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Saturday, 20 July 2019

Zonte's Footstep Z Force Shiraz Petite Sirah 2015

Released on Anzac Day, with a portion of proceeds from each sale going towards Legacy. Respect.

Deep and rich, smelling very much like its constituent components from its source. Petite Sirah also being known as Durif, and possessing an almost creosote like depth.

For that depth, it's initially light on its feet, red fruit and licorice bullets initially, before the onset of the fennel/anise depth - surely the Petit Sirah and oak support taking over. 

No slouch, it's a wine of depth, honouring the rich legacy of the multi-national commando force of which it takes its name. 92

Tasted on: Tuesday 21st May, a Leaf to Fruit day
Source: Sample
Price: $55
Alcohol: 14.5%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: www.zontesfootstep.com.au

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Highgate Chardonnay 2018

Pithy grapefruit, lemon sherbet. 

Citrus represents here, bold lemon flavour with sharp acidity providing focal length. Not the most defined shape, good tail of flavour. 88 

Tasted on: Thursday 23rd May, a Fruit to Root day
Source: Sample
Price: $25
Alcohol: 13.5%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: https://www.singlevineyards.com/

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Zonte's Footstep Chocolate Factory Shiraz 2017

Mulberry overlaid with a little chocolatey oak. Classic McLaren Vale Shiraz.

A bitterness on entry, a nice contrast to the smoothness of the palate and semblance of fruit. There's a slight raspberry hint, subtle, combined with the Plum and Mulberry aspects. Tannin is fine, substantive enough to leave an impressive, subtle enough to not dominate. 


An acidic freshness gives length. 90 

Tasted on: Monday 20th May, a Leaf day
Source: Sample
Price: $27.50
Alcohol: 14.5%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: www.zontesfootstep.com.au

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Friday, 19 July 2019

Tapanappa Definitus Foggy Hill Vineyard Pinot Noir 2017

Something akin to a block level wine off the Fleurieu's Foggy Hill Vineyard. The Definitus strip being a sub-Ridge formed where ferruginuous sandstone comes close to the surface. The strip also marks a delineation between two rows of two Bernard Clones (115 and 117, planted in 2003).

Highly perfumed, violets, sour cherry, slight spirited/lifted note. Starts segueing to black fruit hints, as though they're being summoned from the wine's depths.

Light, fine tannin, makes its presence known initially. Carries with it a dark presentation, earthy and coffee grounds like in profile. 

Latterly it asserts itself, dark and pronounced, it's tight and closed at this juncture - cellar for a minimum of five years, drink over a further five to fifteen. 93 

Tasted on: Tuesday 4th June, a Root to Flower day 
Source: Sample
Price: $90
Alcohol: 13.5%
Closure: Cork
Website: https://tapanappa.com.au

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Alkoomi Black Label Chardonnay 2018

Cooler manifestation of Chardonnay, clocking in nicely at a stated 12.5%, exhibiting stonefruit hints combined with citrus and meal. 

Starts off well. Palate shows an acidity, probing and cutting, carrying its grapefruit lines long across the palate. 91 

Tasted on: Thursday 23rd May, a Fruit to Root day 
Source: Sample
Price: $28
Alcohol: 12.5%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: http://www.alkoomiwines.com.au

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Zonte's Footstep Violet Beauregard Malbec 2016

Fairly juicy for a Malbec, lighter than expected. Doesn't sacrifice body and tannin for that. 

Violet by name, Violet by nature - both in hue, and aroma. Hints of Blueberry add to that juicy palate. For all that juice it naturally comes with a freshening acidic presence. Fun wine. 90 

Tasted on: Tuesday 21st May, a Leaf to Fruit day
Source: Sample
Price: $27.50
Alcohol: 14%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: www.zontesfootstep.com.au

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Thursday, 18 July 2019

Zonte's Footstep Lake Doctor Shiraz 2016

Slightly reductive. suppressing. Black, brambly fruit. 

