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Sunday, 15 December 2019

Aylesbury Estate Waterfall Gully Merlot 2018

Black olive tapenade, Mediterranean herb, blackcurrant and hints of tobacco. Varietal and true Merlot from WA's Ferguson Valley.

Full bodied, succulent, hints of sweeter - blackcurrant - edged fruit. Powdery, almost chalky, edged tannin. Depth of finish to the wine, perhaps not quite betraying its 15%. Well handled nonetheless. 90 

Tasted on: Tuesday 5th November, a Root to Flower day
Source: Sample
Price: $23
Alcohol: 15%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: https://www.aylesburyestate.com.au/

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Wirra Wirra The Lost Watch Riesling 2019

Lime, browning lime, lemons - a very citrus driven aroma. There's a very Asian mien to the aroma, if one can lazily 'lump' a suggestion of lemongrass and perhaps galangal together to claim such.

A minerally tingle leads across the palate, brings the citrus in waves, zesty and fresh.

Delivering long, but more so than just the line and length merchants that rely on acidity only. It's fresh, balanced, a degree of finesse. But never failing in refreshment. 92 

Tasted on: Wednesday 30th October, a Leaf day
Source: Sample
Price: $25
Alcohol: 12.5%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: https://www.wirrawirra.com/

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Saturday, 14 December 2019

d'Arenberg The High Trellis Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

Bright black and purple  fruit, violets, hints of choc-mint with a savoury and cedary undertow. Classic High Trellis, hitting a spot.

Medium bodied, powder fine tannin, a spike of freshening acidity that adds drive and verve. Made to a well worked formula and at $20 or under delivers, consistently. 88 

Tasted on: Monday 21st October, a Flower to Leaf day
Source: Sample
Price: $20
Alcohol: 14.5%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: https://www.darenberg.com.au/

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d'Arenberg The Laughing Magpie Shiraz Viognier 2015

Black fruit, by way of Plum and Mulberry. Something almost figgy at its core.

Semblance of sweet black fruit on entry, segueing toward to a darker heart and what manifests as a savoury edge. Dark chocolate, pan juices even, exhibiting something more of a cooler clime vibe than in recent years. 


Balanced, a good release. 91 

Tasted on: Wednesday 6th November, a Flower day
Source: Sample
Price: $29
Alcohol: 14.5%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: https://www.darenberg.com.au/

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Friday, 13 December 2019

Wirra Wirra Scrubby Rise Shiraz 2018

Sawdusty oak sitting over black fruit lurking beneath, certainly more savoury in intent in initial showing.

Fruit more pronounced on the palate yet not without that pan juice, darker edge - it feels more Adelaide Hills than McLaren Vale, observation only. Darker, firmer edge, giving and generous. 89 

Tasted on: Monday 28th October, a Flower day
Source: Sample
Price: $18
Alcohol: 14.5%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: https://www.wirrawirra.com/

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Robert Stein Dry Riesling 2019

As ever, a wonderfully fragrant example, all lemons and limes - hints of bath salt. Floral aspects in the aroma too, Jasmine primarily, just a hint of lavender. 

Taught line of acidity, snap and crackle across the palate, zing and zest. That burst of energy gently ebbing, lasting long and delivering what is quite simply an excellent finish. 95

Tasted on: Friday 22nd November, a Fruit to Root day 
Source: Sample
Price: $30
Alcohol: 12%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: https://robertstein.com.au/

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Thursday, 12 December 2019

Yalumba Wild Ferment Rosé 2019

It's 42% Grenache (Barossa Valley), 42% Sangiovese (Barossa Valley) and 16% Verdejo (Eden Valley). White peach, subtle herb - thyme, rosemary perhaps - smattering of wild strawberry.

