An Australian Wine Blog

Sunday, 16 June 2019

Robert Stein Farm Series Rosé 2018

Strawberry, rose, elements of Turkish Delight. Soft, inviting, a suggestion of fruit sweetness juxtaposed against the tartness. 

An acidic bitterness judges the wine rather harshly, somewhat punctuating it before its sweeping softness on a length. It drinks OK, though there are better. 88 

Tasted on: Friday 18th January, a Root day 
Source: Sample
Price: $20
Alcohol: TBC
Closure: Screwcap
Website: https://robertstein.com.au

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Hastwell & Lightfoot Sands of Time Shiraz 2016

The Sands of Time being a reference to McLaren Vale's ancient sands which make a significant contribution to the wines of the region. That said, the 20 months spent in oak plays a significant part too!

Rich, ripe, robust - comes across as a touch porty. Bit of jamminess, fruits of the forest

Thick, chewy, powdery tannin. It's pretty full, with a depth of blackcurrant fruit to it. 89

Tasted on: Saturday 15th December 
Source: Sample
Price: $30
Alcohol: 14%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: https://hastwellandlightfoot.com.au/

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Saturday, 15 June 2019

d'Arenberg The Danger Mouse Nero d'Avola 2018

A wonderfully fragrant first release, the only I'd suggest is perhaps how quickly you'd consume this given the aromatic seduction. It's floral, redolent of violets, segueing to seductive fruit, plums and Mulberry. 

The tannins tale it on a further ride, altogether more savoury, earthen, nay ferrous. That gorgeous interplay of fruit and savoury that Italian varieties, particularly in McLaren Vale, *can* do so well. 

Acidity adds an additional kick, (fleeting glimpse of chocolate too) to freshen things up, as if to give a secondary motion, and yet deliver a generous tail of savoury flavour. 92

Tasted on: Tuesday 11th June, a Fruit to Root day
Source: Sample
Price: $29
Alcohol: 14.5%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: https://www.darenberg.com.au

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Rotari Brut Rosé 2012

Pinot Noir and Chardonnay; 36m in bottle - that time adds aromas bready, freshly baked sourdough with stonefruit elements sitting gently, square and centre. 

Not the liveliest, a gentle bead at best. Stonefruit, delicate citrus, more of that autolysis derived flavour and leesy complexity. 

Retains a good acidic presence, a good palate cleanser/aperitif. 90 

Tasted on: Monday 24th December, a Flower to Leaf day 
Source: Sample
Price: $30
Alcohol: 12.5%
Closure: DIAM
Website: TBC

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Ferngrove Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

Musty, sawdust and shavings. Blackcurrant, bramble

There's a hint of jammy fruit, with a tartness. It's light, yet with a fine tannin. 

Reasonable length. 88 

Tasted on: Saturday 15th December 
Source: Sample
Price: $20
Alcohol: 14%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: https://www.ferngrove.com.au

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Friday, 14 June 2019

Alkoomi Cabernet Franc 2016

First release of a varietal Franc from Alkoomi.

It's fresh, elegant, carries that bright - and pippy - blackcurrant aroma. Delightful aroma, all violets and a hint of mintiness in the mix.

Light and airy frame, a freshness - with acidity - married to firmish tannin. Feels like it just absolutely goes now, yet has 5-6 in the tank to further bring those elements together. Impressive debut. 92 

Tasted on: Sunday 23rd December, a Flower day 
Source: Sample
Price: $30
Alcohol: 14.5%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: http://www.alkoomiwines.com.au

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Jacob's Creek Le Petit Rosé Brut Cuvee 2018

Delicate strawberry and cream notes. Delicate mousse initially, followed by a minerality. Latterly red berry fruit starts to peek through, strawberry and a tickle of raspberry. 


Fine length on it. 89 

Tasted on: Sunday 17th March
Source: Sample
Price: $21.99
Alcohol: 12.3%
Closure: DIAM
Website: https://www.jacobscreek.com/en

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Il Nostro Gallo Sangiovese 2017

Hints of sarsaparilla, cherry, spicier and with savoury elements. 

