An Australian Wine Blog

Sunday, 19 August 2018

Chateau Yaldara Foundations Pinot Gris 2017

Pinot Gris typically has that ripened pear aromatic profile, this Adelaide Hills example being no exception. It smells riper, you might even say it has that Autumnal feel - as opposed to, say the Spring of Riesling - with a heavier, veering to spice aspect. 

The palate, whilst not wanting for texture, lacks a little definition. Broad in profile, the spicier elements more pronounced on through to the finish. 89 

Tasted on: Tuesday 7th August, a Root day 
Source: Sample
Price: $20
Alcohol: 12%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: http://1847wines.com/

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The Natural Wine Co Organic Sauvignon Blanc 2017

Cool climate Sauvignon Blanc on offer here. Carries the cut grass and tropical aromatics, by way of a suggestion of rock melon.'

Slight herbal inflections across the palate, drying, grippy and with a vein of acidity. Finishes well. 89 

Tasted on: Sunday 5th August, a Fruit day 
Source: Sample
Price: $18
Alcohol: 12%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: https://www.natural-wine-co.com/

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Saturday, 18 August 2018

Bremerton Walter's Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

For all its stated 15%, it sure carries it well. Typical Cabernet profile of Cassis and cedar over pencil shaving oak. It's an aromatic winning formula. 

It's a touch firmer and fuller on the palate, not quite rum and raisin territory, certainly Mulberry, plum and spirited alcoholic warmth, a contrast to the aromatics. Eucalypt notes flow gently thereon. Well and substantively framed. 

A wine with certain appeal. 92

Tasted on: Saturday 4th August, a Fruit day
Source: Sample
Price: $56
Alcohol: 15%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: http://www.bremerton.com.au/

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Friday, 10 August 2018

Huntington Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

Certainly Mudgee, definitively Cabernet. Carries the fudge and oak over the red Berry heart. Faint cedar, suggestion of nuttiness perhaps.

The palate shows a wine of medium to firm body, elements of spice. A line that carries itself long across the palate, mint and herbal inflections just make me think a juicy lamb roast. 90

Tasted on: Friday 3rd August, a Leaf to Fruit day
Source: Sample
Price: $29
Alcohol: 13.7%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: http://huntingtonestate.com.au/

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Ballycroft Small Berry Mataro 2015

A mere 55doz produced, spends 28m in shaved out, re-skimmed American Oak.

There's a growing culture of producing barrel aged beers in Australia's burgeoning beer scene. Upon opening this heavenly concoction from old mate Joe, I was reminded of such with its come hither port, and portly, Plum, raisin and nutty vibes. 

Joe Evans is a man to be admired, making his wines in what you'd consider a house style, and perhaps the anti-thesis to himself. For Joe's diminutive size is the stark opposite to his larger than life wines. 

This 2015 guise of the Ballycroft Mataro is a richly concocted brew, very much in the rum 'n' raisin mould, with dark spice that rides through the wine. Whilst an initial smoothness greets the drinker on entry, it's stature grows and envelopes the palate. 

It's perhaps a little off balance initially for my personal ways, but fans of Joe's wines will lap this up and with some 'air time' or the cellar this settles into a nice rhythm. There's no denying the quality of Joe's hand tended fruit, when allowed to shine. 91 

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

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Thursday, 9 August 2018

Rymill Shiraz 2015

Coonawarra is obviously better known for its Cabernet, then perhaps the Terra Rossa. Which comes first mind, in the hierarchy?

Dusty, dusky, Plum with oak remnants sitting around the core. 

More oak sitting prominently in the palate, swamps the fruit. Firm and forceful through the middle. Not one of finesse, it's rather stern. Smoky oak is really what leads here. 89 

Tasted on: Friday 3rd August, a Leaf to Fruit day 
Source: Sample
Price: $32
Alcohol: 14.5%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: http://www.rymill.com.au/

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Tim Adams Riesling 2018

Pristine Clare Valley Riesling on display here. It's that heavenly mix of spring blossoms meets bruised lime, with perhaps a suggestion kumquat marmalade lurking in the background.

Has the zip wire focus Riesling in youth so often has, a guidewire off which citrus hangs and, surprisingly, a chalky pucker is felt. Not entirely unusual in Clare Riesling, but often examples twice the price. 92

Tasted on: Sunday 5th August, a Fruit day 
Source: Sample
Price: $22
Alcohol: 11%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: www.timadamswines.com.au

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