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Friday, 19 January 2018

Tapanappa Piccadilly Valley Chardonnay 2016

All stonefruit, supplemented - bolstered even - with a small portion of new (33%) oak. Wheaten and mealy, has the lovely golden suggestion of the setting sun. 

Feels fleshy, almost chewy on entry. Not quite plump, rounded - not chiselled. That occurs elsewhere in the portfolio. Solid, some might say. 

Balanced, nothing over the top, flavoursome to the very end - where a flash of citrussy acidity is actually quite welcome. 92

Tasted on: Monday 11th September, a Fruit to Root day
Source: Sample
Price: $39
Alcohol: 13.8%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: https://tapanappa.com.au

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Montalto Pennon Hill Pinot Noir 2016

Deep, heady, black and sour cherry in the mix here. Spiced, richly, almost ginger cake like, cinnamon (warmer year?). Certainly inviting. 

Soft, generous, the spice a presence on the palate that builds, supplementing a dried earth and forest floor complexity. 

The back palate sees things ratchet up a notch, a little cranberry acidity whipping up the spice, soft grain of tannin. Another superb example. 92 

Tasted on: Monday 4th September, a Root day
Source: Sample
Price: $32
Alcohol: 13.6%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: https://montalto.com.au

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Thursday, 18 January 2018

Ferngrove Frankland River Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

Easy-going Cabernet on offer. Certainly offers classic Cabernet character without being too stern: cedary oak, cassis. All flowing nicely onto a palate that offers that and more. 

Subtle licorice twists add an additional layer of complexity to the wine. Powdery but firm tannin provides a solid platform for the aniseed twists to flow on to the finish. 89 

Tasted on: Sunday 3rd September, a Root day
Source: Sample
Price: $20
Alcohol: 14%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: https://www.ferngrove.com.au

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Old Jarvie The Even Hand GMS 2016

The blend being 50/45/5 respectively.

Choc-fudge meets tilled earth and spice. More about the savoury for me, though fruit presence is noted. Mediums-veering-to full bodied, chewy wine as you roll it across the palate. 

Grainy tannin, has a licorice/fennel twist towards its back end, hints of  pepper. The depth of Mataro really filling out the mid-palate with the sensual Grenache giving the lift and fruit. Good length, easy-going. 90 

Tasted on: Friday 1st September, a Fruit day
Source: Sample
Price: $30
Alcohol: 14.5%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: http://www.oldjarvie.com.au/ 

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Wednesday, 17 January 2018

d'Arenberg Stephanie The Gnome With Rose Tinted Glasses Shiraz Sangiovese Rosé 2017

It wouldn't have surprised me if the title for this one broke the field length validation rules of the underlying database for this 'site.....

Classic Berry leads here, with herbal tints. It's not particularly pronounced, or overt, no bad thing IMO. Rounded palate entry, initial hints of very fruit sweetness against a balancing savoury aspect. 

The lasting memory is of berry fruit tied to a skinsy phenolic feel. Good wine; fun and no-nonsense. 87 

Tasted on: Friday 1st September
Source: Sample
Price: $18
Alcohol: 11.8%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: darenberg.com.au

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Hither & Yon Petit Blanc 2017

Muscat Blanc à Petit Grains (aka Frontignac). Soft, inviting, expressly aromatic: characteristic musk and rose. 

Interesting palate composition, fruit obviously present and set against a backdrop of mouth-watering acid with a powdery, drying phenolic grip. Plenty going on. The grip gives a real sense of lasting presence. 

It doesn't finish there, a dilute sense of lemon lingers long too. Refreshment plus here. 89

Tasted on: Friday 1st September, a Fruit day
Source: Sample
Price: $25
Alcohol: 12%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: http://www.hitherandyon.com.au/

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Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Out of Step Wine Co. Willowlake Vineyard Pinot Noir 2016

"Pinot has long been on the agenda. We certainly drink a bit of the stuff. But it’s a challenging variety to make & site plays an enormous part in its expression. So there’s been no rush until the right opportunity presented itself."

Black cherry, wild strawberry, the Berry aromatics have it all going on here. Initially feels substantive in the mouth, almost chewy, perhaps a by-product of a slightly warmer year. A liveliness then takes over, has a vibe that makes one think of a more natural bent, with some minor bunch inclusion.  

Excellent length, giving. Minerality, fine and powdery tannin that urges the wine on further. Downright drinkability on offer here. A fantastic debut foray into a PN release under their own label. 92

Tasted on: Wednesday 30th August, a Leaf day
Source: Sample
Price: $33
Alcohol: 13.5%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: http://www.outofstepwineco.com/

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