Thursday, 20 November 2014

Jean Foillard Morgon Côte du Py 2011

The importer of this wine is thankful that the producer doesn't live in Burgundy. So am I. I'd been keen to try this for a while, promptly securing a bottle when I finally found it at a retail store in Brisbane. Contrary to what other addicts may do, the thrill of securing a small piece of such a consumable product was enough, leaving this bottle to gently rest in the sanctity of the wine fridge. But there comes a time, a moment when such an item calls, its lure can be resisted no longer.

At a time when many wines receive glowing, effusive reviews - and scores in the mid-high 90s - I felt a curious combination of guilt and vulgarity at awarding this wine a mere 95 points. A wine attracting such an award should be considered world class, a claim I'd be happy to stand behind here. However, draw from my confession what you will.

Opens to funk, meat/charcuterie; earthen beetroot, florals, cherry pie and fresh cracked pepper. Possesses a velvet like entry, excellent dense cherry fruit; structured, moving to a mineral laden and firmer core, acid aiding and abetting length. 

And oh what length it has - so impressive in its sustain. A wine that straddles a line, a double-helix of firmness and elegance. 95


Tasted on: Saturday 25th October
Source: Retail, Craft Red Hill
Price: $60ish
Alcohol: ?
Closure: Cork
Importer Website: http://www.andrewguard.com.au/

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Thursday, 13 November 2014

Lark Hill Shiraz Viognier 2013


Opens with a leading aromatic lift, of bright red fruits; attractive, approachable. Medium bodied, peppery with exquisite silken tannins and a little Viognier slipperyness.

Savoury punctuation at the wine's conclusion, a point that just adds further to an already excellent wine. 92

Tasted on: Tuesday 4th November, a Leaf day 
Source: Sample
Price: $30
Alcohol: 13%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: http://www.larkhillwinery.com/

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Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Lowe Mudgee Blue Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz 2012


Cabernet leads here, front and centre - its cedary charms on offer. A sweeter edge pulls through on entry, then it's juicy - a little tart blue fruit with a nip of acid.

Lacks a bit of stuffing in the middle third, but offers reasonable length. It's a pleasure now and seems to suggest it has enough to reward over the short term, say 5-7years. 89

Tasted on: Monday 3rd November, a Flower transitioning to Leaf day 
Source: Sample
Price: $30
Alcohol: 14%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: http://www.lowewine.com.au/

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Longhop Shiraz 2013


From the talented hands of Dom Torzi, of Torzi-Matthews.

Toasty, malty oak - uses a combination of American and French - on intro. At odds with itself, at turns it seems rich and lithe. There's black fruit, savoury aniseed twists - immediate savoury hits are delivered in tandem with enmeshed black fruit.

Persistent, swirling fruit and aniseed in a twin spiral dive towards a finish of decent length. 90

Tasted on: Monday 3rd November, a Flower transitioning to Leaf day 
Source: Sample
Price: $18
Alcohol: 14%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: http://www.oldplains.com/

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Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Coriole Nero d'Avola 2014


Third bottling and second commercial release of Coriole's Nero d'Avola - a variety that is quietly going about getting itself established in a range of regions across South Australia.

Made in a drink now, very approachable style - a 'Joven' Nero if I can license that Spanish term for what is a variety of Italian origin. You'd expect to see the style morph and finesse over time as the vines become established.

Bright, forward, cherry and baked cherry pie; dried herb and aniseed add to the equation, but really it's all about the juicy red fruit freshness.

Medium bodied, a juicy crunch of acidity; jubey, a touch of spice, easy tannin and cracked pepper. I just found it so easy going, so refreshing - yet with a little savoury tail offering a nice contrast. 90

Tasted on: Thursday 30th October, a Fruit to Root day 
Source: GFWS
Price: $25
Alcohol: 14%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: http://www.coriole.com/

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Lark Hill Wines Mr V Biodynamic Viognier Marsanne Roussanne 2013


White florals, peering around the corner a little mandarin and stonefruit and touch of a vanilla cream/custard.

Spice and textural rich offer a different experience for the introduction to the palate; spiced-honeyed-mead meets master stock backed up with a little phenolic bitterness. Savoury hints on the back palate - a wine of many parts, a wine of much interest. 92

Tasted on: Wednesday 29th October, a Fruit day 
Source: Sample
Price: $35
Alcohol: 13.5%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: http://www.larkhillwinery.com/

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Ar Fion Field Blend 2012

Ar Fion (meaning "our wine" in Gaelic) is the brand of Dave Mackintosh, ex of Innocent Bystander/Giant Steps and also one part of 'Salo' along with current Ib/Giant Steps Chief wino Steve Flamsteed.

Not a true field blend - in the meaning as I understand it - as each part (Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris and Chardonnay) was harvested and vinified separately, then brought together. From a single vineyard in Gladysdale in the Upper Valley.

Honeysuckle, a honeyed note, touches of butterscotch popcorn and stonefruit. Citrus, cashew initially on entry - leading to toast leading to a wine that's fleshy and texturally alluring backed up with a big punch of flavour.

It's giving, oh so giving as a wine; there's a punch then a sting of flavour that gradually subsides on an excellent length of spice. 94

Tasted on: Tuesday 28th October, a Leaf to Fruit day
Source: Retail, Craft Red Hill
Price: $27-30
Alcohol: 13.2%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: http://www.arfion.com.au/

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