27 April 2019
Robert Stein Mudgee Reserve Chardonnay 2017
This is a quality single vineyard Chardonnay. Handpicked, 50% French oak and a small bit of malo, Jacob Stein the winemaker has certainly given this the works.
A lovely youthful pale straw. Fresh and vibrant are my first impressions. The aromas, are classic - think lush citrus, fresh fig, tropical fruits such as melon and passionfruit. Lightly spiced.
A smooth well integrated Chardonnay follows. The fruit is seamless, almost velvety luscious smooth and long. Delightful drinking, effortless down the throat. Bring me more it says. The melon dominates nicely on the finish. You might think all this fruit detracts a little from a structural perspective but this is an elegant classy Chardonnay overall.
It is really well put together, again I use the word seamless in my notes and that reflects the synchronicity of the fruit and the long lovely mouthfeel and finish.
A very nice special occasion wine. Try this with panfried lobster tails.
Alc 13.0%. Drink to 2022. About $40. 94/100 - Excellent.
Castle Rock Estate Diletti Chardonnay 2017
The usual Saturday tasting bench has me tasting a standard measure of this West Australian Chardonnay.
However before long the glass is filled right up as I enjoy this wine as part of my Saturday lunch.
That in itself should be enough of an endorsement for you to tell how much I enjoyed drinking this Chardonnay made by Rob Diletti.
The Chardonnay is from the cool climate Porongurup Ranges in the Great Southern region of Western Australia and it is quite deservedly the winery's flagship Chardonnay.
A light pale yellow youthfulness in colour, the aromas are classic citrus dominated, fresh and lush and vibrant. Lemons, apples and oranges shine through. The nose is lifted, quite pronounced, not overly sharp but does its job well in announcing the positive fruit in the glass.
The palate however is softer and smooth. The acidity as implied is not sharp but actually quite soft and rounded resulting in the marriage of the fruit and oak being well integrated and producing a long smooth finish with plenty of citrus and some lovely honey melon.
At its price it is value drinking and it is also a wine for all occasions.
If I were you I would drink this in the next 2-3 years. I in turn will be finishing this off in a much much shorter period of time.
Try it with oven baked barramundi.
Alc 12%. Drink to 2021/2. About $30. 95/100 - Superb.
7th April 2019
Zonte's Footstep Chocolate Factory McLaren Vale Shiraz 2017
This is unmistakenably 100% McLaren Vale Shiraz. This is a big bold shameless Aussie shiraz.
Glorious ink staining deep cherry purple hues.
The aromas oozing from the glass are classic McLaren Vale
The nose is intense, quite complex and has a lot going on.
Strong berry and good solid milk chocolate flavours come to the fore and remain there for ages.
Hints of tobacco, classic elements of red earthiness, lots of spice follow in what is a full bodied fruit driven red.
There is good alcohol here at 14.5%, noticeable but not distracting, plenty of heavy red and black fruit and solid French and American oak working its way through it all.
The palate is solid and chewy, well integrated delivering blackberries, spicy plums, cherries and yes of courrse plenty of chocolate. The smoothness coupled with the length of finish makes it delicious drinking now, developing and with the silky tannins to keep delivering for quite a few years yet.
It is a very good cooler weather red that demands to be paired with food, good solid wholesome home cooking. I am thinking of a slow cooked beef stew with parmesan dumplings.
Drink to 2025 - RRP $27.50 - 90/100 - Very Good