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Thursday, 27 April 2017

Cush & Cush Wine Co Chardonnay 2016

Whole bunch pressed Chardonnay here, unfiltered, giving a delightful haze in glass.

Citrus, fig paste, barest hints of oak - a small amount of new French used.

Oak on entry, stonefruit, grapefruit citrus; has a textural spread, not battonage, the result of bottling unfiltered - hence the slight haze. Hints of spice - savoury to boot. Inherent complexity. 

The back palate shows more savoury charm, drying, a touch of phenolics. 91 

Tasted on: Thursday 26th January
Source: Sample
Price: $25
Alcohol: 12%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: http://www.cushandcush.com/

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Hentley Farm Blanc de Noirs 2016

Billed as a BdN but pours a very distinct blush, more Rosé like - that intent flows through the wine, a very fruitsome individual all about strawberry and cherry.


It possesses an ease, an elegance and charm if you like. Not necessarily simple, perhaps casual is the word I am looking for. 89 

Tasted on: Thursday 26th January
Source: Sample
Price: $27.50
Alcohol: 12%
Closure: Cork
Website: www.hentleyfarm.com.au

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Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Zontes Footsteps The Hills Are Alive Shiraz 2014

Fruit, oak, spice and alcohol; served correctly: florals, stonefruit (Viognier inclusion?).

Jammy, pretty high octane (admittedly at the wrong temp initially); correctly served: medium bodied, lighter in approach, possibly too much so. No shortage of fruit driven flavour, if not as driven. 90  

Tasted on: Wednesday 18th January, a Root day
Source: Sample
Price: $35
Alcohol: 14.5%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: http://www.zontesfootstep.com.au/

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Mount Avoca Old Vine Shiraz 2013

From vines planted in 1971. Two years in oak (25% American, 25% Hungarian, the balance being French) shows on this wine. Less Pyrenees, more rich, sweeter, hedonistic if you like. 

Incredible depth, both from fruit concentration and frame of oak. Chewy, coffee-caramel, intense and deep wine. 

Not quite where I'm at personally, but it will have fans and will cellar exceptionally well. 92 

Tasted on: Mount Avoca Old Vine Shiraz 2013
Source: Sample
Price: $45.95
Alcohol: 13.5%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: https://mountavoca.com

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Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Leeuwin Estate Siblings Sauvignon Blanc Semillon 2015

The herbal Sauvignon Blanc clearly leads here, it comes across as unequivocally Margaret River in its presentation. Tinges of citrus, faint passionfruit, like a neighbourhood pet marking its territory.

Things step up a level on the palate, a modicum of texture  - it's a 66/34 blend and some portion of it sees some barrel ferment - shows its hand, blackcurrant leaf, requisite citrus. More of that leafy, herbal composition. 

Not necessarily one I took a personal shine to. Nonetheless, states its case, being what it is. 89 

Tasted on: Thursday 19th January
Source: Sample
Price: $22
Alcohol: 13.5%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: leeuwinestate.com.au

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Hentley Farm Brass Monkey Vineyards Pinot Grigio 2016

Beurre Bosc pear over creamy slithered almond and faint spiced hints.

Has a touch of body, unusual giving the low alc and 'Grigio' designation. Pear, florals, not wanting for cheek-clenching acidity. 

Freshness, with bags of citrus bringing up the rear. High bronze. 90  

Tasted on: Monday 16th January, a Fruit day
Source: Sample
Price: $24.50
Alcohol: 12%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: www.hentleyfarm.com.au

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Monday, 24 April 2017

Alkoomi White Label Semillon Sauvignon Blanc 2016

Carries the dried grass/straw, citrus of the constituent varieties, 67% and 33% respectively. 

Citrus, a little slate, feels a little flat, dilute. Not my favourite in the range, freshness goes OK to lift and enliven. 86 

Tasted on: Monday 16th January, a Fruit day
Source: Sample
Price: $15
Alcohol: 12.5%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: http://www.alkoomiwines.com.au/

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