Light, an elegance, powder fine tannin. An acidic freshness, juicy. Suggestive elements of anise, black pepper. No nonsense, fruity and fun to go. 89

Tasted on: Saturday 15th December 
Source: Sample
Price: $24
Alcohol: 13.8%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: https://www.pizzini.com.au

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Thursday, 13 June 2019

Jacob's Creek Barossa Signature Shiraz 2017

The Signature releases have proven themselves well: affordable, regional, varietal.

Take this Shiraz, it carries its conviction well and offers a mix of black fruit married to somewhat fudgey oak characters.

Decent lick of sweet fruit through the middle, elements of licorice and black pepper that lift the game a little. Tannin is somewhat a surprise feature, the palate initially formed of that fruit profile and then up pops this relatively decent grain of tannin through to the finish. 90

Tasted on: Saturday 8th June
Source: Sample
Price: $19.99
Alcohol: 14.5%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: https://www.jacobscreek.com

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Billy Button Rosato 2018

Fresh red Berry aromatics flow from here, raspberry and cranberry-esque. 

Dry, phenolic hints, definite crunch and acidic presence. Carries itself with conviction, and has plenty about it to be a versatile offering in cooler months as well as warmer. 

You just have to be able find it, given its now sold out ex-winery. 93

Tasted on: Wednesday 12th June
Source: Retail, Malt Trading
Price: $23
Alcohol: 
Closure: Screwcap
Website: http://billybuttonwines.com.au/

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Harewood Estate Reserve Chardonnay 2016

I've been very impressed with the wines from Harewood Estate, particularly the whites. This Chardonnay more than equal to the Rieslings out of the stable.


Toast, grilled stonefruit, figgy hints - oh so figgy, just as though freshly cut - all serve to present an alluring aromatic profile.

The palate, golden and crisp, succulent and rounded. It's a merge of both a frame of acid that serves to shape the wine, along with creamy nut kernels that add breadth and depth to it.

Decent length on this too, that creamy cashew aspect only serving to accentuate the overall profile. 92

Tasted on: Saturday 8th June
Source: Sample
Price: $45
Alcohol: 13.5%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: http://www.harewoodestate.com.au/#reserve-chardonnay

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Wednesday, 12 June 2019

Pizzini Barbera 2016

Evokes thoughts of something tomato based, with eggplant and olive. Not necessarily of those things, with a freshness married to an underlying savoury mien. With time, raspberry and blackcurrants. Floral hints.

Carries its inherent freshness, as well made Barbera is want. That unison of savoury and fruit with a definite acidic line, that can handle a broad range of foodstuffs. Soft tannins. 

We paired it with an al'arrabiatta variation. Possesses something like a fruit, perhaps plum and rose, sweetness on the finish. 91 

Tasted on: Friday 7th December 
Source: Sample
Price: $35
Alcohol: 13.5%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: https://www.pizzini.com.au

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Tuesday, 11 June 2019

d'Arenberg The Laughing Magpie Shiraz Viognier 2014

The glowing rim gives it away, yet the aroma speaks more to the oak and dense McLaren
Vale fruit, perhaps a latent violet and blackcurrant fruit edge.

The palate is almost sculpted, textured tannin sweeping across the palate, yielding to little. It's a good release, as good as I can recall in recent years. 92

Tasted on: Thursday 13th December
Source: Sample
Price: $29
Alcohol: 14.5%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: https://www.darenberg.com.au/

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Mr Mick Grenache 2018

Raspberry jam, not from a sweetness - yes, there is naturally a fruit presence - more how a
good quality preserve might come across. You can almost sense the small seeds in the frame. 

Barely medium bodied, a sweet-sour presence on the palate, refreshing acidity. This chilled down a notch or three was good to go in the fading evening's warmth. 

A lingering fruit presence elevated this beyond the simple quaffer. A yes from me. 89
Tasted on: Tuesday 11th December
Source: Sample
Price: $17
Alcohol: 13.5%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: https://mrmick.com.au/

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Monday, 10 June 2019

Ballycroft Small Berry Shiraz American Oak 2016

Ballsy Barossa, barrel being a re-skimmed American Oak. It shows, carrying that sweeter edge, framing the ripe fruit perfectly.

It's deep, rich, making itself known and presence felt. Not for the faint-hearted, it's the traditional unison of fruit and oak that the Barossa became associated with. 

