Thursday, 10 April 2014

Dodgy Bros Grenache Shiraz Mourvédre 2012


"I've got an aching in my bones, 

I've been exposed to what I want to see"
~ Dodgy, Good Enough

Reliving my teen years there. A big and ripe wine reflective of its provenance, of the early ripening Sellick Hills of McLaren Vale. Fruit drawn from a range of vineyards across the (unofficial) sub-region. 

Opens with driven aromatics, of Grenache initially; latterly moves towards meat and earthen compounds, before settling back with cassis. A pleasant meander across its aromatic spectrum.

Concentrated, bold, of chocolate and blueberry; powdery tannins that envelope the mouth, raspberry comes and goes - fruity high notes with chocolate and dried earth bass lines. With time in glass we see some burnt orange and the alcohol becomes a little more evident toward the finish.

Powdery cocoa tannin lingers on toward the finish, concentrated fruit delivers a final punch. You'd have to appreciate the bold style to really enjoy this, overall it drinks and holds up well - an attractive proposition. 91

Tasted on: Tuesday 8th April, a Flower transitioning to a Leaf Day
Source: Sample
Price: $29
Alcohol: 15%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: http://www.dodgybrotherswines.com/

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Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Duck Duck Goose Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

Tasted blind in a bracket of 7 Cabernet Sauvignon/ dominant blends.

Dark, prune and raisin. Thick, lush and plush; touch of fruit and nut chocolate about it. Good-ish, gentler than initially thought. 'They' would love it, a crowd-pleaser. 87

Tasted on: Tuesday 1st April, a Leaf to Fruit day
Source: Sample
Price: $18
Alcohol: 14.5%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: http://www.roclandestate.com/

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Chapel Hill Parson's Nose Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

Tasted blind in a bracket of 7 Cabernet Sauvignon/ dominant blends.

Attractive perfume: pomegranate, cassis, mulberry and red cough candy. Soft, plush and rounded on entry; fine tannin, touches of chocolate. More-ish, soft and of moderate-good length. 89

Tasted on: Tuesday 1st April, a Leaf to Fruit day
Source: Sample
Price: $16
Alcohol: 14.5%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: http://www.chapelhillwine.com.au/

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Mawson's 'Far Eastern Party' Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

Tasted blind in a bracket of 7 Cabernet Sauvignon/ dominant blends.

Plum, damson, play-doh touches; smooth, plump and rounded. Plenty of soft black fruit coursing through the palate, backed-up with some savoury touches of tobacco and a little clove derived spice. 87


Tasted on: Tuesday 1st April, a Leaf to Fruit day 
Source: Sample
Price: $15.95
Alcohol: 14%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: http://www.hsfv.com/

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Cooks Lot Cabernet Sauvignon 2013


Tasted blind in a bracket of 7 Cabernet Sauvignon/ dominant blends. 

Sweeter aromatics on display here, mint and cassis with some red fruit character rounding out the profile. Palate sees a wine that's juicier, sweeter, touch riper; mint present too - firm tannins. 88

Tasted on: Tuesday 1st April, Leaf to Fruit Day 
Source: Sample
Price: $20
Alcohol: 13.5%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: http://www.cookslot.com.au/

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Taylor's Clare Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

Tasted blind in a bracket of 7 Cabernet Sauvignon/ dominant blends. 

Mulberry, choc/mocha, touch leafy with a hint of eucalypt. Delightful aromatic intro. Palate a little flat, all up front aroma, little by way of body. Tannin firm. 86 

Tasted on: Tuesday 1st April, a Leaf to Fruit Day
Source: Sample
Price: $18.95
Alcohol: 14%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: http://www.taylorswines.com.au/

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Xabregas Mount Barker Cabernet Sauvignon 2011

2009 Bottle Image
Tasted blind in a bracket of 7 Cabernet Sauvignon/ dominant blends. 

Deep, rich, cabernet. Cedar, chocolate, red berries and a little mint. Elegant palate profile, acid and fruit in good balance; structured - powdery/ graphite tannin. Length, elegance, suggestions of cool (both in presentation and origin I would guess). 

I continued to taste this over three days - identity at this point known - it's a grower, takes on a dusky/ dusty elegance, tannin a little more prominent. 92

Tasted on: Tuesday 1st April, a Leaf to Fruit day
Source: Sample
Price: $22
Alcohol: 14.5%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: http://www.xabregas.com.au/

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