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Sunday, 26 January 2020

Bremerton Special Release Vermentino 2018

Grapefruit and lemon zest carried on the briny tang of an onshore breeze. 

There's a zippy line of acidity that threads nicely through the wine, holding no prisoners, leaving all in its wake. 


It's freshness personifies it and calls for beachside calamari, with a drizzle of lemon, and perhaps a greasy potato scallop for good measure. Just because. 91

Tasted on: Monday 20th January 
Source: Sample
Price: $24
Alcohol: 12%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: http://www.bremerton.com.au/

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Auld Family Wines Strawbridge Shiraz 2017

Can't fault this really, typically dark and dense fruited Shiraz, all manner of blackcurrant, Plum and mulberry. There's just a hint of oak to frame things up.

The palate, for all its heft and weight of fruit, is actually quite fleet of fruit. Smattering of coffeed oak, segueing to a touch of cloven spice. Rock solid Barossan Shiraz. 91 

Tasted on: Monday 16th December
Source: Sample
Price: $42
Alcohol: 15%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: https://auldfamilywines.com/

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Saturday, 25 January 2020

Yalumba Wild Ferment Pinot Grigio 2019

Spiced pears, white florals, faint rock melon notes in the frame too. Delicate Crispness through the middle, spiced and with acidity adding drive and thrust. 


Well executed on the style and true to name 90 

Tasted on: Sunday 17th November, a Flower to Leaf day 
Source: Sample
Price: $TBC
Alcohol:TBC
Closure: Screwcap
Website: https://www.yalumba.com/

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the dilettantes Sangiovese 2017

Single vineyard Sangiovese. Picked and left covered in the chiller for 2-3w; all 3+ year old oak. Intent being to make something in the easy going style of a vino di tavola (table wine). 

Black cherry, Plum, spiced. Light, delicate and powdery crunch; Smashable and juicy with a fine line of acidity that races through the finish. 


Wicked length of black fruit, hint of licorice, but more than that - it’s just downright smashable (yeah, I used the word twice). 91 

Tasted on: Thursday 5th December 
Source: Tasting
Price: $22
Alcohol: 13.8%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: http://dilettantevino.com.au/

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Tuesday, 21 January 2020

La Maschera Rosé 2019

Grenache with a dash of Sangiovese. My kind of Rosé from the get-go. 

It invites, has an aromatic prettiness. There's a range of berry driven aromatics - unsurprising given its comprised of Grenache and dash of Sangiovese.

Possesses a Crispness and punch of acid, something akin to a toffee apple thread long across the palate. Delightful. 92 

Tasted on: Friday 10th January 
Source: Sample
Price: $23
Alcohol: TBC
Closure: Screwcap
Website: https://www.samsmith.com/

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Anim Field Blend 2019

A wickedly juicy and delicious all-sorts field blend - in the true sense, being a blend of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Tempranillo and Muscat; picked on a single day and co-fermented - that comes across as a riot of red fruit, both aromatically and on the palate. 

Something like barely ripe raspberry that has got into a tete a tete with sour cherry and cranberry. It's Pinot-esque in its representation, light lithe and supple. Sappy and stemmy notes, seemingly an afterthought to the bright and juicy fruit. Just a sheer delight to drink. 93 

Tasted on: Wednesday 15th January 
Source: Retail, The Wine Experience
Price: $32
Alcohol: 13%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: http://www.animwine.com/

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Monday, 20 January 2020

Yalumba Y Series Rosé 2019

Made from Sangiovese IIRC, a bit of a go to in The Vinsomniac household, particularly when found on a 2 for $20 deal at the local large format boozeatorium. 

Wild strawberry, subtle musk and Turkish Delight aromatics. Crisp and clipped, dry and savoury, yet subtle cherry aspects; for the ask this is a cracking value Rosé. A prelude to a Sunday lunchtime sesh. 89

Tasted on: Saturday 16th November, a Flower day 
Source: Sample
Price: $15
Alcohol: TBC
Closure: Screwcap
Website: https://www.yalumba.com/

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