It's a touch drying and perhaps raisined, but it sustains itself in a manner that will please many. Certainly in the house style, as ever crafted in the paradoxical image of winemaker Joe Evans. 91 

Tasted on: Saturday 8th December 
Source: Sample
Price: $45
Alcohol: 15.8%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: https://www.ballycroft.com/

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Harewood Estate Frankland River Riesling 2018

Kaffir Lime, browning lime juice, certainly in that greener citrus spectrum. Fresh, bursting forth, yet in a somewhat restrained manner. 

Cleansing acidity from the go, a sorbet like freshness that moves across the palate with ease. There's a hint of texture on the final third, a pleasance in that it adds to the spread and provides coverage to the line of acidity before it. 92

Tasted on: Monday 24th December, a Flower to Leaf day 
Source: Sample
Price: $30
Alcohol: 12%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: http://www.harewoodestate.com.au

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Wirra Wirra Church Block 2017

Cabernet Sauvignon (52%), Shiraz (39%), Merlot (9%). Old familiar. Looking as classic - and classy - as ever. 

Cabernet leads, as the dominant partner in the blend, its bay and moderate cedar certainly carry their mark. Perhaps plummier notes fulfil the palate's promise. 

A modicum of spice, oak - even. Providing a fulfilling and rounded palate profile. Succulent is how one might put it. Balance, yet with generosity. Classic Church Block. 91 

Tasted on: Friday 5th April, a Leaf day
Source: Sample
Price: $25
Alcohol: 14.5%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: https://www.wirrawirra.com

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Sunday, 9 June 2019

Heartland Directors Cut Shiraz 2016

Rich, toffeeish oak framing the wine up nicely. The oak provides a focus, directing you toward succulent red fruit both as an aroma and on the palate. 

Soft and lighter than one might expect on entry, the palate pinches a little, narrowing before a secondary resurgence of fruit and spice. Locked in a dogfight to the finish. 92 

Tasted on: Wednesday 6th March
Source: Sample
Price: $33
Alcohol: 14.5%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: https://www.heartlandwines.com.au

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Pizzini Petra Rossa Sangiovese 2016

Savoury, a little balsamic edge over black Cherry. Woody spice, a cinnamon quill, black pepper. 

Cherry, suggestion of blackcurrant, milled pepper with a freshening acidic line. A line that would cut a swathe through most. Powder-fine tannin to its conclusion. Another well crafted example. 91 

Tasted on: Saturday 8th December 
Source: Sample
Price: $28
Alcohol: 13.8%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: https://www.pizzini.com.au

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Arimia white Label Rosé 2018

Arimia, located towards the northern end of Margaret River's arterial Caves Road. Take a thoughtful and considered approach to good environmental practices, organic grown fruit and entirely operating off grid. Kudos.

Delicate aromatics, soft Berry driven, suggestion of soapy florals. In the Paler Provencal style, yet with remnants of texture, it carries Berry and dried grass flavours, elements of herb.

Made from 15 year old Grenache vines, grown specifically for Rosé. Faint minerally line, carrying a decent length. 91 
Tasted on: Friday 21st December 
Source: Cellar Door
Price: $25
Alcohol: TBC
Closure: Screwcap
Website: https://arimia.com.au

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Saturday, 8 June 2019

Bremerton Old Adam Shiraz 2015

Fans of Old Adam won't be disappointed with this release, truth be told they rarely are! It's built on the mantra of biggest is best, clocking in at 15% it fits the build card! 

Rich, ripe, heavy touch of the oaky char that envelopes this wine. Vanilla and plum aspects soften that slightly, the seasoning to the meat. 

Firm and black fruited palate, softer through the middle than you might expecting. Initially soft tannins that cushion nicely across the palate, hints of herb and spice - peppery goodness seasoning here. 

That black fruit flows long, an amalgam of the fruit, seasoning and oak coming together. Flowing mellifluously, seemingly ready to go now but rewarding the patient with a cellaring range up to 10-15 years. 93 

Tasted on: Thursday 6th June, a Flower to Leaf day 
Source: Sample
Price: $56
Alcohol: 15%
Closure: Cork
Website: http://www.bremerton.com.au

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St Hugo Riesling 2018

Lime, lemon butter and blossom. Has more of a deeper richness, than say the cut and rapier thrust of youthful Riesling. Veers more toward orange blossom on secondary aromatics.

