5 Minute Wine Rush

30 November 2015

Pike and Joyce Adelaide Hills Pinot Gris 2015

Classy luscious fruit, the creaminess and light tangyness of the meld of pears, orange blossom, spicy apple, musk and lychee works a cracker. Great aromatics, good structure to boot, together it works a treat on the aromas front and in the palate delivery of a lingering long delicious moreish set of classic varietal flavours. Stand alone drinking but pairs well with say Spanish cuisine, thinking a seafood paella. 13% alcohol, drinking very nicely now. About $25. All boxes ticked for me.

29 November 2015

Hesketh Lost Weekend Chardonnay 2014

Light breezy and easy drinking here. Lemony yellow, vibrant and youthful and lifted. A pleasant wine with attractive smooth fruit.Classic peach melon and light oak treatment and soft acidity are its hallmarks. Tastes like fruit driven Chardonnay and is a good stand alone Chardonnay to drink on its own. Lingering flavours and just right with a bowl of Crystal Bay prawns. 13%. About $12.

28 November 2015

Mr Riggs Generation Series Mrs Viognier 2014

Viognier is an oft overlooked wine varietal which given our Australian love of Chardonnay is surprising as they are in the same textural family and deliver a fuller style of white wine that we have grown to appreciate. The aromatics are up there and pears, apricots and musk shine through very neatly. Good backbone through a crisp acid structure supports the fruit well, touch of oak and it all comes together very nicely indeed. Try it with salt and pepper prawns. 13%. About $22.

Zonte's Footstep Canto Di Lago Sangiovese Barbera 2013

Speaking again of varietals that are well suited to Australian wine lovers, here is a very decent red blend of two Italian varieties that go very well together and again work a treat with matching it with modern Australian cuisine even in our warmer months. I like the way that the light to mediumness of the Sangiovese and the medium to full bodiedness of the Barbera component really work off one another to deliver a very balanced seamless easy drinking red. About $22.

23 November 2015

Soumah Yarra Valley Pinot Grigio 2015

The purity of the fruit in the Soumah wines always shines through. It allows the varietalness and the regional influences to show off their positivity. I like the classic pears and apricots and light musk that emit from the classy tight yet slow unyielding nose. A pleasant polished nose, an attractive headyness comes through with time. The fruit is concentrated and mariies well with soft accompanying acidity that provides a nice backbone, not overbearing and allowing thr fruit to shine through and be the star performer. Delicious and moreish, it pairs really well with fettucine boscaoila. About $26.

Zonte's Footstep Langhorne Creek Single Site Shiraz 2013

Good red wine this is. I like the upfront blackish purple crimson youthfulness that it still has in the glass. Ink staining, good alcohol legs, ready to pounce from the glass. A red wine that promises a fair bit through its solid robust nose of blackberries, spicy plums, dark chocolate and mocha oak influences. A big red wine that has integrated oak, but still the firmness to deliver long haul rewarding. Good ripe tannins  as well. A lingering long extended finish on the palate that demands the introduction of good hearty food to go with it. Try it with an Irish stew. Put some away and try them over the next 5-7 years. About $25. 

20 November 2015

Hesketh Twist of Fate Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

Always impressed with the samples that come in from the Hesketh stable of wines. Good quality, well made and affordable wines, easy to pair with modern Australian cuisine and very quaffable to boot. This one also ticks all these boxes and more, being a classy Cabernet packed with berry and currant flavours, effortless oak, fine tannins, alcohol fine at 14% and good fresh acidity. At about $12, this is bargain drinking. Try it with an antipasto platter. Nice wine.

Sirromet Granite Belt Vineyard Selection Verdelho 2015

Queensland's Granite Belt has no difficulty producing wines of full flavour and punch, obviously the Queensland weather does that for them. Instead the challenge is to deliver a balanced wine that doesn't overwhelm in any way or shape, has the just balance and good lively supporting acidity to deliver both a standalone drinking wine as well as one that marries well with food. This one does that with classic tropical and peach melon characters and just right liveliness. Try it with a seafood basket. About $19.

