Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Bimbadgen Estate Viognier 2014

This tosses up some good palate weight and texture rolling through to a soft length which just lurks around nicely.

Apricot juice and yellow peach flesh scoot around. A portion of the wine sat in one and two year old French oak hence a vanilla touch.

Partner with food such as chicken or crab (or pork as the label suggests).

Enjoyable but not excitable. I'd share a glass with a meal.

Region: Hunter Valley
RRP: $24

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Bimbadgen Estate Vermentino 2014

Crisp describes this wine best. A very handy debut Vermentino from Bimbadgen and the first release with new winemaker Rauri Donkin at the helm.

An easy drinking wine which is dominated by apple and pear aromas with a hint of citrus flower. There's some textural interest, a result of some solids fermented in oak.

Chill this down and sip away happily on a stinking hot day with seafood.

I'd buy it, if it were a little cheaper. $24 is a little bit of a stretch. The members at Bimbadgen pay around $19...that's more like it.

Region: Hunter Valley
RRP: $24

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Sunday, July 27, 2014

Rosemount Estate MV Collection Shiraz 2012

I reckon I could have done a forward somersault with pike right into this.

Beautiful bright cherry appearance in the glass. A big whiff reveals berry basket aromas which are very enticing.

Cherries supreme with a wash of plump black fruit. There's some fruit sweetness evident. A medium bodied Shiraz which is all aromatics and fruit.


Region: McLaren Vale
RRP: $25

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Yalumba Patchwork Shiraz 2012

Rich and deep and I loved it!

Overflowing with chocolaty goodness, plums, blue and black fruits and a lick of spice. Savoury herbs and soft oak integration add value too. This is classic cold night in front of the fire sort of stuff. A super fine, long and moreish length warms your insides deluxe.

Medium term cellaring, but why wait? Great value for around $20. I even spotted this advertised recently for 15 bucks. In a word, bargain!


Region: Barossa Valley
RRP: $19

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Punt Road Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

I really enjoyed this wine. It ticks all the varietal boxes with ease and delivers some elegance. And most importantly, it's a very enjoyable drop.

Blackberry jam, some green capsicum and mint. The wine hits its straps the second day it was open. Lip smacking fruit which was oh so soft. A hint of chocolate swept through beautifully and rolled onto a delectable finish.

I'm very much enjoying Yarra Valley Cabernet at present, and this exemplifies that.

Very good indeed. Would I buy it? Absolutely!

Region: Yarra Valley
RRP: $29

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Robert Channon Reserve Merlot 2007

An interesting wine this more so for what is happening around it.

This is the current release Merlot for Robert Channon which is a little puzzling. For a small operation he either had heaps of it and it's moving slowly or he prefers to release these wines with decent age behind them. I'm unable to answer both questions at this stage.

The wines at Robert Channon are contract made. This wine was made by Mark Ravenscroft at the time, a talented winemaker who is now having great success with his own label. Mark still contracts for some wineries in the region but no longer Robert Channon.

Grown on the 19 acre vineyard on the west side of Stanthorpe, you'll find saddle leather, deep plums and an underlying earthy tone. Medium to full bodied, this is a good drop particularly when the asking price is only $22.50.

Drink within the next couple of years.

Region: Granite Belt
RRP: $22.50

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Shottesbrooke Estate Series Shiraz 2012

A good wine but nothing here that got my juices rushing uncontrollably.

Plummy, some bark, red and black fruits being the key players. Medium bodied but a little lighter than expected in that realm. Respectable length.

More punch and drive from the fruit would have me enjoying this a bit more. That said, it's easy enough to sip away at.

Region: McLaren Vale
RRP: $20

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Monday, July 21, 2014

Ridgemill Estate Pinot G 2014

Creative labelling here. Many punters couldn't care less about the difference between Pinot Gris or Pinot this is just called it Pinot G.

For the record, it's definitely a Pinot Gris style of wine. Being Ridgemill's first Pinot G, the fruit was sourced from reputable Granite Belt grower and producer Robert Channon.

An ever so slight bronze appearance in the glass, the wine oozes floral aromas and is highlighted by white flowers, some citrusy characters, canned pears and a textural mouthfeel. Flavours linger on the front and mid palate.

I threw this around the room and there was much heading nodding for its easy drinking appeal.

Region: Granite Belt
RRP: $22

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Saturday, July 19, 2014

Schild Estate Barossa Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

I really liked this wine. It grew on me over the couple of days I had it open.

Tasted blind in a line up of five 2012 Cabernets, I initially placed this as my second preferred, but after some time open it skipped up into equal top pick.

The depth and alluring fruit were the highlights for me. Earthy with some red fruits, throw in a pinch of savoury herbs and a whiff of old wallet leather and there you go.

Fruit and acid were balanced well and the finish was long. Deliciously long. So much so I had to lick the glass out. You probably will too.

Very good and a cracking deal for twenty bucks!

Region: Barossa Valley
RRP: $20

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Shottesbrooke Estate Series Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

I'm coming to know the Estate Series range of wines from Shottesbrooke as bloody good drinking wines which deliver very well for the price point.

This Cabernet hits all the right notes. Varietal characters highlighted by juicy dark plums and blackcurrants. There's even a dash of Ribena like fruit. Although super dark in the glass it's not too dense with a little fruit sweetness and grippy tannins to finish.

For twenty bucks, very good! Readily available.

Region: McLaren Vale
RRP: $20

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