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Wednesday, 11 September 2019

Wills Domain Mystic Spring Sauvignon Blanc 2019

Certainly an expressive individual is our Sauvignon Blanc, no mistaking the variety here. Guava, passionfruit, blackcurrant leaf all present - and correct - here.

Succulently playful fruit flows generously. There’s hint of spice, cedar, a gentle phenolic rub lifts the palate beyond the ordinary, adding some substance to style.

Suffice to say I think this a well worked example. 89 

Tasted on: Sunday 8th September, a Fruit day
Source: Sample
Price: $22
Alcohol: 12.5%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: https://willsdomain.com.au

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Alkoomi Blackbutt Cabernet Sauvignon 2011

Predominantly Cabernet Sauvignon (73.3%), with Malbec (21.5%) and Cabernet Franc (5.2%).

Again, I probably offer, or remark on this release strategy each time of the asking, 8 years old on release. 

And for that, there's still a fair throw of fruit primacy, deep and dark, bolstered by oak, framing it up, seasoning to the mix. Savoury, against the fruit. 

Appearance wise it is talking on some of those brickish tones around the edge. It still remains youthful and vibrant in entry, yet as the tannins kick in it is developing well, secondary elements making up the back end of the wine and delivering savoury hints long onto the finish. 

Black fruit, milk chocolate, herbal notes - Bay, a little Sage - add and aid length. It's certainly a wine of substance and yet, finesse. 92

Tasted on: Thursday 29th August, a Leaf day
Source: Sample
Price: $62
Alcohol: 13.5%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: http://www.alkoomiwines.com.au/

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Tuesday, 10 September 2019

Zonte's Footstep Excalibur Sauvignon Blanc 2019

Suffice to say that this one is a tad easier to retrieve from the wine rack than the sword from which it takes its name.

Gooseberry, pithy and zesty grapefruit hints - hints of custard apple in the frame too. Rampant acidity cutting a swathe across the palate, like its namesake. Dry, a little phenolic edge that aids and gives extra life.

A generous and bracing style that could perhaps bring the driest of occasions to a happy conclusion. 90

Tasted on: Sunday 8th September, a Fruit day
Source: Sample
Price: $22
Alcohol: 13.5%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: https://www.zontesfootstep.com.au

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Moppity Vineyards Cato La Pendenza Sangiovese 2017

'Cato' is the banner under which Moppity Vineyards has chosen to explore winemaking with, what may be considered, alternative varieties. 

Bottled in a high shouldered 'Malbec' bottle (more correctly designated as an "ACI Reverse taper Chateau BVS"), and what's in the glass is pretty as a picture, pouring a shimmering magenta, translucent as if to bare its soul to the approaching imbiber.

Cherry, subtle tobacco, over a light caramelisation and mint. Redolent of drying woodland after a long and hot summer.

Light and noble on the palate, cherry in the main, with subtle woodland spice. Faint tannin, a gentle touch from the winemaker exhibited in this manner. A delicate thing, nigh fragile, yet with a gentle kick-on. Quite superb. 92 

Tasted on: Friday 6th September, a Leaf day
Source: Sample
Price: $35
Alcohol: 14%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: https://moppity.com.au

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Monday, 9 September 2019

Juniper Small Batch Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

Whole bunch pressed to French barriques (of which 20% new) for 15 months. It's predominantly Cabernet Sauvignon (86%), with small additions of Malbec (5%), Merlot (5%), and Petit Verdot (4%) in the blend.

Intentionally made in a juicier and earlier drinking style of Margaret River Cabernet. The vineyard from which the fruit was harvested was planted in 2008, it lies on Metricup Road in Wilyabrup.

Fresh and fragrant, black and red fruit mix with a subtle savoury line extending from the initial aromatic play.

