Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Willunga 100 'The Hundred' Grenache 2013

Dares to deceive - initially throws up a savoury intro, albeit with sweet accents. Soon making way for the floral (had me thinking pansies/peonies, a little rose) high notes, in many respects the calling card of Blewitt Springs, the sub-region from where the fruit is drawn.

Those sweeter accents make themselves known on the palate too: red fruit melange, augmented by a little spice. Although seeing no oak, it does have a little time sur lie, giving initially firm tannin with an underlying powdery feel.

It's all about balance, a nice touch background licorice, a nip of acid to give length a little boost. Nicely done. 91

Tasted on: Sunday 14th April, a Fruit transitioning to Root day
Source: Sample
Price: $30
Alcohol: 14.5%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: http://willunga100.com/

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Willunga 100 Grenache 2013


Sent by Grenache specialists Willunga 100 as a lead in to International Grenache Day 2014

The Vale does Grenache so well and they're getting pretty excited by IGD, with MC Halliday himself in attendance at an event at Serafino wines.

Ripper of an entry level example here: cherry, raspberry, suggestive of an earthen beetroot element too.

Soft, plush on entry - pillowy you might call it. Spice, bit of sanguineous vibe and ferrous edges to rough it up a bit. Decent length to conclude, more about the savoury than the fruit on the tail. Serves as an excellent gateway to the variety. 89

Tasted on: Sunday 14th September, a Fruit transitioning to Root day 
Source: Sample
Price: $23
Alcohol: 14.5%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: http://willunga100.com/

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Sunday, 14 September 2014

Willow Bridge Estate Dragonfly Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2013

We've a winner here folks, a wine that will appeal both to those looking for a wine at a particular price point and to those seeking a quality drinking proposition that drinks well now, and will offer a mid-term cellaring option. Shop well and you can find this under RRP.

Aromatics are spot-on, just pulls you in from the get-go: chocolate, moving to bay, plum and cedar. It speaks of its varieties, it's regional (served blind I'd called it a Margaret River wine - close, no cigar).

It offers more of the same on the palate, segueing to a little mocha and hazelnut. A wine of substance here - the Mrs called this at twice the price - finishes on a decent length, one that lingers in the mind. Possibly under pointed, score as reviewed 90+

Tasted on: Wednesday 10th September, a Flower to Leaf day  
Source: Sample
Price: $18
Alcohol: 13.3%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: https://www.willowbridge.com.au/

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Friday, 12 September 2014

Torzi Matthews Schist Rock Shiraz 2013

Another schist hot release from Dom Torzi and Tracy Matthews, albeit with a slightly different vibe to the 2012 - who said Australian wine was homogenous?

Smells like malty chocolate, touches of dough and vanilla oak - fruit wins out with time, being black fruit dominant.

Slick and slippery - a glycerol feel to things. Black fruit here, suggestion of some kalamata olive, peanut shells, chocolate and licorice root. It throws the shackles off with a bit of time and air (hence the + sign here).

Softer tannins than I recall from '12, length holds up well. 90+

Tasted on: Monday 8th September, a Root to Flower day 
Source: Sample
Price: $20
Alcohol: 14.5%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: http://www.torzimatthews.com.au/home/

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Thursday, 11 September 2014

Yelland & Papps Sete di Vino 2013


In my mind a significant improvement over the 2012 (caveat emptor: that could be me, vintage, earlier picking, appropriate food pairing, all of the above).

To the wine in question: initially savoury, woody, suggestions of caramel balsamic. I could continue to reel off lists of descriptors here. Suffice to say fruit and florals play their part too.

Goes well with food, here the acid laps up a rich tomato based sauce. Without, it does stand out a little. On a good length with a little rose water sweetness on exit. Happy days here. 91 

Tasted on: Sunday 7th September, a Root day 
Source: Sample
Price: $22
Alcohol: 12%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: http://www.yellandandpapps.com/

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O'Leary Walker Adelaide Hills Sauvignon Blanc 2014


Due for release shortly, '13 is still listed as current vintage via the winery website.

Fresh herb gently wafts of the glass, tropical hints too. Whilst it states its variety out, and origins, it does so calmly. Deft handling and viticulture has tamed the Sauvignon Blanc.

The tropicals referred to earlier are suggestive of a little green mango and passionfruit. The palate sees more of the same, with textural nuances fluffing up the palate. There's still a touch of acidic zing, a nice counterpoint to the mouthfeel, the latter suggestive of some work in the winery to nullify the acid a little.

Has enough of everything going on to make this an excellent drinking proposition - alone, with friends, as it is or perhaps paired with some white fillets simply grilled and paired with a little mango salsa. If you don't mind. 91 

Tasted on: Sunday 7th September, a Root day 
Source: Sample
Price: $18
Alcohol: 11.5%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: http://olearywalkerwines.com/

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Sunday, 7 September 2014

Down to Earth Wrattonbully Sauvignon Blanc 2014


The younger sibling to the Terre à Terre Sauvignon Blanc reviewed earlier this year.

This is the third Down to Earth release, it's fair to say that it remains a work in progress. No pejorative statement, merely a reflection on the tinkering and finessing that is taking place. For this release, a greater proportion (7%) of wine is racked off to a one-year old French oak foudré (5% in 2013).

Citrus, quince, tropical hints rounding out the profile. The proportion that sees a little wood also undergoes a little lees stirring, building the texture which is clearly evident in the mouth, without sacrificing vitality or flavour. Citrus, a lovely nip of acid and length to boot.

An excellent example, as good as I've ever seen it. See Australian Sauvignon Blanc through a different lens. 93

Tasted on: Sunday 7th September, a Root day 
Source: Sample
Price: $26
Alcohol: 12.2%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: https://terreaterre.com.au/

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