Something like an amaro bitterness, again touch of herb through the palate, crisp and clipped. Subtle manadarin/orange citrus. Deliciously dry, on a good length. 91 

Tasted on: Friday 15th November, a Root to Flower day
Source: Sample
Price: $20
Alcohol: 11.5%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: https://www.yalumba.com/

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Aylesbury Estate Pater Series Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

The Estate is named after the town of Aylesbury, from where the Gibbs family moved some 140-odd years ago. Ferguson Valley is part of the broader Geographe GI, tucked slightly inland, tucked up in WA's South-West corner. Prized dairy country, now producing some excellent quality wines.

Heady, cedar, chicory, cocoa nibs. Latently dusty, smouldering violets, bramble, subtle cassis. Powder fine tannin, a depth of flavour, acidic freshness; black fruit comes forth, seemingly an afterthought to the depths that sat before. 

Chocolate, subtle mintiness, generous length. Excellent Cabernet, that will only see improvement over the mid term. To 2034 94 

Tasted on: Sunday 10th November, a Leaf to Fruit day 
Source: Sample
Price: $55
Alcohol: 14.5%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: https://www.aylesburyestate.com.au/

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Wednesday, 11 December 2019

La La Land Rosé 2019

Made from 100% Pinot Noir, saignee method; all stainless.

Berry lead, backing it up with a hint of the savoury, as is often the way with Pinot Noir!

Palate lends more of the creamy, berry goodness, an acidic and bittering finish that pif being critical perhaps pulls a little short. Ok. 87 

Tasted on: Thursday 7th November, a Flower day 
Source: Sample
Price: $18
Alcohol: 13.5%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: https://www.wingara.com.au/

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Tapanappa Tiers Vineyard Chardonnay 2018

Intoxicating. Perhaps the laziest descriptor there is. Yet, it conveys the allure of premium Adelaide Hills, the stonefruit and citrus aromatics supported by the nuances of premium oak that served - or stored - it so well.

Initially subtle, of guile, yet it soon blossoms - nigh balloons - across the palate. Subtlety of flavour, married to a fine vein of acid, the omnipresent oak and with a certain presence that conveys quality. 

Seemingly a hard one to pin down, undoubted quality, yet I kept coming back to that initial subtlety as it introduces itself. Poised, balanced, and before you know it, it's made itself at home and you've consumed a glass. 95

Tasted on: Wednesday 6th November, a Flower day 
Source: Sample
Price: $90
Alcohol: 13.8%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: https://tapanappa.com.au/

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Tuesday, 10 December 2019

Wirra Wirra Mrs Wigley 2019

Pretty, pot pourri like perfume, musk, wild berries and crushed candies.

Crisp and phenolic, delicate powdery feel, juicy acidic presence, gives and pushes boundaries. Berry pitch continues long on the finish, the acid flow generous and yet refreshing. 91 

Tasted on: Thursday 31st October, a Leaf day
Source: Sample
Price: $22
Alcohol: 13.5%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: www.wirrawirra.com

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DAOSA Natural Reserve NV

The 2017 tirage by numbers: Pinot Noir (82%) and Chardonnay (18%), from 2017 (81%) and older reserve wines (19%), so MV or non-vintage wine by technical definition. Here's the 2016 by comparison.

Citrus, baked Quince, subtle oak remnants. Suggestions of something blackcurrant leaf (unusually), rather more likely the berry driven goodness from the Pinot Noir.

Biscuity oak hints, minerally, acidity casts long and glacier like. Fine, beautifully poised, exquisite Hills fizz. 94 

Tasted on: Thursday 31st October, a Leaf day
Source: Sample
Price: $45
Alcohol: 12.8%
Closure: DIAM
Website: https://terreaterre.com.au/

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Monday, 9 December 2019

d'Arenberg Stephanie The Gnome With Rose Coloured Spectacles Rosé 2019

Pouring a darker hue than the trend, as is Stephanie's wont. Cranberry, hints of toffee apple.

Dry with an immediate punch of acid, as if to clear the palate for the modicum of fruit that sweeps across the palate; macerated strawberry and hints of citrus oil give the impression of freshness. 

