Friday, July 3, 2015

Pizzini Nonna Gisella Sangiovese 2013

Really tasty. Just easy drinking and super food friendly.

Light and bright in the glass. Dark cherry is king here. There's a dusting of earthiness and a crack of pepper. Crunchy acidity which has a zippy tang about it. Dusty tannins to finish.

Have with anything from pasta to barbecues but all the cool kids are eating burgers at the moment and this would match that a treat.

Good+

Region: King Valley
RRP: $21.50
Source: Sample

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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Angove Family Crest Shiraz 2014

This shot down two other Shiraz releases in a blind tasting which were twice the price. I was interested to read the press release after tasting only to learn the 2013 was sold out due to significant success at various national and international shows.

Wild yeast fermented and ten months in French and American oak has delivered a wine with some sweet blackberry fruit that is spread generously. Some of the fruit came from Angove's famed Warboys vineyard. It's soft and appears endless leading to a super long length. The fruit is just juicy and moreish. Chocolate sweeps through adding another layer of deliciousness. A day on and some spice and black pepper start to poke through but the lively fruit is the winner for me.

I reckon I could share a bottle which would disappear in no time. The price is ridiculously reasonable too. Worth hunting down.

Very good.

Region: McLaren Vale
RRP: $22
Source: Sample

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Redman Cabernet Merlot 2010

I wish I was sitting in front of an open fire with this in hand. The fruit is wholesome and dense giving a warming embrace. The type you get from an old friend you haven't seen for a while.

A 55/45 blend, think black fruits, wallet leather, there's a neat waft of violets too. Oak has a presence but doesn't have too much clout. There's a persistence about it that makes it sit just about right. Those plum fruits aren't flashy but put the shoulder to the wheel and do the job driving through to a long finish.

Five years old and drinking really well and I reckon it will hang out for up to another ten. I'd happily have a couple of glasses of this, no sweat.

Very good.

Region: Coonawarra
RRP: $29
Source: Sample

www.redman.com.au

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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Yalumba Galway Vintage Malbec 2012

This is like a big warm cuddle. It has a homely feel to it and goes a treat with a slow cooked stew or casserole. For those who haven't had a Malbec before this is a fair starting point.

Aromas of licorice, earth, leather and dark fruits. Some blue berry fruit unfurls nicely and leads the charge. The palate feels a little incomplete, but with food at the ready I don't care. It's satisfying and soothing on a cold night. The finish is drying.

Feed it meat and you'll win. Well priced too and I suspect you may find it a little cheaper around the traps.

Readily available.

Good +

Region: Barossa
RRP: $18
Source: Sample

www.yalumba.com

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Sunday, June 28, 2015

Meerea Park Alexander Munro Semillon 2010

The fruit for this wine comes from the famed Braemore vineyard. Alexander Munro is the flagship label for Meerea Park and these wines are released at five years of age.

This is right in the sweet spot for aged Semillon. Quite elegant and soft, it's still so fresh and just bloody tasty.

Bright and alive in the glass, it is waxy and highlighted by lemon zest, honeysuckle and a squeeze of lemon juice. Aging is still on the cards for another ten but there's no excuse to not rip in now.

Very good+

Region: Hunter Valley
RRP: $41
Source: Sample

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Pizzini Sangiovese Shiraz 2013

A red which is not quite medium bodied, there's aromas of pizza sauce, raspberries, meatyness and red fruits. Dry as, there's some bitey acid with chalky tannins.

A 55/45 blend, it was not a wine I particularly enjoyed. Ultimately the parts aren't working for me in this case. A rough black pepper edge just leaves that unpolished feeling. Little changed over three days of tasting. Not a wine I would put in my trolley.

Region: King Valley
RRP: $19
Source: Sample

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Golden Grove Estate Semillon 2009

An aged release from Golden Grove here. The Granite Belt isn't a great region for Semillon, and whilst this is a good wine, it didn't make me jump out of my seat.

Buttered toast, honey enters the fray as does some kerosene type aromas. All the usual aged Semillon characters tick the boxes.

It came across more developed than its five years. Acid is soft. Slight lemon rind and lemon butter roll through to a long finish.

Whilst there is a fair depth and palate weight, it just doesn't have the refinement you'd expect for a five year old Semillon. Perhaps a few more years will assist here but I suspect it won't develop too much more. It will certainly live for up to another ten years.

It's a good wine and surprisingly cheap for an aged release but not one I could have more than a glass of.

Good but I prefer others.

Region: Granite Belt
RRP: $20
Source: Sample

www.goldengroveestate.com.au

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Saturday, June 27, 2015

Tarrawarra Reserve Pinot Noir 2013

Pristine and succulent. This was a stand out in a tasting of seven Pinots I tasted recently.

Captivating aromas of plums, dark cherry and red flowers. Subtle smokey oak sits in the background. Generous and softly poised, flavours are veneered continually revealing a different layer of deliciousness. That itself demonstrates the wine's class.

The fruit has a purity about it. It drives through to a long a delicate finish.

Seriously good Pinot this which will ride the wave for long term cellaring.

Excellent.

Region: Yarra Valley
RRP: $70
Source: Sample

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Running with Bulls Barossa Tempranillo 2014

The 2013 was an excellent release and this 2014 is much the same. A glass of this makes me want to fill my belly with food. It just has social appeal to it; the bringing together of food and friends with lots of laughter and chat.

So generous and flavoursome, think salami and cured meats. There's a captivating smokey character which is endearing. Soft with terrific length, this is perfect for tapas, pizza and pasta and barbecued meats.

Keep an eye out for it on special where it is priced just under $20. A bargain deluxe.

Excellent.

Region: Barossa Valley
RRP: $23
Source: Sample

www.runningwithbulls.com.au

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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Payten & Jones Browne's Block Pinot Noir 2013

It was great to taste this Browne's Block Pinot alongside the Paul's Range. To me it was like a his and hers range of Pinot was on show. The depth and 'grab you by the canasters' factor from the Browne's Block has appeal as does the dainty and finesse offering from the Paul's Range.

This Browne's Block comes from 40 year old vines in Kilmore, a region without a GI. I loved it last vintage and I'm in the same camp this time too. Oh, and did I mention preservative free? Yep. No sulphur has been added here. Wild fermented took place and it was bottled with little filtration.

Cherry liqueur, forest floor, and turned soil run straight up the nasal cavity. Dark cherry fruit is on the front foot and powers through. There's a softness to it too. That hard edge masculine brut with the three day growth yet softly spoken; you know the one. Tannins are juicy and the finish long and expressive.

Tasted over three days, this developed beautifully. It softened a treat and its personality changed each day. That's the no sulphur bit talking.

Topping up the glass isn't hard here. Have in the medium term. A wine perfect for a cool night with friends and laughs nearby.

Very good+

Region: Yarra Valley
RRP: $40
Source: Sample
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