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Sunday, 12 May 2019

Huntington Estate Barrel Ferment Chardonnay 2018

Toasty, barrel fermented funk going on. Grilled stonefruit softens that initial hit, adding a fruity succulence to the wine. Nougat, cashew - both serve to supplement things. 

That all flows through to the palate, a citrus edge adds flow and length to the wine. Hints of acid cut and thrust, perhaps a touch domineering at this early juncture. 

Impressive release, as ever, from the Huntington crew. 90 

Tasted on: Monday 6th may, a Fruit to Root day 
Source: Sample
Price: $27
Alcohol: 13%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: https://huntingtonestate.com.au

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Saturday, 11 May 2019

d'Arenberg The Hermit Crab Viognier Marsanne 2018

Has this golden aura, a succulent and rounded aromatic profile with stonefruit top notes. The Viognier is principal variety here and it shows. 

It's rich and loaded on the palate, the vanilla edged Marsanne staking its claim here. It's got a sweeter edge too, akin to a baked apricot pastry or such. It's fleshiness singing, filling the void of your oral cavity. 90 

Tasted on: Friday 10th May, a Flower to Leaf day
Source: Sample
Price: $18
Alcohol: 13.5%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: https://www.darenberg.com.au

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Thursday, 9 May 2019

Terre à Terre Piccadilly Rosé 2018

Pinot Noir (82%) and Chardonnay (18%) drawn from the Bizot, Heysen and Summertown vineyards in the Piccadilly Valley (Adelaide Hills) originally destined for sparkling base, this being made from the pressings. 

Onion skin accents lure the eye in, red fruit and stonefruit tickles the olfactory organ. Time on lees in old oak for 9 months adds palate depth and weight, a light phenolic edge adding to that further. 

A crispness with lingering acidity, tugs things along, luring you back for another glass. 93

Tasted on: Thursday 9th May
Source: Sample
Price: $32
Alcohol: 12.8%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: https://terreaterre.com.au/

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