A textural roundness gives some volume, but it is found wanting in other areas, feeling a little disjointed. 86 

Tasted on: Saturday 26th October, a Root day 
Source: Sample
Price: $18
Alcohol: TBC
Closure: Screwcap
Website: https://www.darenberg.com.au/

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Saturday, 7 December 2019

Wirra Wirra Scrubby Rise Chardonnay 2019

A zesty, grapefruit and pith driven number. Lemon sherbet in a manner, fresh and at you, latterly stonefruit hints. It's all rather a come hither and fresh style.

Zesty mineral, prickling across the palate, more of that lemon sherbet freshness. Not the lengthiest wine, the burst of freshness delivering here instead. 88 

Tasted on: Tuesday 29th October, a Flower to Leaf day 
Source: Sample
Price: $18
Alcohol: 12.5%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: https://www.wirrawirra.com/

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d'Arenberg The Dry Dam Riesling 2019

Sadly there's more than a few dry dams around Queensland at present.

Kaffir lime, lemongrass, browning lime juice - strong aromatic showing.

A generous citrus driven acidic thrust, clean and glass like across the palate. Has plenty of zip and zesty presence, but perhaps a touch linear. Good Riesling, slakes a thirst with ease. 90 

Tasted on: Saturday 19th October, a Root to Flower day 
Source: Sample
Price: $18
Alcohol: 10%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: https://www.darenberg.com.au/

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Friday, 6 December 2019

Juniper Estate Fiano 2019

Canteloupe melon, Nashi pear, Vanilla and creamy nougat hints adding to the appeal. Spiced nuances, a fleshy fruit presence that positively grows in stature across the palate. 

There's a briny edge, citrus acidity that flows and carries the fruit long across the palate. An excellent example of the variety, has it found a new home in Margaret River? 93 

Tasted on: Tuesday 26th November, a Flower to Leaf day 
Source: Sample
Price: $27
Alcohol: 13.5%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: https://www.juniperestate.com.au/

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Pirate Cru Sin of The Mermaid Rosé 2019

A Bandol inspired Rosé, being 100% Mataro from the Barossa Valley. The inspiration doesn't stop with the variety alone, it being redolent of tangerine, orange peel and oil. So yes, it's certainly of its variety - and that's a good thing. Aromatics complete with a touch of skinsy, bergamot and Jasmine like vibes too.

The palate possesses weight, textually minded, yet is dry with a soft, gentle phenolic rub across. Not without a touch of acid in the mix, the engine of the wine, driving things along. Exactly what you want in a good Mataro based Rosé. 91 

Tasted on: Saturday 30th November, a Fruit to Root day 
Source: Retail
Price: $24.95
Alcohol: 12.8%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: https://www.piratecru.com.au/

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Thursday, 5 December 2019

Gartelmann Sarah Elizabeth Chardonnay 2018

Toasty, figgy oak meets stonefruit, drizzle of honey on grilled stonefruit.

Deep, textural and long on flavour. There's depth and a succulence too; penetrating length that's seemingly perpetual. 

Rich, inviting, can easily see how at once it's both a crowd pleaser and has the fibre to develop nicely and cellar over the moderate term. Drink to 2027 94

Tasted on: Tuesday 29th October, a Flower to Leaf day
Source: Sample
Price: $30
Alcohol: 13%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: https://www.gartelmann.com.au/

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Shaw Estate Reserve Semillon 2019

A bright and nigh floral opening, lime, passionfruit and guava tropicals, hints of bath salt. 

The palate possesses both a depth of flavour and a zesty liveliness by virtue of a minerally tingle across the palate. Not without a probing line of citrus acidity, it also concludes with a resurgence of that tropical accented fruit.

