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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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The Lane Block 1 Cabernet Merlot 2013

A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (87%) and Merlot (13%) - good aromatics on show, tobacco and green olive; oak is on show and a good portion of new it would seem.     

Plenty of cherry and plum on show here. Strikes this lovely balance of vibrant fruit against an elegance. Savoury elements in the mix, good acidic reach. Tannin is fine - drinks very well, would like more structure. 

Reasonable length: cassis, fruits of the forest compote. Decent. 90 

Tasted on: Wednesday 22nd June, a Fruit to Root day
Source: Sample
Price: $39
Alcohol: 14%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: www.thelane.com.au

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Tuesday, 19 July 2016

Alkoomi White Label Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2014

Black fruit, spice - somewhat mute like its prior vintage brethren. 

More of the same on the palate, black fruit, freshening acid; bitter tannin lets the package down - drying, hard, misses a beat compared to the '13. 

The White Label range offers excellent value consistently, and maybe that's my issue in judging a sub $15 wine that normally sits much higher in value. 86 

Tasted on: Tuesday 21st June, a Fruit day
Source: Sample
Price: $15
Alcohol: 14.5%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: http://www.alkoomiwines.com.au/

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Monday, 18 July 2016

Millon Estate The Impressionist Shiraz 2014

Cherry, Mulberry, earthen, gamey - flecks of pepper. 

Smooth, medium bodied - an elegance if you like. Spice, gives depth; possesses a savoury depth - that belies the price point. 


Spice derived length, not the most complex or compelling but it delivers excellently for its proposition. 89 

Tasted on: Sunday 19th June, a Leaf day
Source: Sample
Price: $14.95
Alcohol:
Closure: Screwcap
Website: www.millonwines.com.au
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Double Header: The Lane Vineyard Block 3 Chardonnay 2014 and 2015


One producer, two wines, consecutive vintages.

2014
Melon, nougat, pistachio.

Lean, clean, hints of cream. Nicely balanced, mid-weight Chardonnay. Uncomplicated, a suggestion of oak influence here - a little barrel ferment action gives some flinty mineral that segues to a nice punch of acid and spice.

Finishes well, good length and textural that washes across the back palate.. 91

Tasted on: Sunday 19th June, a Leaf day
Source: Sample
Price: $25
Alcohol: 12.55
Closure: Screwcap


2015
White peach, citrus, lemongrass perhaps, warmer and fuller.

Fuller, immediate onset of gingery spice on the fore palate that meanders it way across. Seems bigger than it’s ’14 counterpart, but lacking the depth and penetration of that vintage prior. 90



Tasted on: Sunday 19th June, a Leaf day
Source: Sample
Price: $25
Alcohol: 13.5%
Closure: Screwcap

Samples courtesy of The Lane Vineyard: https://www.thelane.com.au/

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