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Tuesday, 29 November 2016

David O'Dea Preservative Free Organic Shiraz 2016


The bottle reminds me that I need to book an eye test.

Quite raw, primary, the purity of fruit singing here. Black fruit, mulberry and plummy hints

A Wine of contrast: at once both substantive and chewy, yet with an incredible lightness to it. This wine resonates, suggestive of having been raised on volcanic soils, deft hands applied in its upbringing. 


No, it's not classically structured, but it's contemporary in its light and lithe, here and now manner. 90 

Tasted on: Saturday 26th November, a Root to Flower day
Source: Sample
Price: $25
Alcohol: 14%
Closure: Screwcap

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Deviation Road Altair Brut Rosé NV

It could well be said that Kate Laurie has bubbles coursing through her veins, having - at the tender age of 19 - decided that winemaking was to be her chosen passion and promptly headed off to study at the Lycée Viticole d’Avize in Champagne.

This cracking fizz comprised of Chardonnay and Pinot Npir speaks clearly of its constituent parts: strawberry, raspberry, all round summer berry aromatic intro. 

Lively, energetic on entry; sprightly in glass, a good persistent bead. Supple, silken, has a good weight and elegant presence; red apple skins, a little spice in the mix. 

Damn good length 92 

Tasted on: Saturday 26th November, a Root to Flower day
Source: Sample
Price: $30
Alcohol: 12%
Closure: Cork
Website: http://www.deviationroad.com/

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Monday, 28 November 2016

Pig in the House Sauvignon Blanc 2015

Organic Sauvignon Blanc from Cowra (better known as the site of a PoW camp in WWII, from which there was a mass breakout - a little bit of Aussie military history for you there) in New South Wales.

There's a stand of lantana at the local markets i attend of a Sunday, this wine is somehwat redolent of that. Backed up with a little lime and nettle, it's entirely displeasing.

The palate carries capsicum, herb and a little green tomato. A touch of back palate bitterness is a nice counter to sharp acidity. Works well, balanced. 89

Tasted on: Saturday 26th November
Source: Sample
Price: $25
Alcohol: 12.5%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: http://www.piginthehouse.com.au/

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Mount Avoca Estate Sauvignon Blanc 2015

Had me yearning for that classic entree: melon and prosciutto, a particularly association if I do say so. There's a drizzle of honey in the mix too.

That doesn't quite carry through to the palate, it is fresh and racy with a little lime and lychee. 87

Tasted on: Saturday 26th November
Source: Sample
Price: $22.95
Alcohol: 13%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: http://mountavoca.com/

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Wirra Wirra Hiding Champion Sauvignon Blanc 2016

The Adelaide Hills and Sauvignon Blanc are a winning combination - typically offering a up a grassy, pungent manifestation of the variety. 

In the right hands it works well and The Hiding Champion is typically a solid offering. There's hints of raspberry leaf and passionfruit, a particularly pleasing aromatic combination.

Nice rounded mouthfeel, it sits well on the palate, acid is nicely balance and there's a supportive phenolic (mouthfeel) component that adds to the package. Lemongrass, lemon, zesty. Could happily go here. 92

Tasted on: Saturday 26th November
Source: Sample
Price: $24
Alcohol: 11%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: www.wirrawirra.com

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Mount Avoca Moates Lane Sauvignon Blanc 2015

Fairly neutral once you pop the old olfactory organ in there (not to be confused with the organ that the Queensland MP popped into his Cabernet Sauvignon). 

A touch Riesling-esque: lime, hints of latent tropical fruit. Clean, crisp, a little jarring acidity on the back palate. Touch too bitter for my liking. 86

Tasted on: Saturday 26th November
Source: Sample
Price: $15.95
Alcohol: 12.5%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: http://mountavoca.com/

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Bremerton Betty & Lu Sauvignon Blanc 2016

"A wine who’s name is quite simply derived from the nicknames we (Rebecca and Lucy Willson) have always called each other!"

If I were a winemaker, I could think of many other varieties that I would put my name too!

That said, it's playful, fresh and zesty - I cannot comment whether that is as one may find the Willson Sisters, but fair do's. Yes it has the cut grass, a little bitter lemon and a freshening acidity - without being too jarring. Picked judiciously one would suggest - fair play. 89

Tasted on: Saturday 26th November
Source: Sample
Price: $17
Alcohol: 11.5%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: http://www.bremerton.com.au/

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