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Tuesday, 21 January 2020

La Maschera Rosé 2019

Grenache with a dash of Sangiovese. My kind of Rosé from the get-go. 

It invites, has an aromatic prettiness. There's a range of berry driven aromatics - unsurprising given its comprised of Grenache and dash of Sangiovese.

Possesses a Crispness and punch of acid, something akin to a toffee apple thread long across the palate. Delightful. 92 

Tasted on: Friday 10th January 
Source: Sample
Price: $23
Alcohol: TBC
Closure: Screwcap
Website: https://www.samsmith.com/

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Anim Field Blend 2019

A wickedly juicy and delicious all-sorts field blend - in the true sense, being a blend of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Tempranillo and Muscat; picked on a single day and co-fermented - that comes across as a riot of red fruit, both aromatically and on the palate. 

Something like barely ripe raspberry that has got into a tete a tete with sour cherry and cranberry. It's Pinot-esque in its representation, light lithe and supple. Sappy and stemmy notes, seemingly an afterthought to the bright and juicy fruit. Just a sheer delight to drink. 93 

Tasted on: Wednesday 15th January 
Source: Retail, The Wine Experience
Price: $32
Alcohol: 13%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: http://www.animwine.com/

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Monday, 20 January 2020

Yalumba Y Series Rosé 2019

Made from Sangiovese IIRC, a bit of a go to in The Vinsomniac household, particularly when found on a 2 for $20 deal at the local large format boozeatorium. 

Wild strawberry, subtle musk and Turkish Delight aromatics. Crisp and clipped, dry and savoury, yet subtle cherry aspects; for the ask this is a cracking value Rosé. A prelude to a Sunday lunchtime sesh. 89

Tasted on: Saturday 16th November, a Flower day 
Source: Sample
Price: $15
Alcohol: TBC
Closure: Screwcap
Website: https://www.yalumba.com/

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Auld Family Wines Wilberforce Cabernet Shiraz 2015

The classic Aussie red blend.

Blackcurrant meets a hint of kirsch, there’s a suggestion of oak in the frame, squaring things up. Coffee grounds, mocha notes, all up a solid blend of the leading players.

Slightly fuller, sweet and succulent accented fruit, latterly a vanilla creme kiss long across the palate. Tannins are fine and long, chalky to boot casting a long shadow. Generosity of flavour and intent. 92

Tasted on: Wednesday 18th December
Source: Sample
Price: $35
Alcohol: 14.5%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: https://auldfamilywines.com/

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Sunday, 19 January 2020

Yalumba Y Series Riesling 2019

Decent entry level Rizza from a broader South Australian GI. Offers what is great and good about the variety, an attractive bouquet - floral, hints of Passionfruit even, yes lime in the frame too.

Crispness, good drive of acidity that gives length. Yes, perhaps it's not the most profound example, but it's bloody refreshing and great value.  89

Tasted on: Friday 15th November, a Root to Flower day 
Source: Sample
Price: $15
Alcohol: 11.5%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: https://www.yalumba.com/

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Wirra Wirra Woodhenge Shiraz 2017

Deep set, Mulberry touch of cedary oak, with earth and dark chocolate.

Fruits of the forest compote in profile, fruit and yet wrapped up with a smattering of oak. Concentrated, deep plum hints, bittering dark chocolate, oak.

It softens a touch, veering to red fruit. Young, will come together and develop. Enjoy as you wish. 92+

Tasted on: Wednesday 13th November, a Fruit to Root day
Source: Sample
Price: $35
Alcohol: 14.5%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: https://www.wirrawirra.com/

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Saturday, 18 January 2020

Mezzacorona Pinot Grigio 2018

Mezzacorona is the largest grower of Pinot Grigio in the world.

Slight leesy cheesy vibe over poached pear. Fleshy, honeyed, hints of stonefruit, semblance of texture and a gentle line of acidity run through the palate.

The Italians will throttle me for this, but it feels more Gris than Grigio. Horses for courses, refreshment is high. 88

Tasted on: Monday 11th November, a Fruit day
Source: Sample
Price: $20
Alcohol: 12.5%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: www.mezzacorona.it/en-us
Sample courtesy of: www.singlevineyards.com

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