A sheet of acidity does cut a swathe across the palate, not with the sharpness, more as a sweeping movement. A mix of citrus elements, a minor phenolic edge. For all the initial up front bluster, it actually finishes with a finesse, a delicacy. Well made. 

For $40 mind, it's in serious reserve Riesling territory. 92 

Tasted on: Thursday 13th December 
Source: Sample
Price: $39.99
Alcohol: 11.5%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: https://store.sthugo.com

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Gartelmann Diedrich Shiraz 2015

Heavy set, black fruit and oak. Mudgee represent, as the kids might say (with some letters substituted for effect). 

Packs a punch, weighty, a wine of substance. There's more. Black fruit, anise - a persistent line, and acidity for longevity. 

Persistent, pronounced. 92 

Tasted on: Saturday 8th December 
Source: Sample
Price: $50
Alcohol: 14.6%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: https://www.gartelmann.com.au

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Friday, 7 June 2019

Tapanappa Merlot Cabernet Franc 2015

Perenially exemplary Australian take on a classic right-bank (Bordeaux) blend.

Quite sullen, sitting there under a heavy oak shroud. There are lighter elements of spice and toast in that oak frame, slowly lifting to reveal glimpses of blackberry, tobacco, more seasoning. 

Darker manifestation altogether, meaty and with a bitter chocolate element. It sits fine on the palate, still delicate - even for it sub 15% stature - subtle hints of vanilla, from the 50% new French oak. 

Fine tannins linger, but it certainly is a wine of terroir from a warmer and drier vintage. It needs some time for the wine to settle further into itself, the gentle length an indication of that which will reward the patient. 92 

Tasted on: Tuesday 7th May, a Root day 
Source: Sample
Price: $90
Alcohol: 14.8%
Closure: Cork
Website: https://tapanappa.com.au

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Zonte's Footstep Scarlet Ladybird Rosé 2018

Strawberry in the main, a sweeter accent, akin to a Berry coulis; Citrus, like mandarin segments.


Possesses a tartness, a tang of freshening acidity. Primarily Citrus in terms of its main thrust and drive. Pretty simple proposition to be honest all up. 88 

Tasted on: Thursday 6th December 
Source: Sample
Price: $23
Alcohol: 13.5%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: https://www.zontesfootstep.com.au

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Tim Adams Cabernet Malbec 2015

Jeez they did this well at Tim Adams, a succulent red blend at that mid $20s asking price. Be it this Cabernet Malbec, or something like The Fergus.

Here it's all Plum, Mulberry, hints of mint. Chocolate, violets, plum on the palate - has that deep and chewy body, all manner of blue and black juicy fruit. 

Decent finish, persistent, tannin in balance. 91

Tasted on: Wednesday 5th December 

Source: Sample
Price: $25
Alcohol: 14.5%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: https://www.timadamswines.com.au

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Thursday, 6 June 2019

Yelland and Papps Second Take Grenache 2018

So pretty, you'd be forgiven for calling this as a Pinot, it's all manner of succulent fruit - red, to blue, and black. Specificity is not the issue here, IMO, it's about the range, depth - and harmony - of aromas that should have anyone reeled in.

Lithe, supple, as is the way with this variety and in this producer's hands. Silken tannin, barely there, followed up by a wash of acidity across the back palate. Fruit presence seems to darken a little with it, all adding up to a very impressive package. 95 

Tasted on: Friday 31st May, a Leaf to Fruit day
Source: Sample
Price: $45
Alcohol: 13.7%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: http://www.yellandandpapps.com

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Warramunda Syrah 2016

Exudes the cool; of spice, bramble and even evocative of own brand cola (that cherry/ kirsch/ herb mix - you get me?). A latent hint of, something like tamarind paste, meets grilled meat.

Medium weight, just so, poised and pitched on the palate. Blue fruits, just squeezed in the palm and oozing through the fingers, violets. It's fine, fresh and elegant; graphite tannin conveys the wine through to an excellent conclusion. Well made. 92

Tasted on: Wednesday 5th December 
Source: Sample
Price: $50
Alcohol: 13.5%
Closure: DIAM
Website: https://warramundaestate.com.au

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Lana Nebbiolo Barbera 2017

A certain perfume, a floral interplay of rose and violet. It's light, delicate - quite unlike what you might expect from the constituent parts.

