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Sunday, 1 May 2016

WayWood Monastrell 2014

Somewhat unusual tasting note in that it is somewhat of a hybrid formed from two separate tasting notes, so same wine from two different bottles tasted about a month apart. 

The rationale for this approach is partly that I simply could, and partly that I possibly enjoyed the first bottle a little too much. I'm nothing if not honest.

Meaty, a little funk, reductive nature of the beast in question; with time, air and it's familiar spiced plum and black fruit. Does come across as somewhat sullen surly; varietal some might say.

Elegant, soft intro - spice, powdery tannins. Acid, unusual, early picking one expects; a little dusting of dark cocoa; spice segueing to a little blue fruit, lavender/purple florals. 

Decent finish, gentle rub of tannin, good length of fruit carrying the line. 91 

Tasted on: Thursday 31st March: Fruit day; Thursday 28th April: a Root day
Source: Sample
Price: $45
Alcohol: TBC
Closure: Screwcap
Website: http://www.waywoodwines.com/

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Hand Crafted by Geoff Hardy Montepulciano 2014

Very purple smelling, violets and blue/black fruit mix - a handful of blackberries crushed in the hand, juice dribbling down the wrist; darker aromatics lie beneath: a little resinous edge, sweet accents.

Light and lively, brisk acidity - lends energy, carries the plum and black cherry long to the finish. Tannin is fine grained, adding an extra dimension. 92


Tasted on: Thursday 24th March: a Root day
Source: Sample
Price: $30
Alcohol: 13.7%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: http://www.winesbygeoffhardy.com.au/

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Friday, 22 April 2016

Tapanappa Riesling 2015

A number of firsts here for Brian Croser and Tapanappa: his first revisit of making a wine with Eden Valley fruit in forty years; the first wine made with Con Moshos (former Petaluma Chief Winemaker, now returned to the Tapanappa winery); and the first wine under the Tapanappa label made with fruit off of a vineyard not their own.

Jasmine, florals, lime, bath salts; delicate on entry, leading to mineral and sharp citrus; great acidity. A mere 300 dozen made of this wine, available ex-cellar door and website only.

Be sure to seek some out - it possesses a beautiful flow, on to a textural spread across the back palate. Exquisite finish. 93 

Tasted on: Monday 28th March: Flower to Leaf
Source: Cellar Door
Price: $29
Alcohol: 12%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: https://tapanappa.com.au/

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Thursday, 21 April 2016

Hand Crafted by Geoff Hardy Lagrein 2014

Inky black, violets and black currants: cracked pepper, Earth and mushroom. 

Bold mouthful of black fruit, silken threaded, spiced, peppery and powder puff tannin. 

Finishes well, on a good length - combination of fruit, spice; 91 

Tasted on: Thursday 24th March: a Root day
Source: Sample
Price: $30
Alcohol: 14.5%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: http://www.winesbygeoffhardy.com.au/

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Quartz Hill Pebbles Shiraz 2013

A little of that Pyrenees peppery profile on show here. Exudes a cool air, with grilled meat asserting its authority, herbal twists. 

Gravelly tannins, yet smooth entry; shows Black cherry and plummy notes, decent composed palate. Blue fruits appear in the mix too - giving a little juicy freshness to further enliven. 90 

Tasted on: Sunday 20th March: leaf to fruit day
Source: Sample
Price: $25
Alcohol: 13.5%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: http://www.quartzhillwines.com.au/

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Orange Mountain 1397 Shiraz Viognier 2012

Comes across as big 'n' minty: eucalyptus, oak, meat pan juices; florals - violets, bramble/briar - yet of an elegant, cool mien. Suggestive of whole bunch action - although I couldn't evidence to corroborate this.

Medium-full, has a cool air, a little mintiness, pepper; Viognier apparent - not overblown. Silken, slick,effortless. 92 

Tasted on: Sunday 20th March: Leaf to Fruit
Source: Sample
Price: $42
Alcohol: 13.5%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: http://www.orangemountain.com.au/

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Wednesday, 20 April 2016

Wirra Wirra Woodhenge Shiraz 2014

Sweet, malty oak; blue and black fruit - a little fly spray, don't let that put you off dear reader - chocolate shavings. 

Medium-full, powder-fine tannin, black fruit, fleshy and loose knit. Touch of char, licorice. 

McLaren Vale writ large across the wine. Little spike of acid generates extra length - goes alright. 90 

Tasted on: Saturday 19th March: leaf day
Source: Sample
Price: $35
Alcohol: 14.5%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: http://wirrawirra.com/

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