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Friday, 26 November 2021

Jacob's Creek Double Barrel Chardonnay 2020


Figgy kind of Chardonnay here, suggestion of citrus.

Palate shows more of a nutty, marzipan and spice character - that could be the secondary influence of the whisky barrels. Regardless, there's an appealing nature - even an offer of orange peel - to this wine.

Perhaps not the greatest of depth and length of flavour, but a well balanced and rounded proposition. 88

Tasted on: Thursday 4th November
Source: Sample
Price: $27
Alcohol: 13.5%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: https://www.jacobscreek.com/

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Patina Pinot Noir 2018


Even at 3y of age it still feels youthful and primary. Berry fruit with a slight sour edge lurking beneath.
It's light on entry - yet with a soft, sensuous and pillowy approach through the middle of the wine.

A line of cool climate acidity threads its way across, forming the wine's spine. There's a lasting finish, tugging further, creating a lingering memory.

It feels deceitful, in a good way: youthful, yet with a suggestion of maturity that is its destiny and what awaits further. 92

Tasted on: Wednesday 17th November
Source: Sample
Price: $45
Alcohol: 13.6%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: https://patinawines.com.au/

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Thursday, 25 November 2021

Harewood Estate Porongurup Riesling 2021


Lemongrass, citrus, an undercurrent of salinity sitting gently beneath. 

The delicate fragrance not quite in tune for a Riesling packing a punch and tang of flavour.

A zest and minerality performs a lively dance across the palate, down the spine and through to a fine finish. Porongurup is certainly a sub-region to watch, the Harewood Rieslings generally too. 93

Tasted on: Wednesday 13th October
Source: Sample
Price: $30
Alcohol: 12%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: https://harewood.com.au/

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Tuesday, 23 November 2021

Yangarra Rosé 2020


Whole berry, basket pressed; wild yeast Ferment, lees maturation and battonage. Rosé shown some love, the Yangarra way. 

Touch of Turkish Delight and rose petal, softly accented, to entice. 

Crisp, clipped, has a cool approach - in that it feels punchy across the palate. Spiced nuance moving through the final third, driving length. 

Rivals the best of any, so-called, Provençal style Rosé. 93

Tasted on: Friday 4th September 
Source: Sample
Price: $27
Alcohol: 13.5%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: https://www.yangarra.com/

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Monday, 22 November 2021

Blue Pyrenees Bone Dry Rosé 2020


I had to double check that I'd not already reviewed this, for my tasting experiences show Rosés typically tend to be released in the same year as declared vintage, not here it would seem!
Strawberry, watermelon, touch of dried herb in the mix.

It's dry as, with a wicked crunch through the length of the wine. It's delicate, with a fine veneer on initial entry and following through on a tight phenolic pinch. It has it all: aromatics, flavour, length and a touch of texture. A yes from me. 92

Tasted on: Wednesday 17th November
Source: Sample
Price: $23
Alcohol: 13%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: https://bluepyrenees.com.au/

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Ballycroft Small Berry Mataro 2017


2.1t hand harvested on 20th April 2017. Spending18m in shaved out American oak.

The residual oak - from the 18m in re-purposed American - is evident on both the aromatics and across the palate. 

It feels right, and deep, and with the warmth of its alcohol and oak vessel. 

Fennel pollen on the nose; fruit is present: plum and black cherry depths - for which the variety is renowned - succeed in drawing the imbiber in. It still feels young, even at 3y of age. 

Over time it settles, becoming a more composed wine, at ease with itself. The back end sees the addition of Dutch liquorice, adding its mark across the finish. 91

Tasted on: Monday 5th October 
Source: Sample
Price: $45
Alcohol: 14.7%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: https://www.ballycroft.com/

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Sunday, 21 November 2021

Tim Adams Riesling 2020


Classic lemons and limes - not you'd expect anything else, or want more in a classic Clare Riesling. 

More lime across the palate, classic profile, touch of citrus zip, zing and zest - albeit with the dial turned down a touch. Still, refreshment personified. 91

Tasted on: Saturday 26th September 
Source: Sample
Price: $24
Alcohol: 12%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: https://www.timadamswines.com.au/

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