Wednesday, 31 August 2016

Hentley Farm Brass Monkey Vineyards Pinot Grigio 2016

This is the fourth release of this Pinot Grigio but my first look at it. Half was fermented in stainless steel and the remainder in oak with lees contact. The texture and creaminess from the later is evident.

Lemons, pears and a dash of ginger. The mid-palate is creamy and there is a subtle hint of saltiness with a minerally edge. Citrus fruit drives late again leaving a tang before finishing clean and crisp. Good drinking.

Sunshine, lunch time and spring shouldn't be too far from here.

Drink now.

90/100 - Very good.

Region: Adelaide Hills
RRP: $21.50
Source: Sample

www.hentleyfarm.com.au

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Tuesday, 30 August 2016

Giant Steps Syrah 2015

Indulgent. Seductive. Immaculate.

A blend of fruit parcels from the Tarraford, Sexton and Lonestar vineyards, 40% whole bunches steal the show.

An abundance of red fruit is wrapped up by some savoury goodness courtesy of the bunches. Wickedly wild and alive aromas strike the first blow. There's some funk but it's straight laced at the same time. 80% older oak helps the fruit do the talking.

Super smooth delivery of briar and cherries. Black pepper sits softly in the background. Time goes on and subtle clove steps up. Persistent and rewarding to the very last drop - a sheer delight. Well played Steve Flamsteed.

Drink now to five years.

96/100 - Excellent.

Region: Yarra Valley
RRP: $35
Source: Sample

www.giantstepswine.com.au

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Watershed Awakening Chardonnay 2014

I have fond memories of Watershed - my wife and I lunched there whilst on our honeymoon many years ago - a great spot! The more I think about it I even recall having the Marron. It's been a while between drinks too, I haven't had a Watershed wine for ages.

Pork was roasting over coals for dinner the other night so Chardonnay was needed. I grabbed this from a chain retailer for $29 - I couldn't believe my eyes considering the listed RRP.

A single vineyard wine, this has had the Rolls Royce treatment.

Brimming with citrus and stone fruits, grapefruit acidity makes the mouth water before roasted cashews chime in. Citrus washes back through late leading to a long a satisfying finish. Oak has been used judiciously, but that acidity is just captivating. Such a delicious and seductive wine.

I kept going back glass after glass. I'll be heading back to get a few more bottles too - a super buy.

Drink now and over the next 8 years.

95/100 - Excellent

Region: Margaret River
RRP: $47
Source: Retail

www.watershedwines.com.au

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Monday, 29 August 2016

Fox Gordon The Dark Prince Nero d'Avola 2015

We have a live one here. Bursting with freshness, I just want in.

Attractive aromas of red berries, choc mint, and a sweet smell of clove. Dainty blackberry fruit tip toes about with dark cherries. Dark fruits persist throughout. Soft and succulent, it slides through with ease. Quite moreish - an easy drinking delight.

Drink now to five years.

92/100 - Very good

Region: Adelaide Hills
RRP: $23
Source: Sample

www.foxgordon.com.au

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Sunday, 28 August 2016

De Iuliis Rosé 2016

Perfect for picnics and that's just how I enjoyed it.

Made from Sangiovese grapes grown on the De Iuliis Lovedale Road vineyard, there is plenty of berry fruit in this dry style Rosé.

Strawberry, raspberry and cranberry fruit drive the bus here. Clean and crisp with respectable length, the outdoors, sunshine and smiles have this calling. It's well priced too.

Drink now.

89/100 - Good

Region: Hunter Valley
RRP: $20
Source: Sample

www.dewine.com.au

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Fox Gordon Princess Fiano 2015

A delightful wine singing with layers of interest.

Sliced apples, pears and fresh herbs. Add to that some textural appeal, a creamy touch through the middle with a chalky finish, and you have yourself a smart take on Fiano.

A creamy pasta dish would eat this up with ease. I've seen this priced well below $20 too which makes it terrific buying - one worth looking out for.

Drink now.

90/100 - Very good.

Region: Adelaide Hills
RRP: $23
Source: Sample

www.foxgordon.com.au

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Friday, 26 August 2016

Heritage Estate Shiraz 2012

After a long few days I came home late last night and just wanted to sooth the soul with some wine therapy.

I had a quick dig in the cellar and found this Granite Belt Shiraz which I had purchased at the cellar door a couple of years ago.

Coming off 50 year old vines in the Ballandean district, this hit the spot. A generous pour seemed to vanish in moments, and again a second glass. Maybe I was just thirsty? Maybe I was just enjoying it too much? Regardless, I wish I had purchased more - hindsight has a habit of doing that.

Medium bodied, red fruit, dark cherries, red plums and some meatiness sit at the core of this wine. Milk chocolate arrives late as do juicy tannins which sit long. Not overly concentrated, there's enough persistence in the finish to entice you back again. Delivery is smooth, and really, it's just a good wine for pleasure's sake.

Drink now and for the next three years.

