An Australian Wine Blog

Saturday, 24 August 2019

Wills Domain Mystic Spring Rosé 2019

Strawberry, Turkish Delight, pink grapefruit, rose petal - pretty in pink for sure, pouring that pale salmon in glass.

Crisp and clipped acidity, kiss of fruit across the palate,  blue/black fruit hints. Little pop of citrissy acid at the wine's conclusion - thus not entirely surprised to learn of 15% Sauvignon Blanc forming the wine, the balance being Shiraz. 88 

Tasted on: Friday 16th August, a Root to Flower day 
Source: Sample
Price: $23
Alcohol: 12.5%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: https://willsdomain.com.au

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Wirra Wirra Scrubby Rise Sauvignon Blanc 2018

Citrus, chalky/powdery hint here, not so overt as some examples - a good thing. Subtle passionfruit/blackcurrant on the nose.

Easy going citrus, dialled back acidity, softer and inviting. Not the most complex example and it doesn't purport to be so. 87 

Tasted on: Saturday 10th August, a Leaf day
Source: Sample
Price: $17
Alcohol: 12%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: www.wirrawirra.com

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Silkwood Estate The Bowers Merlot 2017

Sampled this early in the morning and then revisited some hours later when it was absolutely singing. 

Merlot, so maligned, yet here it's such a varietal expression - as befits the cool of Pemberton - all tobacco, green olive and peppercorn. 

Soft, inviting, a medium bodied example, tannin fine and expressive. It carries an air of freshness, an acidic line on a tail of expressiveness. A joyous wine. 91. Drink to 2027

Tasted on: Wednesday 7th August, a Flower day
Source: Sample
Price: $20
Alcohol: 13%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: www.silkwoodestate.com.au

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Friday, 23 August 2019

Jansz Late Disgorged 2011

An 8yo Tassie sparkler. Vanilla notes waft gently from this one, soft and inviting. 

Soft, sensuous, time one lees and in bottle has added depth and weight, age has softened the palate to the point it almost weightless. 


Lively bead, generosity of flavour and intent, without having sacrificed complexity. Simply put, a superb wine. 94 

Tasted on: Friday 9th August, a Leaf day
Source: Sample
Price: $53
Alcohol: 12%
Closure: DIAM
Website: www.jansz.com.au

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Bremerton Betty & Lu Sauvignon Blanc 2019

Citrus, grass, Gooseberry, with a hint of Passionfruit just rounding out the profile.

Sharp citrus on a line of acid, tangy lemon drives this one home. Refreshment plus here, you could happily smash this down with some salty whitebait drizzled with lemon. Bingo. Summer's here! 88 

Tasted on: Saturday 10th August, a Leaf day 
Source: Sample
Price: $18
Alcohol: 11%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: http://www.bremerton.com.au

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LS Merchants Whole Bunch Mataro 2019

Stem and spice, 100% Whole Bunch clearly showing its hand. Mataro, a late ripening variety, showing well in a somewhat cool and maritime region. Beneath that spice lurks a juice laden palate. 

The blue/black fruit mix not evaded here, a grain of tannin that supplements and buoys the succulent profile. Latently savoury, hints of licorice - as befits the variety - generous and long on the finish. 91 

Tasted on: Friday 9th August, a Leaf day
Source: Retail
Price: $42
Alcohol: 14.5%
Closure: DIAM
Website: www.lsmerchants.com.au

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Thursday, 22 August 2019

Ballycroft Small Berry Mataro 2016

Winemaker Joe Evans replaced the headboards on these Barrels, essentially old oak, with a touch of new. Savoury notes, something grassy, sitting over that glorious deep Plum and black cherry Mataro fruit. 

That's where I Succumb to the depth of Mataro and its come hither ways. It possesses a nutty, licorice, blue and black fruited manner, here perhaps stronger than I would even yield to. Some, perhaps, may seek to find fault, rather I embrace the darkness and the persistence of flavour on offer here. 92 

Tasted on: Wednesday 7th August, a Flower day
Source: Sample
Price: $35
Alcohol: 14.7%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: www.ballycroft.com

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