feel comfortable. There's a homeliness about them. Maybe it's the simple yet charming labels. Perhaps the big weighty bottles. Or just the generosity of what is in the bottle. I dunno, but gee I like 'em.

Buckets of fruit and some fruit sweetness here. Forget protein shakes, you could use this as a meal replacement. Generous indeed.

Blackberry, plums, tar, turned black soil, and a heap of smooth fruit. And then there's a grind of some savoury spices. And there's more. Oak char and milk chocolate with a dusty/powdery type tannin which finishes dry. Puckering and moreish. It's whispering at me to top up the glass. Oh, ok.

295 dozen produced.

Medium term cellaring but good to go now.

Very good.

Region: McLaren Vale
RRP: $37
Source: Sample

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