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Sunday, 17 May 2015

View Road Wines Chardonnay 2012

Sourced from the Swaby Vineyard - up near the Botanic Gardens in the Adelaide Hills - a vineyard also used as a fruit source by Michael Hall, BK Wines and Yalumba.

Oxidative notes on the nose, giving that nuttiness and bruised apple complexity. The palate sees more of the same with an edge of saline acidity, the driving force of the wine.

It's a style that will likely polarise, for sure it caught me off guard, but it's a grower. A quality, if unconventional, wine - excellent length, a testament to the fruit quality. My only quibble is I would have liked a little more in the middle. 92

Tasted on: Sunday 19th April, a Fruit day
Source: Sample
Price: $37
Alcohol: 13.3%
Closure: Cork
Website: http://viewroadwines.com.au/

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Wednesday, 13 May 2015

Tapanappa Tiers Vineyard Chardonnay 2013

A little sweet grass, ripe stonefruit, and vanilla accented nougat oak. 'Golden' is a sense I found myself being drawn to more than once, a little honey and floral edges here too.

Full in the mouth, an impressive wine of weight and substance. Citrus, stonefruit, a phenolic dryness that provides an embrace and undulates across the palate through an impressive length.

no surprise that a wine as substantive as this appears, equally carries such length. A superb release. 94+

Tasted on: Sunday 19th April, a Fruit day
Source: Sample
Price: $75
Alcohol: 13.8%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: https://tapanappa.com.au/

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Tuesday, 12 May 2015

Ridgemill Estate WYP Chardonnay 2013

WYP was an internal winery code for a wine that winemaker Pete McGlashan thought showed some promise. Such is the run of success that the Ridgemill Chardonnay is having, WPY has made it onto the label permanently.

Beautiful aromatics. Barrel ferment character here, pulled off without over-stepping what can be a fine line. Showing toast, touch of grilled white meat, nectarine, granny smith sharpness, with lime citrus rounding out.

Carries a little more weight round the middle than the palate profile would suggest, barrel ferment and some lees work evident here. 

Fruit carried well with the now familiar stonefruit, lime and perhaps lime brulee. Length is excellent, unforced line of spice, toast. An excellent release. 93

Tasted on: Sunday 19th April, a Fruit day
Source: Sample
Price: $35
Alcohol: 13.5%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: http://ridgemillestate.com/

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Monday, 11 May 2015

Windowrie The Mill Chardonnay 2014

This is extraordinary value at the members price of $12.54 per bottle and still fair drinking at a dollar under twenty. 

A lovely pale straw on the pour. Stonefruit, a little green melon, residual oak via a little creamy cashew - augments the fruit on intro.

Clean entry, stonefruit again flowing through. Light, balanced, delicate pitch of acid - followed up by spice and residual oak.

Solid Chardonnay at the price. 88

Tasted on: Sunday 19th April, a Fruit day
Source: Sample
Price: $17.99
Alcohol: 13%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: http://www.windowrie.com.au/

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Sunday, 10 May 2015

Bremerton Old Adam Shiraz 2012

Caution! Do not approach now. A hard one to call. Premium packaging here: tall, narrow bottle with a long neck housing a pristine plug of cork.

Black fruit, a little liquer, touch of prune and oak, A black, dense mass; unashamedly big, brooding.

Slick feel, palate feels off balance compared to its intro - the fruit being suppressed. It has presence, but feels hard and bitter initially.

Length is good - no doubting the quality of the source material. Questions however do persist on whether that quality will be allowed to flourish over the life of the wine. 90+

Tasted on: 22nd April, a Root day
Source: Sample
Price: $56
Alcohol: 15%
Closure: Cork
Website: http://www.bremerton.com.au/

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Redbank Sunday Morning Pinot Gris 2014

Spiced, and poached pear; vanilla, mere hints of florals - magnolia perhaps, a little musk and Turkish delight.

The spice carries through to the palate, a consistent and pleasing presence throughout. It's textural, yes, but with enough balancing backbone to carry the wine forward.

The finish sees the spice maintain its presence and authority. Aiding in the wine's standing as a Gris of some repute. 91

Tasted on: Sunday 19th April, a Fruit day
Source: Sample
Price: $21.95
Alcohol: 13.5%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: http://www.redbankwines.com/

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Saturday, 9 May 2015

Cooks Lot Allotment 66 Pinot Gris 2014

Touch of bronzing ball applied here. Musky, hints of honeysuckle, pear, and suggestions of stonefruit.

Mineral, nippy acid, barely there fruit, short in short. Bit of texture, but nay much else, Length just falls away on this occasion. 86

Tasted on: Sunday 19th April, a Fruit day
Source: Sample
Price: $20
Alcohol: 13.5%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: http://www.cookslot.com.au/

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