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Thursday, 25 August 2016

Bremerton Old Adam Shiraz 2013

Like it’s Cabernet counterpart, the oak influence is evident here, yet somewhat paired back from how I remember it in prior years. It offers plenty of coconut and tastiness over well presented blackcurrant and plummy fruit. 

It’s well presented on the palate, more of that black fruit. Acid is evenly handled, it doesn’t really show its 15% alcohol, yes there’s a little spirited edge and plenty of grunt and depth.

Like it’s Cabernet stablemate, it could do with some rest for now and will easily cellar for 15-odd years. Slightly edged by the Cabernet for me, but an impressive wine nonetheless 92

Tasted on: Saturday 2nd July, a Root day
Source: Sample
Price: $56
Alcohol: 15%
Closure: Cork
Website: http://www.bremerton.com.au/

Bremerton Walter’s Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

A new wine from Bremerton for me. Big and bold, makes its presence known with an oak cloaked fist that smashes you on the nose: it sees 20 months in new French barriques, its resinous and clearly built for the long haul.

More of the same on the palate, with refined, structural tannins that will clearly provide a framework to reward cellarability. Underneath that oak there’s glimpses of the substantive blackcurrant fruit that will serve this in good stead.

Leave for at least another 2-3 years before approaching and consider cellaring for up to 20. 92+ 

Tasted on: Saturday 2nd July, a Root day
Source: Sample
Price: $56
Alcohol: 15%
Closure: Cork
Website: http://www.bremerton.com.au/

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Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Taylor’s Promised Land Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

Generic red fruit on offer here, lacks a varietal distinction from my blogger’s view point. Still, what am I asking of it at $14?

Fair amount of sweet black fruit, almost compote like in its representation. Too sweet for my liking. Offers a little tannin, but not much else. Doesn’t really put a foot wrong, yet does little right either


There’s better (try the Merlot in the same range). A no from me. 85

Tasted on: Saturday 2nd July, a Root day
Source: Sample
Price: $14
Alcohol: 13.5%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: http://www.taylorswines.com.au/

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Riversdale Estate Musca Syrah 2014

Sappy elements, of new growth and hedgerow (don't be alarmed now) suggestive of whole bunch inclusion. 

Mid-weight, spice, depth that builds. Somewhat reminiscent of a peppery Crozes-Hermitage. Beyond that a little black cherry, blackcurrant fruit - a cautious glimpse between spice peaks. 

Has a good weight, glossy texture, more about savoury than fruit, a good spine Of interest. 91, touch and go a point higher.  

Tasted on: Wednesday 27th July, a Fruit day
Source: Sample
Price: $57
Alcohol: 14.5%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: http://riversdaleestate.com.au/

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Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Katnook Founder's Block Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

All prime cassis, sitting square and front - you can see how it would appeal. There's gum and a little mint to boot. 

All that doesn't quite translate to the palate, mid-weight, semblance of black fruit and a little gruff tannin on the finish. 


The Shiraz marginally has the edge here. 87 

Tasted on: Monday 4th July, a Flower day
Source: Sample
Price: $20
Alcohol: 13.5%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: www.katnookestate.com.au

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Shaw & Smith Lenswood Vineyard Chardonnay 2014

Whilst Shaw + Smith's exemplar M3 Chardonnay is an exercise in regional composition, the individual site that makes up much of the core of that wine has been celebrated with its own single vineyard release in the portfolio. 

Comprising about three puncheons, one of which is new, this wine seems somewhat reserved, mute: it’s all about citrus, with a little zestyness, a freshness and a little draw of fresh herb adding to that.

The palate is fresh, positively alive - has excellent shape, back palate texture, not creaminess - savoury nuances, flinty and mineral-like. It’s crisp, almost snapping to attention as it draws long across the palate. And length, what fantastic length here. 94 

Tasted on: Monday 8th August
Source: Tasting
Price: $85
Alcohol: 12%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: http://www.shawandsmith.com/

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Monday, 22 August 2016

De Bortoli La Boheme Act Two Pinot Noir Rosé 2016

Strawberry leads here, a little macerated red berry fruit; musky, rose, hint of citrus.

Dry, with a savoury - almost twiggy - mien; there's a suggestion of caramelisation, candied fruits.

It's long on the finish, savoury and drying. A consistent standout example of rosé from the producer that brought to the public fore the pale and dry revolution! 92 

Tasted on: Saturday 20th August, a Flower to Leaf day
Source: Retail
Price: $20
Alcohol: 12.7%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: debortoli.com.au

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