A wine of many parts and paths, divergent, and yet bring it all together for the whole to be greater than the sum of its parts. 92 

Tasted on: Tuesday 3rd December, a Root to Flower day 
Source: Sample
Price: $40
Alcohol: 11.5%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: https://shawwines.com.au/

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Wednesday, 4 December 2019

Angullong Fossil Hill Rosé 2019

Rosé from Orange and made with Sangiovese grapes, often creates a delightful and savoury wine, this no exception. 

Strawberry, Turkish Delight, it seems dry just on aromatic intro. The palate, crisp and savoury, berry driven in the main, a vanilla cream aspect buoys that. A crisp acidity adds textural crunch. Chill, and chill. 92 

Tasted on: Friday 22nd November, a Fruit to Root day 
Source: Sample
Price: $26
Alcohol: 12.5%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: https://www.angullong.com.au/

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Tuesday, 3 December 2019

Yalumba Y Series Pinot Grigio 2019

Subtle orange oil and blossom, poached pear and delicate spice; pear conveys itself on the palate, honey nuances, spice adding a tickle of length. 

For a $15 retail ask it certainly ticks the boxes, of both variety and style. 87 

Tasted on: Sunday 24th November, a Root to Flower day 
Source: Sample
Price: $ 15
Alcohol: 12.5%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: https://www.yalumba.com/

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DAOSA Blanc de Blanc 2015

Baked Quince, brioche, subtle spiced hints, of ginger and cinnamon. Latterly toasty, suggesting autolysis derived. Complex, is where I'm heading. 

Fine, pillowy entry, yet with an assertive line of acidity that adds length to leesy depth. A suggestion of baked apple and stonefruit add a touch of fruit presence. A fine sparkling wine from the Adelaide Hills. 96 

Tasted on: Monday 4th November, a Root day
Source: Sample
Price: $90
Alcohol: 12.5%
Closure: DIAM
Website: https://terreaterre.com.au/

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Monday, 2 December 2019

Shaw + Smith M3 Chardonnay 2018

Typically expressive example, of stone fruit and with added subtlety of florals and grapefruit like citrus.

Palate shows zip and verve, an energy that gives the wine length and intensity of flavour. A textural spread adds width to the wine, providing a multi-dimensional aspect to the wine.

It’s really that driving spine of acidity that mark this out from previous vintages, a wine of focus and precision - but don't mistake that as lacking in substance. A quite excellent release. 94

Tasted on: Sunday 10th November,  a Leaf to Fruit day
Source: Sample
Price: $49
Alcohol: 13%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: https://www.shawandsmith.com/

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Terre à Terre Down to Earth Sauvignon Blanc 2018

Hand picked from the Crayères Vineyard in Wrattonbully. Fermented in both tank and large format French foudres and demi-muids (25% of the total).

Certainly brighter, fruitier and fleshier than its more reserved and austere bigger brother in the portfolio (link), Passionfruit and lingering hints of creme form the dominant aspects of the aromatic profile; moderate leaf and herb coming before it, yielding to the fruit.

A firm bite of acid, phenolic presence and textural weight and width show their hand, the work of the quarter portion fermented in oak. Both combine to derive length and palate presence. 92 

Tasted on: Saturday 12th October, a Flower to Leaf day 
Source: Sample
Price: $26
Alcohol: 13.5%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: https://terreaterre.com.au/

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Sunday, 1 December 2019

d'Arenberg The Money Spider Roussanne 2019

Opens with this golden syrup, flax meal, honeyed offer that is sure to invite.
A richer rounded palate, married to a minerally acidity and phenolic edge. Spiced nuances, ginger primarily, set against some dripping stonefruit flavours. 

Good carriage of flavour to boot. 89

Tasted on: Monday 21st October, a Flower to Leaf day 
Source: Sample
Price: $20
Alcohol: 14%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: https://www.darenberg.com.au/

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Gartelmann Benjamin Semillon 2018

Re-sent for review following some strong showing on the show circuit. Good to see I'm reasonably consistent in my reviews.

