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1 June 2020
Howard Park Miamup Chardonnay 2019
Really like this Margaret River Chardonnay at all levels - quality, value and price as well as the way it delivers as standalone drinking and its ability to pair very nicely with an array of cuisines. Not much more you ask for in a wine.
Gloriously shiny youthful greeny yellow in the glass.
Peach melon and lemon and grapefruit, some vanilla bean and some cashew creaminess come through the aroma set. Sharp and quite sophisticated on the nose. Promises a lot just off the nose. The acidity is fresh and lively and cuts through the French oak treatment of the fruit very well. Put together it is an uplifted Chardonnay with class and substance. I like it a lot.
Try with a prawn risotto.
Alc 13%. About $28. Drink to 2024. 94/100 - Excellent.
30 May 2020
Asahi Super Dry Beer
A favourite go to beer of mine.
No surprises as to why it understandably Japan's favourite No 1 beer.
It is dry and lightly bitter on the back palate as you may have gathered but it also has a marvellous full flavoured taste gained through excellent malted barley hops and some truly great fermentation.
Clean crisp and refreshing on the palate, quality beer from aromas to finish on palate. Well balanced I would say if I was reviewing a wine. A good all rounder.
Try it with pizza.
About $22 per six pack. Alc - 5%. 94/100 - Excellent.
17 May 2020
Yalumba The Y Series Sangiovese Rose` 2019
Was shaking my head whilst looking at shelf upon shelf at my local wine shop the other day at the range and assortment (and price) of Rose` on the Australian market. Ten years ago we were scoffing at Rose` as a style as opposed to scoffing it down like we are nowadays.
Fresh and uplifted on the nose, the plums and cherries and strawberries come through nicely on this blush light salmon pink South Australian example. Dry and lighter in style, the fruit still is the star on the palate with balanced fruit flavours as well as a medium dry finish that is just right stand alone drinking. Having said that it will sit neatly beside a plate of freshly grilled fish.
Drink Now. About $12. 11.5%. 91/100 - Excellent.
10 May 2020
A Trio of Mother’s Day Chardonnay
Scotchmans Hill “Hill” Geelong Chardonnay 2018
Classically Chardonnay, cool climate elegance and classy in structure and presentation. Fresh uplifted varietal fruit – think peach melon and citrus, tight acidity. Beautiful nose, classic is a word I keep repeating. Unoaked and seamlessly fruit on the palate with the lemons and oranges showing off along with a lightly creamy mouthfeel. Yum. Really good value drinking IMO. Try it with some rock oysters.
Drink to 2022. 13.5%. About $15. 94/100 – Excellent.
Tempus Two Chardonnay 2019
A good solid South Australian blend of Chardonnay. The fruit and the acidity and the oak work a treat together to show off what is a fruit focussed, well balanced and tightly structured with simple peach, melon and abundant lemons on the dry to long finish. Try it with a fettucine al funghi.
Drink to 2023. 12.5%. About $15. 90/100-Very Good.
Jacobs Creek Reserve Chardonnay 2019
Value plus. Shaking head whilst I savour the aromas wondering how do they do it for the price? An excellent Chardonnay in every sense of the word – quality price and value and versatility to stand alone and drink by self or marry itself with a range of cuisines. Think peach, melon, apples and grapefruit. Good acidity, just neat oak treatment. A good solid seamless long delicious finish just tops it off. Try it with baked lamb shoulder.
Drink to 2023. 13%. About $15. 92/100 – Excellent.