Soft and inviting, delicate tannin; latent hint of cocoa bitterness sit square and extends length through to a twist of pepper, anise even. 90

Tasted on: Wednesday 28th August, a Flower to Leaf day
Source: Sample
Price: $27
Alcohol: 14%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: https://www.juniperestate.com.au

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Alkoomi Melaleuca Riesling 2017

Produced from a single block of Riesling, vines that will soon be celebrating their half century in a couple of short years (1971 plantings). 

Lemon and lime, touch of development about it. Butter menthol, lemon balm, thyme. Aromatically complex. It's pressed off in the cool of the morning, being left on lees to allow that complexity to develop,

A tartness on the finish, length through acid. There's a texture to it too, the complex aromas seen here in the palate too. Initially there's a touch of Bickford's cordial about it, minerally twists. It offers much: textural, flavour in abundance, generous spine of acidity and thrusting length. Bravo! 94

Tasted on: Saturday 31st August, a Fruit day 
Source: Sample
Price: $35
Alcohol: 12%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: http://www.alkoomiwines.com.au

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Sunday, 8 September 2019

Zonte's Footstep Shades of Gris Pinot Grigio 2019

"One man on a lonely platform
One case sitting by his side
Two eyes staring cold and silent
Show fear as he turns to hide
Aaah, we fade to Gris..."
Ripe nashi pear, something tropical - rock melon and stonefruit - what seems like estery notes (certainly those mini banana lollies at any rate). 
Width, weight and palate sweetness. Dry it's not, and doesn't purport to be so. Carries a decent length to it, but certainly one for this seeking a bit of fruit sweetness. 89 

Tasted on: Wednesday 4th September, a Flower day 
Source: Sample
Price: $22
Alcohol: 13.5%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: https://www.zontesfootstep.com.au

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De Bortoli Woodfired Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

Sourced from De Bortoli’s own vineyard at Corop in Northern Heathcote, adding to a range that already includes Heathcote Shiraz and Heathcote Sparkling Shiraz. As a style it was intended to complement wood-fired and charcoal based cooking.

Jam packed with black fruit, it's a pretty robust red with a warming length across it.

Lick of tannin bolsters the middle, but it's rather a simple and straightforward affair. It calls for some solid grilled protein to lap it up, snags and some lamb kofta did the trick for us. 88

Tasted on: Sunday 1st September, a Fruit to Root day 
Source: Sample
Price: $22
Alcohol: 14.55
Closure: Screwcap
Website: https://www.debortoli.com.au

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Saturday, 7 September 2019

Angullong Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

Not playing the strongest aromatic game on first showing, needing a little time to play to its strengths.


Good fruit presence, structure, herbal tangs, and spicier elements that build up to a wine that serves well. 88 

Tasted on: Saturday 24th August, a Root day
Source: Sample
Price: $22
Alcohol: 14%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: https://www.angullong.com.au/

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Alkoomi White Label Cabernet Merlot 2017

Black fruit leads with doughy, nigh fudgey oak character. Hints of seasoning add to that - giving overall appeal of a crowd pleasing. easy going red.

Fairs better on the palate, the fruit being more prominent, over tobacco and leaf, albeit with an astringent, bittering. 


That is an aspect that forms the lasting impression of the wine, sadly. 86 

Tasted on: Thursday 29th August, a Leaf day
Source: Sample
Price: $18
Alcohol: 14.5%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: http://www.alkoomiwines.com.au

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Friday, 6 September 2019

Wills Domain Cuvée d'Elevage Chardonnay Pinot Noir NV

Brioche hints with red apple and macerated strawberry. Subtle stonefruit adds to the profile. 

Citrus and zest, a liveliness across the palate. Semblance of texture and weight, after the initial verve and swagger. Loses some urgency, but makes for a subtle style of fizz. On this showing, the least impressive of the Wills Domain sparklers. 88 

Tasted on: Sunday 25th August, a Root to Flower day 
Source: Sample
Price: $39
Alcohol: 12%
Closure: DIAM
Website: https://willsdomain.com.au

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Terre à Terre Crayères Vineyard Shiraz 2016

The 2016 releases are in exquisite form, the Shiraz no exception. Wines of finesse, gentle, not overwrought. 

