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Saturday, 3 November 2018

Angullong Fossil Hill Sangiovese 2017

Captivating perfume, not quite able to place my finger on it specifically, plum and black fruit meets anise. Perhaps almond. Subsides.

Juicy, vibrant, a good acidic presence. The tannin powdery and fine, providing a wave and presence that is at odds to the freshness. This lapped up a shank ragu, the acidity and tannin a perfect foil for the fatty protein. 

Would happily have this at hand. Drink to 4 years 90

Tasted on: Sunday 30th September 
Source: Sample
Price: $26
Alcohol: 13.5%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: https://www.angullong.com.au

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Friday, 2 November 2018

Tapanappa Foggy Hill Pinot Noir 2017

Does nothing to supress my urge to visit this site. Looking very good this 2017 vintage, even if it warmer than average - not always great for the variety at hand - but the seasonal warmth only tells one aspect, for the preceding winter was gloriously wet, given the dormant vines a good drink. And in return how they reward us.

Sour Cherry, Leaf matter, meaty, with mushroom skins. Beautifully savoury Pinot Noir.

Soft, silken - like a scarf, threading its way across the palate. Has a slight woody, burnt ends and undercurrent of caramelisation to it. Further reinforcing its savoury credentials, backed up with a resurrection of fruit presence. Impressive. 93

Tasted on: Sunday 30th September 
Source: Sample
Price: $55
Alcohol: 13%
Closure: Cork
Website: https://tapanappa.com.au

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Rock of Wisdom Superfly Rosé 2018

A second, or rather parallel, label for the Rock of Wisdom crew of Peter and Sofi Hiscock. Certainly up there with respect to offering some of the best bang for buck in drinkability combined with visual 'shelf-shout' appeal. At least as far my opinion goes, FWIW.

Cranberry, rose, a little Turkish Delight. A lifted edge, augmenting - not distracting - maybe a toffee apple, caramel complexity. Bergamot, even. Complex aromatically, revealing a shifting aromatic landscape.

Pretty rich, texturally, luscious in how it wraps itself around the palate. Faint kisses of berry fruit, just touching off what is fundamentally a savoury-centric wine. 


Straddles a line, although I'm not quite certain which side of an imaginary line it sits. That said, on a 'Spring' day where Brisbane nudged the 35° mark it certainly was appreciated. 91 

Tasted on: Friday 26th October 
Source: Sample
Price: $20
Alcohol: 13.5%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: Superfly

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Thursday, 1 November 2018

Silkwood Estate The Bowers Sauvignon Blanc 2017

Couldn't find too much about this wine on either the producer or distributor's website.

Certainly opens confidently and with conviction, a herbaceous, nettle and an underlying citrus aroma awakening and enlivening, leaving no doubt as to the variety at hand.

Opens with a creamy, rounded and softened palate. The nettle and herb spikes up towards the middle palate, somewhat unsettling and leading to a slight bitter, acidic crackle before settling into a gentle ending, somewhat surprisingly. 

On the one hand a a fairly commercial minded Sauvignon Blanc that at least offers some interest. 88 

Tasted on: Saturday 27th October 
Source: Sample
Price: $TBC
Alcohol:TBC
Closure: Screwcap
Website: www.silkwoodestate.com.au
Sample Via: http://www.singlevineyards.com

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Tuesday, 9 October 2018

Terre a Terre Summertown Reserve 2017

2017 was a warm, yet late, vintage and the finicky Pinot Noir required extra management to see it through a growing season. The extra care didn't stop in the vintage, with additional work from the winemakers hand.

Soft and succulent, red berry fruit awash across the nose. A slight sapid hint alludes to the inclusion of a small portion (15%) of whole bunch in the fermentation.

The palate a joyous unison of savoury, sweet, with textural elements - tannin and width. Seeing four weeks on skins for additional tannin extraction.

Latterly an element of blackcurrant peeks through, a sweet accent to a harmonious wine. 92 

Tasted on: Saturday 29th September 
Source: Sample
Price: $40
Alcohol: 14.2%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: https://terreaterre.com.au

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Cook's Lot Riesling 2018

Fresh and fragrant, it's all at you with its tropical ways. Think guava-esque notes and a dribble of lime, squeezed for added freshness. 

Minerally with a tang across the bow, it's long on flavour too. An initial intensity delivers a sensory assault, a burst and pop of flavour that brings with it more kaffir and brown lime. 

