An Australian Wine Blog

Sunday, 3 May 2015

Topper's Mountain Pinotage Viognier 2012

Unusual bed-fellows here, but then vigneron Mark Kirby hasn't always played by the rule book and success has often resulted. No quibbles here either, although it did show better on day two for this humble hack.

2009 bottle image
Blue-black fruit mix with a sprinkle of woody spice, rosemary perhaps. With some time and air that manifests itself as seasoned furniture.

Largely savoury palate, smooth -medium bodied and yet light on its feet. Seasoned fruit starts to discern itself a little further and barely there tannin - with a little pop of acid - reveal themselves towards the back palate.

Beefy, meaty, savoury and a 'brown' finish - if colour is your thing. 90

Tasted on: Wednesday 15th April, a Flower day
Source: Sample
Price: $32
Alcohol: 14.9%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: http://toppers.com.au/

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Redbank King Valley Pinot Grigio 2014

Florals - white in particular - touch of mashed green banana, quince and a little grapefruit derived citrus.

Shows a bit of texture on the palate, flowing with apple, pear and florals. Fine mineral and textural spread, a little spice by way of cinnamon.

Good balance of acid, some length to boot. 88, toyed with a point higher FWIW.

Tasted on: Sunday 19th April, a Fruit day
Source: Sample
Price: $21.95
Alcohol: 13%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: http://www.redbankwines.com/

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Alkoomi Jarrah Shiraz 2010

Named after a native Eucalypt from the area where the grapes that input into the wine are grown. Sees an increase in price of 46 on the 2009, and now in the 2010 guise released as a five year old.

Showing that additional age, with malty-mocha tones, touch of leather and black fruit by way of blackberry, mulberry and a little plum.

Smooth of palate, with the familiar sour tang from the '09. Nicely pitched against the black fruit so present. An Oliver-esque sprinkle of spice and licorice. Gentle on the finish, good for a leisurely Sunday roast now. 92

Tasted on: Monday 13th April, a Root day
Source: Sample
Price: $45
Alcohol: 14.5%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: http://alkoomiwines.com.au/

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Saturday, 2 May 2015

Fox Gordon Eight Uncles Shiraz 2012

Blackberry compote, soft and juicy - a comfort from the off, a wine that has an ability to reassure.

Good fruit presence on entry - moving to a fair whack of peppery spice. From comforting to a few select jabs around the palate to awaken the senses, with a little residual fruit on the back palate.

Shows good fruit and acid balance. soft and easy - a wine to lead you home. 90

Tasted on: Sunday 12th April, a Fruit transitioning to Root day
Source: Retail, Vinomofo
Price: $20 RRP
Alcohol: 13.9%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: http://www.foxgordon.com.au/

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Voyager Estate Shiraz 2012

Beautiful vibrant colour in the glass. Pine, mint, cedar and a smokey burnish on offer - over time the smokey embers linger.

Medium bodied, a wee spike of acid, excellent grain of tannin - but somewhat lacking a bit of fruit stuffing. Reviewed over two days or so, start to see a little plummy, rounded character - but I never truly warmed to it.

Length good enough, but somehow not quit convincing me now. 90+

Tasted on: Saturday 11th April, a Fruit day
Source: Sample
Price: $38
Alcohol: 13.8%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: http://www.voyagerestate.com.au/

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Friday, 1 May 2015

Murray Street Vineyards Gomersal Shiraz 2012

There's been a change at the tiller at Murray Street Vineyards, with Craig Viney taking over the role of Chief Winemaker from Andrew Seppelt.

MSV Chief Winemaker - Craig Viney

An anticipated release from a regarded vintage. The Gomersal is produced from fruit off a single vineyard over on the Barossa's western ridge, in a sub-region referred to as 'Gomersal'.

The wine spends 18 months in used American puncheons, yet there is the familiar aroma of vanilla creme and residual coconut. Dark intense berry fruit backs this up, slowly revealing itself - as if throwing a cloak - to reveal blackcurrant and ironstone.

The palate is in a similar vein, intensity of flavour with tannin that is fine, well integrated, resembling graphite minerality. Balance is key here with fruit, tannin and a little acid making up a midfield trio - the engine of the wine.

Excellent, sustained length - present long after the wine has slid down the gullet. 93

Tasted on: Saturday 11th April, a Fruit day
Source: Sample
Price: $55
Alcohol: 14.9%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: http://www.murraystreet.com.au/

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Sunday, 26 April 2015

Cooks Lot 'Lot 8' Handpicked Shiraz 2013

Handpicked, whole bunch pressed, wild yeast fermented, plunged four times a day - inputs that add some risk, take time and are choices the winemaker can make to look to make a wine in a desired manner.

Reductive on opening, combined with savoury, sappy notes from some whole bunch input. Black and brambly fruits combine to give a presence of fruit against savoury character. Tannin is fine, powdery, well integrated and providing carriage. Oak adds additional structure.

Shows good length, carried by tannin and a little spike of acid. If anything, it grew in stature over the time open. A wine I found myself returning too more than once in that time. Good work. 92

Tasted on: Thursday 9th April
Source: Sample
Price: $35
Alcohol: 13.5%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: http://www.cookslot.com.au/

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