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Saturday, 29 August 2015

Angullong Fossil Hill Sangiovese 2013

Cherry leads supplemented with a little earth and licorice root.

Good juice laden body, moderate intensity; red fruit tinged with a little woody spice. Finishes on a good length - all present and correct Sir! 90

Tasted on: Saturday 1st August, a Root day
Source: Sample
Price: $24
Alcohol: 13.5%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: http://www.angullong.com.au/

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Thursday, 27 August 2015

Redbank Emily Brut Cuvee NV

A little quince here, and in the wrong glassware smells sweeter than one anticipates.

Fine moussey texture, marmalade citrus - in a normal stem it's actual coarser in texture - bready with some yeast autolysis character. A decent fizz for the price. 88

Tasted on: Saturday 1st August, a Root day
Source: Sample
Price: $14.95
Alcohol: 11.5%
Closure: Cork
Website: http://www.redbankwines.com/

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Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Mitchell Harris Fumé Blanc 2014

Always a classy addition to the Sauvignon Blanc scene, a world away from the overt fruit of many examples on the market.

Familiar passionfruit - sans the grass - augmented with a little pineapple. Feels rounded, textural and savoury - but doesn't quite reach the heights scaled in previous vintages.

Good length, a little grip, some vanilla/creme on the finish adds to the overall package. 91

Tasted on: Saturday 1st August, a Root day
Source: Sample
Price: $25
Alcohol: 12%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: mitchellharris.com.au

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Tuesday, 25 August 2015

The Lane Block 10 Sauvignon Blanc 2015


Passionfruit, a little nettle, Hendricks and cucumber G'n'T - clean and cool.

Fleshy, showed a bit of texture - interesting given it's tank fermented - carried by a sharp line of acid. Impressive achievements given it sees no oak, a thorough approach to picking achieves the same.

Good length, generous, perfect for the onset of the warmer months ahead. 91

Tasted on: Tuesday 28th July, a Leaf to Fruit day
Source: Sample
Price: $25
Alcohol: 12.5%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: https://www.thelane.com.au/

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Monday, 24 August 2015

Shaw and Smith Sauvignon Blanc 2015

So fifteen is being hailed as a great Hills vintage. On the basis of this classy Sauvignon Blanc, you'd believe the hype.

Classic aromatics, albeit a little paired back, controlled - nettle, a little grassiness, some tropicals and hints of butter menthol.

Abounds with citrus, pithy grapefruit that cuts a swathe through the palate and carries with it a shape and phenolic texture often lacking with the variety. Easy to drink - you'd go here easily. 93

Tasted on: Tuesday 28th July, a Leaf to Fruit day
Source: Sample
Price: $26
Alcohol: 12.5%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: http://www.shawandsmith.com/

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Sunday, 23 August 2015

Mitchell Harris Shiraz 2012

Shiraz from the Pyrenees with the inclusion of 2% of Viognier (not really evident). Also sees 20% whole bunch, but really it's all about red berry aromatics with a fair twist of the regional pepper grinder over the top.

Medium bodied, elegance personified, the wine caresses your throat as it glides its way down. Simply exquisite: balance, poise, graceful length. Tannin and oak are present, deftly handled, sensitive inputs to a classy wine.

Another to put Pyrenees Shiraz on the map. 93

Tasted on: Monday 27th July, a Leaf day
Source: Sample
Price: $35
Alcohol: 13%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: https://mitchellharris.com.au/

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Leeuwin Estate Siblings Sauvignon Blanc Semillon 2014


Blend of Sauvignon Blanc (68%) and Semillon (32%) from leading Margaret River winery Leeuwin Estate.

Grassy, nettley, touch of bath salt and grapefruit sharpness, tropical edges creep through assuredly for a balancing act.

Clean on entry afore a little chalky phenolic edge. Green herbal twangs and a nice pitched acidic profile to bring further balance. Grip and length on a finish of spice. 91

Tasted on: Monday 27th July, a Leaf day 
Source: Sample
Price: $25
Alcohol:13%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: http://www.leeuwinestate.com.au/

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