Light, supple, almost succulent. Something approaching under-ripe raspberry, with the freshening acidity to boot. 

Tannin is fine, balanced, a gentle rasp and carry of flavour. The blend isn't entirely unknown, the broader Barolo/Barbaresco region often blends the two. Here, it's in an easy-going approachable, and (very) more-ish, style with its come hither acidity and succulent fruitiness. 90

Tasted on: Friday 7th December 
Source: Sample
Price: $25
Alcohol: 13.8%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: https://www.pizzini.com.au

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Wednesday, 5 June 2019

Huntington Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Bin 24 2015

Dusty, cocoa nib nose. Hints of earth, in that Mudgee manner - terroir in action. 

Requisite blackcurrant fruit on the palate, generously spiced, cedary. There's hints of licorice that - for this gentleman amateur anyway - form the significant memory of the finish. 

Generous length, savoury, gentle. 92 

Tasted on: Thursday 30th May, a Leaf day
Source: Sample
Price: $32
Alcohol: 13.5%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: https://huntingtonestate.com.au/

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1838 Wines Merlot Rosé 2018

Well, I must say that the website for The Olive Nest and 1838 wines was a rather difficult uniform resource locator to fine, so I am writing this paragraph as a gracious attempt to boost their SEO.

Delicate Berry led aromas, think strawberry and raspberry, macerate a little perhaps. The creamy edge, subtle, floral accents even. 

Palate somewhat flatter, pinched, has a crispness and clip of acidity. Perhaps could benefit from some texture, either through small amount of retained sugar or even some solids. 

Has a decent length of retention of flavour on the finish, flowing well. 89 

Tasted on: Wednesday 5th December 
Source: Sample
Price: $25
Alcohol: 13%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: https://theolivenestand1838wines.com.au

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Castle Rock Estate Porongurup Pinot Noir 2017

Sour Cherry, earth, stalky compounds, hints of mushroom skin. 

Nice acidic line, fine tannin, persistent line of flavour - if not necessarily the depth, rather more being a considerable wine of finesse and balance. 

Well made and structured Pinot Noir. 91 

Tasted on: Saturday 1st December 
Source: Sample
Price: $38
Alcohol: 13%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: https://castlerockestate.com.au

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Tuesday, 4 June 2019

Shaw + Smith Pinot Noir 2018

Fragantly savoury intro, carries the hallmark character of where I've come to know the S+S Pinot to now lie. It's that fine line between inherently savoury charms of the whole bunch character and the core of fruit it surrounds. 

Light, lithe and supple - it sits on the palate, conveying a spice tinged length. A fine minerality, provides a natural tension to the wine. Quite exemplary, feeling all the better for an additional percentage of stated alcohol over last year's release. 93 

Tasted on: Friday 10th May, a Flower to Leaf day
Source: Sample
Price: $49
Alcohol: 13.5%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: https://www.shawandsmith.com

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The Natural Wine Co. Sauvignon Blanc 2018

Exhibits the tropical elements of the Sauvignon Blanc, whilst managing to eschew the shrill and weedy - positives in my opinion.

Its fresh, with pineapple and kiwi, and honeydew melon. Refreshing for the variety. Soft, rounded, somewhat fleshy with more of the green melon coming through. Truth be told, it reminded me more of a Fiano - and I enjoyed it. 

Sensory evaluation isn't about enjoyment, it helps, but when something has been well made and that elevates it above the norm, it stands out. Phenolic pinches give extra enjoyment, adding depth and length. 91 

Tasted on: Sunday 25th November 
Source: Sample
Price: $18
Alcohol: 12%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: https://www.natural-wine-co.com/

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Cook's Lot Chardonnay 2017

Fagrant one here, redolent of peach juice, mandarin segments, hints of jasmine and a little almond and spice in the mix. 

Light, supple, caressing the palate as it skims across it - carrying a feint vein of flavour. There's evidence of variety and the guiding hand of winemaker, a judicious use of oak to supplement the inherent character. 