It really is about remarkably fine tannin, seemingly endless and bringing with them an array of flavour. 

Hints of blackcurrant, it feels rather boorish to list specific descriptors, with fine oak in support. Elements of violet, savoury nuances suggestive of briar, even graphite. Truly excellent releases. 93 

Tasted on: Sunday 25th August, a Root to Flower day
Source: Sample
Price: $40
Alcohol: 14.3%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: https://terreaterre.com.au

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Thursday, 5 September 2019

Shaw Wines Rosé 2019

A curious wine, and one that I have no doubt will please many, in refreshment we trust. Opens with a red berry mix, subtle blackcurrant - it's delicate, a balanced aromatic offering. 

The palate was tart and tangy, almost sherbet like in its initial presence. It certainly makes itself known - and there is the draw - the refreshment factor is high. 

Critically I'd suggest it unbalanced, the acid forming the dominant aspect, but also acknowledge it will be sure to please many, particularly with its ability to slake a thirst on a hot day. 85  

Tasted on: Wednesday 14th August, a Root day 
Source: Sample
Price: $20
Alcohol: 12%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: https://shawwines.com.au

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Juniper Estate Chardonnay 2017

Whole bunch pressed to barrel; wild ferment, with early battonage to build texture; 10m in French barriques (of which 45% new). 

Almost reads as a textbook for well worked, premium Chardonnay. Oak and seasoning the dominant characteristic. Something like a peppery note over a smattering of stonefruit, the juices of tinned fruit and juicy, pithy grapefruit character. 

The worked portion shows its hand early; textural, with width and weight - flesh about the bones of the spine of acidity. Oak again makes itself known with a persistent finish. It's quality Chardonnay, appealing now and with time ahead of it to develop further. Drink to 6 years. 93 

Tasted on: Monday 2nd September, a Root day 
Source: Sample
Price: $40
Alcohol: 13%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: https://www.juniperestate.com.au

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Wednesday, 4 September 2019

Wills Domain Mystic Spring Shiraz 2018

All manner of red fruit pervades here: plum, mulberry, smattering of raspberry; darker earth, tar and meaty vibes follow. Certainly comes across as cool climate, I think I'd perhaps pick this as a Hills Shiraz. 

Hints of violet and maybe some vanilla oak in the mix. Grilled meats a more than ample bed fellow. 88

Tasted on: Thursday 22nd August, a Fruit day 
Source: Sample
Price: $23
Alcohol: 14%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: https://willsdomain.com.au/

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Ottelia Riesling 2018

Riesling from the deep south here, instead of Bayous and tropical humidity, instead think a cool maritime influenced climate, moderated by the Great Southern Ocean. 

Florals in the main, lavender and jasmine notes over citrus, thyme, perhaps a touch of rosemary (certainly fragrant woody herb).  

Bracing acidity certainly softens the drinker up, a minerality that performs its merry jig across the palate, lemon pith and zest. It's certainly an up and at you style, laps up food equal to its verve swagger and zing! 94 

Tasted on: Wednesday 28th August, a Flower to Leaf day 
Source: Retail
Price: $24
Alcohol: 11%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: https://ottelia.com.au

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Tuesday, 3 September 2019

Clovely Estate Saperavi 2016

Saperavi, an interesting one, seemingly finding a home in Queensland two recognised GIs. 

Dark fruited with a savoury undertow, spice tinged and that all manifests itself on the palate. 

Somewhat large tannins, good structure, the kind of wine that demands a red protein, perhaps in a lavish sauce to counter that tannin. 


