An Australian Wine Blog

Friday, 12 February 2016

Felton Road Cornish Point Pinot Noir 2008

Smokey, meaty, bit of pan juice; savoury.
2012 bottle image


Silken, medium bodied, with this incredible depth of flavour. Still showing some black cherry-plum fruit character, but it's more about savoury depth - a little char even perhaps. 

Effortless, sublime, length and some. 93 

Tasted on: Tuesday 19th January: a fruit to root day
Source: Own cellar
Price: $75 (ish)
Alcohol: ?
Closure: Screwcap
Website: https://www.feltonroad.com/

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Thursday, 11 February 2016

Huntington Estate Gewürztraminer 2015

Classic lychee and Turkish delight, musk. 

Palate a touch cleaner, slighter of body, an earlier picked style (hence the sub-12% alcohol volume); flavoursome: suggestive of quince, persons fresh green herb. 

Good length, staying power: 91 

Tasted on: Tuesday 19th January: a fruit to root day
Source: Sample
Price: $22
Alcohol: 11.8%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: http://huntingtonestate.com.au/

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Patina Reserve Chardonnay 2010

Showing some age, taking on honeyed and toffee notes over stonefruit and citrus.

Substantive wine: body, volume, bit of swagger; oak inputs too. Good length. 92

Tasted on: Tuesday 19th January: a Fruit to Root
Source: Sample
Price: $45
Alcohol: 12%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: http://www.patinawines.com.au/

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Wednesday, 10 February 2016

Alkoomi Semillon Sauv Blanc 2015

More citrus than grassy Sauv, a little lemon butter.

Minerally, acidic zing and zest; touch of texture. Finishes ok, not as much definition as you'd like. Consider the price - happy to go here. 88 

Tasted on: Tuesday 19th January: a Fruit to Root day
Source: Sample
Price: $15
Alcohol: 12.5%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: http://www.alkoomiwines.com.au/

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View Road Wines Syrah Sangiovese 2014

Poured two glasses of this: on opening it was savoury, rich, woody, with a coolness to it.

Some 2-3 hours later: a little grilled meat, savoury, some black fruit more prominent, licorice and more of a polished veneer.

Smooth, medium bodies, powder fine tannin that accentuates its savoury bent. Possesses incredible structure with graphite tannin. An excellent blend. 92 

Tasted on: Monday 21st September, a Leaf to Fruit day
Source: Sample
Price: $35
Alcohol: 13.2%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: http://viewroadwines.com.au/

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Tuesday, 9 February 2016

Willow Bridge Estate Dragonfly Cab Merlot 2014

It would be remiss to not mention the untimely passing of Willow Bridge winemaker Simon Burnell in early 2015. Of course Simon would have overseen the initial production of this wine, a wine that now rests in the hands of Kim Horton who took over the reigns, transferring from Frankland River's Ferngrove.

Ladies and Gentleman, here we have a veritable bargain. Shop wisely and you can pick this up sub-$20 at quality independents or online. An excellent addition to any wine rack.

Mulberry, chocolate, a little cassis; soft, generous and rounded palate; a little spice - a suggestion of licorice.

Chalky, powder-fine tannin with a gentle bitterness that enhances the wine's profile. 91/2 

Tasted on: Monday 18th January: a Fruit day
Source: Sample
Price: $20
Alcohol: 13.5%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: https://www.willowbridge.com.au/

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Best's Great Western Riesling 2015

We all know that Riesling should be on more folks' radars right? Well, amongst that great variety should be this example from Best's in Victoria's Great Western region. A consistent performer, a stunning achiever, for twenty-five of your hard earned.

Tropical expression of lime, florals with a little kumquat.

The palate brims with energy, a vibrancy, with the acid cutting a zorro-like swathe across the palate (well, mine at least). Has a semblance of sweetness (without being sweet), lending body and texture. A testament to the fruit, care and love. Drink now or cellar up to 15-20 years. 93

Tasted on: Sunday 20th September, a Leaf day
Source: Sample
Price: $25
Alcohol: 12%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: http://www.bestswines.com/

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