Saturday, 30 August 2014

Rymill Gewurztraminer 2013

Excellent varietal character out of the glass, just lacking a little in the middle for me.

Musk, rose, gentle spice, even a suggestion of apricot nectar in the mix. Ticking the right boxes for the variety.

Palate shows a wine that's a little flatter in profile, lacking a little texture. Good spice per the variety, perhaps a little residual sugar retention would have helped fluff up the middle.

Decent length to boot, like I say, just missing a little something through the middle. 89  

Tasted on: Wednesday 27th August, a Fruit to Root day
Source: Sample
Price: $21.95/ 19.95 on website
Alcohol: 13%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: www.rymill.com.au

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Topper's Mountain Nebbiolo 2011


Red fruits initially - fading to nuts, herb (I thought some fennel too, but that was the 'Italian' sausages I was pairing this with), green tea and dried leaf matter.

Strawberry on entry, light on, good drying tannin, nice pea of acid toward the back end. Came across as two different wines, with and without food - better with the Italian sausage ragu.

Savoury tea tannin, decent length, promising. 89/90+

Tasted on: Saturday 23rd August, a Leaf day 
Source: Sample
Price: $38
Alcohol: 12.8%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: http://toppers.com.au/

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Thursday, 28 August 2014

Chapel Hill Chardonnay 2013

Forward, tropical notes of guava and passionfruit with a little gooseberry-esque character in the mix.

Chalky, acid is pretty fluid, racing across the palate. Length is OK, but not the one for me this time round. 87

Tasted on: Sunday 23rd August, a Leaf day
Source: Sample
Price: $16 
Alcohol: 13%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: http://www.chapelhillwine.com.au/

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Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Montalto Pennon Hill Chardonnay 2013

From the Montalto website: "The name Pennon Hill comes from the south facing slope on our home vineyard in Red Hill South. The wines are Mornington Peninsula regional blends and we’re aiming for bright, fresh wines with juicy, textured fruit flavours."

Wheaty, mealy, creamy with stonefruit singing here. Touch tangier than the Montalto Chardonnay (above), displaying those characters sought in the Pennon Hill range. Stonefruit, pear, a bit of toasty oak and even a little grip moving towards the back palate.

Good length here too, not to the same degree of intensity, freshness and delicious to boot. 92

Tasted on: Saturday 23rd August, a Leaf day
Source: Sample
Price: $23
Alcohol: 13.5%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: http://montalto.com.au/

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Montalto Chardonnay 2013

The intensity: struck match complexity, cashew and a suggestion of key lime hanging out around the back of the bike-shed.

Toasty, flinty mineral, good balance of fruit. Acid a bit chatty but against the other elements it creates a wonderfully balanced drinking proposition. Length is excellent. A joy to drink - and once the formalities of tasting were over, I did just that. 93/94

Tasted on: Sunday 23rd August, a Leaf day
Source: Sample
Price: $39
Alcohol: 13.2%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: http://montalto.com.au/

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Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Heggies Eden Valley Chardonnay 2012

Stonefruit, sensitive oak inputs, a little citrus, touches of flintiness in there too.

Creamy - plenty of battonage here - toastiness, flinty mineral complexity. An all round attractive package, no shouting please. Line and length are admirable. Composed and elegant is probably how I'd summarise it. 91

Tasted on: Saturday 23rd August, a Leaf day 
Source: Sample
Price: $29.95
Alcohol: 13%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: http://www.heggiesvineyard.com/

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Cook's Lot Chardonnay 2013

Another solid release from Cook's Lot, shares a familiarity to its 2012 sibling, though my preference is - marginally - for that wine.

Here the wine veers more towards tropicals with pineapple and a little tangy citrus/ grapefruit in support.

Zesty, tangy - a word that popped up more than once in my written note - showing a bit of toasty oak in the mix too. Malo has softened the acid nicely, my only gripe is a little bitterness toward the back end. Decent length, goes alright this. 89

Tasted on: Saturday 23rd August, a Leaf day 
Source: Sample
Price: $20
Alcohol: 13.9%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: http://www.cookslot.com.au/

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The Vinsomniac - Stuart Robinson: Cook's Lot Chardonnay 2012