Mouth-coating and palate filling. Certainly true to variety and gives the impression of conveying the rich South Burnett soils too. For $25 an excellent addition to an ever shifting vinous landscape. 90 

Tasted on: Tuesday 27th August, a Flower day
Source: Winery Purchase
Price: $25
Alcohol: 13.7%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: https://clovely.com.au

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Alkoomi White Label Riesling 2019

Hotly anticipated at Chateau Vinsomniac, the White Label releases from Alkoomi represent great value - and yes, I appreciate I likely offer this words each vintage - across the range.

A veritable pot pouri here: suggestions of lemongrass, apple blossom, even a touch of lychee and peach skins in the frame. It’s sure to hell inviting, reeling in on aroma alone.

Touch of texture and weight to it, acid is not wanting, but it’s not just a “linear Larry” (as one might imagine), being of an altogether softer bent in the wine.

A subtle generosity to it, although I did find myself anticipating greater length and intensity of flavour, and indeed that’s what I would be expecting to consider it an excellent wine. Still, bloody happy to go here. 90 

Tasted on: Thursday 29th August, a Leaf day
Source: Sample
Price: $18
Alcohol: 12%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: http://www.alkoomiwines.com.au

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Terre à Terre Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

From the close planted Crayères vineyard in Wrattonbully. A site that is beginning to distinguish itself as one of Australia's finest. It's 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, the balance being Cabernet Franc (9%) and a splash of Shiraz (5%).

It carries an aura of a wine of finesse. Subtle, delicate: redcurrant, cedar herb, and bay. Finesse, structure - whilst the tannins are filling they are fine, gently extracted and yet set to serve the wine well over the future. 

It feels totally unforced, and long on the finish. This will cellar exceptionally, twenty years plus. 95

Tasted on: Saturday 24th August, a Root day
Source: Sample
Price: $55
Alcohol: 14.4%
Closure: Cork
Website: https://terreaterre.com.au

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Monday, 2 September 2019

Angullong Shiraz 2017

Plummy hints, cool climate Shiraz, peppery seasoning.

Similar flow on the palate. Initially feeling quite sullen, it does slowly start to unfurl, to open up a little. It reveals itself to be a fine-grained, medium bodied, wine. A nice flash of acidity adds a little freshness and energy.


It doesn't seek to make any claims for greatness at this early juncture, but is certainly a solid offering. Angullong wine club members can pick this up for $18.70/bottle too! 89

Tasted on: Friday 23rd August, a Fruit to Root day 
Source: Sample
Price: $22
Alcohol: 14%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: https://www.angullong.com.au

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Wills Domain Cuvée d'Elevage Blanc de Blanc NV

Biscuit notes, citrus, a touch of pepper perhaps. Citrus, more by way of a lemony tang, green apple acidity, tickle of mineral. Quite assertive across the palate, reasonable generosity of intent and persistent flavour here. 89

Tasted on: Wednesday 21st August, a Leaf to Fruit day
Source: Sample
Price: $39
Alcohol: 12%
Closure: DIAM
Website: https://willsdomain.com.au

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Max & Me Woodcutter's Vineyard Mirooloo Road Riesling 2019

Max & Me being Sarah Lehmann - former ballet dancer - and Max (the dog), with Phil Lehmann as principal grape nurturer.

Exquisite Riesling from the Eden Valley here, whilst the familiar lime notes are present, it also comes along with twists of Thai basil.

Complexity could well be its subtitle, that said its name is long enough. Browning lime juice more present on the palate, running long on flavour; subtlety and guile, not as in your face - that for me is where it's true beauty lies. 

Minerally, hints of that slatey character you can often see. I feel like a Halliday reviewer giving this score, well deserved mind. 96 

Tasted on: Wednesday 21st August, a Leaf to Fruit day
Source: Winery Purchase
Price: $30
Alcohol: 11.7%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: https://www.maxandme.com.au/

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Sunday, 1 September 2019

Shaw Vineyard Estate Winemakers Selection 2017

An attractive and succulent, go now style of Shiraz from Shaw in Canberra District. It's redolent of a blue and black fruit mix of blueberry, mulberry and a suggestion of plum. 

