Wednesday, September 17, 2014

de iuliis Shiraz Touriga 2013

Claimed to be the first blend of its type in the Hunter Valley, the fruit comes from the family's Lovedale Road vineyard where 1.5 acres was planted. After a little research, this was based on the variety's ability to withstand the heat of a warm vintage. Winemaker Mike de Iuliis convinced his father to plant some Touriga in the family vineyard based on a mate's success with the variety, so it hit the dirt in 2008.

I wasn't sure what to expect with this admittedly but I felt I was smacked by a left hook as it hit the nostrils. Wow!

This is subtle but powerful. Feminine yet get the picture.

Touriga Nacional is traditionally used in fortifieds and contributes 15% to this blend. This is the second vintage the fruit has been used, and by all accounts, it's been 100% success thus far.

Fractionally on the lighter side of medium bodied, the fruit sits gracefully. Attractive florals of purple flowers and violets, raspberries and blueberries plus some cracked black pepper. The Touriga really adds to the aromatics of the wine. Some typical Hunter earthiness kicks up too via the Shiraz. Length? Is long and delicious!

Mike suggests this will be rocking after five years in the cellar. I haven't got time for that. It's SOOO good now. Good acid will soften furthermore however.

Cellar Door only.


Region: Hunter Valley
RRP: $40

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Monday, September 15, 2014

d'Arenberg The Ironstone Pressings GSM 2010

This is an outstanding GSM release. So soft and delicate.

The fruit here is just humming and each element of the blend stands up and does its bit. I tasted this in a line up of several wines, but I kept coming back here for more. Before long, there was a fair bit missing from the bottle. It's just warming and comforting stuff.

A blend of 70/25/5 respectively, the wine is beautifully balanced and poised. Slick with great fruit, there's some earth, spice, a dash of dried herbs and a lick of sweetness. The happiness lasts forever with a long and lingering finish.

At least two decades ahead of it, GSM freaks will be in heaven. I was!


Region: McLaren Vale
RRP: $65

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Sunday, September 14, 2014

Yelland & Papps Vermentino 2014

Hello summertime!

One whiff of this and I just wanted to go outside. It's so fresh and rearing to go.

Glace pineapple, pear skin, a smidge of honey and citrus blossom aromas skip around. As it warms in the glass, citrus fruits become more apparent. And just like the 2013, there is a lemony zip on the finish. The acid here though is much tighter, green apple like.

I couldn't have too much of this on its own, but I could certainly give it is touch up with some fresh seafood. The sweetness of some scampi perhaps, but I wouldn't say no to prawns.


Region: Barossa
RRP: $22

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Saturday, September 13, 2014

Knappstein Insider Riesling 2013

Take a whiff and you could be excused for thinking this a Pinot Gris not Riesling. There's a distinct waft of pear which comes with the PG territory. Hang around a little longer and the usual Riesling citrus appeal swings into action.

The thing I love about this wine is the yin and yang thing. It appears to dry out only for the 9g/L of residual sugar to blast in at the death.

The palate is built up nicely with good weight courtesy of 48 hour skin contact during ferment. But hello, that sexy textural thing which asks so many questions, only deserves the respect of another sip.

This Insider range deliberately side steps the norm and this Riesling sits perfectly beside its Shiraz Malbec sibling. Don't expect fresh and zesty Riesling here, just get ready to indulge in something with massive guzzle factor.

Lots to love. Very good.

Region: Clare Valley
RRP: $27

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Friday, September 12, 2014

Dandelion Wonderland of the Eden Valley Riesling 2013

This is the type of Riesling which you will leap for or turn away.

Bone dry with a heap of minerality and river stone action going on. Behind that lurks some pithy citrus, namely lemons and limes. There's a chalky character in the mix too.

Good depth and weight. The ability to age it is not out of reach.

 I dig it, as I pour another glass.

Readily available. A quick Google search suggests you can pick it up for around 20 bucks. Nice!


Region: Eden Valley
RRP: $27.50

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Thursday, September 11, 2014

De iuliis Semillon 2014

Send Semillon haters this way.

This is young Semillon at its best and is absolutely awesome! What's more, it's easy on the hip pocket too.

There's been much talk about the Hunter Valley's 2014 wines as ones to watch. Case in point here.

Bursting with green apples and citrusy goodness, this is a wine you can easily get stuck into.

Fresh, lively and zesty with some crunch, the fruit is balanced very well.

Seafood & sunshine + this = happy times. Hunt it down, you won't regret it.


Region: Hunter Valley
RRP: $18

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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Willow Bridge Dragonfly Sauvignon Blanc Semillon 2014

Quite expressive aromas of grapefruit and passionfruit. Add to this some grassy and a morning dew lift.

Green and light on the palate, the fresh fruity flavours walk hand in hand with tight acidity.

Wash down your fish and chips with this or sip in the spring time sun with friends.

This style of wine is not for me, but for what it is, this is a very good blend and priced well too.

Drink now.

Region: Geographe, Western Australia
RRP: $18

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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Bimbadgen MCA Series XIV Fumé Blanc 2014

The MCA Series is a partnership between Bimbadgen and the Museum of Contemporary Art.

The Sauvignon Blanc for this wine comes from Orange. Half of it spent five months in new and old French Oak, hence why it is called Fumé Blanc - giving a hint of oak character.

This is more melons and passionfruit than the grassy acidic cat's piss that Sauv Blanc can be.

Fresh with a liveliness but the tempo is settled by the ever so subtle oak. It just feels and tastes good - and I don't generally like Sauv Blanc - but I like this. Lots. Guzzle juice.

Find it. Very good.

Region: Hunter Valley
RRP: $29

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Sunday, September 7, 2014

Montalto Pennon Hill Chardonnay 2013

Bloody good Chardy for $23!

This is Montalto's entry level and it certainly punches above its price point.

Homemade lemonade kicked things off. After warming up a little characters of yellow peach and nuttiness via cashews and hazelnuts became more prominent. There's some depth here and the fruit is still quite juicy and personable.

A lick of creaminess with a finish which is beautifully balanced and long. Oak adds depth but is not over the top.

Pass the roast chicken please.


Region: Mornington Peninsula
RRP: $23

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Yelland & Papps Shiraz Roussanne 2012

Some deep and brooding Shiraz coupled with the floral lift of Roussanne.

Quite muscular in its delivery, there's what seems to be a red currant lift. Oak is a bit heavy on the heavy side for mine and is showing its dominance over the fruit.

A blend of 90% Shiraz and 10 % Roussanne, mulberries and plum coat the mouth with a wash of bitter chocolate and spice at the finish. The Roussanne freshens the wine nicely adding some raspberry and cherry aromas lightening the heavier Shiraz component.

With all this in mind, this lingers long and generously. It's not hard to keep guzzling away.

Very good.

Region: Barossa
RRP: $35

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