Flowstone Margaret River Chardonnay 2012

Awesome Chardonnay from beginning to end. Big fulsome lightly rich good French oak, nice inherent spiciness to the fruit. Luscious aromatic nose, vibrant intense and pure and distinctive, An ample bodied white that delivers cracker fruit flavours, classic peach melon and tropical fruits, mango, guava and pineapple come through. The oak and acidity are both there and support the fruit well. All come together just fine, but there is plenty of time yet on this with 3-4 years more development. Tangy and lightly creamy on the finish, moreish and perfect with grilled barramundi fillets. At $36, it is one that will impress at all levels.

13 November 2015

Mr Riggs Yacca Paddock Adelaide Hills Tempranillo 2013

Ripe plum in colour, impressive vibrant lifted fruit. Savoury, fruit driven and well balanced on the nose. Stalky rhubarbs, strawberries, raspberries, red earth, plums and sour cherry all come through very nicely. Enticing fruit characters with the savoury dimensions evenly pacing it all out. Fine grainy tannins, measured oak and good alcohol at around 14.5%, bigger but not noticeable, all keep everything in perspective. Delicious wine, well made, well rounded and delivered - drinking just right now. I like it with roast pork. About $30. 

12 November 2015

Lowe Wines Mudgee Verdelho 2015

I think Verdelho as a variety gets a bit of an unjustified bad wrap here in Australia. Indeed when it is done right it delivers a crisp fruit driven easy drinking stand alone style of a white wine that is well suited to our warm climate drinking conditions and our cosmopolitan modern Australian cuisine. Lowe Wines, a quality Mudgee outfit have put together this really good Verdelho which delivers all that is good of this varietal. Decent peach melon and citrus notes, the acidity is fresh and lively and crisp and complements the good solid fruit flavours. Lingering and extended on the finish, it drinks well as I said alone it would be a cracker accompanying a bucket of prawns, on a balmy Sunday afternoon. Alcohol 10%. About $22, which is not bad for boutique wine drinking.

9 November 2015

Brokenwood Hunter Valley Semillon 2011

Quite surprised that this is still young and fresh and zesty for a nearly 5 year old white wine. Yes there is some nice development here with good toasty and honeyed features shining through. Zippy would be my best descriptor right now. Edgy fruit, citrus lemons, limes, lemony squash and lemongrass fill in the lemon driven fruit palate. Good structure with the goods to keep developing over the next 5 years or so. Happening and full of interest, a very good Semillon. Try it with pasta with broad beans. About $20.

Peroni Leggera Birra Superiore

Low alcohol - 3.5%, low carb, Italian beer, a good head on it, good on the palate, good finish and length and crisp and fresh and lively. Low alcohol shows but it tastes fine with enough substance to keep you interested. About $16 for a six pack. Try with pork spare ribs.

8 November 2015

St John's Road Block 3 Barossa Valley Shiraz 2014

Still an infant is this cracking red. It is raw youthful and just starting off its wine journey. And what a journey I think it is will be. Black liquorice, coconut oak and blue and blackberries abound from the nose, aromatic, luxuriant and broodingly so. Good firm oak, firm grainy tannins and a robust structure all support the theory that this is big red wine material here and long haul rather than short term rewarding. Edgy, young and quite pronounced on the palate, you get really nice fruit flavours nonetheless now for those who can't wait any longer, but buy a 6 pack and try one each year from here on and you will see what I mean, and to be frank you probably will then realise that a dozen may have been a better buy for this is drink 5-8 - 10 years plus material! Try this with pork knuckle. About $38. Excellent wine in the making.

7 November 2015

Gaelic Cemetery Vineyard Clare Valley Cabernet Malbec 2010

This is an excellent red blend. Top shelf red wine drinking with plenty of elegance, finesse and intricacy as well as the structure to keep on going and last the distance over the next decade or so. Purple crimson with violet hues, youthful despite its age and development, dense and chewy and yet well defined as to not be OTT in palate delivery. Indeed well balanced and integrated with just right oak matching up nicely with the fruit, and as I said the right tannin structure to keep this developing for some time yet. Currants, blueberries, spicy plums, mulberries, red earth, chocolate and cinnamon spice all make their presence felt. Drinks superbly. Value at $50. Nice wine, very nice wine as I said. Try it with meat ragu.

