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Monday, 22 January 2018

Mr Mick Tempranillo 2015

Good value in the Mr Mick range, retailing full-tote at under $20. This is my pick from the bunch.

Coffee grounds, mocha-like notes, choc-blueberry hints latently sitting. 

Smooth, tastes a bit like that vanilla coke you could buy a way back. Has some fruit in the mix and a rub of tannin across the palate that gives some grip and shape. Goes alright with its fleshy come-hither ways. 89  

Tasted on: Tuesday 12th September, a Root day
Source: Sample
Price: $17
Alcohol: 13.5%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: https://mrmick.com.au/

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Ferngrove Dragon Shiraz 2015

Interesting mix of aromatics here, bit reductive, combining the fruit and the savoury. Inherently black fruited at its heart, blackcurrant purple florals thrown in. The savoury is in the form of woody spice. 


It's a mix seen on the palate too: sweet black fruit dominates, possibly too sweet. Oak derived tannin flows mid-palate and bolsters the wine in its final third. But it needs air and time. 88  

Tasted on: Monday 18th September, a Leaf to Fruit day
Source: Sample
Price: $32
Alcohol: 14%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: www.ferngrove.com.au

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Sunday, 21 January 2018

Mitchell Harris Sauvignon Blanc Fumé 2016

Leads with a creamy, almost bruleé character, with aromatics of lime and perhaps a suggestion of fennel tops (but that could be the salad we'd made for dinner...)

Has a richness, depth, lovely grip. Hints of spice on an excellent length. 93

Tasted on: Saturday 20th January 2018
Source: Sample
Price: $27
Alcohol: 13%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: https://mitchellharris.com.au/

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Bremerton Coulthard Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

Cracking classic Cabernet: cedar, oak, blackcurrant. It's soft in its form, perhaps doughy oak. 

Fruit is the primary factor on the palate. Again i was drawn to the word soft , a pillowy - cushioned - entry into the palate. The fruit again present, not a dominating force, sitting well against moderate tannin. 

Really its an easy drinking, uncomplicated take on Cabernet. Good drinking for sure. 90  

Tasted on: Thursday 7th September, a Flower to Leaf day 
Source: Sample
Price: $22
Alcohol: 14.5%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: http://www.bremerton.com.au/

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Bremerton Battonage Shiraz Malbec 2015

Not what I'd consider the most natural bedfellows, just based on a personal lack of awareness of their co-existence. Nonetheless the somewhat smokey Malbec combined with dusky, plummy fruit is a good combination. Throw oak in the mix and you've a particularly attractive proposition. 

Fermented and matured in oak for 14 months with battonage on the Malbec - in the wineries eyes - to build complexity. It's quite fine in its initial proposition, a silken medium bodied thing with an ultra fine grain of tannin that makes itself known. 

Something like a milk chocolate, vanilla and berry composition on the finish gives a lasting memory. Good all rounder. 92 

Tasted on: Wednesday 6th September, a Flower day 
Source: Sample
Price: $32
Alcohol: 14.5%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: http://www.bremerton.com.au/

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Saturday, 20 January 2018

Wirra Wirra Hiding Champion Sauvignon Blanc 2017

Wirra Wirra seem to have got the handle on the Hiding Champion this vintage. The passionfruit and gooseberry are the champ's calling card this vintage, seemingly eschewing the herb and grassiness that can often dog the variety.

There's a juicy, limey, sour tang to proceedings to the wine. It all just hangs off of a good line. Almost like Sauv Blanc for Riesling lovers (or made by a Riesling lover). 92

Tasted on: Saturday 20th January 2018
Source: Sample
Price: $24
Alcohol: 12.5%
Closure: Srewcap
Website: www.wirrawirra.com

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Mr Mick Riesling 2017

Classic lime, kaffir - something suggestive of an oiliness. Bath salts. In summary a good Riesling profile. 

Juicy acid ahoy! Has a bid of width and spread about it. Then that acid, at first sip its almost searing in its intensity. Not the most going on mind, but lazer like focus will have this slaking the most stubborn of thirsts for sure. 88  

Tasted on: Sunday 17th September, a Leaf day
Source: Sample
Price: $17
Alcohol: 12%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: mrmick.com.au

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