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Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Rowlee Single Vineyard Chardonnay 2016

Whole-bunch pressed, wild yeast and aged in French oak 30% new for 8 months.

Good citrus punch on this one, segues to a little almond and white peach. Clear cut Chardonnay, if at times a tad mute, aromatically.

Doesn't hold back on the palate where it has good presence and a little grip. More of that citrus lapping things up, cleaning up with a generous line of acid. 91

Tasted on: Thursday 16th November, a Root to Flower day
Source: Sample
Price: $40
Alcohol: 13.5%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: http://www.rowleewines.com.au/

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Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Gartelmann Petit Verdot 2014

Small berries meets seasoning and Mudgee choc- fudge mud. Offers a full gamut of aromas, from the fruity top notes down to savoury depths. 

Medium bodied, there's a savoury, leathery, balsamic edge through the middle - not quite in line with the aromatic profile. Ok, passable 87 

Tasted on: Thursday 9th November, a Flower to Leaf day
Source: Sample
Price: $30
Alcohol: 13.2%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: www.gartelmann.com.au

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Friday, 17 November 2017

Rymill The Yearling Rosé 2017

Lovely intro that offers a hint of fruit with underlying savoury aspects. There's a suggestion of rhubarb, seasoning by way of cracked Coriander seed. It's attractive, light and approachable. 

More than a savoury mouthful, adroit handling has given a light grip in the mouth, carriage of acid and a savoury herbal element as if to provide some seasoning. Lovely line and spread. All the more remarkable for a $16 proposition. 90  

Tasted on: Monday 30th October, a Root to Flower day
Source: Sample
Price: $16
Alcohol: 12.5%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: http://www.rymill.com.au/

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Thursday, 16 November 2017

Shaw Vineyard Estate Riesling 2017

Hints of lime, lime leaf. Background hints that are somewhat more fruitsome: blackcurrant leaf, possibly passionfruit. 


Good punch of flavour and persistence of acid. It's all about the lime and little else. The juice working in tandem to deliver a Refreshing wine - if a little linear. 90 

Tasted on: Saturday 28th October, a Root day
Source: Sample
Price: $30
Alcohol: 12.5%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: http://www.shawvineyards.com.au/

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Friday, 3 November 2017

Wirra Wirra Mrs Wigley Grenache Rosé 2017

As usual, nigh LOL-worthy release notes from Wirra Wirra MD Andrew Kay on how one review from 2016 (I checked, it wasn't mine) called out as Mrs Wigley as a sweet Rosé on the basis of its colour alone. So, to 2017, it's a vibrant colour on pour, reminiscent of something like a blackcurrant cordial. 

Florals and red fruit in abundance. A mix of raspberry, splash of cranberry too. Initial hints of fruit make way for a dry palate, spice and a suggestion of the florals too. For the record, it is dry, and the fruit does perhaps give an association of sweetness. 90  

Tasted on: Saturday 30th September, a Fruit to Root day
Source: Sample
Price: $20
Alcohol: TBC
Closure: Screwcap
Website: www.wirrawirra.com

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Thursday, 2 November 2017

Bridge Road Sentio Chardonnay 2106

Here's an interesting one: a wine, made like a beer, by a brewer, deliberately inoculated with a strain of Brettanomyces.

Pours with a pronounced turbidity, a peach-ish hue. Certainly a funk to the nose, not that which I'd call out as Brett (deliberate innoculation of a particular strain), possibly more of a sweaty cheese thing. 

The palate is interesting, a slight petillance, more like a funky cider. Citrussy with a sharp acidic profile, it is exceptionally dry - but not an altogether unpleasant experience to this palate. 
Not Rated

Tasted on: Tuesday 19th September, a Fruit day
Source: Retail, Saccharomyces
Price: $6.50 (330ml)
Alcohol: 13%
Closure: Crown Seal
Website: Bridge Road Brewers

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