An Australian Wine Blog

Thursday, 18 July 2019

Zonte's Footstep Lake Doctor Shiraz 2016

Slightly reductive. suppressing. Black, brambly fruit. 

Fine, powdery tannin, a little freshening acidity. Otherwise it's firm and bold, with a depth of flavour. Suggestion of anise on the back palate. 89 

Tasted on: Friday 17th May, a Flower day
Source: Sample
Price: $27.50
Alcohol: 14.5%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: www.zontesfootstep.com.au

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Jacob's Creek Classic Riesling 2018

Tropical imbued, green papaya and lime in the main. Slightly husky, pithy. 

Lemons and Limes, simple in approach, certainly juicy and refreshing. Nice tang and a gentle ebbing flow along the palate. Decent Riesling for the ask, particularly given what it can be found for in the multiples. 88 

Tasted on: Wednesday 22nd May, a Fruit day
Source: Sample
Price: $11.99
Alcohol: 11.7%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: https://www.jacobscreek.com

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Zonte's Footstep The Hills Are Alive Shiraz 2017

Cool Hills Shiraz. Plummy, touch of pan juice, chocolate and wafer hints. 

There's something like an orange juice freshness and acidity to the wine, certainly on initial entry. A blue/black fruit mix makes its presence known, fine and chewy tannins allow a consideration around the palate. 

Decent length and energy. 90 

Tasted on: Friday 17th May, a Flower day
Source: Sample
Price: $35
Alcohol: 13.5%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: https://www.zontesfootstep.com.au

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Wednesday, 17 July 2019

Harewood Estate Cabernet Merlot 2016

A blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon 35% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc. From across the Great Southern region.
Dense, cedary wine, iGenerousity and complexity. Plush and rounded, fine tannins, generous persistence. Plummy notes. 91 
Tasted on: Sunday 19th May, a Flower to Leaf day 
Source: Sample
Price: $20
Alcohol: 14.7%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: http://www.harewoodestate.com.au/

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Hastwell & Lightfoot Fiano 2018

Snow pea, green leaf aromatics, perhaps serving at fridge temperature not the greatest idea. Delicate white florals. Subtlety. The watchword. 

Something like a vanilla panna cotta aspect, almost creamy with perhaps a light stonefruit complexion. Decent textural width, a fine phenolic feel. 91 

Tasted on: Tuesday 21st May, a Leaf to Fruit day 
Source: Sample
Price: $25
Alcohol: 12%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: https://hastwellandlightfoot.com.au

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Hastwell & Lightfoot Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

The H&L viticulture team have put considerable effort into reviving some older vines on their blocks down in McLaren Vale, cutting the vines off at the trunk to allow it to regrow. Approximately 60% of this wine is from restructured vine material.

Deep black fruit, gives an air of possessing a sheen, a gloss and fruity lift. There’s a small addition of Cabernet Franc to this wine, that’ll do it!

It’s very purple in nature, in looks, aroma and even in how it conveys itself on the palate. Touch of boozy warmth distracts a little, feeling bigger than it’s 14%. Lends the wine that spiced, almost Christmas pudding vibe to things. 

Stands up remarkably well with some time, indicative of the quality of fruit, and inherent cellarability. 92 

Tasted on: Friday 12th July, a Flower to Leaf day
Source: Sample
Price: $25
Alcohol: 14%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: https://hastwellandlightfoot.com.au

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Tuesday, 16 July 2019

Syrahmi Grenache 2017

Adam Foster, Chef turned Vigneron, now of Heathcote but honed his craft in the early years with four vintages in the Rhone. And a resultant love of Grenache ensued. 

Exquisitely perfumed, strawberry and raspberry, a hint of that Provencal garrigue, the florals adding to the perfume. Then, unexpectedly, a whiff of cordite in the mix, a flinty and harder edge to the softness of the berries. 

Those softer elements flow - mellifluously - onto the palate. A slight crushed rock, powdery earth, phenolic rub. Generous and flowing length on a silken backbone. Jeez, Heathcote Grenache, who'd a thunk it? 93 

Tasted on: Tuesday 25th June
Source: Retail
Price: $45
Alcohol: 14.2%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: https://adamfoster.com.au

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