An Australian Wine Blog

Monday, 27 June 2016

Tapanappa Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz 2012

Classic Aussie blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz (64/36% respectively); oak is all French, of which 70% is new.

And what oak it is: Lavish , providing a blanket around a depth of black fruit; brawny, muscular. Aniseed, choc-mint, lavish. The oak is unsubtle, tannin is firm and the length long. 

It's a wine of significance, unsubtle - almost brutish in its composition. Qualities that you'd expect to see it live long. A, no doubt conservative view on this wine for now, 91+ 

Tasted on: Thursday 19th May, a Root to Flower day
Source: Sample
Price: $55
Alcohol: 15.1%
Closure: Cork
Website: tapanappa.com.au

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Terre á Terre Crayeres Vineyard Shiraz 2014

Elegant aromatics, soft red berry fruit; spice and seasoning - plenty of cracked pepper, a little clove. 

Elegant - again that word, recurring throughout - soft, savoury spice and pepper; it's hard to get a handle on: there's a little fruit, but really more about the seasoning. Elegance personified - yet with the edge. 


I love it for the very fact it's challenging: it has an ease, an air about it, yet the savoury depth and spice change the dynamics of the wine. Superb. 93 

Tasted on: Thursday 19th May, a Root to Flower
Source: Sample
Price: $39
Alcohol: 14.5%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: terreaterre.com.au

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Sunday, 26 June 2016

Turkey Flat White Blend 2015

A blend of Marsanne (63%), Viognier (19%) and Roussanne (18%).

Scents of white florals, suggestive stonefruit and of a little vanilla creme patisserie.

Honeyed nuances, a little nougat, under-ripe mandarin segments; zest and gentle spice. Early - judicious - picking has given a line of acid about which layers of texture hang, like mille-feuille of flavour and mouthfeel. 


Good length, carried about acid, a little toastiness. Enough about it to make it one to both seek to consume and to savour. 91 

Tasted on: Saturday 25th June, a Root to Flower day
Source: Cellar Door
Price: $25
Alcohol: 12%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: http://www.turkeyflat.com.au/

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View Road Piccadilly Valley Chardonnay 2013

A recent move found this lurking at the back of the cupboard...

Nutty, funky, yeasty - great aromas here. A year in bottle suggests it's fleshed a little, having taken on depth of colour in glass. 

Great depth of flavour: a little caramel, baked citrus and furtive spice lurking in the background, rounding out the palate. 91 

Tasted on: Thursday 19th May, a Root to Flower
Source: Sample
Price: $37
Alcohol: 13.3%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: http://viewroadwines.com.au/

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Saturday, 25 June 2016

Seppeltsfield Grenache 2015

Zero oak, all about primacy of fruit, Joven Grenache if you wish. Looked the goods at Cellar Door, but failed to light me up when back home.

Red berry fruit initially on offer, followed by subtle spice. Sees no oak, it's about purity of expression, no encumbrance. 

More of the same on the palate, segueing to savoury notes, spice and a little freshening acidity. Good medium body, mouthfeel and a fine rub of tannin. 

Does the job, but doesn't quite announce itself. 89  

Tasted on: Weds 18th May, a Flower day
Source: Cellar Door
Price: $27
Alcohol: 14.5%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: http://www.seppeltsfield.com.au/

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Leeuwin Estate Shiraz 2013

Very attractive proposition: florals, stonefruit; meatier foundations reveal themselves beneath - a foundation for the wine. 

Blue fruits, a little cherry and chocolate; savoury, twig and a little leaf matter, spice. Needs a little more fruit at the back end, the savoury twigginess overwhelms. Decent length though. 

Good for a 5-10 stretch in the cellar 90+ 

Tasted on: Monday 16th May, a Fruit to Root day
Source: Sample
Price: $37
Alcohol: 13.5%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: leeuwinestate.com.au

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Yalumba Patchwork Shiraz 2013

Fudgey, compote, Earth, residual old wood. Soft aromatics, calming, nothing assaulting the senses - a sense of ease. 

Simplicity - a little back palate bitterness forms the dominate character here; entry sees a little black fruit before that dominating character. 

Persistence of that dominating character. Lacks finesse - or true quality. Drinks well, lacks markers of anything more than a decent quaffer.  88 

Tasted on: Thursday 21st April, a Flower day
Source: Sample
Price: $22
Alcohol: 13.5%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: www.yalumba.com

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