Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Ten Minutes By Tractor McCutcheon Pinot Noir 2012

I dig the masculinity of this wine.

Very savoury with depth. Plums, red fruits, dark cherry and earthiness define this wine. It just has a swagger as it moves about which I find appealing. The fruit is a little tight but generous giving out some cured meat type characters. Damn this is a great drop and a pleasure to drink.

Time will certainly be its friend for at least a decade.

Excellent.

Region: Mornington Peninsula
RRP: $75
Source: Sample

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Monday, February 23, 2015

Ten Minutes By Tractor 10X Pinot Noir 2013

This is Ten Minutes By Tractor's entry level Pinot.

Generous lashings of cherries and strawberries with some kicked up undergrowth. The fruit has some clout which brings dark plum like characters with it too. Little tannin impact to speak of but the lingering spice has a zing type effect and finishes with a smart savoury edge.

Lots to like here and money well spent.

Very good.

Region: Mornington Peninsula
RRP: $32
Source: Sample

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Saturday, February 21, 2015

Ten Minutes By Tractor McCutcheon Chardonnay 2012

I love the power and drive of this wine. It's like a tomboy in a burlesque show.
Unmistakable citrusy fruit and a flash of stone fruit perfume.
The fruit and oak are harmonious. Just a delightful drink.
Stone fruit washes back through leaving a long a moreish finish.

Excellent.

Region: Mornington Peninsula
RRP: $65
Source: Sample

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Levantine Hill Pinot Noir 2013

Loaded with berries in the form of strawberries and raspberries with sour cherries tossed in for good measure.

Quite fragrant but the red fruits dominate here. Elegantly poised, some earthiness adds stability as does a warmth in the form of a spice tickle to liven things up. French oak is integrated beautifully and appears late on a super smooth length.

Tasted with six other Pinots, this was on the lighter side, yet its point of difference was the sheer elegance.

Cellar up to ten years.

Very good.

Region: Yarra Valley
RRP: $80
Source: Sample

www.levantinehill.com.au

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Chemin Pinot Noir 2013

The Chemin label of wines represent an alternative path for Punt Road. This wine is 100% whole bunch pressed and I must admit I am a big fan of the savoury character that whole bunches bring to a Pinot such as this.

Light and bright in the glass with a funky nose. It's musty, composty and seductively savoury. Finger licking spice powers on and on. The fruit hits the palate with a thunk as you get sucked in to this moreish wine. Bright acid holds firm but it's those savoury characters which make me want to go back again and again.

Very good.

Region: Yarra Valley
RRP: $36
Source: Sample

www.puntroadwines.com.au

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Friday, February 20, 2015

Levantine Hill Sauvignon Blanc Semillon 2013

An interesting wine with good texture and a captivating acidity which jumps out of the blocks and rides the wave all the way through to a long finish.

A blend of Sauvignon Blanc (66%) and Semillon (34%), the fruit was hand picked before barrel fermentation took place in new and old French oak for two months.

Delicious in its delivery, think green melon, guava and lychees. A subtle greeny character also comes in the form of snow pea and morning dew on the lawn. Although it was barrel fermented, it is still quite light. A most enjoyable wine.

Very good.

Region: Yarra Valley
RRP: $35
Source: Sample

www.levantinehill.com.au

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Thursday, February 19, 2015

Q Waitaki Valley Pinot Noir 2012

I received this sample from Jules at Q Wines in New Zealand. As much as I'd like to think my Qwine name is starting to gain some global dominance, I don't have any affiliation with this winery.

The fruit comes from the Waitaki Valley which is on the boundary of North Otago and Canterbury. A single vineyard wine, it is hand picked and sustainable viticulture practices as used.

Of the seven Pinots I tasted in a line up, this one was the most masculine of the lot yet it exudes a sexy alluring component.

Dark cherries, plums and black pepper aromas get things going. The flavours are generous, flowing through and drive well into a long finish. Some blueberry fruit peeks through at the death and a delicious savoury component sweeps through late. An impressive wine I must say.

And to be a law breaker, I reckon this would handle a nice piece of Wagyu and break the duck and Pinot rule.

Cellar for the medium term.

Excellent.

Region: Waitaki Valley
RRP: $52
Source: Sample

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Brookland Valley Verse 1 Cabernet Merlot 2013

Casks are seen as a cheap drink and not up to scratch in the eyes of some, and then this Magnum range from Accolade bobs up and puts this theory to rest.

All wines are bottle quality - you can try and compare them for yourself. The bottled gear will be on the shelf in the same establishment you can buy this cask. But what you get here is the convenience of the go anywhere package - and twice the volume.

Good stuff this. Really good in fact. Blackberry and dark plum fruits smother the mouth. There's a nudge of bay leaf too, that little savoury edge that the Margaret River region has over its rivals. But in all, it's just juicy and tasty wine. A decent length too makes this a great option to take to a barbeque, picnic, camping with the bonus of having 1.5L under your wing compared to the standard 750mL of a bottle.

A drink now type wine - please don't age a cask! The added bonus is that this will last a couple of month after being opened; certainly not the case with a wine in bottle.

Good wine and a bargain for what you get.

Region: Margaret River
RRP: $23

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Brookland Valley Verse 1 Semillon Sauvignon Blanc 2014

This offers good refreshment.

All the usual characteristics which Sauvignon Blanc toss up are present here. I do like the snow pea character which reminds me of a salad I do with that and mango during summer. This would sit well alongside it, that's for sure. A nice wash of citrus sweeps through too.

A clean and crisp easy drinking wine which has warm days and sunshine written all over it.

Good.

Region: Margaret River
RRP: $23

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Bird Dog Sauvignon Blanc Semillon 2013

This is a very likeable quaffer and it is easy to see how it is the best seller in the Bird Dog range. Often priced below the $15 RRP, it carries a summer time picnic feel.

Not complicated, it doesn't show usual varietal traits. A fruit forward style, but you can't miss a good whiff of oxidised Apple, but be rest assured this wine is not oxidised.

Crisp with some texture, it is a good wine for those looking for something under $15 that makes it pleasurable drinking.

Good.

Region: Granite Belt
RRP: $15
Source: Sample
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