Monday, 26 September 2016

Rolf Binder Montepulciano 2014

A heavier and more dense example of this Italian varietal, but the generous delivery has me sucked in admittedly.

Tar, dark cherries and plums, black tea and some earthy savouriness. It's a wine which has a simple drinking factor yet offers complexity for thought. Mouthfilling and soft, it's long to finish and worth a look for those keen to mix it up a little. I suspect if you have one glass you'll have two pretty quickly.

Drink now and for the next few years.

91/100 - Very good

Region: Eden Valley
RRP: $30
Source: Sample

www.rolfbinder.com

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Sunday, 25 September 2016

Savina Lane Wild Ferment Viognier 2014

Savina Lane is the newest edition to the Granite Belt winery scene and sits on the site formerly known as Back Pocket. A new cellar door was built and some additional varieties were added to the vineyard.

This Viognier was contract grown further south down Ballandean way, and as with all Savina Lane wines, it was made by Mike Hayes at Symphony Hill.

First impressions are always important, and as this is my first look at a Savina Lane wine, I reckon they have hit the target. The packaging is neat and attractive yet the contents are better again. Win win.

Apricot skin, yellow stone fruit and ginger spice aromas set things alight. Yellow peach, apricot kernel plus a gentle pepper touch is flanked by a reappearance of ginger spice in the mouth. There's some minerality too before a delicate vanilla cream waltzes up the middle. Plenty of length and depth, it's a delight to drink really. I'd happily drink a couple of glasses of this.

Drink now to five years.

93/100 - Very good

Region: Granite Belt
RRP: $40
Source: Sample

www.savinalanewines.com.au

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Yalumba The Persuader Shiraz 2014

As I pour this into the glass my attention is drawn to the dark appearance. A splash of Petit Verdot has made its way into this wine and its contribution is evident already.

The fruit has been sourced from various Barossa Valley floor sites. Purple flowers, clove, mulberries, dark berries and plum fruit, vanilla and dark chocolate come to the fore.

Soft delivery with a kick in the guts. There's some warmth in the mouth with a spicy tingle rattling home late.

Worth a look and well priced too - savvy shoppers will find it for under $20.

Drink now to five years.

90/100 - Very good

Region: Barossa Valley
RRP: $21
Source: Sample

www.yalumba.com

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Saturday, 24 September 2016

Gartelmann Wilhelm Shiraz 2014



A wine which has that 'reliable' feel about it.

Sourced from a vineyard in Broke in the lower Hunter, this spent 13 months in one to three year old French and American oak. There's nothing dazzling about its delivery. After some time in the decanter it felt as though it was still on its heals without much vibrancy to speak of.
Canned plums, dark berries, and dried spices contribute to the medium bodied weight. Quite spicy and peppery to finish. Pizza and pasta dishes would lap it up.

Drink now to five years.

89/100 - Good+

Region: Hunter Valley
RRP: $25
Source: Sample

www.gartelmann.com.au

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Rolf Binder Eden Valley Riesling 2016

Damn this is delicious!

Bursting with energy, it prances about on point with absolute ease.

Citrus goodness explodes out of the blocks with pretty florals, some musk and green apple in hot pursuit. Limes sit at the core and delivery is precise, clean and refreshing.

This will age long term, but when wines such as these drink so beautifully so fresh, I'd lack the self control to hold off.

94/100 - Very good+

Region: Eden Valley
RRP: $25
Source: Sample

www.rolfbinder.com

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Friday, 23 September 2016

Hollick The Gondolier Barbera 2014


I was interested from the outset here - Barbera from Cabernet country.

A handy wine reaching out with some complexity and richness. Fifteen months in French oak has played its hand. A little warm in the mouth, perhaps a tad overripe. Plums, sour cherries and tomato leaf roll through with a deft touch of spice. Mouthfeel is soft and long with good acidity whipping up the tail.

Good going all up.

Drink now and over the short term.

89/100 - Good+

Region: Coonawarra
RRP: $29
Source: Sample

www.hollick.com

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Yalumba Old Bush Vine Grenache 2014

This is just a little package of happiness. It always has been really and may it long continue.

On the lighter side of medium bodied, some of the vines contributing to this are 100+ years of age - you don't get many wines for around twenty bucks with that pedigree. Dangerously smashable, red florals, some hibiscus and red berries are lush as the mouth is coated generously. A fine dusting of spice rides gently through to a long and moreish finish.

I've referred to this previously as the 'old boot' and deservedly so. I'd come back here time and time again. And extra point or two for pure pleasure.

Drink now to six years.

91/100 - Very good

Region: Barossa Valley
RRP: $21
Source: Sample

www.yalumba.com

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Thursday, 22 September 2016

Angove Alternatus Rosé 2016

A bit of a fruit salad of sorts here. Grenache, Tempranillo, Graciano, Carnignan (75/18/4.6/2.4) make up the blend. Credit to the wine making team for being so precise with the percentages too - bonus points for the decimals :)

All fruit came from a range of McLaren Vale sites. The Grenache and Tempranillo were co-fermented, and along with the Graciano, all spent 8 hours on skins. The Carignan was simply bled off Saignee style from a red wine ferment.

Spring time picnics here we go. Loaded with red berries and red fruit, it's a dry style Rosé that's fresh and lively with a delectable textural ripple. The fruit kicks through to a sustained finish. Chill it down hard and pour generously.

Drink now and big smiles are soon to follow.

89/100 - Good+

Region: McLaren Vale
RRP: $22
Source: Sample

www.angove.com.au

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Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Gartelmann Benjamin Semillon 2016


In a previous post I said my bit about the new label - I still don't like it.

Limes drive this Semillon which comes off vines dating back to World War II.

Fresh and vibrant fruit fills the mouth well with cleansing acidity cutting a neat path. A pithy factor hangs on by its claws.

Good drinking all round really - this has fish 'n' chips written all over it.

Drink now to ten years.

91/100 - Very good

Region: Hunter Valley
RRP: $25
Source: Sample

www.gartelmann.com.au

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Overflow Estate Square Root Vermentino 2015

This is the second release of this Vermentino off the banks of the Wyaralong Dam - 16 kilometres west of Beaudesert. For the owners, a trip to Spain saw a passion for wine turn into a reality.  Fiano, Tempranillo and Montepulciano make up the other varieties grown on the property planted in 2010. The wines are made by Mike Hayes out of Symphony Hill on the Granite Belt.

Young vines are showing their hand here bursting from the blocks but easing off early. A pretty perfume of little white flowers, kaffir lime leaf and lemons. Refreshing to taste, though there is a line of nothingness straight through the middle. Watery would describe it best. Firmish acid knocks everything in place with a late charge from some lemon sherbet. Some time on lees wouldn't hurt to give it some textural interest.

That mid-palate disappearing act takes it back a notch or two.

Drink now.

84/100

Region: Queensland
RRP: $22
Source: Sample

www.theoverflowestate1895.com.au

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