17 July 2019

Zonte's Footstep Lake Doctor Shiraz 2013

The winery sent this across to show how the latest vintage hopefully stacks up with the benefit of a few years (ps they need not worry!)
I will write up the latest vintage later but this review went to the top of the pile to be publsihed as it is simply a cracker of a red!
Regrettably (and understandably) it is out of stock from the winery so you may have to look around for it to find it.
Gloriously deep blackish red Langhorne Creek fruit resonates from the glass.
A brooding maturing and soothing red wine ensues as a blend of Shiraz and Viognier sets forth.
Classic plums, ripe and seductive, forward and almost overpowering but in such a good way. The intense aromas put forth blackberries, raspberries, cherries all imparted beautifully in a way that marries it with the oak effortlessly and in sync and it all flows ever so well and lineally on the nose and then rewards again to the next level of the palate with a smoothness longness and mouth coating array of dark and red fruits providing long term deliciousness and calling you in to pour (and drink) another glass.
It still has at least 5-7 very good years ahead of it IMO (conservatively).
Try this with Spanish paella.

About $25. Alc 14.5%. 95/100 - Superb.

16 June 2019

Five Oaks Yarra Valley SGS Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

A deep youthful purple. Still very young. Quite tightly wound up. Took a good ten minutes to loosen up. 
What follows is a spice filled fresh energetic and vibrant quite forward nose. Think blueberries, blackcurrants, spicy plums, cool raspberries, light mint, white pepper and hints of allspice. 
A classy elegant red with silky tannins and seamless oak. The oak is there not OTT youthful and in sync with the rest of the restrained power that the fruit is also providing. The alcohol is also in sync. 
So overall what you get are lovely plums and currants on the palate now, fruit focused, soft and well imparted. 
It glides down the throat and is drinking fine now but as I said it has plenty more to come in the next decade. 
A very decent special occasion wine.
Try this with roast lamb shoulder and lemon potatoes and sauteed peas and ham.

13.9% Alc. Drink to 2026 plus plus. 95/100 - Superb.

16 April 2019

Wente Morning Fog Estate Grown Chardonnay 2017

I couldn't wait to get home to write this up. It was such a good wine.
A Californian Chardonnay from the Livermore Valley in San Francisco Bay.
This is all class. Youthful pale honey lemon in colour, an elegant tightly knit set of aromas, pure and slowly starts unwinding.
There is oak treatment here but it has been done ever so beautifully and diligently that the balance is just ever so spot on. Part barrel fermentation adds the complexity to the solid primary fruit and together they marry and carry through the palate superbly. Citrus lemons, white peaches, ripe pear these carry through to a creamy palate fruit driven with just right acidity as well.  A delicious and just perfectly seamless drinking Chardonnay. Top shelf winemaking here.

Try this with a Japanese omelette

Alc 13.5%. About $20. 

96/100 - Outstanding