Specifics perhaps don't matter, rather it's more about the approachable fruit forward manner with a smattering of oak. Fine tannin, medium bodied to its core. Fruit on the periphery and a moderate finish. 

I'd happily drink this at $20 til the cows come home. And then perhaps enjoy with a Cheeky midweek steak. 89 

Tasted on: Wednesday 21st August, a Leaf to Fruit day 
Source: Sample
Price: $20
Alcohol: 13.5%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: https://shawwines.com.au

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Mystic Spring Semillon Sauvignon Blanc 2019

The unmistakeable aroma of Sauvignon Blanc here; it's grassy, Gooseberry, touch of Passionfruit ways dominating proceedings.  

Piercing citrus acidity on the palate, textural glossiness added to that. Refreshingly sharp in a sorbet like way. 88

Tasted on: Tuesday 20th August, a Leaf day 
Source: Sample
Price: $23
Alcohol: 12.5%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: https://willsdomain.com.au/

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Saturday, 31 August 2019

Zonte's Footstep Scarlet Ladybird Rosé 2019

With Spring just around the corner, a Berry laden Rosé was just the ticket as overnight lows start to climb and lead us to humidity. 

And with those thoughts came so many musical excerpts, thoughts of summer breezes (makes me feel fine), and listening to the wind (of my soul, where I'll end up only God only knows), not sure where those thoughts took me, or what the answer is (the answer my friend is blowing in the wind). 

Those berry notes certainly evoked such thoughts, and those same notes consistent across the palate too. Beauty can often lie in simplicity, here the generosity takes this beyond the purely simple. 

A delightful start to warmer months, with its kiss of fruit sweetness. 88 

Tasted on: Monday 26th August, a Flower day 
Source: Sample
Price: $22
Closure: Screwcap
Website: https://www.zontesfootstep.com.au

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Silkwood Estate The Walcott Chardonnay 2018

Full, creamy cashew, wheaten, stonefruit - almost nectar like.

More of the same on the palate, peach nectar; some hints of oak and toasty Ferment, but somewhat overshadowed by the fruit. Stylistically not my personal jam, but it'll be sure to have its fans. 88 

Tasted on: Monday 19th August, a Leaf day
Source: Sample
Price: $30
Alcohol: TBC
Closure: Screwcap
Website: www.silkwoodestate.com.au

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Wills Domain Mystic Spring Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

Dark chocolate and cocoa nibs, coffee grounds in the frame too, subtle herb and cedary inflections round things out.

Black fruit meets fine and powdery tannin, reasonable length on the back of slight bittering cocoa notes. Palate consistent with aromatics, the grounds and mocha elements lingering. 89

Tasted on: Sunday 18th August, a Flower to Leaf day
Source: Sample
Price: $23
Alcohol: 14%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: https://willsdomain.com.au/

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Friday, 30 August 2019

Gartelmann Jonathan Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

Sees 14m in a mix (new/old) American and French oak. It's a bold and powerful wine, oak remnants with seasoning - by way of herb, cedar. Fruit is not forgotten, blackcurrant with a touch of violet in the frame too.

Acid is fresh and at you, tart Blueberry like, bright in how it comes across. Tannins pucker. Up nicely, delivering flavour long in the palate. Drink to 2030. 92 

Tasted on: Friday 16th August, a Root to Flower day
Source: Sample
Price: $35
Alcohol: 14.5%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: https://www.gartelmann.com.au

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Silkwood Estate The Walcott Shiraz 2017

The kinda Shiraz you want to sink into from the off: plum, blue fruit hints, sweet spice kiss of oak. 

Doesn't disappoint on the palate, subtle powdery tannin hints that carry flavour across the palate, providing a frame for the fruit to make a resurgent appearance. I offer that I doubt you'll be disappointed here. 91 

Tasted on: Tuesday 13th August, a Fruit to Root day
Source: Sample
Price: $30
Alcohol: 13.5%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: https://www.silkwoodestate.com.au

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Terre à Terre Crayères Vineyard Cabernet Franc 2016

28m in French Oak barriques (25% new). From Wrattonbully, close planted vines in Terra rossa soil over limestone. A mere 1200 bottles produced.