That length mentioned earlier then slowly draws the experience out, a lingering presence until the next intake. 92 

Tasted on: Sunday 30th September
Source: Sample
Price: $23
Alcohol: 12%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: https://www.cookslot.com.au/

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Monday, 8 October 2018

Daosa Natural Reserve NV

Badged as an NV wine, yet with 85% base wine from 2016 it could equally be declared as a vintage. It's also 85% Pinot Noir, the balance being Chardonnay. 

The Natural part refers - I think - to the addition of zero sulphur.

Delicate: quince, stonefruit, with a suggestion of brioche, buttery and sweet. It has the appearance of being softer in its presentation.

Biscuit, with a caramelised edge. A fine mousse and textural softness, more like an apricot Danish with respect to its flavour profile. Gentle length, ebbing along - sustained in its presence. 93 

Tasted on: Saturday 29th September
Source: Sample
Price: $40
Alcohol: 12.1%
Closure: Cork
Website: https://terreaterre.com.au

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Out of Step Wine Co. Margin Walker Sauvignon Blanc 2016

The 2016 guise of the Margin Walker comes from the Willowlake Vineyard (the 2015 being off of Lusatia Park, a fruit source prior to its acquisition by De Bortoli).
Made primarily from a single bin of fruit. It was sent to two one year old barriques to ferment naturally, and then mature. 

Smelling more like a mature Chardonnay, all honeyed and stone fruit rich. It simply oozes with charm and character. Texturally lavish, it comes with a vanilla and stonefruit profile - quite unlike any Sauvignon Blanc you’re like to have tasted before, unless of course it came from the Out of Step crew.


Grapefruit drops add further substance, and provide the lead in to a long, flowing finish. Simply put, this is quite exemplary Sauvignon Blanc. Words I don’t often write. 94 

Tasted on: Tuesday 2nd October
Source: Sample
Price: $34
Alcohol: 13.5%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: http://www.outofstepwineco.com

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Sunday, 7 October 2018

Margan White Label Semillon 2017

Lime and lemon butter, hints of lemon grass. Initially some menthol - but that had dissipated with some time. 

Soft and rounded, initially the acid quite flacid, again with time the energy gains. Soft and fleshy, has texture and width - enough meat about the bones, so to speak. 

More akin to something like a Roussanne. I'd hazard this will grow in stature with time. 91 

Tasted on: Sunday 30th September 
Source: Sample
Price: $30
Alcohol: 12.5%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: https://www.margan.com.au

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Bremerton Racy Rosé 2018

Not too much to write about here. Safe Rosé by the numbers.

Sweeter Berry aromatics, toffee-apple, cranberry and a little rose. Needs a chill, there's sweetness and softness - a balancing phenolic edge, a welcome counterpoint. Length, OK. 89 

Tasted on: Saturday 29th September
Source: Sample
Price: $17
Alcohol: 12.5%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: http://www.bremerton.com.au

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Saturday, 6 October 2018

Out of Step Wine Co Summerhill Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2017

The OoS team are not only raising the bar for Sauvignon Blanc production in Australia, I'd actually hazard they're redefining the rules. 

Opening with a honeysuckle and citrus imbued aroma, with a suggestion of tropical fruit flowing underneath. There's the barest grassy hint in the frame, just SB's calling card - leaving its mark.

What I love here is the freshness, the acidity that just gives so much energy, and totally lacking the shrill that so often afflicts the variety. It feels so pure, so fresh. Redefining the variety. 93 

Tasted on: Monday 1st October
Source: Sample
Price: $30
Alcohol: 12.5%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: http://www.outofstepwineco.com

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Cook's Lot Sauvignon Blanc 2018

Woooh, we've a live one here. This is all Gooseberry, Passionfruit with some lychee puree thrown in. Ultra-fresh. 

Has a fair bit of zest and mineral about it, rippling through the palate, dancing it's merry tinge across the tongue. 

The fruit makes itself known beyond the aromatic intro, a quality game being played. Another excellent value - and well made - wine from the Cook's. 91 

Tasted on: Tuesday 2nd October 
Source: Sample
Price: $23
Alcohol: 12%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: https://www.cookslot.com.au/

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Bremerton Betty & Lu Sauvignon Blanc 2018

Comes across fresh and vibrant, a veritable fruit salad of aromas (and indeed smells a little like chewy lollies of the same name I was rather fond of as a wee lad).

