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Friday, 24 February 2017

Wirra Wirra RSW Shiraz 2014

Unequivocally McLaren Vale, undoubtedly the sum of itself from that region. Speaking of
place and varieties: black fruit, that HB pencil like graphite quality and - of course - chocolate notes to round out and provide richness. 


In the mouth it has feel and flow, oak in support for - not only structure - but flavour and assured longevity. The acid is there - albeit a little spiky towards the back end - but you cannot deny it's quality. Bravo! 92

Tasted on: Saturday 29th October, a Flower day
Source: Sample
Price: $70
Alcohol: 14.5%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: www.wirrawirra.com

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Thursday, 23 February 2017

Shaw Vineyard Estate Reserve Merriman Shiraz 2014

Carries red fruit, spice, delicate oak - in tune with itself. 

Medium bodied, smooth, silken-threaded, elegant. Not the most complex, but composed, I feel drawn to that word: elegant - again. Has a sense of flow, finesse and flavour. Spike of cola derived flavour towards the finish, then a long tail. 


Good wine. 91 

Tasted on: Saturday 29th October, a Flower day
Source: Sample
Price: $65
Alcohol: 14%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: http://www.shawvineyards.com.au/

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Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Yelland & Papps Shiraz 2015

New addition to the Y&P 'Butcher's Paper' range.

Picked pretty early - Feb - de-stemmed, though I was sure of some whole bunch inclusion, hence herbal, touches of cola, tea. Cinnamon, baking spice, grilled meat even. 

Savoury, Peppery, suggestion of assertive tannin against a largely black fruit profile. Persistent black fruit, touches of soy. 90 

Tasted on: Thursday 27th October, a Fruit to Root day 
Source: Sample
Price: $25
Alcohol: 13.2%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: http://yellandandpapps.com/

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Vinteloper Park Wine White 2015

I was in two minds as to whether to write this wine up, for it somehow seems against the intent of the wine, but as some marketing blurb for the wine goes: "no pretension, no rules", so bugger it, I'll do what I want. 

Comes in 500ml hand grenade; spends 14 days on skins, is unfined and unfiltered.  Still dunno where it's from mind, there's no region listed on the label.

It's funky, perfumed, something like pineapple cubes meets an explosion of tangerine with a yeasty/Cider bent

Loose, open weave, with a decent textural spread. More of that pineapple, citrus meandering across the palate. And with that - perhaps in spite of - it finishes dry, delicately spiced. 


Lingering presence on the finish, drying. 90 

Tasted on: Sunday 19th February, a Leaf day
Source: Retail, Spiros Paddington
Price: $20
Alcohol: 12.9%
Closure: Crown Seal
Website: http://www.vinteloper.com.au/

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Monday, 20 February 2017

Trossen Spätburgunder Rosé 2015

Funky, yeasty, barnyard meets toffee Apple, wild strawberry. Certainly on the more interesting of where you often find Rosé.

Soft and delicate, it springs a surprise with a burst of berry energy and spike of acidity. There's a minerally, quartz-like energy to the wine, leaving it humming along in the mouth.  

Certainly carries a fine delicacy, a prettiness that graces the palate. 92 

Tasted on: Sunday 12th February, a Fruit day
Source: Retail, Cru Bar
Price: $50
Alcohol: 11.5%
Closure: Crown Seal
Website: http://www.trossenwein.de/index_e.html

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Friday, 17 February 2017

d'Arenberg Ironstone Pressings GSM 2013

As per the wine's title, a blend: Grenache (67%), Shiraz (28%) and a cameo from Mataro (5%). A cracking return to form.

Earth, sweet crusted red fruit, cinnamon. Medium-full bodied, significant presence of red fruit, deeper bassy note (go Mataro!); powdery, chalky tannin that is substantive in its presence. 


Significant depth of flavour. Rhone-esque. 92 

Tasted on: Friday 28th October, a Root day
Source: Sample 
Price: $65
Alcohol: 14.3%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: darenberg.com.au

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Yelland & Papps Sete Di Vino 2015

A blend of Primitivo (59%) and Barbera 51%. 

Savoury, roasted nuts, meat, fennel - certainly Italianate.

Medium-full, juicy, soft and cushioned in the mouth, a fair gobful of mixed berries backed up with a dark, savoury vein. Plummy hoi sin, black cherry - a riot of flavour. Good drinking. 90 

Tasted on: Wednesday 26th October, a Fruit day 
Source: Sample
Price: $25
Alcohol: 13.8%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: http://yellandandpapps.com/

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