Enticing from the get go: succulent red fruit, by way of redcurrant and perhaps a suggestion of cranberry. Oak frames it up, adding depth and seasoning to the red fruit. Fruit takes on a darker form with some time, the oak becoming more prominent with it. 

Medium bodied, powder-fine tannin. A wine of exquisite structure. A freshness of acidity provides a focal spine and carries length. It's a framework about which the fruit hangs, and it comes with a subtlety. It's a quality wine for sure. Haunting, almost, in how it lingers long on the memory. 95 

Tasted on: Sunday 18th August, a Flower to Leaf day 
Source: Sample
Price: $40
Alcohol: 14.2%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: https://terreaterre.com.au

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Thursday, 29 August 2019

Castle Rock Estate Skywalk Porongurup Riesling 2019

Muskiness, bath salts, lemon sherbet, Passionfruit, perhaps even a smattering of mango. 

Softer, rounded feel, acidity not missing, just broader in profile. It fills the palate, delivering length, width and a joyous refreshment. Hint of powdery phenolics just add to the overall whole.

It grows in stature with some time, yet another impressive release from this winery. 92 

Tasted on: Sunday 18th August, a Flower to Leaf day 
Source: Sample
Price: $20
Alcohol: 12.5%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: https://castlerockestate.com.au

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Morris of Rutherglen Classic Liqueur Topaque NV

Topaque - the artist formerly known (in Australia) as Tokay (a name now verboten outside of Hungary). Made from Muscadelle - a white grape variety.  

Here manifesting itself as a deep, rich, toffeed wine - molasses like in aroma.

Unctuous, multi-layered, hints of coffee and toffee. Caramelisation, perhaps hints of cinder toffee in the frame too. Finishing dry and generous, with a length of nuts and raisins. 91

Tasted on: Saturday 24th August, a Root day
Source: Sample
Price: $22
Alcohol: 17.5%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: http://www.morriswines.com/

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Jansz Vintage Cuvee 2014

Bakers amongst you would immediately recognise the almost damp, heady, just baked bread aroma that leads here. Hints of nut, showing a touch biscuity.

Softer palate than that intro might suggest, hints of green apple acidity, a gently effervescent wine, of finesse. 


Line of citrus follows the spine of acidity still present, a subtle pop of red berry, as if to accentuate the finish. An excellent vintage release. 92 

Tasted on: Monday 12th August, a Fruit day
Source: Sample
Price: $47
Alcohol: 12.5%
Closure: DIAM
Website: https://www.jansz.com.au

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Wednesday, 28 August 2019

A Couple of Ideas for Father's Day

The good folks at Sauce Communications and De Bortoli wines were kind enough to send a few samples to tie in with Father's Day (1st Sunday in September in Australia), so here's a few options for what to buy Dad (or the person you call Dad, or who acts as your Dad but may actually be your Mum).


De Bortoli Noble One Botrytis Semillon 2011
For those of you unfamiliar with the term Botrytis, it is essentially a fungus that attacks the grapes, dehyradating them and leaving behind concentrated sugars.  In the right conditions and with good winemaking, that is an excellent conditional set to make sweet and concentrated wines, as with De Bortoli’s Noble One.

Aromatically it’s all honeyed, honeysuckle with touches of quince. Whilst those descriptors may have you immediately thinking dessert, the Noble One is also more than a match with some selected cheese. Go on, treat Dad and splash out on some deliciously ripe blue such as Milawa (a friend way back convinced me to match mould and botrytis with mould in cheese - a winner!). Equally, if Dad is sweet tooth inclined, knock up a batch of these Souffle l’Orange. 93 


De Bortoli Old Boys 21 Barrel Aged Tawny NV
If Dad prefers something a touch darker after dinner, then this non-vintage Tawny will be sure to appeal. With its boozy Christmas cake like aromas - I could be describing Nanna there - in a good way I add, it's certainly rich and luscious.  