Clean and crisp, has hints of melon, Gooseberry and fresh herb. Zesty and lively across the finish. This will surely liven things up as you ponder the road (figuratively) ahead. 88 

Tasted on: Tuesday 2nd October 
Source: Sample
Price: $17
Alcohol: 12%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: http://www.bremerton.com.au

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Friday, 5 October 2018

Ferngrove King Malbec 2016

I was all too ready to dismiss this, it seemingly offering a reductive, sulphurous pong on first opening. It was meaty, gamey - smelling more like a Pinotage.

This was just in need of some air. From the reductive to the sublime, now more like an old school Grenache, singing its delicious Berry coulis tune. 

Seduction becomes its play, the soft texture bringing with it the red currant and nigh-raspberry flavour married to a graphite like tannin. 

What a transformation! 91 

Tasted on: Monday 24th September 
Source: Sample
Price: $32
Alcohol: 13.5%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: https://www.ferngrove.com.au

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Cook's Lot Shiraz 2017

Smelling more like a Pinot on steroids - no bad thing - with a strong game of macerated strawberry and raspberry here. It comes across well. 

Soft, sensuous, vibrant and juicy - a light rub of tannin initially, firming up as it moves across the palate. From that initial intro, growing in stature and holding, lasting. 

Finish of generous proportions, greater than it itself promised. Good wine. 91

Tasted on: Thursday 27th September 
Source: Sample
Price: $22
Alcohol: 13.5%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: https://www.cookslot.com.au/

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Thursday, 4 October 2018

Rymill The Yearling Rosé 2018

Berry, raspberry and cranberry in the main. There's a sweeter edge, perhaps like a little caramelisation.

Red fruit sweetness without being over-wrought. Powdery edge, as though brushed with talcum, provides a welcome aspect. 

Rather well, if perhaps simply, put together. Refreshing, pleasingly moreish. 88

Tasted on: Thursday 20th September
Source: Sample
Price: $15
Alcohol: 12.9%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: http://www.rymill.com.au

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Heartland Shiraz 2015

A crowd-pleaser for sure, with Ben Glaetzer's moniker writ large across it. 

It's a dark and rich mix of fruit, toasty oak remnants and a mix of spice that runs from pepper through sweeter accents like cinnamon. 

Dark chocolate, mocha notes dominate the palate - a deep wine to sink yourself into, it's comforting embrace familiar. 91

Tasted on: Thursday 20th September 
Source: Sample
Price: $19
Alcohol: 14.5%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: https://heartlandwines.com.au

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Wednesday, 3 October 2018

Rymill The Yearling Sauvignon Blanc 2018

Zing combined with a little tropical shrill. Back palate loses a bit of shape before spreading on what can only be regarded as reasonable length. 

Up front it's a tropical riot over a herbal inflection: fennel tops, dill, perhaps a little creamy sage. It offers what Sauv does. And at $15 you'd be happy. 87 

Tasted on: Thursday 20th September
Source: Sample
Price: $15
Alcohol: 12.9%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: http://www.rymill.com.au

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Peter Lehmann The Barossan Shiraz 2016

With its faux leatherette label, along with carrying both the name of quite possibly the Barossa Valley's most famous winemaker AND perhaps claiming itself as a regional standard bearer through use of the definite article, the Barossan sure has much to live up to. 

Fortunately for fans of both PLW and the region, the wine won't fail to delight. It's a rich and hearty wine, offering toasted nuts and deep set Mulberry. 

It's a wine not shy of the oak that has supported its development, and is complimented by choc-mocha and hazelnut elements. It's delicate in the way it gently ebbs along to its finish. A good marker for the region. 91 

Tasted on: Sunday 16th September 
Source: Sample
Price: $20.95
Alcohol: 14.5%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: https://www.peterlehmannwines.com

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Tuesday, 2 October 2018

Higher Plane Fume Blanc 2017

It would appear that the winery has moved onto the 2018 vintage now. Unsure if any stocks remain of this, a fine wine.

Smokey edge of complexity derived from the barrel fermentation. Lends a flinty, nutty edge to it.

The palate, a contrast - creamy, vanilla aspect. Latterly lighter and finer with, in the main, a creamy citrus aspect supplemented with fine herb. 91 

Tasted on: Saturday 15th September 
Source: Sample
Price: $25
Alcohol: 12.5%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: https://www.higherplanewines.com.au

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Yaldara Reserve Chardonnay 2016

Selected from a single site vineyard of Bernard 94 clone (Chablis) of Chardonnay situated near Charleston in the Adelaide Hills. 

