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Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Taylor’s Promised Land Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

Generic red fruit on offer here, lacks a varietal distinction from my blogger’s view point. Still, what am I asking of it at $14?

Fair amount of sweet black fruit, almost compote like in its representation. Too sweet for my liking. Offers a little tannin, but not much else. Doesn’t really put a foot wrong, yet does little right either


There’s better (try the Merlot in the same range). A no from me. 85

Tasted on: Saturday 2nd July, a Root day
Source: Sample
Price: $14
Alcohol: 13.5%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: http://www.taylorswines.com.au/

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Riversdale Estate Musca Syrah 2014

Sappy elements, of new growth and hedgerow (don't be alarmed now) suggestive of whole bunch inclusion. 

Mid-weight, spice, depth that builds. Somewhat reminiscent of a peppery Crozes-Hermitage. Beyond that a little black cherry, blackcurrant fruit - a cautious glimpse between spice peaks. 

Has a good weight, glossy texture, more about savoury than fruit, a good spine Of interest. 91, touch and go a point higher.  

Tasted on: Wednesday 27th July, a Fruit day
Source: Sample
Price: $57
Alcohol: 14.5%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: http://riversdaleestate.com.au/

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Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Katnook Founder's Block Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

All prime cassis, sitting square and front - you can see how it would appeal. There's gum and a little mint to boot. 

All that doesn't quite translate to the palate, mid-weight, semblance of black fruit and a little gruff tannin on the finish. 


The Shiraz marginally has the edge here. 87 

Tasted on: Monday 4th July, a Flower day
Source: Sample
Price: $20
Alcohol: 13.5%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: www.katnookestate.com.au

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Shaw & Smith Lenswood Vineyard Chardonnay 2014

Whilst Shaw + Smith's exemplar M3 Chardonnay is an exercise in regional composition, the individual site that makes up much of the core of that wine has been celebrated with its own single vineyard release in the portfolio. 

Comprising about three puncheons, one of which is new, this wine seems somewhat reserved, mute: it’s all about citrus, with a little zestyness, a freshness and a little draw of fresh herb adding to that.

The palate is fresh, positively alive - has excellent shape, back palate texture, not creaminess - savoury nuances, flinty and mineral-like. It’s crisp, almost snapping to attention as it draws long across the palate. And length, what fantastic length here. 94 

Tasted on: Monday 8th August
Source: Tasting
Price: $85
Alcohol: 12%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: http://www.shawandsmith.com/

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Monday, 22 August 2016

De Bortoli La Boheme Act Two Pinot Noir Rosé 2016

Strawberry leads here, a little macerated red berry fruit; musky, rose, hint of citrus.

Dry, with a savoury - almost twiggy - mien; there's a suggestion of caramelisation, candied fruits.

It's long on the finish, savoury and drying. A consistent standout example of rosé from the producer that brought to the public fore the pale and dry revolution! 92 

Tasted on: Saturday 20th August, a Flower to Leaf day
Source: Retail
Price: $20
Alcohol: 12.7%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: debortoli.com.au

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Rock of Wisdom Grenache 2014

A mere 852 bottles/ 71 dozen made - never let it be said that wine scribes/bloggers/pontificators are not in a privileged position.

Rock of Wisdom is Pete (former BD Viti at Torbreck, now grape whisperer at Unico Zelo) and Sofi (Pete's boss, consumer of booze).

A wine in the mould of the new Barossa, where Grenache is allowed to shine, free from the burdens of heavy oak: whole bunch, natural ferments, old French oak. The result: good berry driven aromatics, underlying savoury hints - there's whole bunch (30%), judiciously used to lend spice and savoury intent.

This immediately leads to the palate: it's smooth, rounded with elemental structure. It all resolves perfectly: body, structure/ fine grained tannin. Length is good: savoury, a little residual fruit sweetness - excellent balance. 92 

Tasted on: Saturday 20th August, a Flower to Leaf day
Source: Sample
Price: $28
Alcohol: 14.2%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: rockofwisdom.com.au

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Sunday, 21 August 2016

The Lane Block 1A Chardonnay 2015

Look, I'm going to come out with it and say that I just didn't find this as convincing as the 3A.

Opens with stonefruit that gives way to creamed corn with a sweet nuttiness. 

Palate immediately shows something substantive, weighty, fleshy; there's quite a throw of citrus in the mix too. A modicum of spice. 


Citrus become more prominent with time, but it doesn't quite pull it all together for me. 88 

Tasted on: Saturday 20th August, a Flower to Leaf day
Source: Sample
Price: $20
Alcohol: 13%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: https://www.thelane.com.au/

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