5 November 2015

St John's Rd PL Chardonnay 2014

Good value drinking from this South Australian white. Lemony yellow, vibrant and fresh and clean and attractive fruit. Good fruit there with wafting lemons, peach and wild yeasts dazzling the persistent obvious aromas. A distinctive wine with potency and strength of character. Pronounced flavours on the finish, crisp and lively on the backbone and well balanced with the fruit and oak. Lingering and extended on the finish it is moreish, interesting drinking and well suited to a range of cuisines. I'd try it with a Vietnamese chicken curry. Drinking well right now and well priced for a quality Chardonnay at around $30. 

1 November 2015

Lindemans St George Cabernet Sauvignon 2008

One of the best red wines I have tasted in a long long time. Deep dark purple - vibrant and intense, still youthful but obviously developing with time. Aromatic lusciously creamy blackberries and blackcurrants on the nose. Cool menthol edges, white pepper, allspice and mocha oak nuances accompany the fruit, evolving character and complexity. It is so pure smooth long and extended on the finish, it is just every so right in composure and balance. It drinks superbly with effortless blackcurrants and spicy plums on the finish making for delicious drinking. Having said that there are plenty of tannins here to augur well for up to 7-10 years. However it is drinking so well, that if I had any extra bottles I would probably drink it all now! Try it with grilled Angus steak. Current release about $55.

30 October 2015

Gartlemann Sarah Elizabeth Chardonnay 2014

A brilliant lemony yellow colour, nice hues. A pleasant vibrant tangy white from this good Hunter Valley winery. Freshly squeezed lemons, classic peach and ripe melons come through neatly and with fresh acidity and a sound backbone giving you a medium to extended finish. Good oak supporting the fruit, will develop over the next year or so. Concentrated and deep and flavoursome, a real Chardonnay with plenty of oomph. Likeable easy drinking, try it with a mixed seafood platter.  Nicely boutique pricing at around $30.

29 October 2015

Tamburlaine Orange Region Organic Shiraz 2014

Pure tight elegant cool climate lively and fresh, the nose is spice filled, light pepper and lifted violets, I like the complexity of what emerges, mulberries, blackberries and plums, smooth oak, glossy oak, long and seamless and well integrated with the fruit. Partners side by side, and will develop nicely over the next 5-7 years. Juicy and succulent and luscious on the palate, a delicious red with plenty of oomph. Try it with seafood paella. 13.1%. About $18.

28 October 2015

Almaviva 2011

Premium quality red wine from Chile, from the Puento Alto region - a joint venture between the French Rothschild family and this quality Chilean winery establishment. A litany of red wine varieties star in this red blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Carmenere (I really enjoy drinking this variety), Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Petit Verdot, blended superbly and seamlessly. It spent eighteen months in French oak and married with the fruit is smooth long velvety and as I said seamless and effortless on the palate. Ripe currants, raspberries, brooding plums, light inherent earthiness and allspice make their presence felt. Yet it was tight and somewhat youthful and energetic on opening. Good fruit making for easy drinking, yet it has the light smoky oak, acidity, backbone and fine grainy tannins to augur a long future development - 8-10 years plus. It hits up there at 15% alcohol and yes you can feel it in the fruit, but it isn't overdone in any dimension. Pleasureable classic drinking with cassoulet. About $200.

27 October 2015

Mr Riggs Generation Series Montepulciano d'Adelaide 2014

Nice touch on the naming for this medium bodied red style from the fruits of Ben Riggs' winemaking. An impressive vibrant nose filled with spices, raspberry, plums and chocolate. Sweet fruit on one hand yet a savoury dimension with an underlying earthiness and some black olives on the other. Medium bodied as I said and fresh and lively on the palate - the 14.5% alcohol is there but not OTT in any way. Lifted fruits dominate on the palate, pretty flavoursome and yet complex as well.Good oak treatment, well integrated. Drinking very well now and over the next 3-5 years. Mediterranean in style needless to say, easy drinking. Try it with baked rigatoni in tomato, chorizo and eggplant sauce. About $30. 