Fine, powdery tannin, a little freshening acidity. Otherwise it's firm and bold, with a depth of flavour. Suggestion of anise on the back palate. 89 

Tasted on: Friday 17th May, a Flower day
Source: Sample
Price: $27.50
Alcohol: 14.5%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: www.zontesfootstep.com.au

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Jacob's Creek Classic Riesling 2018

Tropical imbued, green papaya and lime in the main. Slightly husky, pithy. 

Lemons and Limes, simple in approach, certainly juicy and refreshing. Nice tang and a gentle ebbing flow along the palate. Decent Riesling for the ask, particularly given what it can be found for in the multiples. 88 

Tasted on: Wednesday 22nd May, a Fruit day
Source: Sample
Price: $11.99
Alcohol: 11.7%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: https://www.jacobscreek.com

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Zonte's Footstep The Hills Are Alive Shiraz 2017

Cool Hills Shiraz. Plummy, touch of pan juice, chocolate and wafer hints. 

There's something like an orange juice freshness and acidity to the wine, certainly on initial entry. A blue/black fruit mix makes its presence known, fine and chewy tannins allow a consideration around the palate. 

Decent length and energy. 90 

Tasted on: Friday 17th May, a Flower day
Source: Sample
Price: $35
Alcohol: 13.5%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: https://www.zontesfootstep.com.au

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Wednesday, 17 July 2019

Harewood Estate Cabernet Merlot 2016

A blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon 35% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc. From across the Great Southern region.
Dense, cedary wine, iGenerousity and complexity. Plush and rounded, fine tannins, generous persistence. Plummy notes. 91 
Tasted on: Sunday 19th May, a Flower to Leaf day 
Source: Sample
Price: $20
Alcohol: 14.7%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: http://www.harewoodestate.com.au/

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Hastwell & Lightfoot Fiano 2018

Snow pea, green leaf aromatics, perhaps serving at fridge temperature not the greatest idea. Delicate white florals. Subtlety. The watchword. 

Something like a vanilla panna cotta aspect, almost creamy with perhaps a light stonefruit complexion. Decent textural width, a fine phenolic feel. 91 

Tasted on: Tuesday 21st May, a Leaf to Fruit day 
Source: Sample
Price: $25
Alcohol: 12%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: https://hastwellandlightfoot.com.au

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Hastwell & Lightfoot Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

The H&L viticulture team have put considerable effort into reviving some older vines on their blocks down in McLaren Vale, cutting the vines off at the trunk to allow it to regrow. Approximately 60% of this wine is from restructured vine material.

Deep black fruit, gives an air of possessing a sheen, a gloss and fruity lift. There’s a small addition of Cabernet Franc to this wine, that’ll do it!

It’s very purple in nature, in looks, aroma and even in how it conveys itself on the palate. Touch of boozy warmth distracts a little, feeling bigger than it’s 14%. Lends the wine that spiced, almost Christmas pudding vibe to things. 

Stands up remarkably well with some time, indicative of the quality of fruit, and inherent cellarability. 92 

Tasted on: Friday 12th July, a Flower to Leaf day
Source: Sample
Price: $25
Alcohol: 14%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: https://hastwellandlightfoot.com.au

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Tuesday, 16 July 2019

Syrahmi Grenache 2017

Adam Foster, Chef turned Vigneron, now of Heathcote but honed his craft in the early years with four vintages in the Rhone. And a resultant love of Grenache ensued. 

Exquisitely perfumed, strawberry and raspberry, a hint of that Provencal garrigue, the florals adding to the perfume. Then, unexpectedly, a whiff of cordite in the mix, a flinty and harder edge to the softness of the berries. 