Not the most forceful of wines, but its delicacy is its marker. And what makes it actually stand out. 90

Tasted on: Saturday 24th November
Source: Sample
Price: $23
Alcohol: 13%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: https://www.cookslot.com.au/

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Monday, 3 June 2019

Yelland and Papps Second Take Roussanne 2018

Extended maceration and sending to bottle unfiltered has done wonders for this wine. Such a colourful addition to Australia's wine landscape, pun intended given the wonderful depth of colour, and lack of (unfiltered) clarity. 

It's positively brimming with a mix of honeyed apricot nectar. There's a light suggestion of Seville marmalade, a tangy citrus edge. 

A textural mid-weight, subtle phenolic edge with generous acidity. It's more about adding freshness and drive than about acidic sharpness, as ever the wine being in exquisite balance. 94

Tasted on: Tuesday 28th May, a Flower to Leaf day
Source: Sample
Price: $45
Alcohol: 12.9%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: http://www.yellandandpapps.com

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Preveli Methode Traditionnelle Blanc de Noir 2010

Time on lees has lent this savoury notes, of Wholemeal bread, Quince, red apple and light spice.

Citrus elements, an assertive petillence - not such the finesse of finer examples - it's clean, and the cleansing acidity does its job. 

Clean and fresh with some complexity from age. 88 

Tasted on: Monday 19th November 
Source: Retail
Price: $34.95
Alcohol: 12.5%
Closure: DIAM
Website: http://www.preveliwines.com.au

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Rock of Wisdom Shiraz Viognier 2017

Earthen with black fruit elements giving support. It's like a warm - Barossan - summer day, the ground beneath your feet acting as a heat sink and with Plum and Mulberry freshly squeezed in your hand to release its juices. 

Slick and silken as it glides across the palate, a little oak and backed up with a plethora of spices: black pepper and brown baking spice. A sweeter accent, like a sugar dusting, accentuates the finish. It drives and delivers long - a testament to the fruit's quality. 92

Tasted on: Sunday 11th November 
Source: Sample
Price: $28
Alcohol: 14.5%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: https://rock-of-wisdom.myshopify.com

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Sunday, 2 June 2019

Organic Wine Co. Rosé 2018

More strawberries than at Wimbledon here. A clear macerated strawberry nose, almost confected in its profile.

Crisp and brisk on the palate, more of that berry juice flowing cleanly. Actually cuts a dry finish, moderate tang of acidity. Decent Rosé for sure. 88

Tasted on: Saturday 24th November 
Source: Sample
Price: $18
Alcohol: 12.5%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: https://www.organicwine.com.au

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Saturday, 1 June 2019

Tim Adams The Fergus 2015

Black cherry, veering to raspberry top notes. Juicy appearances bolstered by oak nuances adding depth. 

Cherry makes a reappearance on the palate, add to that something like an almond paste and it has me thinking along the lines of a Cherry Danish or such. 

A persistent and definite line of flavour that yields for nothing. Fine tannins, delicate spice - supplementing the riper fruit elements, giving them further lift. 91

Tasted on: Wednesday 1st May, a Flower to Leaf day
Source: Sample
Price: $25
Alcohol: 14.5%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: https://www.timadamswines.com.au

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Angullong Fossil Hill Riesling 2017

Not entirely as I'd want - nay expect - in a Riesling, and from a producer and region with an affinity for the variety. 

It's a touch spirity, with petroleum vapours. There are hints of citrus trying to break through, to bring the freshness and relief the variety affords. It's more like a bitter lemon across the palate, a hint of zestiness in the frame. But it lacks further redemption. 

A rare miss from me, for a producer that normally delivers. 85

Tasted on: Saturday 24th November 
Source: Sample
Price: $24
Alcohol: 12.5%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: https://www.angullong.com.au

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d'Arenberg The Ironstone Pressings GSM 2016

The d'Arenberg icons have been in great form of late, helped by a series of good vintages. 

Here, 2016, shows the red Berry elements of the Pressings' lead Grenache. The richer, chocolate elements and herb rounding and filling out the profile. 

A succulent, lithe release - silken body threading its way across the palate. Good, firm tannins a contrast and giving hint to the assured longevity of the wine. 92 

Tasted on: Monday 19th November 
Source: Sample
Price: $75
Alcohol: 14.5%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: https://www.darenberg.com.au

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