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Thursday, 19 January 2017

Out of Step Wine Co. Malakoff Estate Nebbiolo 2015

Some cracking wines come off this dirt. Would love to visit one day.

Expressly expressive: tobacco, Black cherry, grilled nuts, balsamic.

It just has presence: it's chewy, thick, has that Nebbiolo tarry presence with flecks of licorice. Savoury to its dense, dark core; the tannin is firm, deliciously moreish. 

Paired this with a med-rare beef roast and it just lapped up the protein. Exemplar. 94 

Tasted on: Sunday 8th January, a Fruit to Root day
Source: Sample
Price: $33
Alcohol: 14%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: http://www.outofstepwineco.com/

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Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Skinner Vineyards Dry Diggings Rhone Blend 2013

Rhone inspired blend from California's Sierra Foothills, the mix combining 39% Syrah, 25% Grenache, 14% Counoise, 11% Petite Sirah, 6% Mourvedre, 5% Viognier. 

I found the classification of Californian Wine quite confusing, this cites itself as being from the El Dorado AVA (American Viticultural Area), similar to an Australian GI (Geographical Indicator eg Hunter Valley). Except El Dorado sits within the Fair Play AVA, which itself sits within the far broader Sierra Foothills region. Still, bloody stunning country within California's original Gold Rush location.

To the wine: A touch pruney, leathery; red fruit comes forward slowly. There's oak - French: nutty, hazelnuts (23 Months: 58% Neutral French Oak, 42% New French Oak)

Silken on entry, liquid chocolate, intense spice - all in short succession. There's acid for freshness, carrying that spice along with some tobacco. Pretty intense. 89

Tasted on: Wednesday 11th January, a Root to Flower day
Source: Cellar Door
Price: $32 (U$)
Alcohol: 14.3%
Closure: Cork
Website: skinnervineyards.com

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Monday, 16 January 2017

Bremerton Mollie & Merle Verdelho 2015

I remember the press guff that accompanied this wine, talking of a new hot thing grape variety called Ohledrev, and how we'd likely be accepting, or more embracing of such. Basically, seeking us to challenge our perceptions.

Veritable fruit salad nose, a little rock melon, stonefruit and a touch grapey. 

Slight saline edge on entry, a little mineral (lick a salt crusted rock). Tangy citrus to boot. Would complement a seafood platter drizzled with lemon and a little salt. That kinda vibe. Nothing too exciting, but plenty of fruit to get the tastebuds wagging 88

Tasted on: Saturday 10th September, a Leaf transitioning to Fruit day
Source: Sample
Price: $17
Alcohol: 13%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: http://www.bremerton.com.au/

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Sunday, 15 January 2017

Riversdale Estate Roaring Forties Riesling 2015

Freshening mix of citrus and perhaps a little bruised apple. 

Palate is lithe and lively, showing good flavours of citrus, Apple with balance of flavour and acid to enliven the palate (and senses) 


Decent length. I've long considered Riesling (clearly alongside Chardonnay) as Tasmania's white to watch. 91 

Tasted on: Friday 9th September, a Leaf day
Source: Sample
Price: $24.50
Alcohol: 11.5%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: http://riversdaleestate.com.au/

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Friday, 13 January 2017

Alkoomi White Label Rosé 2016

Made from Petit Verdot - opens with fresh, fruity, almost bubble gum aromatics, some florals. Good lead-in. 

Clean, crisp, dry - almost chalky - some good underlying fruit presence (without being fruity, or sweet). Happy days indeed at 15 sheets, such good value in this white label range. 89 

Tasted on: Saturday 10th September, a Leaf transitioning to Fruit day
Source: Sample
Price: $15
Alcohol: 13%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: http://www.alkoomiwines.com.au/

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Thursday, 12 January 2017

Yelland & Papps Vermentino 2016

On a steamy Brisbane Summer day, an apparent temperature of 38 degrees - this is what I would turn to. Florals, citrus, has a sorbet-like freshness, some Granny Smith (apples, not real grannies) greenness. Aromas that waft in and out, make their presence known. 

Clean and fresh, an open weave, a biting acidity on the back palate brings back into focus. There's a bit of texture play. Flavour's not as bold as I've known it. More about the freshness. Keep it cool. 88 

Tasted on: Wednesday 26th October, a Fruit day 
Source: Sample
Price: $25
Alcohol: 12%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: http://yellandandpapps.com/

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Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Ridgemill Estate Mourvèdre 2014

Varietal Mataro from Queensland's Granite Belt GI. Bit of a rare individual, on this showing it's something you'd certainly hope to see more of - in the right hands, of course.

Expressive individual: blue fruit, spice laden, subtle oak influence lends support. Certainly an attractive proposition.

Mid-full weight, easy going and yet backed up with generous spice. Soft, nigh powdery tannin coats the palate; fruit in spades, blue/black spectrum. Generous length, Spice to the end. 92 

Tasted on: Sunday 1st January, a Root day
Source: Sample
Price: $45
Alcohol: 14.5%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: http://ridgemillestate.com/

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