It's certainly fresh and I'd offer that is its primary appeal. It's all citrus and grass with an added layer of passionfruit for good measure. 

Acidity is good, driving, adding verve. 92

Tasted on: Monday 28th October, a Flower day
Source: Sample
Price: $27
Alcohol: 11.6%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: https://www.gartelmann.com.au/

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Saturday, 30 November 2019

Mezzacorona Mezza NV

Party fizz made up of 60% Chardonnay – 30% Pinot Bianco – 10% Muller Thurgau.

Hints of pear, dribble of stonefruit - not the strongest in aromatics.

Tickle of minerally acid across the palate, slightly unctuous and textural, whilst not lacking acid it's balanced with a semblance of sweetness (that texture). Moderate length, decent aperitif style. 88 

Tasted on: Friday 18th October, a Root day
Source: Sample
Price: $20
Alcohol: 12%
Closure: Cork
Sample Courtesy of: https://www.singlevineyards.com/

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Harewood Estate Shiraz 2018

Plum, earth, leather, hints of violet; subtle toast, warmth from alcohol; latent fruit beyond the intensity of the initial onset. Perhaps lacking some balance, a warmer and riper style from a cooler clime. Finish is moderate. 89 

Tasted on: Tuesday 1st October, a Flower day
Source: Sample
Price: $20
Alcohol: 14.5%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: http://www.harewoodestate.com.au/

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Friday, 29 November 2019

Aylesbury Estate Pater Series Chardonnay 2018

Aylesbury Estate is located in Ferguson Valley GI, in the South-West corner of Western Australia.

This Chardonnay oozes quality, hints of toasty oak married to figgy hints over suggestions of riper stonefruit.

A burst of freshness meets a grapefruity zest and minerality, then awash with texture and more of an expansive mix of fruit with oak remnants. The quality is undeniable, but at this early juncture it feels like it's still coming together.

It will ease into itself, the whole proving greater than the sum of the parts. 92+ 

Tasted on: Sunday 27th October, a Root to Flower day 
Source: Sample
Price: $55
Alcohol: 14%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: https://www.aylesburyestate.com.au/

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Angullong Pinot Grigio 2019

Nashi pear, rock melon vibes, fresh and dribbling with juice of summery fruits.

There's a minerally edge, Pear drop flavours ripple across the palate, textural and Minerally hints flow well. A style that Angullong generally nails well and in 2019 they've absolutely perfected the brief. 89 

Tasted on: Friday 11th October, a Flower day 
Source: Sample
Price: $22
Alcohol: 13%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: https://www.angullong.com.au/

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Pirate Cru Imp's Old Vine Shiraz 2014

Still throwing a fair whack of lumber on this one, it's big and brassy, still evident at five years of age. Fruit sits underneath, Barossan to its core, all mulberry and damson like, purple in its magnificence. 

There's a suppleness for all its heft. A succulent black fruited kiss of fruit sweetness, fine grain of tannin, but really the depth is what marks this wine out. 

It's certainly of its style and place, a marker it more than happily carries with conviction. 93 

Tasted on: Monday 30th September, a Root to Flower day 
Source: Sample
Price: $50
Alcohol: 14.5%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: https://www.piratecru.com.au/

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Thursday, 28 November 2019

I Am George Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

Chocolate, cedar and blue/black fruit mix invite the imbiber in from the get go.

Hints of gum leaf, bitter twists leading to twists of tannin. Lighter body than initial aspects might be suggestive. Latent licorice elements, reasonable length, 88 

Tasted on: Wednesday 25th September, a Leaf day
Source: Sample
Price: $19.99
Alcohol: 14%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: https://www.iamgeorge.com.au/

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Harewood Estate Mount Barker Riesling 2019

Lemon, green papaya, hints of lavender - strength in aromatics on this fine Riesling from Mount Barker in Western Australia's Great Southern region.