26 October 2015

Mount Langhi Ghiran Cliff Edge Shiraz 2012

A stylish polished red, it cuts elegant and delivers spice vibrant fruit, blackberries, currants and juicy succulent plums. White crushed pepper, liquorice, and mocha oak characters also come through. Medium weight delivering a good well rounded mouthfeel - fresh and lively, good oak treatment, fine smooth tannins anda long seamless finish. It drinks really well right now and has the goods for 5-7 years in it. Classy wine. You can pick this up around the $25 mark and that is good value IMO. Try it with grilled marinated lamb kebabs. 12.5% alcohol.  

23 October 2015

Hesketh Saignee' Rose 2015

Hot, humid and tropical weather here in Spring-time Sydney-town.
It's also Friday at the end of what has been a long hard working week. Therefore the cracking open of a Rose' is thoroughly called for and justified in every way. Juicy succulent tangy berry fruit. Not overripe or OTT, just right in the balance stakes. I like the way that the fruit weight and acid structure sit well side by side to deliver vibrant fresh lively berry filled strawberry, raspberry and then some watermelon as well on the finish. Calls out for salt and pepper quid. Enjoy the weekend. About $20.

22 October 2015

Xanadu Margaret River Shiraz 2012

Deep purple crimson exhibiting its still youthful hues. A powerful nose, impressive, vibrant, spice filled and intense. Polished fruit, berry driven, currants and plums accompanying. Nice white pepper, then liquorice and dark chocolate as well. A brooding developing all encompassing quite complex nose, drawing you in with plenty of interest. Lineal and long and well structured on the palate with plenty of fruit, oak and fine tannins, the oak is there but glossy, smooth and well integrated - i see long haul in this with 8-10 years easy development and the potential to just keep getting better. Try it with osso bucco milanese. At about $24 - it wont break the bank.

20 October 2015

Voyager Estate Chardonnay 2012

Stylish, consistent, quality and true to form, sounds like a good racehorse, but no it is this gem of a white from the good people at Voyager, who are doing very good things with their well established Margaret River winery. Good French oak treatment results in a pronounced forward (not big though, say my notes) yet well presented set of classic Chardonnay aromas, classic peach melon, cashews, mock cream, and light honey. Distinctive smooth long and moreish on the palate - a lovely aftertaste follows, this is true Australian New World Chardonnay. Fuller melon and tropical flavours on the palate with a tangy acidity on the backbone and finish reward the wine drinker right to the end. 3- 5 good more years on it. Try it with crumbed pork cutlets and potato salad. About $45.  

19 October 2015

Seville Estate Reserve Chardonnay 2012

Pristine in aroma profile, pure linear succulent classy hand picked fruit emerges. Think lemon squash, citrine orchards, green lush apples and white marble and nectarines once it opens up a bit, the aromas emerge in a distinctive and pronounced manner. Not overly forward yet not reserved nor shy either. Deep and concentrated chardonnay fruit flavours on the palate. Cool climate lineality however running alongside it all the way through. Good supporting acidity which keeps the fruit balance in check. Having said that the imparting of cashew richness from the French oak treatment and superior wine-making from this quality Yarra Valley outfit results in a delicious smooth creaminess, with a touch of lees on the finish making it superb drinking. Drink for 5 plus years. Try it with a seafood platter. About $70.  

18 October 2015

Mr Riggs Outpost Coonawarra Cabernet 2013

You can find this at the around $25 mark. At that price it is value drinking especially given the Coonawarra origins and the quality of the fruit. I like the brooding seductive smooth enticing nose. Spicy fruit, berry fruit, plums and slowy unwinding from a tight start to a quite aromatic nose over a few minutes. Good alcohol at 14.5%, there present as is the oak. All youthful and elegant and tight and unwinding itself out in a promising way. Taut to mid in early palate then fleshes out beautifully to fill the mouth with delicious plums and blackcurrants. Delcious, moreish and yet with the tannin structure to develop over the next 10 years. Try it with roast lamb greek style with lemon potatoes.