Those softer elements flow - mellifluously - onto the palate. A slight crushed rock, powdery earth, phenolic rub. Generous and flowing length on a silken backbone. Jeez, Heathcote Grenache, who'd a thunk it? 93 

Tasted on: Tuesday 25th June
Source: Retail
Price: $45
Alcohol: 14.2%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: https://adamfoster.com.au

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Harewood Estate Mount Barker Riesling 2018

Pithy citrus, lemon and grapefruit in its prime. It feels cool, almost hard in how it represents. 

Soft palate than the aromatics suggest, a lively zestiness on the front palate. Tang, thrusting and probing acidity gives drive and energy. Harewood Estate get Riesling right, a delightful exercise in terroir across their range. 93

Tasted on: Monday 20th May, a Leaf day 
Source: Sample
Price: $30
Alcohol: 12.5%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: http://www.harewoodestate.com.au/

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Zonte's Footstep Baron Von Nemesis Shiraz 2017

Seemingly reductive initially, or rather being reductive in nature. Naturally, some oxidative exposure sees that blow off, so to speak, allowing that Plummy Barossan fruit to start to shine. 

It's somewhat meaty in manifestation, a plump and succulent presence of a wine, it's smooth and generous to a fault. Unequivocally Barossan, that just so sweet and spice accented fruit seeing you home. 90 

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

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Monday, 15 July 2019

Chaffey Bros Evangeline Eden Valley Syrah 2015

This is an exquisite Syrah for $25. Eden Valley is probably better known for its Whites (Riesling), yet in the right hands its reds are just as sublime. Lighter, softer, than its regional neighbour, the better examples also possess this citrus, orange oil mien that can simply captivate. 

Light, soft aromatic profile, blackcurrant pastilles meets stonefruit making an appearance, following through on the palate, morphing into an orange oil thread drawing long. 

Tannin is ultra-fine, minerally, threading and married to the fruit that courses long across the palate. Superb. 94 

Tasted on: Saturday 6th July, a Leaf to Fruit day
Source: Retail, Spiros
Price: $25
Alcohol: 14.5%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: chaffeybros.com

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Tim Adams Riesling 2019

2019 seemingly a cracking Clare vintage for Riesling (low Sample set, granted). It's expressive, of brown lime and preserved lemons meet floral aromas. Giving rise to that sense of Spring, an aromatic lift from the oppression of cooler months.

A minerally dance across the palate, a fine phenolic pinch - even though it free run juice only. A gentle and persistent citrus presence, a fine length cascading to a conclusion. 92 

Tasted on: Friday 5th July, a Leaf day 
Source: Sample
Price: $24
Alcohol: 11.5%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: www.timadamswines.com.au

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Golden Grove Joven Tempranillo 2018

Joven-style Tempranillo from the Granite Belt, and budding master of the "Strange Bird" Ray Costanzo. Sees 15% whole bunch and then 3-4 year old oak for 6m rest.

It leads with fruit, yet carries a savoury bent from the get-go. It's about the cherry and plum initially, yet that savoury depth is adding to that bright introduction. It doesn't default on the palate either, a crunch of tannin adding to the length and being carried by an acidic wave. 

Finishes strong, a subtle savoury bitterness providing a twist. Just provides what I'd consider a seasoning to the wine. Proving Joven does not equate to simple. 93 

Tasted on: Monday 8th July, a Fruit to Root day 
Source: Sample
Price: $30
Alcohol: 13.5%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: https://www.goldengroveestate.com.au/

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Sunday, 14 July 2019

Apricus Hill Pinot Noir 2018

Has an immediate appeal, primary fruit, of cherry and strawberry (in fact it immediately had me recalling something like a Cherry Danish). Yet, for that primary fruit, lurking furtively are more savoury elements, dried leaf matter something piney, nigh evergreen forest resinous. 

Generous acidic presence, gives cut and thrust across the palate. Semblance of fruit, again with savoury nuances. It's not necessarily speaking of anything in particular. It has presence, volume and definite persistence of flavour. 

