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Wednesday, 31 August 2016

Terre á Terre Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

Primarily Cabernet Sauvignon (95% ) with a (no required to declare portion) of Cabernet Franc. And oh what classy Cabernet it is. Oak is on hand here: wafery, cedar, pine forest, resinous; savoury perfume.

Fine, medium bodied wine, ultra fine tannin and freshening acidity. Plenty of red fruit here, raspberry and red currant - adding to that sense of freshness, can be considered Wrattonbully's calling card, and now we are seeing some vine age the terroir is showing.

Herb, seasoning cleaning up at the end - carried by that spine of acid. Feels somewhat 'bitsy' at present, a little flesh and pulling together. Where do we go now (sweet child o' mine)? 92+ 

Tasted on: Wednesday 10th August, a Flower day 
Source: Sample
Price: $55
Alcohol: 14.5%
Closure: DIAM
Website: https://terreaterre.com.au/

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En Soleil Pinot Gris by Cape Jaffa 2015

Lightly poached pear, suggesting of nectarine. Quite mute...kept wanting it to wake up.

Luscious, textural spread oozing its way across the palate; light spice, a little woody, white root veg element (I kinda often see raw parsnip in something like this, or Grüner). 

Reasonable length. Needs to giddy up a little. There's promise. 89 

Tasted on: 27th July 2016
Source: Sample
Price: $27
Alcohol: 12.5%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: www.capejaffawines.com.au

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Tuesday, 30 August 2016

O'Leary Walker Watervale Riesling 2016

The annual release of O'Leary Walker's Watervale and Polish Hill River Rieslings is an event to keep an eye out for. Generally found around the $20-25 mark, representing excellent drinking now and rewarding the patient wine buyer with an ability to age.

Lime, florals, a touch of Talc that then segues  to some tropical fruit. More floral than I recall in previous years. 

Doesn't present the driving, linear acidic spine that I've come to (expect?) see. More a definite citrus driven freshness, bright, and chilled has me yearning for the warmer months. 

Finishes reasonably well. Solid. 90 

Tasted on: Saturday 6th August, a Fruit to Root day
Source: Sample
Price: $25
Alcohol: 11%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: http://olearywalkerwines.com/

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Cush & Cush Granite Belt Verdelho 2016

Dave Cush - ex-Spring Vale Tasmania - and wife Kris have set up Cush & Cush Wine Co, with an initial offering of three wines, this Verdelho along with a Vermentino (Heathcote) and a Grenache/Mataro blend (McLaren Vale).

To the wine in question, a select parcel of fruit was purchased from Queensland's Robert Channon (themselves a leading producer of the variety). It was whole bunch pressed, allowed to settle and after racking transferred to old barriques to ferment. A little stirring on gross lees has allowed texture to build. The resultant wine - quite delicious.

Golden, flaked almond, suggestive of a little buttery pastry, segueing to stonefruit and a little tinned fruit syrup. 

Complex, drying, chalky - has texture, through good use of phenolics, than the overt oiliness that can be seen in the variety. Good use of time on lees to build that texture and palate presence without sugar. 

It's long on flavour, spice coming back into play, drying richness. Impressive debut. 93 

Tasted on: Thursday 25th August, a Fruit to Root day
Source: Sample
Price: $25
Alcohol: 13%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: http://www.cushandcush.com/

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Monday, 29 August 2016

Old Jarvie 'The Saviour' Tempranillo Garnacha Monastrell 2015

Second label from the Hither & Yon team, celebrating the region's maritime history and influence on viticulture. Packaging somewhat reminiscent of old portraiture.

Fruit overlaid with a sense of savoury: there's wood, spice and hints of cola. It's medium bodied, carries a soft, tangy herb tinged vibe with some loose tannin. 


That tannin gives a wash of herbs across the palate and giving some length. Enjoyable. 90 

Tasted on: Saturday 9th July, a Root day
Source: Sample
Price: $30
Alcohol: 14%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: http://www.oldjarvie.com.au/

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Tenuta di Fessina Erse Etna DOC Nerello Mascalese 2014

Erse is named after the Greek goddess of 'dew'. Smokey, dusky, with smouldering red fruit a lingering presence on the nose.

Light, lithe, possesses volcanicity - that sense of a wine that - to me - is airy like a pumice stone; fine texture, it opens up to reveal a loose and fine structure. 

Decent length, open and light. 91 

Tasted on: Sunday 31st July, a Flower day
Source: Retail, Cru Bar
Price: $52
Alcohol: ?
Closure: DIAM
Website: http://www.tenutadifessina.com/

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Rusden Black Guts Shiraz 2013

Oak: all new French.

Subtelty is not its forté. It's all about the deep, stewed, black fruit, tarry, oak - it's the Black Guts, and it does what it says on the tin!

There's caramel, coffee oak, smooth chocolate. It's thick, lavish, but as seems the way with Rusden wines carries an airiness about itself. It's balanced - incredibly so given the lavish new oak thrown at it, and its weighty 15.4% alcohol. 

Bloody impressive winemaking. 93

Tasted on: Thursday 7th July, a Leaf to Fruit day
Source: Sample
Price: $85
Alcohol: 15.4%
Closure: Cork
Website: http://www.rusdenwines.com.au/

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