Saturday, October 25, 2014

Soul Growers Single Vineyard Riesling 2014

Think of this as a lemon-a-thon. There's plenty of the stuff to keep you interested, that's for sure.

A single vineyard wine with 5 grams residual sugar per litre, it's packed with fresh lemon juice, lemon blossom and white flowers.

Some slatey minerality throws its hand up too. Cleansing, it finishes dry with a pithy character which I didn't mind.

I'd go here again. Very good and well priced. Hello summer!

Region: Eden Valley
RRP: $20
Source: Sample

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Friday, October 24, 2014

Lindemans Bin 45 Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

This is pretty handy juice considering you can find it for as little as six or seven bucks. Plenty of bargain factor for sure.

By all means, don't expect a spectacular wine for the price point, but you get enough satisfaction for the dollars you throw out.

Bright red fruit aromas kick things off but these become muted with more time in the glass. There is a little oak which contributes but the fruit does run the show. Dark fruits spill onto the palate which are very smooth. Add a touch of spice to finish.

Good length wraps it up but the hero is the smooth ride.

One of the better sub-tenners going around.


Region: Various (South Eastern Australia)
RRP: $9.99
Source: Sample

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Seppelt St Peters Grampians Shiraz 2012

Cool climate Shiraz you sexy minx!

Released in exceptional years and grown on schist and granite soils, this Shiraz is matured in oak for fourteen months in a mix of new and old oak.

Pure and plush, there is significant freakin' wow factor here.

Aromas of raspberry, dark cherry, white pepper and a little smokey action. The fruit starts bright and finishes with a beefy kick just as it rolls out. Terrifically balanced and seductive, there's no doubting the granite minerality which hides in the background peeking through ever so cheekily. Dusty tannins finish off a most impressive wine.

Shop around online and you can do up to $20 better than the RRP.

Feed this to me through a drip. Outstanding stuff.

Region: Grampians
RRP: $80
Source: Sample

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Bimbadgen MCA Series Nebbiolo 2013

Tasty booze this. It's varietal and a classic match for a meat board on a lazy afternoon.

A quick whiff and the first thing that hit me was lipstick! The red stuff, not that I'm exactly an expert on all things lipstick mind you. Add to it aromas of potpourri, and some twigs. It just smells great. The fruit provides good softness. Highlighted by red berry and cranberry flavours, they drive through to what seems a spicy fruit cake finish. The fruit and oak are balanced nicely. Real noice! Typical drying dusty and powdery tannins wrap up a very good wine.

I wouldn't say no to having a glass or two.

Region: Hilltops
RRP: $29
Source: Sample

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Monday, October 20, 2014

Friday Drinks on Radio 4BC 17 October - Top booze worth the $$

Last Friday I had a chat with Ben Davis about the Good Food and Wine Show which hit town.

We also discussed some smart very wines. The ones you'd fork out a little more for. And oh my, they are well worth it!

My picks this week:
d'Arenberg The Dead Arm Shiraz 2010 $65

Seppelts St Peters Grampians Shiraz 2012 $80

Listen in here

(Both wines supplied were samples)

Hahndorf Hill GRU Gruner Veltliner 2014

Larry Jacobs calls this GRU. I reckon it's more like James Bond, a man for all seasons. This is a wine that is sooo tasty and versatile. It's fresh with some texture, personality and it's dangerously smashable. With food or without, you see the bottom of the glass in no time.

This is the fifth vintage of the variety Larry has produced. Due to high yields, three separate harvests took place and each batch was handled differently. That is, different yeasts were used and a combination of cold, warm and wild fermentation took place.

A blend of the three batches, this wine exudes fresh fruits. Think of your fruit bowl and take a whiff. Green apples, pears and stone fruits. Down the hatch and it's more happiness with a little spicy edge and filling flavours. It's just damn tasty booze and you want more, and isn't that what you look for in a good wine?

Get some in your glass. Very good.

Region: Adelaide Hills
RRP: $28
Source: Sample

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Arcadia Bohemia Chardonnay 2013

Whilst I like the label, there's not too much else I like here to be honest.

I've seen this on Vinomofo for sometime and unlike most other wines on this website, it just hangs around week after week. I can only assume they have a bucket load of it and it's not moving.

A friend of mine bought himself some and gave me this bottle to check out. A word I'd use to describe this wine is disjointed. It's all over the shop and had me scratching my head.

This is made by Brendon Keys for Vinomofo with Adelaide Hills fruit. Aromas of chunky oak, over ripe peach plus a whiff of preserved lemon and orange blossom. The palate throws up bitey acid and a waxy sensation. The fruit doesn't match the aromas and leaves a dirty slippery finish in the mouth. The acidity hangs on too and buzzes around. Not pleasant and below average for mine.

Not a wine I'd purchase.

Region: Adelaide Hills
RRP: $15
Source: Gift

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

de iuliis Aged Release Semillon 2007

It's hard to believe that this is seven years old! Whilst quite fresh, it's also dirt cheap for a seven year old of very good quality.

Squeezed lemon jumps out along with a little waxy character. Lightish in the mouth, some honey traits synonymous with aged Semillon are starting to show their hand as is the expected toasty goodness. Lively acid helps it skip around too.

Ready to go now but will easily ride out another five to ten years should you choose to throw it in the cellar.

I'll be heading to the Hunter Valley in December and a couple of these will find their way home with me.

Region: Hunter Valley
RRP: $30
Source: Sample

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

d'Arenberg The Dead Arm Shiraz 2010

I must say I was excited when this arrived at the front door, but then again I was a little nervous.

Excited simply because of intrigue and what a new vintage can bring. Nervous because I did not like the 2009. Not at all.

A slosh into the decanter and whiff gave me a sense of renewal. That skip around like a school girl excitement kinda thing.

This is a wine that keeps coming in waves. A veneered effect perhaps. One highlight peels back the next; first savoury then fruit.
The fruit rises up again before a savoury finish.

Expect dark fruits, mulberries, plums, and earthy characters. Well balanced oak adds further appeal whilst dried herbs and some black olive roll out to a peppery spice finish that has superb hang time.

Some guts here with charismatic appeal. Classy stuff.


Region: McLaren Vale
RRP: $65
Source: Sample

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Monday, October 13, 2014

Coldstream Hills Reserve Chardonnay 2013

To put it simply, this is a delicious wine and an excellent example of Chardonnay.

The highlight for me was the layers of flavour which just kept revealing themselves delivering a soft and sophisticated wine.

Loaded with fleshy peach, nectarine and a little toast, the restrained oak an fruit are integrated beautifully yet the fruit finishes on top. Just what you want in a classy drop. And then the nougat hits you right at the death. Yum!

A long and generous finish wrap up a terrific wine, one which I would certainly purchase.

Region: Yarra Valley
RRP: $60
Source: Sample

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