A wine of presence, place, personality. 92 

Tasted on: Wednesday 15th May, a Root day
Source: Sample
Price: $35
Alcohol: 14%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: https://www.apricushill.com.au

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Jacob's Creek Signature Riesling 2017

Accompanying PR blurb states as available at 1st Choice, but I don't believe it exclusive to that chain. 

Brown lime and perhaps a touch of green apple, certainly fresh and fragrant. Crisp and clipped palate, more lemon than lime, slight pithy note towards the middle and final thirds. 

Bath salt minerality does a merry dance across the palate. Refreshing for sure. 90 

Tasted on: Friday 17th May, a Flower day
Source: Sample
Price: $19.99
Alcohol: 11%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: https://www.jacobscreek.com

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Alkoomi White Label Shiraz 2017

Perennially offering some of the best value across the range, a modest increase in price this vintage mind.

Offering both plummy vibes with a deeper, nigh meatier undercurrent. It's authentic cool climate Shiraz here, all for $18.

Chewy palate, the softer fruity accents present here too. Reasonable tannin. Nothing to fault. 89

Tasted on: Tuesday 14th May, a Fruit to Root day 
Source: Sample
Price: $18
Alcohol: 14.5%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: http://www.alkoomiwines.com.au

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Saturday, 13 July 2019

Huntington Estate Basket Dried Shiraz 2016

Dense and heady aromatics, a definite Plummy aromatic character that sits deep in the glass. 

It's certainly a wine of character, deep, nigh chewy. It rolls around the palate, straddling that line between a full bodied Shiraz and a fortified wine. More like an appasimento wine with its concentration of flavour. 

There's a latent resurgence of fruit in the back palate, delicate ebbing length. Quite something. 92 

Tasted on: Monday 13th May, a Fruit day
Source: Sample
Price: $75
Alcohol: 15.5%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: https://huntingtonestate.com.au

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Feudo Arancio Grillo 2018

Highly perfumed, exotically tropical, not what I'd necessarily expect - or associate - with a Sicilian white. 

Regardless, from a little extra reading, it's varietal. A riot of mango, luscious peach, yet for that fruit it retains an acidic presence to it, one that propels length further. Good wine. Generous, flavoursome. 91

Tasted on: Friday 17th May, a Flower day
Source: Sample
Price: $15
Alcohol: 13%
Closure: Screwcap
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Pig In the House Shiraz 2018

Plum, blueberry and violets over a darker core. There's a modicum of oak in support, vanilla providing an elegant lift. 

It's proposition is that of an elegant wine - initially light on its toes - segueing to something more full bodied that certainly pulls no punches. 

There's a candied violet aspect to the wine's finish, where again it does manifest itself with finesse on the back of a good length. 90

Tasted on: Sunday 12th May, a Leaf to Fruit day
Source: Sample
Price: $25
Alcohol: 14%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: www.piginthehouse.com.au

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Friday, 12 July 2019

Shaw Vineyard Estate Shiraz 2015

Vibrant and perfumed wine, of succulent raspberry and Plummy fruit with a smattering of oak in support. A fine release on initial approach. 

A generous wine, of fine frame, fruit shining on the palate still. There's a peppery meets eucalypt aspect, adds a freshness and delivers length. 

Just a nicely weighted, medium-bodied wine that is in fine form at this present time. Has the fruit and presence to suggest it will last a good while yet. 92 

Tasted on: Thursday 9th May, a Flower day
Source: Sample
Price: $34
Alcohol: 14.5%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: https://shawwines.com.au

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Castle Rock Estate Diletti Chardonnay 2017

Winemaker Rib Diletti has recently been nominated for Gourmet Traveller Wine's Winemaker of the Year, not hard to see why on this showing.

Bit of love thrown this one's way, first white from Castle Rock that wasn't a Riesling. Delicate citrus here, more about the primacy of fruit and not so much of the barrel fermentation evident on the aromatics.

It's clean and crisp, carrying an acidic punch along its spine. It's not without width, the barrel fermentation adding its mark here. 