13 October 2015

Premio Sangiovese Clare Valley 2012

This is the best Sangiovese I have tasted in a long long time. I like the variety and make no secret of the fact that it is well suited to Australian conditions as well as a versatile accompaniment to modern Australian cuisine. I like the way that it sits in that mid red space between ripe and savoury fruit and in terms of between light and full texture. It produces very easy drinking, fruit focussed, savoury balanced and food friendly wine. This is premium Sangiovese, imparting those classic ripe plum, sour cherry, earthy textures, black olives and rhubarb nuances. The tannins are fine, the oak seamless and well integrated. Alcohol there at 14%, but not sticking out. Long finish, delicious and moreish. Drink now because frankly it is drinking superbly right now. Try it with paella. About $38, value drinking.

9 October 2015

Tolpuddle Vineyard Chardonnay 2012

This comes from the Coal River region of Tasmania. Cool climate obviously. An excellent vintage the 2012 vintage is, reflecting so in what is an excellent Chardonnay. Hand picked grapes and given the full treatment, French oak, small part malo and occasional lees stirring I am told.
What emerges is a sophisticated refined and elegant New World Chardonnay, modern in style and demonstrating a capacity for medium term cellaring and development. The fruit is there classic peach melon with a hint of butterscotch, the acidity is fresh lively and racy, a tangyness emerges that also adds intrigue onto the palate and yet at nearly 3 plus years, it is still young and tight in its presentation with slowly unwinding textures. I like it a lot. Try it with pan fried barramundi fillets. About $65.

8 October 2015

Glenpara Head Office Barossa Valley Shiraz 2006

A big red wine through and through that has been tempered with age now, allowing the oak to smooth and integrate into the ripe good alcohol fruit. Blue fruit, red fruit and black fruit all meld together very nicely here, smooth long and velvety on the finish. The tannins are soft and ripe and long. The oak is well integrated. The fruit is still the shining star with deliciousness on the palate and finish from start to end. I like the way it has developed with time and poised and balanced and drinking well it is now. It is at its peak but will keep for a few more years yet. Try it with butter chicken. About $40.

Soumah Brachetto d'Soumah 2015

Thinking apertif here albeit a sweetish one, so the versatility is also there to utilise the remainder of it for dessert later. Either way you here with solid quality winemaking imparting a frizzante Rose' style. Strawberries, cranberry, watermelon and lemons come through nicely in the aromas, which are imparted in a robust forward and upfront way that makes its presence felt really well. Good acidity allows the fruit to do its part but this is a moreish crowd pleasing frizzy red wine that will delight all the senses. About $25. Try it with some good prosciutto.

3 October 2015

Forester Estate Sauvignon Blanc 2014

This is an excellent Margaret River Sav Blanc. I like the way it melds tropical and herbeaceous aromas on the nose, drawing you in with interesting long enticing characters. A savoury and ripe fruit combo, making it balanced and not over done one way or the other in terms of too much fruit nor too much acidity. Taut and lean bodied and long and polished and vibrant on the palate, you get the benefit of the fruit and also the tanginess of the acidity. Demands food like seafood to help set it off even more. drink Now. About $25.

O'Leary Walker Watervale Riesling 2010

A few years in the cellar has done wonders for this excellent Watervale SA Riesling. The lean dry and flintiness of early years, citrussy and slatey marble characters have now mellowed and melded into delicious well rounded smoother limes, lemon squash and apples. Delcious and moreish with still good supporting acidity by its side. More time will make it even better and there is enough in store to allow for this. A good each way bet. Around $22. Try it with Sri Lankan fish curry. Drink to 2019.

Windowrie The Mill Orange Sauvignon Blanc 2015

Fresh, crisp and tangy. Some zesty lemons, nice gooseberries, green apples and apples all reflecting the cool climate origins of this Central Ranges NSW white. Good cut of acidity providing a clean lively backbone, medium to dry, good fruit development, not too sharp on the acidity front but lean and stylish on the finish. Drink Now. Try it with salt and pepper prawns. About $18.

