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Wednesday, 20 July 2022

De Bortoli Melba Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2018


Only made in exceptional years, the Melba is named after Dame Nelly (who gave her name to the peach).

Forget about any presence of peach - or any stonefruit for that matter - here, it's a classically structured Cabernet: black fruit - think plum, damson, hints of blackcurrant - with savoury edges.

Really it's the grippy tannins that win here, coating the palate and giving both length, breadth and depth. As much as you might want to get your hands on Nellie now, patience is a virtue. One for the long haul! 94

Tasted on: Wednesday 25th May
Source: Sample
Price: $160
Alcohol: 13.5%
Closure: Cork
Website: https://www.debortoli.com.au/

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Tuesday, 19 July 2022

Mt Bera Amphitheatre Shiraz Blaufrankisch 2019


Unsure of % of each blend here (based on label).

Whilst dense and dark in glass, it evokes a perfume of blue and red fruits - somewhat of a contrast.

Blaufrankisch always evokes a very 'blue' aroma, no exception here. The plummy Shiraz notes are also present, all up presenting a very attractive package in intro.

The palate is light, supple - without sacrificing depth and a tight grain of tannin. It's an impressive blend, something of an all-rounder. 92

Tasted on: Tuesday 31st May
Source: Sample
Price: $30
Alcohol: 13.5%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: https://mtberavineyards.com.au/

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Tuesday, 5 April 2022

Edenflo Eden Valley Fresh Prince 2021


Plum, earth, hint of clove

Delicate on entry, the fruit sings, free from encumbrances of excessive oak and artifice.

A delicate grip of tannin, a fine rub, fruit resurgence and a splash of acid for juiciness. It's at turns a comfort, yet playful. An embrace, yet also an indication of time ahead. A lively finish brings it all back again, like getting a second chance all over. 93

Tasted on: Wednesday 30th March
Source: Sample
Price: $35
Alcohol: 13%
Closure: Cork
Website: https://edenflowines.com.au/

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Sunday, 3 April 2022

Jules Taylor The Jules Rosé 2021


Berry driven nose: strawberries, cream - soft, sensuous.

Palate is somewhat rounded and textural. I recommended serving pretty cool - this came wine fridge cold - to flatten the palate and accentuate the back palate.

There's enough interest to make this one with broad appeal. Could easily smash a bottle - or two - of this over lunch. 90

Tasted on: Thursday 24th March
Source: Sample
Price: $20
Alcohol: 13%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: https://www.julestaylor.com/

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Wednesday, 23 March 2022

Tapanappa Tiers Vineyard 1.5m Chardonnay 2021


A sheeer delight from the get go, with grilled peach and toasted hazelnuts. There's a creaminess, almost a milky panacotta like offering, with perhaps a little herb - sage - steeped.

The palate is crisp, taut - a certain minerally quality and intensity through the mid to back palate. A touch of struck mack funkiness and a delightful line of grapefruity acidity tidying up the finish. Yes, this is good. 94

Tasted on: Friday 18th March
Source: Sample
Price: $55
Alcohol: 13.8%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: https://tapanappa.com.au/

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De Bortoli Organic Shiraz Field 2020


This is De Bortoli's first certified organic wine, off of their Hemley vineyard. Presently they've 6.2% of their Riverina vineyards certified organic, with a goal to make that 10% by 2025.

Billed as a 'field blend', but is also 100% Sguraz. Anyway, the wine in question is rich, ripe, plummy - there's a depth here, a suggestion of clove and cocoa nib spice too.

Medium to full palate: lighter red fruit against a darker fruit backdrop. Powdery tannin through the mid palate, lick of acid.

Solid Shiraz from warmer climes, in a middleish bodied package. 89

Tasted on: Friday 18th March
Source: Sample
Price: $17.50
Alcohol: 14.5%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: www.debortoli.com.au

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Tuesday, 22 March 2022

Terre à Terre Crayères Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2020


Melon meets something like a white pepper and sandalwood nose. Exotic, you might say; deriv,tive you would not.

Texture meets a subtle grapefruit acidity. For those familiar with the variety, here it's more of note to state how this example stands out from that crowd. It's judiciously picked, fermented and bottled to ensure its a far cry from the astringent examples you might be used to.

What it is, is poised, balanced; a fruit presence is juxtaposed against savoury elements derived from both a picking regimen and fermentation vessels.

Excellent intensity and a sustained finish that would no doubt have any wine lover re-appraising Australian Sauvignon Blanc. 93

Tasted on: Sunday 20th March
Source: Sample
Price: $50
Alcohol: 13.5%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: https://terreaterre.com.au/

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