Friday, August 22, 2014

Leo Buring Clare Valley Dry Riesling 2014

An excellent example that defies the theory some hold that all Rieslings are sweet. Nothing affirms this more than the three bold letters emblazoned across the front of the bottle, DRY.

A fresh squeeze of lemon and a pretty scent of little white flowers are followed by river stone and citrus goodness. Crisp and cleansing with a chalky finish, this is banging for twenty bucks. I suspect you'd find it a little cheaper around the traps.

Fish and chips and a bottle of this at the beach..yes please!

Region: Clare Valley
RRP: $20

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

TeAro Estate Pruners Reward Fortified Shiraz Grenache

Chilly nights call for something warming and a fortified easily fulfills that criteria.

This fortified 50/50 blend of Shiraz Grenache from the Barossa Valley has been blended away from nine year old barrels. Brand Ambassador Todd Rowett says he happily left them in the shed to do their thing. And the final result is impressive.

Super soft and generous with dense Christmas cake and sultanas. Toss in some orange peel, a lick of toffee and some gentle rancio, the delivery is thick and lip smackingly delicious. Five percent fortified muscat has added a slick sweetness sweeping across the very long and what seems to be a never ending finish.

Kick the slippers off, undo the belt a notch or two and sit back and enjoy.

Region: Barossa Valley
RRP: $35

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Fifth Leg Shiraz 2012

A reliable drop which will go even better with the smell of a BBQ sizzling away nearby.

Forest fruits, cherries and blackberries headline the show with some solid back up from spicy black pepper. Medium bodied, the fruit has good weight and hangs around nicely providing a decent length which is juicy and soft.

A good wine which turns into a respectable bargain when discounted below the RRP.

Region: Western Australia
RRP: $15

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Monday, August 18, 2014

Rorschach Wine Co. Chardonnay 2013

There's something about this wine I just can't put my finger on. It's a good drink but nothing flashy. But something just appears to be holding it back.

Interesting aromas are tossed up including a creamy Camembert cheesey thing but that then flies off to a citrusy angle via lemonade fruit. The cheesy thing moves on after a couple of days and the citrusy character holds firm. Under all that sits some yellow fleshy peach in a big cozy chair with a hint of buttered toast.

Down the hatch and those peachy characters shine a little brighter along with some cashew nuttiness. The wine is very mid palate focused.

A chat with winemaker Craig Thompson revealed this is the type of Chardonnay he is striving to make. "I'm aiming for the next 'next generation' Chardonnay, back towards balance whilst retaining aromatic freshness." I get what he is trying to achieve but at the same time I don't. But hey, that's just me.

I'd have a glass of it but not much more. It doesn't match the $35 price tag in my opinion.

Tell you what though, this is a label to watch. And watch it closely. If Craig's 2013 Pinot Noir is any indication, this is a winery on a very steady rise.

Region: Mornington Peninsula
RRP: $35

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Sunday, August 17, 2014

Fox Gordon Eight Uncles Shiraz 2012

This is type of wine makes you feel like you have cheated someone and not paid what it is worth.

Hard to believe this can found around the traps for the $16/17 mark. You'd be happy to part with much more than that for the quality delivered.

Loaded with cherries, plums and mulberry fruit, this is mouth filling stuff. There's a shake or two of black pepper, the fruit is moreishly juicy, and the finish is super smooth and deliciously long.

Bargain hunters, get it in your trolley! I’ve seen it as cheap as 15 bucks!


Region: Barossa
RRP: $20

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Friday, August 15, 2014

Yelland & Papps Devote Old Vine Grenache 2012

This is an excellent wine worth keeping an eye out for.

Take a whiff and you get a gentle dusting of black pepper, dried herb, raspberry and strawberry aromas. Soft and inviting.

Coming from 45 year old vines, generous fruit is dominated by raspberries which is super smooth and balanced beautifully. There's some jube lolly type sweetness at the death followed by a long finish begging for another top up.

Cellar for the medium term, but there's no reason why you can't rip into this now.

Only 1600 bottles produced and they'll be sure to run out quickly.

Region: Barossa
RRP: $35

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O'Leary Walker Clare Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

Having spent 22 months in oak, this is a full bodied bodied Cabernet which I found needs some air.

Blackberries and some mint dictate terms here with a sprinkling dried herb and cedery oak. The oak let's the fruit sing.

I preferred this on the second day so a little more time in bottle won't hurt.

An easy drop to have with a casserole or sausages.

Region: Clare Valley
RRP: $22

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Thursday, August 14, 2014

Rosemount Estate GSM 2012

I've made no secret in the past that I'm a bandit for a great GSM and this wine from Rosemount is nothing short of excellent.

I had the privilege of sitting down and tasting this wine with winemaker Matt Koch. His vision to produce wines which are more aromatic is clearly evidenced here.

A blend of 71/19/10 respectively, every component of the blend stands up and pulls its weight, and better still, the final result delivers. Hang on, it over delivers!

A hint of lipstick, raspberries and cherries on the nose followed by a handful of earthy goodness. These bright aromas followed by generous fruit with a lick of savoury herbs and spice. Superb depth finishing with a long and super soft finish.

An absolute delight to drink.

Region: McLaren Vale
RRP: $40

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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Rymill mc2 2012

The versatility of this wine is what jumps out for me. A blend of Merlot, Cabernet and Cabernet Franc, it will easily suit a range of food. Have with anything from BBQs to your Sunday roast.

Powerful black fruits and plums leap from the glass along with some clover and pepper spice. Soft and wonderfully smooth with some tannin grip and a tremendous long length.

Often discounted below the RRP, it is readily available.

A very good and reliable drop for the $$.

Region: Coonawarra
RRP: $20

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Monday, August 11, 2014

Smith & Hooper Sauvignon Blanc Semillon 2013

A melting pot of cut grass, morning dew, asparagus, pineapple sage and passion fruit aromas. Quite fresh and bright.

Tip it down the hatch and the fruit to follow is a bit flat, lacking the vibrancy suggested from the aromas.

Crisp acid is followed by a tart under ripe apple finish.

Not my type of wine.

Region: Wrattonbully
RRP: $19

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