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Wednesday, 27 July 2016

Montalto Estate Pinot Noir 2015

A very attractive floral perfume: rose, hibiscus with deep set black-red fruit: cherry, a little oak seasoning. 

It's silken, smooth, slips across the palate; briary fruit, a semblance of depth, a little sour tang. 

Effortless length, elegance, ease; fantastic Pinosity, sharing an excellent lineage with its vintage predecessor, albeit with an apparent greater of finesse. 94 

Tasted on: Thursday 30th June, a Fruit day
Source: Sample
Price: $50
Alcohol: 13.6%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: montalto.com.au

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Tuesday, 26 July 2016

Mitchell Harris Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

Slightly herbal, green, touch of mint and bay, the oak is quite stern.

It's medium bodied, the tannin fine and long - fine threads connecting across the palate. Black fruit reveals itself slowly, making its presence known. Feels quite reservedly classy. 91 

Tasted on: Tuesday 28th June, a Leaf day
Source: Sample
Price: $30
Alcohol: 13.5%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: https://mitchellharris.com.au/

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Monday, 25 July 2016

En Soleil Shiraz by Cape Jaffa 2014

Biodynamic wine, grapes grown by the Koch family and vinified by Anna Hooper.

Red and black fruit medley just hanging in the glass, doing its thing, slowly wafting out. With time, a little dried earth emanates, sweet edged oak in play too. 

Sensuous, seductive, spicy - characterful wine that possesses a fine, powdery tannin structure. There's a little chocolate in the mix - not necessarily something I'd associate with Wrattonbully, and no bad addition. 

Reasonable length - not quite what the palate suggests. 91 

Tasted on: Monday 27th June, a Flower to Leaf day
Source: Sample
Price: $39
Alcohol: 14.5%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: http://www.capejaffawines.com.au/

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Sunday, 24 July 2016

Rymill The Yearling Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

Colour me surprised to see a $15 sticker on this mid-week ripper, I'm not suggesting its a cellar-worthy addition to your purchasing, rather its darn good, easy going drinking and fantastically positioned price wise.

Sweet cassis, a little flaked chocolate, dusty elements in the mix, gum leaf. Fine aromas - of place and variety.

Medium bodied, sweet fruit - blackcurrant in abundance. A modicum of tannin, enough to give it some substance and feel across the palate. 88 

Tasted on: Thursday 21st July
Source: Sample
Price: $15
Alcohol: 14%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: http://www.rymill.com.au/

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Friday, 22 July 2016

Chafffey Bros Wine Co Evangeline Syrah 2014

From the winery website: "Fermented in a 6 tonne open fermenter with 7 days skin contact and twice daily pump-overs. Matured in shaved, seasoned (two to five year old) french oak hogsheads for 11 months"

"Single Vineyard Eden Valley Syrah from a dry-grown vineyard set on the Drögemüller family’s original Springton orchard.

Generous morello cherry, red berry aromatics. There's a little black fruit, pure in its manifestation, clean in its representation. 

More of the same on the palate, that fruit presence. It's medium bodied, has a coolness, a freshening acidic presence; structure, exquisite fine grain of tannin. 

Clean, elegant - almost haunting in the way it presents itself. Very memorable. 92 

Tasted on: Saturday 25th June, a Root to Flower day
Source: Taste Eden Valley, Cellar Door
Price: $32
Alcohol: 13.9%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: http://www.chaffeybroswine.com.au/

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Thursday, 21 July 2016

Alkoomi Frankland River Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

Cherry like aromas, cedar and bay; good aromatics - with a little mint added In - on show here.

Cool, minty, has a big boned elegance; drying, with long and moderately assertive tannin. Needs a couple of years under its belt to bring some of the elements together, and allow the tannin to settle. 

Has a good line of acidity threaded like a fine seem through the wine, a guide for the development the wine needs just to pull together. Good for at least a ten stretch in the cellar.. 91 

Tasted on: Tuesday 21st June, a Fruit day
Source: Sample
Price: $24
Alcohol: 14.5%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: http://www.alkoomiwines.com.au/

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Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Ministry of Clouds Mataro 2014

Ministry of Clouds are Bernice Ong and Julian Forwood, both with lengthy - and illustrious - careers in wine before jacking all that in to go it alone; she the Sales Manager for Woodstock wines also with stints prior at Red+White, he the long-time Sales Manager at Wirra Wirra. Impressive CVs, just wait until you get to taste their wines.

There's almost this briny suggestion, a note of pickles to this wine's intro. Requisite dark fruit sits beneath, deep seated, as if slung back into a favourite comfy chair. 

Fine, medium-full bodied, well structured with minerally fine tannin. Twists of cracked pepper, licorice, bordering on a sour tang toward the back palate. 

Varietal depth, with a lushness, freshness and a "please sir, can I have some" moreishness. Bingo 92 

Tasted on: Sunday 26th June, a leaf day
Source: Retail, Craft Red Hill
Price: $40
Alcohol: TBC
Closure: Screwcap
Website: http://www.ministryofclouds.com.au/

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