90/100 - Very good

Region: Granite Belt
RRP: $30
Source: Cellar Door purchase

www.heritagewines.com.au

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Thursday, 25 August 2016

Gundog Estate The Chase Semillon 2016

This is the last of the Gundog Estate wines I've had a look at from this batch of samples and the bar seems to keep getting higher and higher. What a way to finish!

A blend of a few Hunter vineyards, this has a little more depth than the Hunter's Semillon. I'd be tempted to tuck this one away for a few years whereas the Hunter's is certainly a drink now style.

Cut herbs, a squeeze of lemon and a lick of green apple skin. This is serious stuff, business suit stylin' even with the handkerchief in the top pocket - you get the picture. Sophisticated booze that talks the talk and walks the walk.

Semillon purists would find it hard to turn this away. Great buying for $30 too.

Drink with pleasure now but time may well produce something a little more special. Wait and see I guess.

94/100 - Very good+

Region: Hunter Valley
RRP: $30
Source: Sample

www.gundogestate.com.au

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Margan White Label Semillon 2015

This is a great drink.

Loaded with citrus, a year on the freshness is still king but the dial has been turned down a tad. Juicy lemons, some tang, good mouth feel. Fish n chips will do the trick here. I'd easily have a glass or two.

Drink now or let it age gracefully.

92/100 - Very good

Region: Hunter Valley
RRP: $30
Source: Sample

www.margan.com.au

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Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Mezzo Shiraz Mataro 2015

Shiraz Mataro - not a common blend but one I'd like to see more of. I made some myself in 2014 so I have a vested interested in it. I've even nicknamed it Shitaro - I reckon it can catch on too.

The fruit here is from the Tatiara District which sits half way (Mezzo) between Adelaide and Melbourne, the vineyard was planted in 1988. It's directly north of Coonawarra, no more than a 90 minute drive.

Deceptively smooth with lots of delish factor. A 90/10 blend, blackberry fruit, dark cherries and meaty through the middle, cinnamon and baking type spices roll through with ease. Some vanilla hovers about too. Delivery is smooth, long and moreish - worth getting hold of if you can find it. Good value too.

Drink now and over the next few years.

91/100 - Very good

Region: Tatiara District, South Australia
RRP: $19
Source: Sample
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Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Margan Aged Release Semillon 2011

A fantastic aged Semillon release from a great Hunter vintage.

Clean and crisp, toast characteristic synonymous with aged Semillon begin to step up here. Still early days in the aging phase, fresh lemons have shifted to more to the preserved spectrum. There's still an enticing freshness present, the best of both worlds in some respects. Only five years old, there's many years still in the bag. Long and persistent, there's no reason to wait for the impatient - it's drinking very well.

Find some seafood and happiness will follow.

94/100 - Very good+

Region: Hunter Valley
RRP: $50
Source: Sample

www.margan.com.au

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Monday, 22 August 2016

Gundog Estate Hunter's Semillon 2016

Easy drinking Semillons like these are so underrated - I'm a big fan of how Hunter winemakers are now attacking the market with gems like this.

Juicy as, apples and lemons fill the aroma and taste profiles. Green apple has a rails run pushing through to a delicious and moreish finish. Crisp and cleansing, there's certainly lots of smash factor here. Lots!

I could sink a couple of glasses pretty easily.

Drink now in the pool!

92/100 - Very good

Region: Hunter Valley
RRP: $30
Source: Sample

www.gundogestate.com.au

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Squealing Pig Hawkes Bay Syrah 2015

This is the first Syrah release in the range making it five all up now including Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir Rosé and Central Otago Pinot Noir.

Expected Hawkes Bay black pepper holds true. There's a whiff of graphite, red berries, blueberry and dark cherry fruit. Time in the glass brings on a lick of red frog/red raspberry lollies. Charred meats and pan juices play a solid hand.

Dusty tannins skip through but the fruit sticks to the mid palate. A good drink no less.

Drink over the next few years.

89/100 - Good+

Region: Hawke's Bay, NZ
RRP: $26
Source: Sample

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Friday, 19 August 2016

Yalumba Y Series Riesling 2016

Happy hunting is finding this on special for ten bucks.

This certainly punches above its weight. Floral aromas and plenty of citrus interest get things moving in the right direction.  The label suggests real lemonade and it hits the nail on the head. Refreshingly delish, that citrus fruit lingers well before crisp acidity chimes in.

A no brainer for some bargain factor.

Drink now.

90/100 - Very good

Region: Barossa Valley
RRP: $15
Source: Sample

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Yalumba Y Series Pinot Grigio 2016

Good stuff here for an RRP of 15 bucks.

There's some depth with fruit that fills out well. Curious aromas get the attention - think little white flowers, citrus flower and green pear skin. Poached pear, apple and what seems like a fine dusting of baking spice add appeal.

Lots to like here and certainly worth a look. Find it on special around ten bucks - a bargain!

Drink now.

89/100 - Good+

Region: Riverland
RRP: $15
Source: Sample

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