Gaelic Cemetery Vineyard Premium Riesling 2014

Quite herbal to start with, flinty, nice green apples and limes and then elements of lemongrass and a light inherent spiciness. The aromas are a bit of everything and I like them as they draw you in and make you ponder. Dry and light, alcohol is 11.5%, it is a pretty wine, flowery, elegant and nice easy soft drinking. Nice long dry finish. Drinking sooner than later. i.e next 4-5 years. Try it with broad bean risotto. About $35.

24 September 2015

Voyager Estate Old Block Cabernet Sauvignon 2011

Pure Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon - the old block goes back to 1978 and stems from the original vineyard on the estate's site. Quite poised elegant and balanced on the aroma front. Yes you get the classic earthiness, black olives, blueberries and spicy plums all there and pronounced and youthful, but these are all imparted in a restrained manner and one that slowly lets all these characters emerge and evolve on the nose. Indeed you get a tight fine initial palate with integrated oak and fine grainy tannins. You also get lovely blackcurrants and these are imparted in the same elegant and refined manner. The oak part is broodingly lightly sweet oak only complimenting the fruit as it carries its medium bodiedness all the way along. Watch this space for 10-12 years plus of future positive development. An excellent red at around $90. Try it with roast lamb.

Zonte's Footstep Z'Force Shiraz Petite Sirah 2012

I brought this McLaren Vale red blend to the fore today in light of the resurgence of cold Sydney weather. Head of the queue it goes. A bold rich ripe red wine - well blended and whilst a robust full bodied red it delivers the goods in a not OTT manner. Indeed the fruit is dense and chewy but not sickly so. Rather it is smooth long rich and seamless in impartment with nice red cherries, juicy plums, big blackberries and an inherent spiciness as well. The oak is there playing its side by side role with the fruit. Long haul this is through and through, one to leave in the cellar for a few years to soften up and then it will be an even better red than it is now. Ben Riggs is the winemaker. I like the way the fruit rolls down the throat delicious and moreish and as I said balanced and not OTT, so it is big red wine drinking now and I think it will be smoother and more elegant in say 7-10 years plus time. Either way you win and at under $50, it is well priced for this label's flagship wine. I would try it with Beef Wellington.   

14 September 2015

Voyager Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2004

One of the best red wines I've tasted in a long time. If I was scoring it I would give it a 96. I am told that 2004 was one of the great Margaret River vintages and that may account for some of the very high grape quality, but the wine making has really kicked some serious goals ever since then as well. The blend of Cabernet, Merlot and Petit Verdot really does work ever so well in terms of complementing each component and the synergy of them all really takes it to the next level. You get a seductively and brooding, succulent, chewy set of aromas, mulberries, spicy plums, a bit of green leaf still, cigar box aromas and smooth elegant classic-ness on the palate. Eminently drinkable, still more fuel in the tank, say up to 5 years. Beautiful wine, perfect with a nice piece of grilled Wagyu beef steak.   

7 September 2015

Topper's Mountain Red Earth Child 2012

A bit of everything in this red from this quality New England producer. Tempranillo, Tannat, Barbara and Nebbiolo making it an European style medium bodied fruity come savoury red wine. Drinkable by virtue of its smooth inviting welcoming litany of red and balck berry fruits, interest piqued by the spice filled aromas, cinnamon, allspice, red earth, savoury black olives and liquorice all sorts. The blending has been done very well here as nothing really sticks out disproportionately. Sooner rather than later drinking, and works a treat with grilled pork cutlet with colcannon.  About $38.

2 September 2015

Grant Burge Miamba Shiraz 2012

It is still cold enough to enjoy a big red wine. This is a big red Barossa red. It is upfront plums, blackberries, mulberries and dark chocolate with a brooding seductive nose. I like the robustness of it and the way that the concentrated fruit shines through projecting the dominant fruit in all its glory. The oak is there tempering with time yet still playing its supporting role well. The edges are smoothing on this a bit which makes for delicious easy drinking, seamless luscious and long in the aftertaste. It has the tannins ripe and strong to deliver over the next decade, but having said that, this bottle is drinking might fine now. 14.5 % alcohol, noticeable but not in a bad way. Try it with grilled pork ribs. About $22. 