Depth and intensity, more than a match for the aromatics on the palate. On initial showing the strongest of the sub-regional releases from Harewoo Estate. Minerally acids, spiced nuances, married to width and volume, a substance to focal length. 95 

Tasted on: Friday 4th October, a Leaf to Fruit day 
Source: Sample
Price: $23
Alcohol: 12.5%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: http://www.harewoodestate.com.au/

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Wednesday, 27 November 2019

Mezzacorona Rosé Dolomiti 2018

Turkish Delight, rose petal and macerated strawberry softness here.

Dry, yet with a semblance of fruit sweetness, tickle of spice and minerality, acidity and body to provide a flourish and expanse of width and length.

All things to many people, refreshment factor high. Length being generous. Sure to slake a thirst on a warm day. 89

Tasted on: Wednesday 16th October
Source: Sample
Price: $20
Alcohol: 12%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: https://www.mezzacorona.it/

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Harewood Estate Pinot Noir 2019

Soft and gentle red fruits: of cherry wild strawberry,  a hint of cranberry.

Light, a crunch of tannin and freshening acidity, a very soif style of Pinot Noir, thirst-quenchingly moreish.

The kind of Pinot that one could annilihate in a moment, and that's very much a positive. 90 

Tasted on: Tuesday 1st October, a Flower day
Source: Sample
Price: $20
Alcohol: 14%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: http://www.harewoodestate.com.au/

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Tuesday, 26 November 2019

Taylor's Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

Chocolate, cedar, wood spice - good aromatic and fresh intro.

Blackcurrant, vanilla, twists of herb; splash of.acid for freshness. Moderate grain of tannin, herbal bitterness on the finish. 

Good wine, Clare Valley doing Cabernet well, as it can. 89 

Tasted on: Sunday 29th September, a Root day 
Source: Sample
Price: $20
Alcohol: 14%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: https://www.taylorswines.com.au/

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Tim Adams Semillon 2017

Vanilla creme, remnants of oak in support adding  depth, something nougat and frangipane like in the mix. Citrus, perhaps mandarin, definite punch of acidity that pokes a hole through the palate. Suggestion of lime brulee, bringing the cream and aspects together on the palate.

Generous line, presence and persistence. Clare Semillon, not content to play second fiddle to Riesling 92 

Tasted on: Thursday 17th October, a Fruit to Root day 
Source: Sample
Price: $25
Alcohol: 12%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: https://www.timadamswines.com.au/

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Monday, 25 November 2019

Campo Vieja Rioja Gran Riserva 2012

Needs time, air - slightly closed, reductive. The palate possesses what I love about Gran Riserva - so Gran Riserva wines require minimum 3 years aging, with at least one year in oak and six months in bottle - Tempranillo, the remnants of old oak bound up with silken tannins that latterly reveal themselves in that fine grained, silty way.

Fading hints of black fruit on show here, morphing to a palate of reasonable length of savoury flavour. Pretty incredible to be able to appreciate a 7yo on release for $30. 91 

Tasted on: Saturday 28th September, a Fruit to Root day
Source: Sample
Price: $29.99
Alcohol: 13.5%
Closure: Cork
Website: https://www.campoviejo.com/en-au

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Ridgemill Estate Malbec Mourvèdre 2019

Somewhat unusual blend, I can't recall too many examples where these two are bedfellows. On this showing - as a young, fresh and crunchy style - there should be more of it. Roughly 60/40 split of the two, I joked to winemaker Peter McGlashan that on aroma alone it was worthy of a second date! 

Has that inviting feel, something like bramble and plum with a meaty undertow. Seems to shift and alternate between a savoury bent, and with a more primary offering.

