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Tuesday, 16 February 2021

Wirra Wirra Lost Watch Riesling 2020


Subtle lemongrass and kaffir lime notes here, supplemented with a touch of citrus across the palate. 

There's a touch more texture, a fleshy suppleness with a chalky phenolic pucker. A lemon/ lime acidic line adds a spine and precision to the finish. It may be perceived as quite lean in style, yet has much to offer. 91

Tasted on: Tuesday 25th August 
Source: Sample
Price: $25
Alcohol: 13%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: https://wirrawirra.com/

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Amigo de la Terra Organic Tempranillo Syrah 2018


Organically farmed Tempranillo and Syrah from the high Plains of Northern Syrah, a vino de Espana. 

Earthy core with black fruit accents that act as a counter to that initial aroma of the land. 

Plum and blackcurrant vibes across the palate. Soft, fleshy and yet with an edge of spice at the finish. Reasonable. 88

Tasted on: Wednesday 19th August 
Source: Sample
Price: $20
Alcohol: 13.5%
Closure: Screwcap
Sample courtesy of: www.singlevineyards.com

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Monday, 15 February 2021

Angullong Shiraz 2019


Opens with what might be variously interpreted as a char and bacon fat/ meat aroma, or a mercaptan
(onions or such) vibe.

The palate is a touch softer, fleshier, black fruit abounds - almost blackcurrant pastille like. A touch of residual fruit sweetness offsets the more savoury intro. 

Tannin is fine, persistent, carrying long across the palate. Definite carriage of flavour leaves a finish that bookends its somewhat more playful middle. An altogether enjoyable package. 90

Tasted on: Thursday 6th August 
Source: Sample
Price: $22
Alcohol: 14.5%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: www.angullong.com.au

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Tuesday, 9 February 2021

Henty Farm Riesling 2019


Curry leaves and Fenugreek - certainly a Riesling on the more interesting side of the aromatic spectrum. 

It's cool and crisp, yet somewhat lighter in flavour and texture. Henty is certainly cool, on the more marginal fringes of Australian viticulture and this excellent Riesling reflects that, with a somewhat austere - nigh Germanic take on things. 92

Tasted on: Saturday 21st November 
Source: Sample
Price: $30
Alcohol: 12%
Closure: Screwcap
Sample Courtesy of: https://www.singlevineyards.com/

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Ballycroft Small Berry Cabernet Sauvignon 2018


Dusky black fruit over pencil shavings and rolling tobacco. 

It's on the fuller side for Cabernet Sauvignon, which is exactly where winemaker Joe Evans likes the variety. 

Tannins are ultra-fine, a combination of graphite and cocoa. Latterly the wine reveals its power and potency, overt in nature. This is as good as I've tasted a Cabernet from the producer. 92

Tasted on: Sunday 22nd November 
Source: Sample
Price: $45
Alcohol: 14.8%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: https://www.ballycroft.com/

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Monday, 8 February 2021

Huntington Estate Tim Stevens Signature Shiraz 2017


Alongside its Cabernet/Shiraz [link] counterpart, the Tim Stevens Signature Shiraz represents the upper echelon of the Huntington portfolio. 

From the off it's rich and somewhat hedonistic. A deep, intense wine, yet it does so whilst letting fruit and region sing. Oak is present, yet a part, not the lead in this particular scene. 

Milk chocolate and sage lead, segueing to a palate that shows intensity of blue and purple fruits. 

Latent spice asserts a presence too, amidst this body of fruit and chocolate. Tannins are substantive, whilst this feels good to go it will only improve over mid-term. Drink to 2038 94

Tasted on: Sunday 31st January 
Source: Sample
Price: $100
Alcohol: 14.5%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: https://huntingtonestate.com.au/

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Thursday, 4 February 2021

Edenflo Quincy J 2020


A delicious skinsy blend of Eden Valley Gewürz, Riesling and Viognier.

Eden Flo is Andrew Wardlaw and sidekick (dog) Quincy Jones. Andrew was at pains to express how to best sample his wines - attention to detail a boon - advising to avoid excess cold and allow time and air for fuller expression. 

Pouring a somewhat hedonistic golden colour, and immediately redolent of florals, Quince and stewed apple. 

The palate conveyed an immediate nuttiness, followed by lavish texture and generous spiced nuance across the finish. 

Respecting the winemaker's wishes, after 24 hours the skinsy, Quincey vibe is more pronounced on the nose. Across the palate, ginger is pulled forward and caressed by quite a lavish textural throw. The spice is really quite prominent now, seemingly adding to the sustain of the wine's finish. 

A rather exquisite wine of detail, texture and interest. 94

Tasted on: Sunday 31st January 
Source: Sample
Price: $33
Alcohol: 
Closure: Cork
Website: https://edenflowines.com.au/

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