The fruit was hand harvester, with a portion of the juice (the unclarified part) sent to ferment in French oak (of which 20% was new). The pressings underwent a natural ferment. The wine matured in these barrels for 9 months with lees stirring for the first 6 months to build complexity.

Delicate, lightly spiced oak nose - a gentle almond paste and secondary stonefruit profile, lingering and wafting. Latterly it starts exhibiting a lime G&T profile, not entirely unpleasant I needn't add. 

Calm, assured - unhurried. Gently ebbing along and across the palate. Nothing over-done here, a gentle inter-play of oak and citrus centric fruit. 91 

Tasted on: Saturday 15th September 
Source: Cellar Door
Price: $ 40
Alcohol: 12.5%
Closure: Screwap
Website: http://1847wines.com

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Monday, 1 October 2018

d'Arenberg The Money Spider Roussanne 2017

Opens with an edge like kumquat marmalade, with apricot nectar and sweeter nuances of honey.

Lime acidity, semblance of body and texture. There's aspect of honey and a savoury and spiced line on the finish. Good value Roussanne. 89 

Tasted on: Saturday 15th September 
Source: Sample
Price: $20
Alcohol: 12.9%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: https://www.darenberg.com.au

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Higher Plane Semillon Sauvignon Blanc 2017

The Sauvignon leads here, a Gooseberry core fleshed out and supplemented with blackberry and grassy citrus from the Semillon. Fresh and herbal at its very heart. 

Grassiness flows onto the palate, adding further freshness and giving the wine the line and urgency that propels it. 

Purpose and a phenolic edge adding further substance. Well made wine. 92 

Tasted on: Saturday 15th September 
Source: Sample
Price: $23
Alcohol: 12.5%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: www.higherplanewines.com.au

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Thursday, 20 September 2018

Shaw + Smith Sauvignon Blanc 2018

I perhaps thought the alcohol level on this had been dropping a little over time, a quick check of the Vinsomniac archives reveals that to not be the case.

The Sommelier's friend, many a case of this has been shifted over a few sessions for those that lunch. And Shaw + Smith seem to get it so right each year, so you can see how it is a perennial fave.

From the off it has an allure, encompassing a tropical spectrum that takes the imbiber to warmer places by way of passionfruit, lime and pithy grapefruit citrus.

The palate sees more of the same somewhat writ large, packing much into its condensed frame. Green apple acidity for length and a little Canteloupe melon for added width. It really is a complete package. Go here. 92

Tasted on: Thursday 20th September
Source: Sample
Price: $28
Alcohol: 12%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: www.shawandsmith.com

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Wirra Wirra Hiding Champion Sauvignon Blanc 2018

Smells like a Sauv Blanc, looks like a Sauv Blanc, heck it even says so on the label.

Aromatics of passionfruit married to squeaky Gooseberry. Has the pithy, grapefruit citrus sitting in the mix too.

Has some zest, verve and swagger about it on the palate. Some zip and phenolics (what we wine bods see as mouth feel, a bit like tannins in reds - if you care?).

Good lasting and penetrating finish. Lingers long with an acidic presence. A great place to be for a lover of the Sav Blanc. 92

Tasted on: Thursday 20th September
Source: Sample
Price: $24
Alcohol: 12.5%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: www.wirrawirra.com

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Tuesday, 18 September 2018

Heartland Spice Trader Shiraz Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

This is an absolute ripper for its suggested price of $17.

Smelling like conclusion of a great evening on the back deck, that being a wedge of dark chocolate and a fat Cuban for company. Or you could have it in liquid form by way of this classic Aussie red. 

Plum, cassis, hazelnuts in the frame too. The aforementioned chocolate is more than present too. Add in some freshening acidity and at sub-$20 you have an attractive, ready to go drinking proposition from the Heartland team and Langhorne Creek. 90

Tasted on: Tuesday 11th September
Source: Sample
Price: $17
Alcohol: 14.5%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: https://heartlandwines.com.au/

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Monday, 17 September 2018

Alkoomi White Label Riesling 2018

This wine wasn't showing the greatest from the off. Yes there was a beautiful profile of lime, lemon grass and talcum. Hitting the right aromatic notes from the off. 

But those flavours don't necessarily mesh well on the palate, where it actually seemed somewhat out of sorts. 

A day later it presented well. A good acidic line - it's Riesling - and a sense of citrus based flavour started to take shape. 