Pristine length, focal purity on this. 93

Tasted on: Thursday 16th May, a Root to Flower day 
Source: Sample
Price: $30
Alcohol: 12%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: https://castlerockestate.com.au

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Juniper Crossing Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2017

The Crossing range from Juniper Estate represents extraordinary value, particularly in a region not necessarily known for it. 

Approachable, varietal, and regional. Varietal, yes in a blend, in a blend that the region is known for. It offers that heady mix of bay, bush, cedar and black fruited elements that invite. Subtle savoury notes that imbue a sense of depth into the mix - not at the expense of character. 

Finer tannin, delicate length that exudes a mix of the fruit and savoury. A winner in my eyes. 91 

Tasted on: Wednesday 8th May, a Root to Flower day
Source: Sample
Price: $22
Alcohol: 14%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: www.juniperestate.com.au

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Thursday, 11 July 2019

Pyramids Road Barrel Ferment Chardonnay 2018

Warren and Suzanne Smith are good sorts, plying their trade down in Wyberba toward the Granite Belt's southern edge - in fact their cellar door is only some 13KMs from the border.

Fruit comes from Bungawarra. Half underwent wild yeast fermentation, and three-quarters (three barrels) through malo. Of the four barrels in total, one new French, one second fill French and two older French barrels. 

That barrel Ferment character evident on the nose, toasty hints augment a citrus and Quince tinged nose. A substantive palate presence, texture and a fine minerality. 

Evidence of a hint of oak on the palate too, vanilla creme and the aforementioned minerality. It's a wine of complexity, layered, with depth and reach. There's some bloody good Chardonnay in the region, this no exception. 92

Tasted on: Wednesday 10th July, a Root to Flower day 
Source: Cellar Door
Price: $40
Alcohol: 14%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: https://pyramidsroad.com.au

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Golden Grove Vermentino 2018

Queensland's Granite Belt region is about as far as you can possibly get from Vermentino's native home. The GI is located some 2.5hrs South-West - inland - from Brisbane, and located at altitudes ranging from 800-900+ metres above sea level. 

Yet there, in the hands of winemaker Ray Costanzo, it has a home for itself in Australia. I'm not suggesting it the ultimate region for the variety, it's just that the grape/region/winemaker combination has formed a particularly compelling case for Australia's best example of the variety - in this humble gentleman amateurs eyes at least.

Snow pea, lime and brine, subtle honeysuckle, rock melon, and grape aromatics. From the get go it possesses an allure, a sirens call to the passionate (and the thirsty).

Where Costanzo has managed to excel, in my opinion, is to employ judicious use of just the right portion of barrel fermentation, sufficient to aid texture, yet not at the expense of the acidic profile. To that end, a small inclusion of Semillon (11%) was included in this vintage. 

It gives the wine shape and focus, yet aids the overall composure and delivers exquisite length. Quite superb. 93 

Tasted on: Saturday 6th July, a Leaf to Fruit day 
Source: Cellar Door
Price: $ 26
Alcohol: 12.2%
Closure: Screwcap 
Website: www.goldengroveestate.com.au

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Wednesday, 10 July 2019

d'Arenberg The Laughing Magpie Shiraz Viognier 2015

The palate is fairly juicy, plump in fact, shot with Plummy fruit. The aromatics somewhat more subdued.

The oak is a touch prominent, the tannin a touch powdery. At four years of age it feels somewhat angular, coming together. Given that I only tasted the 2014 less than 6 months ago, this feels a somewhat premature release. Indeed the wine comes in a pre-release "Sample" packaging. Give it some time. 90+ 

Tasted on: Tuesday 30th April, A Flower day
Source: Sample
Price: $29
Alcohol: 14.5%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: https://www.darenberg.com.au

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d'Arenberg The Feral Fox Pinot Noir 2017

The Feral Fox was also one of the wines I would keep an eye out for when I first landed on these shores, d'Arenberg wines being rather ubiquitous in the UK, yet this one not one of them.