The palate is succulent and juicy, yes unusual bed fellows these may make, but a long and fulfilling relationship - perhaps - on this showing. You can but be charmed by itsjuicy come hither ways, yet with that savoury angle serving as a juxtaposition. A big yes from me. 92

Tasted on: Monday 11th November, a Fruit day
Source: Sample
Price: $28
Alcohol: 14%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: https://ridgemillestate.com/

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Sunday, 24 November 2019

Yalumba Y Series Shiraz Viognier 2018

Yalumba's Y Series represents cracking value across the board. This Shiraz Viognier is no exception. An inviting hit of Mulberry, blackcurrant, even some cherry in the mix; what seems a mere kiss of oak - there is none - accentuates and frames the wine up. Peppery hints tickle the nasal cavity.

Medium bodied on entry to the palate, black fruit that glides across effortlessly, fine rub of tannin; spice and acidity aid flow and length.

Very good value. This wouldn't look out of place amongst luminaries two times the price. 89

Tasted on: Wednesday 20th November, a Leaf to Fruit day
Source: Sample
Price: $15
Alcohol: 14.5%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: https://www.yalumba.com/

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Angullong Fossil Hill Vermentino 2019

Snow pea tendril, citrus, a chalk and salinity on a breeze vibe. Something of more tropical bent; dripping ripe peach, pulpy mango or some such.

Tart and citrusy, the cut and thrust of acidity, probing and jabbing. About a length hangs the fruit, giving the impression of adding volume, as if to suggest either a barrel component or certainly some work. Observation of technique, nothing more.

Generous wine, one that would slake the hardiest of thirsts; versatile, as happy alone as it is in the company of food. 92 

Tasted on: Saturday 23rd November, a Root day 
Source: Sample
Price: $26
Alcohol: 13.5%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: https://www.angullong.com.au/

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Friday, 15 November 2019

Shaw + Smith Shiraz 2017

Savoury, briary, stemmy, of hedgerow - unsure as to exact percentage - of whole bunch for sure. Throws a fair offering of both black fruit, and with a fine and minerally structure.

Structurally sound, a freshening acidity, giving both length and focus. That said, it did feel somewhat less wholesome and together than in previous vintages. 91 

Tasted on: Saturday 2nd November, a Fruit day
Source: Sample
Price: $49
Alcohol: 13.5%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: https://www.shawandsmith.com/

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Thursday, 14 November 2019

Harewood Estate Denmark Riesling 2019

Wasn't too fussed with the 2018 version of this, pleased to say that in 2019 it's certainly hitting the  spot. It's all lemons, hint of bath salt adding its hand to the aromatic profile.

Lemon sherbet with a thrust of minerally acidity, it's of the style that at once both puckers and enlivens, dancing its way energetically across the palate.

That said it's fairly languid across the finish, as if sauntering to its end at its own pace. 93 

Tasted on: 2nd October 2019
Source: Sample
Price: $23
Alcohol: 12%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: http://www.harewoodestate.com.au/

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Taylor's Estate Shiraz 2018

The Taylor's (outside of Australia AKA Wakefield) Estate range has been in rather good form of late, blending succulent blue fruit with a savoury mien backing this up. Exuding the air of cooler climes, with a suggestive pitch of oak framing things up.

Seasoning, blue fruit, hints of white pepper - all aiding and abetting length. Subtle structure. Whilst aimed at drinking now, will happily cellar in the short term. 90 

Tasted on: Friday 27th September, a Fruit day
Source: Sample
Price: $19.99
Alcohol: 14%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: https://www.taylorswines.com.au/

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Tuesday, 12 November 2019

I Am George Shiraz 2017

I Am George being a Pernod Ricard brand that honours pioneer of the Aussie wine industry, George Wyndham.

Smattering of black fruit over vanilla oak; dusky cocoa nibs, succulent cassis and hints of licorice root, Mediterranean herb. Not exactly hiding from its 14.5% alcohol I add.


Tasted on: Wednesday 25th September, a Leaf day
Source: Sample
Price: $19.99
Alcohol: 14.5%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: https://www.iamgeorge.com.au/

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