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Tuesday, 22 September 2020

Domaines Paul Mas Vignes de Nicole Viognier 2019


I think these may be Dan Murphy's exclusive imports into Australia.

Chicken stock and stonefruit, soft and inviting. 


Luscious, a textural interplay across the palate, veering towards a viscosity that pulls forward stonefruit juice. Moderate length of flavour, pleasurable enough wine. 89 

Tasted on: Friday 18th September 
Source: Sample
Price: $16.99
Alcohol: 13.5%
Closure: Screwcap
Sample Courtesy of: https://www.palatepr.com/

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Gartelmann ‘Wilhelm’ Shiraz 2017


Plum, blackcurrant, elements of hedgerow that lend a savoury edge. Latterly, sand and earthen notes, lending something like a sweet spiced air. 

The palate follows that through with an air of conviction, soft and succulent - just carrying a suggestion of residual fruit to add to the carry of flavour. 

The finish is steady, sweet accented fruit notes carrying long across the finish. I actually preferred this on day 2, far more expressive and generous in its presence. 92 

Tasted on: Friday 7th August 
Source: Sample
Price: $28
Alcohol: 14.1%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: https://www.gartelmann.com.au/

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Sunday, 20 September 2020

Campos do Viento Tempranillo 2019


Carries the air of earth and baked raspberry - like you'd find in a baked muffin; fruit, yet not sweet. 


Feels lighter across the palate, at least initially, before a darker manifestation sets in. Suggestions of black pepper and clove, a carry of decent length. Pretty rugged, gutsy, not without conviction. 91

Tasted on: Tuesday 18th August 
Source: Sample
Price: $20
Alcohol: 13.5%
Closure: Screwcap
Sample Courtesy of: www.singlevineyards.com

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Angullong Merlot 2018


Earth, gamey vibes, latterly the suggestion of tobacco emerges - lending a smokey air. 

Feeling fresh across the palate, youthful and with something like an olive skin vibe. The structure bolsters the youth and vitality of the wine. 

Well made, another claim for the re-emergence of Merlot, in cooler climes and in the right hands. 91 

Tasted on: Wednesday 5th August 
Source: Sample
Price: $22
Alcohol: 14.5%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: https://www.angullong.com.au/

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Saturday, 19 September 2020

Wirra Wirra Mrs Wrigley Rosé 2020


Kiss of berry fruit on the nose, soft and succulent, by way of strawberry and a touch of raspberry. 

Flowing through onto the palate, with a crisp delight, that both arrests the fruit flavour and aroma, yet also seeks to allow the same to gently tug along the finish. 


There's certainly a carry of flavour here, gently persistent on a quietly generous finish. 92 

Tasted on: Wednesday 26th August 
Source: Sample
Price: $20
Alcohol: 13.5%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: www.wirrawirra.com

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Highgate Shiraz 2016


Subtle hints of char, offsetting deep and dense plum and mulberry fruit. 


Mudgee is known - rather, renowned - for its deep and flavoursome wines, this no exception. 90 

Tasted on: Wednesday 29th July 
Source: Sample
Price: $25
Alcohol: 14.8%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: https://www.singlevineyards.com/

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Friday, 18 September 2020

Entropy Wines Chardonnay 2019


Mornington Peninsula Chardonnay, rich and powerful from the off. There's a slight saline and reductive note, more so than the presence of fruit. 

The palate is variously - and impressively - creamy, toasty, flinty and on a saline length. Add in a touch of phenolics that are well judged, adding to that overall impression of power and depth. 


Green apple and citrus wrap up on the finish, yet for all that flavour and assertion it still gives an impression of delicacy and balance. Australian Chardonnay is in such an interesting place right now. 96 

Tasted on: Tuesday 18th August 
Source: Retail
Price: $45
Alcohol: TBC
Closure: DIAM
Website: https://www.entropywines.com/

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