Macerated strawberry meets a green herb profile. Smells on the lighter side, fruit the primary proposition. 

Dry-ish red on the palate, fails to strike the mark with regards to the variety. The softer, fruitier elements seen on the aromatics are found wanting, just missing a beat here, lacking either the finesse for which the variety is known, or the more savoury elements that are often seen. 87 

Tasted on: Monday 29th April, a Flower day 
Source: Sample
Price: $30
Alcohol: 14.5%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: https://www.darenberg.com.au/

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d'Arenberg The Derelict Vineyard Grenache 2016

Depth to its very core. It certainly packs much into itself, without being over extracted. It's regional as much as varietal, and indeed is consistent from that which I can recall over the years. 

It leads with a Davidson Plum vibe, with what might be considered a sweeter 'halo' of raspberry. On the palate it's dense, with a lighter relief at its periphery - no mean feat to pull off. Fleet of foot tannins, to add to that, delivering length. 90 

Tasted on: Thursday 2nd May, a Leaf day
Source: Sample
Price: $29
Alcohol: 14.5%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: https://www.darenberg.com.au

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Tuesday, 9 July 2019

Wirra Wirra Scrubby Rise Shiraz 2017

Scrubby has had a makeover from what I last recall. And perhaps this varietal Shiraz is a new addition.

Something like a toffeeish aroma on intro, a caramelisation meets some deep set Plummy fruit. Slick and full. An immediate spice sets about assaulting the palate, probing and seeking out the furthest reaches. 

It's a sensation that persists, giving far reaching length. Perhaps lacking in structure, it more than makes up for that in palate presence. But jeez it drinks well for $17, a fine release. 89 

Tasted on: Friday 5th April, a Leaf day
Source: Sample
Price: $17
Alcohol: 14.5%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: https://www.wirrawirra.com

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Alkoomi Wandoo Semillon 2014

Great Southern Semillon, produced from a single block of estate grown fruit planted in 1987.  Free run juice, half of which free is fermented in French oak and the other half in tank.

Semillon with a bit of age too, a sensory pleasure! Citrus, sage and something akin to a burnt butter element. Fruit first, still, with the onset of some savoury elements. 

Rich and rounded, it's taking on flesh to the bones (aren't we all), there's still the framework of acid about which it hangs. The lemony tang freshens and enlivens the palate. It's softening, taking on a nuttiness. Enjoyable now. 91 

Tasted on: Wednesday 15th May, a Root day 
Source: Sample
Price: $35
Alcohol: 11.5%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: http://www.alkoomiwines.com.au

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Harewood Estate Shiraz 2017

Certainly keener on the whites from this Estate - the Riesling and Chardonnay exemplary, the reds less so.

Not the cleanest smelling, bit of funk going on. Heavy set, firmer tannins, lacking fruit definition and the vitality. 87 

Tasted on: Wednesday 13th March, a Root day
Source: Sample
Price: $20
Alcohol: 14.5%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: http://www.harewoodestate.com.au/

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Monday, 8 July 2019

Robert Stein Mudgee Reserve Shiraz 2014

Deep, Plummy and nigh leathery. At 5 the heavy set oak is present, married to rich fruit profile.

Lighter and easier profile than the aroma might suggest. Suggestion of fruit more in the red spectrum, initially at least, segueing to more in the blue. Fine grain of tannin profile, brings with it a cocoa edged attribute. 91 

Tasted on: Monday 15th April, a Leaf to Fruit day 
Source: Sample
Price: $50
Alcohol: 14.5%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: https://robertstein.com.au

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Windowrie Family Pinot Noir 2017

Darker manifestation of the variety, deeper to note. Still somewhat light of palate, possessing a guile and lightness but lacking - for mine - the carry and depth of flavour. 

