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

31 March 2019

Devil's Lair The Hidden Cave Chardonnay 2017

This is bang on drinking for me. A really good Chardonnay from the Margaret River region of Western Australia that has had me going back to it regularly as my go to wine for all sorts of occasions.
It has substance and a defined fullsome structure.
It isn't afraid to say I am Chardonnay through and through and it delivers on this from the first moment onwards.
Fermented in a fair bit of French oak, the richness of the wine comes through the aromas big time. It has the ability to polarise I accept, but once you start drinking it its real value comes to the fore.
A pristine light yellow in colour. Classic peach on the nose comes through the palate along with light melon and a lovely butteriness, smooth and long on the finish. Delicious and moreish.
It has a year or so left on it but it is seriously good drinking right now.
At about $20 and often found on special a fair bit under this price, it delivers as I said at all levels.
Works well with Vietnamese cuisine, say some crispy chicken
      Drink now to 2020        Alc 12.5%.
             92/100 - Excellent.