Friday, July 31, 2015

Pizzini Rosetta 2014

A Rosé made from Sangiovese and gee it's good.

And to be honest, I'm not sure what I like the most here. The evocative floral aromas or the delicious savoury appeal the fruit delivers. Either way, this is right in the slot.

Red berries, red currants, even a hint of guava, the fruit and acid is balanced with precision here. A shimmer of spice on the finish adds further interest.

I'd go here again for sure. Ice cold, throw me a glass.

Very good.

Region: King Valley
RRP: $19
Source: Sample

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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Angove Nine Vines Rosé 2015

Salmon in appearance, there's lot of red things going on... Red flowers, red fruits and red berries. Even some watermelon. A 70/30 blend of Grenache and Shiraz, the sweetness comes from the Grenache as the Shiraz is fermented dry.

A dryness sweeps through although the fruit is soft and calling for food. A lamb lollipop on the BBQ would do the trick. Good value too.

Good+

Region: McLaren Vale
RRP: $16
Source: Sample

www.angove.com.au

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St Mary's Carillon 2013

This is a sophisticated delight and quite a pleasant surprise I must admit.

The vineyard sits 15 km west of Penola and the fruit is hand picked. Winemaker Ian Milligan's family settled in the area back in 1937 so there's some great history here.

A blend of Cabernet, Shiraz, Merlot, and Cabernet Franc, the medium body (13.5% alc) profile caught my attention from the outset.

Bright in the glass, wickedly fresh dark berries seem to jostle with each other, a hint of roasted capsicum, licorice and French oak is seamlessly integrated. Man I could drink this all night.

Whilst this will certainly to continue to benefit with some age, it's hard not to embrace the smooth and generous fruit on offer. Fine and powdery tannins at the finish wrap up a tremendous wine. My only question would be the cork seal. Why not cap it?

Ready to drink now but will cellar for at least ten.

Excellent.

Region: Limestone Coast
RRP: $40
Source: Sample

www.stmaryswines.com

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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Cumulus Wines Luna Rosa Rosado 2015

A blend of Mourvèdre, Shiraz and Grenache (47/30/23) from the NSW Hilltops region. There's 12 grams of residual sugar here, and although not sickly sweet, something just didn't click here for me. I thought the 2014 was a better wine.

Watermelon, red apple skin and red berries move to a crisp acid.  The sweetness sticks and just draws my attention a bit too much. Easy drinking no less.

Good.

Region: Central Ranges, NSW
RRP: $16
Source: Sample

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Monday, July 27, 2015

Tenafeate Creek Wines Blush 2015

Sparkling wines seem to be the biggest seller at Tenafeate Creek with 400 dozen being made of this and the Sparkling Pinot Grigio.

This sparkling Sangiovese doesn't have a lot of substance but has plenty of fun factor. Watermelon in appearance nearly dilute red cordial like, there's a smattering of cherry and strawberry fruit through it. Those red berry type flavours hang around just enough. A summer and sunshine drop. The drop of sweetness gives it that appeal. Picnics would be the go here but not a style I personally could drink a lot of. I know a few who would get stuck into it though.

Region: Mt Lofty Ranges
RRP: $25
Source: Sample

www.tcw.com.au

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Angove Wild Olive Organic Shiraz 2014

Angove are making a good fist of organic wines. 70% of their vineyards are certified I'm reliably informed. That's a pretty decent effort considering the size of the business.

I didn't enjoy this as much as the 2013. Although quite fresh, it's plummy with a little sweet black fruit, it just came across thinner than the 2013 particularly through the middle.

A drink now type but I'd prefer others.

Good.

Region: McLaren Vale
RRP: $20
Source: Sample

www.angove.com.au

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Friday, July 24, 2015

Lindeman's St George Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

Like good real estate, you know the investment will pay off in the future. Much the same can be said here.

Two words I'd use to describe this wine are tight and firm. Whilst all the makings of a great Coonawarra Cabernet are interwoven, it's not ready for drinking just yet.

From 45 year old vines, dark fruits and some vanilla get things going. A subtle murmur of spice wades through what is a quite generous delivery of fruit on the palate. Plenty to chew on that's for sure yet there is a warmth about it. Dry to finish this is no where near what it can be. Find a dark place for it and come back in three to five. It will live for plenty don't worry.

Available at good independent retailers.

Very good.

Region: Coonawarra
RRP: $60
Source: Sample

www.lindemans.com

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Thursday, July 23, 2015

Alkimi Good Earth Syrah 2014


"I just wanted to make a wine you could sit down and smash the shit out of," are the words of winemaker Stuart Dudine. And isn't that just what you want to drink? Something tasty and easy drinking to share with friends around a table. He's hit the mark here too mind you. All the cool kids are making their own side labels so it was time he jumped in too he tells me. This Syrah is his first release.

Dudine came across a great parcel of fruit from Warramunda Estate at in the Yarra Valley and the rest speaks for itself.

And the result? Some funky town action here. It was quite stinky initially but nothing a double decant can't fix.

Two thirds of the fruit was destemmed and wild yeast fermented. The remainder was 100% whole bunch and fermented in a tank for five weeks.

Medium bodied, the berry fruits are sexy and move with grace. Aromas of raspberries, cherry liqueur, blueberries, roasted capsicum and some forest floor bring the wild fermentation characters to the fore. Soft, succulent and moreish, those berry fruits and some earthy characters are persistent and generous with a long finish. I just wanted more; another example of cool climate deliciousness.

Check the website for stockists or purchase online.

Very good.

Region: Yarra Valley
RRP: $28
Source: Sample

www.alkimiwines.com

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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Pewsey Vale Eden Valley Riesling 2015

I can see myself smashing a heap of this during summer whilst sitting in the pool.

The freshness and vibrancy is electric. Dry to finish, the lime fruit coats the palate generously and leaves it crisp. White flower aromas set it up nicely before the lime fruit sweeps through. A chalky minerally type finish coerces and other sip but the freshness seals the deal for me and drives this baby home.

Riesling lovers need to get around this. And those new to the variety, best you dip your toe in the water right here.

Readily available and I reckon you can find it just below $20 - bargain!

Very good+

Region: Eden Valley
RRP: $25
Source: Sample

www.pewseyvale.com

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Pewsey Vale Eden Valley Prima Riesling 2015

I like the ride this wine takes you on. There's sweetness, crisp refreshing fruit and then a dryish finish. A smidge on the medium dry side of things, this is a great example of an off dry Riesling.

Picked three to four weeks earlier than the rest of the Riesling fruit (9.5% alc), there's 25g/L of residual sugar.

I had this with a Malaysian Singapore noodle dish. The heat from the dish was tempered perfectly by the wine. There's a little grip on the finish but it's cleansing no less.

I'd have another glass or two when assigning a similar task.

Very good.

Region: Eden Valley
RRP: $26
Source: Sample

www.pewseyvale.com

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