Layered, silken and velvety in its approach across the palate. It's a mix of dried fruit and nut, with hints of dark chocolate. Toffee is in the frame too. Sit Dad down in his favourite chair, some dark chocolate in hand, a glass of this and allow him to enjoy the moment. 93 



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Tuesday, 27 August 2019

Castle Rock Estate Porongurup Shiraz 2017

Has the air of cool climate Shiraz, a meat and pan juice aroma, peanut husks to boot. Violets, Plum, more of that savoury mien flowing through. Somewhat bold and firm, in a good way. 

Tannin is fine, long and provides generous carry of flavour. The length is quite something, seemingly giving and giving, yielding to none. Whilst it might feel young now, give it some ten years easily to meld together. An excellent wine. 94 

Tasted on: Wednesday 14th August, a Root day
Source: Sample
Price: $30
Alcohol: 13.5%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: https://castlerockestate.com.au/

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Silkwood Estate The Bowers Chardonnay 2018

Straightforward Chardonnay from Pemberton in Western Australia.

Creamy citrus nose, elements of stonefruit. Flows through on the palate, crisp acidity, touch of flintiness. Decent length on a zesty finish. 90 

Tasted on: Sunday 11th August, a Leaf to Fruit day 
Source: Sample
Price: $20
Alcohol: 13.5%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: https://www.silkwoodestate.com.au

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Coulter Wines C3 Pinot Noir 2018

From a single vineyard in Balhannah in the Adelaide Hills, MV6 Clone - for those that way inclined. It's 100% Whole Bunch, sees a 3 day carbonic maceration, and is bottled unfined with a small addition SO2.

A plethora of red fruits waft from the glass, fruit at the core, with savoury glimpses appearing around the edge. The whole bunch adding depth and spice from the off.

Bright and juicy, freshening and cleansing acidity - focussed across the palate's length. Possesses a lightness, ethereal one might say, if it wasn't for the twin presence of fruit and stemmy goodness. Fine tannins just completing the picture. Bloody fresh and inviting. 92 

Tasted on: Wednesday 14th August, a Root day 
Source: Winery Direct
Price: $30
Alcohol: 13.5%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: https://www.coulterwines.com/

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Monday, 26 August 2019

Jansz Single Vineyard Blanc de Blanc 2014

A limited release wine, single vineyard, from a specified block, bottled in clear glass - aiming to mirror some of the premier brands from that appellation in France's North East. 

The first such release was the 2007 vintage, which was released in 2013. Since then Jansz has produced the following vintages: 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, and now this  2014.

Brioche, stonefruit, subtle red Berry hints. Delicate bead, substantive across the palate; golden nigh wheaty, creamy hints. 

The time the wine has spent on lees is evident, veering to oak spice remnants - adding to the substance. Fine length, minerality. Actually feels younger than it's 5 years suggests, indicative of time ahead. 93 

Tasted on: Tuesday 13th August, a Fruit to Root day 
Source: Sample
Price: $65
Alcohol: 12%
Closure: DIAM
Website: www.jansz.com.au

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De Bortoli Deen Master's Blend Vat 184 2015

A blend of Shiraz, Durif, Petit Verdot - realised to coincide with Father's Day, and timed so to honour De Bortoli patriarch, Deen De Bortoli. 

Ripe and sturdy aroma here, a generous tribute to its namesake. A mix of black fruit aromatics, subtle licorice notes.

Themes familiar and flowing through the palate. Fine tannin, definite line of black fruit, again that licorice, with subtle fennel notes. Well blended wine, perfectly approachable. Just like he which it honours? 90 

Tasted on: Saturday 24th August, a Root day
Source: Sample
Price: $17.50
Alcohol: 14%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: https://www.debortoli.com.au/

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