It's not a bad wine, just initially seeming somewhat hollow and bereft of what I expect from the brand, which normally over-delivers at the price point. Given the majority of this will be consumer straight from the off, it doesn't show itself best straight away. 86 

Tasted on: Thursday 13th September 
Source: Sample
Price: $15
Alcohol: 12.8%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: http://www.alkoomiwines.com.au/

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Heartland Directors' Cut Shiraz 2015

A wine very familiar to me from a previous life in the UK, indeed Heartland Wines in general always had a fantastic presence in that great off-licence chain, Oddbins. Until they themselves lost their way a little.

Good deal of oak on show here, all heavily toasted (80% French, 20% American), as nutty as number 45, the incumbent President. Comes across as lavish, powerful and polished. A little time shows Shea's coconut butter - I think you get the picture. 

No relenting on the palate, it's big and bold here too, in line with with everything you see on the nose. Certainly one that wears it heart on both sleeves. 

A lingering finish, substantial in frame and presence. 92 

Tasted on: Friday 7th September
Source: Sample
Price: $33
Alcohol: 14.5%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: https://heartlandwines.com.au/

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Sunday, 16 September 2018

Margan Breaking Ground Albarino 2018

Marginally less to offer in 2018, compared to its 2017 guise.

Playful thing, offering up a citrus tinged aroma that just - for me - evokes Mediterranean summers. 

Clean, crisp, good level of acidity given a spine to the wine. About it hangs a semblance of flavour, fine and not over-done, offering more by way of refreshment and satisfaction, than necessarily a profound drinking experience. 


Drink it pretty chilled, was enjoyed round these parts with a chicken and pea risotto. 88 

Tasted on: Tuesday 11th September
Source: Sample
Price: $30
Alcohol: 11.5%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: https://www.margan.com.au/

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Huntington Estate Shiraz 2014

Sweet accented fruit sits over the top of a core that can only described as Huntington Estate's Mudgee in a meeting of the minds with the oak that nurtured the wine.

Medium bodied, it's awash with blue-purple fruit, chocolate accented depths and bringing up a fine tannin profile. 

It's silken profile caries a wave of flavour across a length of generosity flecked with spice. 91

Tasted on: Monday 10th September
Source: Sample
Price: $32
Alcohol: 13.8%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: http://huntingtonestate.com.au/

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Saturday, 15 September 2018

Margan Breaking Ground Albarino 2017

Interesting variety the Albarino - not withstanding its assumed history here in Aus, it's a long story - it is rather better known as a simple quaffer you chill down and seemingly smash with gay abandon.

Anyway: Florals, white pepper, dill thrown in too. Fresh and fragrant 

Minerally tingle meets a textural swathe flowing across the palate. Has a tangy edge, with a hint of citrusy acidity. Hard one to pin down, offering a little of everything with great refreshment factor. 90 

Tasted on: Tuesday 11th September
Source: Sample
Price: $30
Alcohol: 11.5%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: https://www.margan.com.au/

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Heartland Foreign Correspondent Dolcetto Lagrein 2018


Been a while since I've seen this wine. From memory it used to be just named per the constituent varieties. Now it's taken on a fancy new label with an assigned brand name. Looks pretty good for it.

It's a juicy little blend of two varieties of Italian origin (95% Dolcetto, 5% Lagrein).

It's all awash with primary red fruit, supplemented with a little twist of fresh cracked pepper.

More of the pepper on the palate, married to quite fresh and juicy core. Soft, sensuous and rather light and airy palate structure. A gentle hand shown with this. Fresh, a little crunch. 

Recommended guidance is to serve cool (10-12) and I'd go with that. 88 

Tasted on: Friday 7th September
Source: Sample
Price: $25
Alcohol: 13%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: https://heartlandwines.com.au/

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Thursday, 13 September 2018

Alkoomi White Label Cabernet Merlot 2016

Twists of herb meets grilled meat. 

The palate offering up moderate intensity, showing blackcurrant and meeting licorice, chocolate and hints of Plum. 

Graphite tannins, though a little astringent, conclude the wine. Good value for money, though I offer that the Rosé and Riesling in this range offer better value. 87 

Tasted on: Tuesday 5th September, a Root to Flower day 
Source: Sample
Price: $15
Alcohol: 14.5%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: http://www.alkoomiwines.com.au/

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Rymill Cabernet 2015

Classic Cabernet aromatic profile. It's blackcurrant meets cedar and bay. Spot on aromatics that don't necessarily follow through to the palate, where it presents itself as firmer and more robust - drying - with coarser tannins. 


