Friday, October 31, 2014

Dandelion Vineyards Lionheart of the Barossa Shiraz 2012

To get the best from this, let it hang out in the decanter for a little while and then watch it work its magic. From a what seemed a tight and spicy sucker, it mellowed and damn, gee it presented well.

Cherries, some black fruit, vanilla, plum, chocolate and sliced meat characters waft on through. I did a double take wondering if it was the same twenty dollar pop I initially poured.

Ridiculously smooth, the oak is balanced nicely. Add some baking spice to finish and what you have on your hands is a winner. A phrase which comes to mind whilst tasting this is, "batting above your average". It certainly does!

Do you best to get this into your hands. Forget the RRP, I've seen it on the shelves at $22 and a quick internet search shows a price under $20.

Cellar for the medium term but it's ready to go now.


Region: Barossa
RRP: $27.50
Source: Sample

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Plantagenet Riesling 2013

If you were to venture outside the traditional Riesling stomping ground of South Australia to try something new, this is a damn good place to start.

Coming from the Great Southern region in Western Australia, I thought this was a very good expression of the variety.

White flowers dominate the aromas. The fruit is cleansing aided by jab after jab of lemony citrus goodness. There's an undertow of minerality which drives through to a clean and dry finish.

Have with fresh seafood, I'm thinking prawns and oysters. I certainly buy it.

Region: Great Southern
RRP: $25
Source: Wine dinner

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Montalto Pennon Hill Pinot Noir 2013

This is Montalto's entry level Pinot.

It's very tasty with some depth, good length, and everything you'd expect from a quality producer.

Lots of bright cherry fruit and florals, including violets, get things started with a little spice adding interest.

I really did like the smooth delivery. Just delicious! Savoury herbs kick in on a drying finish.

In all, a very good Pinot for the money.

Region: Mornington Peninsula
RRP: $33
Source: Sample

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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Soul Growers Provident Shiraz 2012

Soothing is a word which describes this wine best I reckon. It just smells and tastes good. Winter is done and dusted for another year and that's a shame because this is a great wine to tip in a glass and sip away at on a cool night in front of the fire.

Dense dark fruits, a lick of earthiness and some fruit sweetness right at the death. Chocolatey, some oak precedes a smooth and very long finish.

Very good.

Region: Barossa
RRP: $25
Source: Sample

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Sunday, October 26, 2014

Plantagenet Juxtapose Syrah 2012

Winemaker Cath Oates has dished up an absolute belter here. As she tells the story, there was something special going on in a particular vineyard and she decided to treat the fruit a little differently. Deliberately made in the style of a European or Hawkes Bay Syrah, the end result here is gob smackingly delicious.

Red berry fruits dominate all the way. The vibrancy and juicy delivery can easily have you snuggle into the lounge sipping this with a straw. Beautifully balanced, the fruit sits pretty and then ever so gradually melts away.

I'd buy it. In fact I bought a few. The only difference is this was made available for sale at a wine dinner I recently attended. Normally reserved for on premise sales only, I felt a little privileged to have the opportunity to grab some.

If you sit down and the fine establishment you are in has it on the list, don't hesitate!!

Region: Great Southern
RRP: $28
Source: Wine dinner

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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)
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