An Australian Wine Blog

Sunday, 16 June 2019

Robert Stein Farm Series Rosé 2018

Strawberry, rose, elements of Turkish Delight. Soft, inviting, a suggestion of fruit sweetness juxtaposed against the tartness. 

An acidic bitterness judges the wine rather harshly, somewhat punctuating it before its sweeping softness on a length. It drinks OK, though there are better. 88 

Tasted on: Friday 18th January, a Root day 
Source: Sample
Price: $20
Alcohol: TBC
Closure: Screwcap
Website: https://robertstein.com.au

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Hastwell & Lightfoot Sands of Time Shiraz 2016

The Sands of Time being a reference to McLaren Vale's ancient sands which make a significant contribution to the wines of the region. That said, the 20 months spent in oak plays a significant part too!

Rich, ripe, robust - comes across as a touch porty. Bit of jamminess, fruits of the forest

Thick, chewy, powdery tannin. It's pretty full, with a depth of blackcurrant fruit to it. 89

Tasted on: Saturday 15th December 
Source: Sample
Price: $30
Alcohol: 14%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: https://hastwellandlightfoot.com.au/

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Saturday, 15 June 2019

d'Arenberg The Danger Mouse Nero d'Avola 2018

A wonderfully fragrant first release, the only I'd suggest is perhaps how quickly you'd consume this given the aromatic seduction. It's floral, redolent of violets, segueing to seductive fruit, plums and Mulberry. 

The tannins tale it on a further ride, altogether more savoury, earthen, nay ferrous. That gorgeous interplay of fruit and savoury that Italian varieties, particularly in McLaren Vale, *can* do so well. 

Acidity adds an additional kick, (fleeting glimpse of chocolate too) to freshen things up, as if to give a secondary motion, and yet deliver a generous tail of savoury flavour. 92

Tasted on: Tuesday 11th June, a Fruit to Root day
Source: Sample
Price: $29
Alcohol: 14.5%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: https://www.darenberg.com.au

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Rotari Brut Rosé 2012

Pinot Noir and Chardonnay; 36m in bottle - that time adds aromas bready, freshly baked sourdough with stonefruit elements sitting gently, square and centre. 

Not the liveliest, a gentle bead at best. Stonefruit, delicate citrus, more of that autolysis derived flavour and leesy complexity. 

Retains a good acidic presence, a good palate cleanser/aperitif. 90 

Tasted on: Monday 24th December, a Flower to Leaf day 
Source: Sample
Price: $30
Alcohol: 12.5%
Closure: DIAM
Website: TBC

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Ferngrove Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

Musty, sawdust and shavings. Blackcurrant, bramble

There's a hint of jammy fruit, with a tartness. It's light, yet with a fine tannin. 

Reasonable length. 88 

Tasted on: Saturday 15th December 
Source: Sample
Price: $20
Alcohol: 14%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: https://www.ferngrove.com.au

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Friday, 14 June 2019

Alkoomi Cabernet Franc 2016

First release of a varietal Franc from Alkoomi.

It's fresh, elegant, carries that bright - and pippy - blackcurrant aroma. Delightful aroma, all violets and a hint of mintiness in the mix.

Light and airy frame, a freshness - with acidity - married to firmish tannin. Feels like it just absolutely goes now, yet has 5-6 in the tank to further bring those elements together. Impressive debut. 92 

Tasted on: Sunday 23rd December, a Flower day 
Source: Sample
Price: $30
Alcohol: 14.5%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: http://www.alkoomiwines.com.au

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Jacob's Creek Le Petit Rosé Brut Cuvee 2018

Delicate strawberry and cream notes. Delicate mousse initially, followed by a minerality. Latterly red berry fruit starts to peek through, strawberry and a tickle of raspberry. 


Fine length on it. 89 

Tasted on: Sunday 17th March
Source: Sample
Price: $21.99
Alcohol: 12.3%
Closure: DIAM
Website: https://www.jacobscreek.com/en

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