Needs some further time to mellow 89+

Tasted on: Saturday 1st September, a Fruit day
Source: Sample
Price: $32
Alcohol: 14.5%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: http://www.rymill.com.au/

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Wednesday, 12 September 2018

Ferngrove Orchid Cossack Riesling 2018

Single block wine from Frankland River's Ferngrove.

Initially fresh, fragrant and floral - then shy, and musky, something like dank wood. Gave it an hour, apple blossom, vanilla, bathsalt.

Tangy entry, vibrant and zesty acidity, bathsalt and chalky pucker. It's certainly dry and drying, fair sucking the moisture through your cheeks. 

Shy and retiring for now, positive signs there 91+ 

Tasted on: Saturday 1st September, a Fruit day 
Source: Sample
Price: $23
Alcohol: 12.5%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: https://www.ferngrove.com.au/

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St Leonard's Wahgunyah Rosé 2018

Made from a blend of Cab Franc (58%) and Cab Sauv (42%) off of the St Leonard's vineyard - owned by All Saints and retained as a distinct brand - in the Rutherglen GI.

Beautiful aromatics present here, Berry in the main sitting square on the nose, supplemented with a little seasoning - just augmenting the wine so. 

It's a type of wine I'd a "back deck wine, something with which to ponder the remainder of a day or evening ahead. 

Crisp and clean, with a delicate softness on entry. It morphs a little, adding so textural width to the clean lines. The spice is exhibited on the finish, again supplementing the Berry elements and delivering a more than satisfactory finish. 92 

Tasted on: Monday 10th September, a Fruit to Root day 
Source: Sample
Price: $28
Alcohol: 13.4%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: https://www.stleonardswine.com.au/

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Tuesday, 11 September 2018

Gartelmann Rylstone Petit Verdot 2015

Off of a vineyard at 660m elevation, clay loam over limestone. Spends 14m in new and older American and French oak

Rich, spiced, a plethora of fruit in the red/purple spectrum married up to fine, powdery tannins. 


Sense of freshness via natural acidity, generous length - unyielding. Latterly it presents elements of dark chocolate, a suggestion of licorice. 

It's substantive, yet I missed (didn't see, not present) what I consider PV's hallmark aromatic attribute: the bright and vibrant perfume. Perhaps more Mudgee, than PV. 88

Tasted on: Saturday 1st September, a Fruit day
Source: Sample
Price: $35
Alcohol: 15.2%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: http://www.qwinereviews.com/

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Windowrie Family Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

Shy, reserved, certainly not forthcoming on initial approach. Slowly, as if reticent to do so, it starts to reveal itself. Biscuity oak and dark chocolate.

Deep, rich palate - a riot of deep purple and red fruit. Lacks some definition and finesse, feeling its higher alcohol, though I must state it's not the high octane or boozy that can afflict. 

Fine tannin and spice on a lingering finish. 89

Tasted on: Tuesday 5th September, a Root to Flower day 
Source: Sample
Price: $35
Alcohol: 14.6%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: https://www.windowrie.com.au/

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Monday, 10 September 2018

Shaw Vineyard Estate Merriman Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

Sensuous, mint patty, violets and cassis. Cedary hints in the mix, inviting and seductive 

Soft, supple palate on entry - shifts a gear to something richer, in part fuller - certainly generosity in length and substance. 

It's a mix of sweet accented fruit, oak and the inherent savoury elements of the Cabernet. They're still jostling for position at this early juncture, for it's one for the long haul. An impressive release. 94

Tasted on: Saturday 1st September, a Fruit day
Source: Sample
Price: $65
Alcohol: 14.5%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: https://shawvineyards.com.au/

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Huntington Estate Pinot Noir Dry Rosé 2018

I was unaware of Huntington's history with regards to making pale and dry Rosé. It's the style very much in vogue, De Bortoli wines #RoseRev campaigns of 2010 or so cementing the style in the hearts of many.

To the wine in question, the strawberry and cream aspect familiar to so many Rosé is playing a strong game here. Combined with what might best be described as a toffee-apple element in support, it segues to a palate - dry - and yet brimming with fruit 

It's apparently seems fairly no nonsense, yet behind that initial dry introduction there's a surge and resurgence of acidity, giving drive and vitality. Perfect for getting the swing into things. 90 

Tasted on: Saturday 1st September, a Fruit day
Source: Sample
Price: $25
Alcohol: 12.2%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: http://huntingtonestate.com.au/

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