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Saturday, 27 May 2017

Mr Riggs Yacca Paddock Tempranillo 2015

I've had to go on a bit of a diet of late, sometimes the enjoyment of life takes its toll. Paired this with some (diet version) Veal meatballs - a rather delicious pairing.

Good Tempranillo just invites you in, regardless of the style aimed at typically offers an abundance of fruit. Here, this example from the Adelaide Hills, offers that with coffeed and subtle woody hints, lending a savoury bent. 

Before you even take the wine into the mouth it's as if the subtle pop of blueberry is bursting in anticipation. Inherently sweet fruited, that mix of forest fruits, no holds barred in its primary assault. A little sweet spice just adds to the equation. 

For all that it lacks a driving final third, like the footy team that creates chances aplenty, but fails to convert. And as those teams are often a pleasure to watch, so it goes that this is also an absolute pleasure to drink. 90

Tasted on: Thursday 23rd February, a Fruit to Root day
Source: Sample
Price: $30
Alcohol: 14.5%
Closure: SCREWCAP
Website: http://www.mrriggs.com.au/

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Deakin Estate Chardonnay 2015

Soft, floral, rounded, redolent of pears, lemony butter. 

Carries this with convinction through to the palate. Layered, some texture and lime-centric core. Freshening acid. 

It's of reasonable length. Not necessarily sure I would want to drink a heap of it mind, it's quite full on. Still. 87 

Tasted on: Saturday 25th February, a Root day
Source: Sample
Price: $10
Alcohol: 13.5%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: http://www.deakinestate.com.au/

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Friday, 26 May 2017

Rob Hall Harriet's Vineyard Chardonnay 2015

Citrus, buttermilk, wheaten, with peach-fuzz sensory of delicate stonefruit.

Medium weight, minerally, awakens the senses with a burst of acid. Citrussy acid and flavour. Little textural feel to proceedings. 

It's well balanced, doesn't seem to shout of any one thing in particular, an excellent team composition and fabulous length to boot. 92 

Tasted on: Tuesday 21st March, a Fruit day
Source: Sample
Price: $40
Alcohol: 12.5%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: www.robhallwine.com.au

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Rob Hall Yarra Valley Cabernets 2015

A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (80%), Merlot (15%) and Petit Verdot (5%).

Smoke and ash sitting atop florals, dusky blackcurrant and the like. Fair twist of seasoning. 

An easy going, languid style - initially. Perks up a little through the mid palate, perky acid and a resurgence of fruit, soft and easy tannin. Super soft and slurpable. 91 

Tasted on: Monday 20th March, a Leaf to Fruit day
Source: Sample
Price: $26
Alcohol: 13.5%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: www.robhallwine.com.au

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Thursday, 25 May 2017

Alkoomi White Label Chardonnay 2015

Plenty of which peach, a little toast too. Perfect - what you want and just gently hums: "Chardonnay". 

Bit of toastiness - perhaps a little overdone, four and not three on the dial. Certainly gives carry, but in a bitter manner. Given where Aus Chardonnay is, for $15 sheets it's a sure fire winner. 

Has enough about it - as opposed to the skinny, skeletal, early picked waifs - to carry off variety with conviction. Just lacks finesse. And look, for the price who's quibbling? 88 

Tasted on: Thursday 23rd February, a Fruit to Root day
Source: Sample
Price: $15
Alcohol: 12.8%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: http://www.alkoomiwines.com.au/

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Chateau Yaldara Reserve Shiraz 2013

A whopping 16% alcohol, a wine that's dark, chewy, leathery - almost Biltong like, giving the hint to that size.

Dense, concentrated, black fruit, almost tarry; the oak is shouting at the top of its lungs, and the black tarry fruit is more than a match in this slanging match. 


You'd have to be of a certain persuasion. It's unashamedly old 'skool' Barossa Shiraz. An oak and fruit Monster. 92 

Tasted on: Tuesday 21st February, a Leaf to Fruit day
Source: Sample
Price: $35
Alcohol: 16.1%
Closure: Cork
Website: http://1847wines.com/

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Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Mr Riggs Mrs Viognier 2015

Subtle wafts of Apricot on show here, sitting atop a floral/ dried grassy/wheaten undertow. 


Quite fine structured, elegant, crisp and snappy. Stonefruit hints, minerally. Avoids the overblown, blowsiness that can afflict. Shows a little oiliness by way of back palate texture. Good showing. 89 

Tasted on: Wednesday 22nd February, a Fruit day
Source: Sample
Price: $25
Alcohol: 13%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: http://www.mrriggs.com.au/

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