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Penfolds Koonunga Hill Cabernet Sauvignon 2015
Deep purple with ruby red hints. Still youthful despite its age.
Intense deep powerful nose full of berries and currants. Think blackcurrants, blackberry jam and dark red cherries. Spice filled, hints of dark chocolate, the nose subsumes the glass with lashings of fruit underpinned by good sweetish oak.
Layers of fruit and oak come through in waves through the aromas developing nicely in the glass, promising more good things to come.
Deep ripe fruit with well integrated oak and tannins on the palate. Well blended and put together. Nice drinking, mid to full bodieness, well rounded but enough there for more development over the next 5 years. Delicious with a long dry finish, this pairs a treat with a variety of cuisine.
Try this with slow cooked Greek lamb shoulder.
Alc 14.5% About $20. Drink to 2027. 94/100 - Excellent.
Tahbilk Marsanne 2014
You don't see much Marsanne amongst the sea of white varietals that are part of the Australian wine market. Sad because it is a cracker varietal especially when well made and when sample with a few years of cellaring.
Tahbilk are a quality Victorian winery, been around forever and know more than a thing or two about growing grapes and making wine built to last the distance and get better with age.
Still a lemon yellow bright colour despite its age. Citrus lemons dominate, an inherent minerality supports them, apricots and peaches follow with a honeyness coming through with time in the glass. It is well balanced on the palate, yet still with dryness and crispness on the finish and delicious glorious fruit - think peach melon and ripe citrine lemon tart flavours.
Swirl drink and repeat results in a very pleasurable drinking experience.
Try it with pea and pancetta pasta risotto.
About $20, 12.9% Alc. Drink to 2024. 95/100 - Superb.
d'Arenberg the Olive Grove Chardonnay 2019
A lot of boxes being ticked here for me on the wine drinking front.
Aromas, structure, taste, versatility and value.
Sourced from both McLaren Vale and Adelaide Hills fruit, you get substance and a classy structure to the wine.
Pale yellow in colour, there is a lovely vibrant set of aromas here - think classic peach melon along with cashews and citrus lemons and limes. Nice and moreish. Good fruit there defined and lineal, imparted with tempered oak, lively acidity making all its dimensions delivered in sync and harmony.
Long fresh luxuriant Chardonnay drinking.
Try with chicken pesto.
Drink to 2024. Alc 13.0%. About $20. 92/100 - Excellent.
Zonte's Footstep Scarlet Ladybird Rose` 2020
Those who of us who take their Rose` seriously (as we should!) will want to know this wine is derived from fruit dominant of Grenache and Cabernet Sauvignon with a dash of Tempranillo and sourced from the McLaren Vale and Langhorne Creek areas of South Australia.
Those of us interested in a funky hip and pleasurable drinking experience (as we also should!) will appreciate gazing at the salmon pink colours as they flow into the glass. Shortly thereafter a quick sharp swirl will release a litany of berry fruit - mainly strawberries, cherries and raspberries. Sweet ripe fruit tempered with good fresh acidity giving it balance. Tasting it will result in fields of red juicy fruits, mock cream and yet also a dry finish that makes it oh so gluggable! Enjoy, this is an excellent Rose` for all type of wine afficionados.
Try it with soy braised chicken and tofu.
Drink Now. About $22. Alc 13.5%. 92/100 - Excellent.
Elephant In The Room Jumbo Chardonnay 2019
Value plus from this Limestone Coast South Australian Chardonnay.
Good solid honest Chardonnay delivered varietally, regionally and at quality and price. Job done in my books.
Good upfront lemon yellow fruit in the glass. Beautiful peach melon fruit at that.
Ripe lifted simple forward full flavoured fruit. Fresh acidity and good oak supporting it well.
Long and delicious on the palate, you get a lovely creaminess as well.
Moreish and a treat to have with crumbed salmon fillets and a greek salad.
Drink Now. About $15. Alc 13.5%. 90/100 - Very Good.
Angullong Shiraz 2019
An excellent cool climate spicy bold Shiraz from the Orange region made from this very good boutique winery.
Deep blackish purple, in its youth. Has an easy decade in it.
The nose has it all - red and black fruit, spice, peppery notes, liquourice aniseed. Classy fruit, well imparted oak, fine grainy tannins. A rich seductive nose with plenty of fruit and oak and alcohol. Nothing out of sync even in these early days. Has lots of cellaring and development potential. Drinks beautifully. A lovely red wine in all aspects - quality and value.
Try it with tortellini with slow cooked beef and pork ragu.
Alc 14.5%. About $22. Drink til 2029. 92/100 - Excellent.
Oyster Bay Marlborough Chardonnay 2018
The Marlborough region of New Zealand knocks out its fair share of solid quality whites. This Chardonnay has been a mainstay of the Oyster Bay stable for as long as I can recall. I came across it the other day and it is a really good Chardonnay if you still like a bit of oak in it.
You get plenty of juicy primary fruit, peach melon and citrus fruits dominating. Ripe sweet fresh fruit characters, held up with a fair share of oak. Not OTT, just right oak there noticeable and showing off nuttiness, cashews on the smooth rich palate. Good fresh acidity there as well supporting the fruit.
Drinkable, highly drinkable. Try it with bbq prawns.
Drink Now. 12.5%. About $15. 90/100 - Very Good.
Angullong Merlot 2018
A rich ripe luxuriant Merlot from this boutique cool climate Orange region winery.
Very pleasurable drinking from begining to end. Deep brooding dark purple blackish. A youngster with time on its side. The youth and alcohol don't distract however.
The brooding spicy plums dominate the nose. Stunning vibrant and fresh, yes ripe, intense and uplifted but not over the top in any way. Balanced long smooth and seamless on the palate. Fruit check, oak check, acidity check, tannin structure check - the winemaker can take a bow.
Very moreish drinking here. Really good Merlot showing off what it can do. Giving it a few years may imporve it but it really is drinking smashingly well now.
Oh and did I mention the word value anywhere here.
Try it with tagliatelle alla ragu.
About $22. 14.5%. 93/100 - Excellent.
Madfish Premium White Chardonnay 2018
For the price, it is value drinking plus. This Western Australian Chardonnayis bang on with its varietal and regional influences ticking the boxes neatly as you smell and taste it.
Classic peach melon with tropical fruit notes and good oak, there making its presence felt and supporting the overall fruit drivenness of this wine. The acidity is also there as well, supporting the fruit giving it a freshness and crispness. This Chardnnay is not pretending to be anything more than a very good white versatile in its ability to suit a variety of cuisines. Having said that it does its job very well indeed.
Quite full and robust on the palate, the fruit is the star here.
Try with buccatini and a rose' cream sauce.
About $18. Alc 13.0%. Drink Now. 90/100 - Very Good.
Henkell Trocken Dry-Sec Sparkling Wine
This German sparkling wine delivers bang for buck and quality at that.
Pale straw, it is brilliant very light yellow in the glass with tight fine beads forming.
The aromas are classic citrus, lemon curd, limes and fresh green apples. Soft acidity accompanying making it use friendly. On the dry side on the palate yet the fruit still comes through very well indeed. I like the way it does this showing off the fruit but not being too overpowering. It creates popular appeal through its impartment of flavours yet with restraint.
Great standalone sparkling wine but will work fine with the right lighter style cuisine.
Try it with Vietnamese fresh spring rolls.
Alc. 11.5%. About $15. Drink Now. 90/100 – Very Good.