Maxwell Ellen's Street Shiraz 2011

Special occasion red at around the $40 mark (thinking Father's Day hint), but it delivers bang on in my opinion at all levels. A balanced red wine from the McLaren Vale region that is drinking ever so well right now. A powerful deep dark purple, still youthful in colour, ink staining purple - 14.5% alcohol. The fruit comes across distinctively so but yet polished, pure and quite elegantly imparted. Concentrated delicious plums, cherries, milk chocolate and mocha oak characters, delicious and moreish from aroma set to the pleasant long aftertaste. Good oak there, well integrated, fine grainy tannins, a long haul red with a good decade ahead of it. I liked drinking this a lot, there was no spitting out nor judicious sampling here on this one. Try it with beef Wellington. About $40. 

31 August 2015

Tyrrells Heathcote Shiraz 2006

Pulled this out of the cellar the other day to have with a roast. Purple crimson ripe plum, luscious and aromatic, deep rich and fleshy fruit. Smooth obvious fruit, blackberries, plums, currants and then followed chocolate. Integrated oak, smooth ripe tannins, seamless, long and rich and ripe and delicious on the palate. The Heathcote region of Victoria has contributed excellent fruit here and the Tyrrells winemaking skills have come up with the goods over time. The high alcohol of 15.5% didnt effect the development and indeed there is plenty of fruit that makes this an easy drinking red. Try it with roast pork. About $25, back then.

Mr Riggs The Gaffer McLaren Vale Shiraz 2013

Again here is a big red wine this time from the McLaren Vale. I like the way that it shows off its boldness from the beginning with upfront ripe rich fruits, black and red, think spicy plums, dark red cherries and rich purple juicy mulberries. Good oak there and making its presence felt, vanillin oak and there and pronounced at that. Big tannins augur for a long haul. Say ten years plus and it is a red that demands solid comfort food. Try it with lamb shanks, oven roasted with hearty vegetables and a big side of creamy mash. You can find it around $20, and it is avlue plus at that price point.

21 August 2015

Shaw and Smith M3 Adelaide Hills Chardonnay 2014

Always look forward to this wine coming in for sampling - it is like being re-acquainted with a good old friend that you haven't seen for the past year and yet you know once you re-engage with one another, all will seem exactly as you left off last time. I think in wine making circles this is is called consistency of quality, and that is what this Chardonnay which is up there as one of Australia's best is most capably able of delivering year in year out. What I like about this year's vintage is the way the Chardonnay is tempered and balanced with no edges just a seamlessness from beginning to end of the finish. Classic nectarine, light honey apple, light lees character, hazelnuts and a savoury tangy edge to the fruit as well. The structure is stylish lean to medium and the acidity sits neatly at the back end of the fruit flavours. I am sure the oak is there but it is well integrated even at this early stage and doesn't make its presence felt in any major or overly way. Five years plus of development, drinking very well right now. Try it with homemade arancini. About $45.

19 August 2015

Toolangi Yarra Valley Chardonnay 2014

Bring me more! please! This Chardonnay just presses all the right buttons for me from start to finish. The purity, elegance and pristine-ness of the aromas are just spot on. Tight slowly unwinding and aromas eventually enveloping the glass, they come through shining and present all the classic peach melon cashew oak and light figs you would expect regionally to the fore. The highlight is the quality and style of this Yarra Valley Chardonnay fruit, classy tight and showcased well then crafted nicely by the winemaker taking it to the next level. Not overdone not overworked, fruit/ acidity and oak in sync and check and working very well for what still is a youngster of a white wine. It has 5-7 years on it easily, the development should demonstrate a well roundedness emerging and a nuttiness developing nicely with time. At around $28 it is fairly priced for such an excellent wine. It drinks superbly, my only complaint being there just doesn't seem to enough in the bottle! Try this with oven baked barramundi fillets and a lemon butter. Nice wine, well done Toolangi. 


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