An Australian Wine Blog

Monday, 23 January 2017

d'Arenberg The Lucky Lizard Chardonnay 2014

Stonefruit, wheat germ, little oak. 

Buttery, cream, vanilla, residual oak spice - comely, full and quite shapely. Pretty good for the fuller figured take. Built for comfort, not for speed. 88 

Tasted on: Sunday 11th September, a Fruit day 
Source: Sample
Price: $25
Alcohol: 13.3%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: darenberg.com.au/

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Saturday, 21 January 2017

Riversdale Estate Riesling 2011

Ah Riesling, let me count the ways...

At 5 years old it's showing the hints of development one would expect, petroleum hints with bitter citrus, preserved lemons. 

Minerally, positively vibrant, lively. Has an electrifying energy, that recedes before a calmness, a citrus laden body. 91 

Tasted on: Sunday 11th September, a Fruit day
Source: Sample
Price: $35
Alcohol: 12%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: http://riversdaleestate.com.au/

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Friday, 20 January 2017

Primo & Co 'The Venetian' Garganega Bianco Veneto 2015

Joe Grilli likes to explore his Italian roots, making this Gargenaga over in northern Italy's Veneto region. Readers and drinkers might know Gargenaga better as the grape of the easy going Soave.

Smells green, and crisp with aromatics of cucumber and florals. 

Tangy on entry, a sourness that really draws the cheeks in a pucker. Good acid, dry and a little Minerally undertow. Good drinking as the months begin to warm. 

White fish with a little salsa verde. Done. 89 

Tasted on: Saturday 1st October, a Root day
Source: Cellar Door (now sold out)
Price: $25
Alcohol: 11.5%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: www.primoestate.com.au 

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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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