Friday, April 17, 2015

d'Arenberg Darry's Original Shiraz Grenache 2012

I've been really liking these new d'Arenberg releases and this has to be my fav thus far. I'm yet to taste the High Trellis Cabernet so things could still change.

A mouthful of deliciousness, food matches of paella, pizza and salami spring to mind. To be able to find it around the traps for $15 is a crazy deal and one worth taking advantage of.

Foot trodden and basket pressed as are all d'Arenberg Reds, this 50/50 blend spent 12-21 months in old French and American oak. Think leather, chocolate, blue fruits, and plums. It's generous and soft with a spice kick. Fruit, oak and acid are all in balance. Medium bodied, the fruit sings here.

I reckon I could sink a bottle real easy.

Very good.

Region: McLaren Vale
RRP: $18
Source: Sample

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Windowrie The Mill Cabernet Merlot 2013

This was a nice little surprise packet.

In my failed quest to find the percentages in the blend, I did spy on the website that a dozen can be purchased currently for $150 which makes this a steal.

What you see is what you get here. Dry tea leaves, black fruit, capsicum, and earthiness. The fruit sits bang in the middle of the palate and is a no brainer for spag bol and pizza. A long finish which is super smooth. A bargain.

Good+

Region: Hilltops
RRP: $18
Source: Sample

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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Bimbadgen Estate Shiraz 2013


I really like the style of this wine. Medium bodied, this is delicious and made me feel all comfy on the inside.

Raspberries and plums with a scattering of dried savoury herbs and a lick of dusty road. This is soft and delicate juice which moves to a generous length where some cherries hover and complete a great example of what Hunter Shiraz can deliver. I'd have no hesitation buying a bottle of this.

Medium term cellaring.

Very good.

Region: Hunter Valley
RRP: $28
Source: Sample

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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Thomas Wines Synergy Shiraz 2013

Brighter than the Two of a Kind, it was interesting comparing the two wines. The former carried some more density, the McLaren Vale component making it more robust whilst this just sits nicely. Medium bodied, the fruit sweetness grabbed me immediately.

Coming from a selection of older barrels, this throws up plump dark fruit and is smooth in its delivery. Hunter spice not making too much noise whilst the acid is almost crunchy like.

I preferred this to the Two of a Kind considering price point.

It sneaks into very good territory. I'd be happy to kick back with a glass no worries.

Region: Hunter Valley
RRP: $24
Source: Sample

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Eileen Hardy Pinot Noir 2013

To say I was deflated after tasting this would be an understatement. You'd expect a level or organism factor from a $95 wine, but what I had here was something lacking polish.

Twiggy, dark cherry and some smoke, the fruit carries some minerality, good depth and a chalky/powdery tannin finish. It just came across clunky and disjointed without the super supple mouthfeel I was looking for.

You don't want pizza wine for that dough but sadly that's what I had.

Region: Tasmania
RRP: $95
Source: Sample

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Monday, April 13, 2015

Thomas Wines Two of a Kind Shiraz 2013

A blend of two regions here with Hunter Valley Shiraz (58%) making the main play ahead of McLaren Vale. This is a change from 2012 where the McLaren Vale component pulled the weight (62%) due to a challenging vintage in the Hunter.

Dark fruits step up here with the McLaren Vale component ensuring it gets noticed. The depth adding some kick to the already medium bodied Hunter Valley Shiraz. Earthy, soft pepper chimes in late leading to a drying finish. The fruit rolls off sooner than I had hoped. This has barbeque steak written all over it, though I prefer others in the range.

Good.

Region: Hunter Valley
RRP: $24
Source: Sample

www.thomaswines.com.au

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Twisted Gum Verdelho Semillon Chardonnay 2013

A good bbq wine but $25 is a hefty price to pay for such.

Fresh, some textural interest sits amongst tropical fruit aromas and a lemony zip. Pineapple and guava flavours chip away. An above average length sits nicely after a crisp finish.

Drink in the short term.

Good.

Region: Granite Belt
RRP: $25
Source: Sample

www.twistedgum.com.au

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Saturday, April 11, 2015

Le Cirque Wine Co. Whiz Bang Shiraz 2014

This has got some whiz but no bang. Cool as label though.

Concentrated blood plum and black fruit. Clove, nutmeg and some reddish earth.

Juicy fruit is delivered but that juicy character subsides and dries out just a bit too much than I'd prefer. Alas,  a ballsy style which finishes smooth with a full, drying length.

Have in the medium term but I reckon your steak will thank you more now than later.

Good.

Region: Barossa
RRP: $16
Source: Sample

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Patina Reserve Chardonnay 2010

I really wish the delicious butterscotch flavours on the finish would washed through and be more mouth filling.

Quite a watery front and mid palate but what sticks at the back is quite smart. For a five year old it just doesn't stack up but gee I was hoping it would. Classic old school Chardonnay aromas tease but the lack of follow through is the let down. Food would help things along. Some roast chicken me thinks.

Region: Orange
RRP: $45
Source: Sample

www.patinawines.com.au

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Twisted Gum Pink Moscato 2014

Slip in a straw and off you go.

A very easy drinking wine made for pure enjoyment. Only 3.5 drinks (6%) in the bottle.

Flavours of musk sticks, rose water and Turkish delight are the key players.

Sure there is some sugar but there were no complaints when this was shared with friends. In fact it was gone in no time. A pleasant change from the norm I must say.

Made for immediate enjoyment.

Good stuff.

Region: Granite Belt
RRP: $25
Source: Sample

www.twistedgum.com.au

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