The aromatics show more by way of blackcurrant and black cherry here. The tannin, fine, yet not able to make up for what is lacking elsewhere. 


I don't think that Pinot Noir is the region's best variety, and there's little here to make me contend otherwise. 88 

Tasted on: Saturday 16th March, a Flower day 
Source: Sample
Price: $35
Alcohol: 13.5%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: http://www.windowrie.com.au/

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Huntington Estate Bin 18 Shiraz 2015

Typical Huntington/Mudgee profile, terroir at hand here - perhaps a touch more new oak still evident, even with the house years under its belt. An observation, nothing more. 

Lighter framed on the palate, a delicacy one suggests. Tight, yet fine, tannins the perfect segue to that rich and rounded regional profile. There's a blue fruit-meets-chocolate profile, a freshness of carry that sweeps everything along in a just so package. Sensitive winemaking. Bravo Tim and Nicky! 92 

Tasted on: Sunday 27th April, a Root to Flower day 
Source: Sample
Price: $32
Alcohol: 14%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: https://huntingtonestate.com.au/

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Sunday, 7 July 2019

St Hugo GSM 2016

A new member of the St Hugo clan for me, that said I think it's been a part of the core for some time now. A 54/ 29/ 17% mix of the three.

Light and juicy air of red fruit: cranberry and raspberry in the main. Peppery nuances that carry through onto the palate, meshed well into a red fruit and something like a meaty/charcuterie spectrum. 

Tannin, fine; acid seems a touch perky. Good wine, would look to settle. At the price point you start to compete with lower end CNDP, which it's on a par with. 92

Tasted on: Sunday 17th March, a Flower to Leaf day 
Source: Sample
Price: $57.99
Alcohol: 14.4%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: https://store.sthugo.com

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Hastwell & Lightfoot Tempranillo 2017

Firm and ripe, of plum, earth and leather. 

Possesses a moderate balance, with spice notes coming to the fore. Tempranillo is one of those varieties that can come across a bit middling. 


Here, it presents well as a generic dryish red. In youth, I prefer to see it as more of the juicy ‘Joven’ style; with age it marries beautifully to oak, this example spending 18 months in wood.. 89

Tasted on: Saturday 16th March, a Flower day
Source: Sample
Price: $25
Alcohol: 14%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: https://hastwellandlightfoot.com.au

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Harewood Estate Pinot Noir 2018

Generic dry red territory, weighing it at 14% from the cool Great Southern. 

General red Berry suggestion, smooth palate, yet with little shape or definition. Boozy warmth on the back palate. 86 

Tasted on: Tuesday 5th March, a Root to Flower day 
Source: Sample
Price: $20
Alcohol: 14%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: http://www.harewoodestate.com.au

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Saturday, 6 July 2019

Rusden Black Guts Shiraz 2014

I'd sat on this sample a while. Somewhat scared of it, just look at its name! It's wine that does not betray the outcome that will surely afflict the consumer. 

Rich, nigh porty, toffeed notes. Yet, with Rusden wines, for that bluff and bluster comes a softer touch. It's lighter of palate than you'd suspect, given the aromatics. 

Fine tannins, blue fruits, freshening acids. As ever, a surprise package. 93 

Tasted on: Friday 14th June, a Flower day
Source: Sample
Price: $85
Alcohol: 14.9%
Closure: Cork
Website: https://rusdenwines.com.au

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BK Wines Rosé 2018

Always a go to Rosé in our hose, this along with Turkey Flat's and "Not Your Grandmother's Rosé". Typically one of the three will always be in the fridge at the local bottle-o, ready to rock. 

Faint Berry aromatics meets an underlying savoury/herbal bent. Trick is not serve too cold lest you mask some of that. 

Cranberry and Strawberry in the palate, long and dry across the now. Perhaps not the most flavoursome showing on this occasion, yet the crispness and light phenolic pinch keeps enough interest and reels me back, glass to mouth, time and again. 90 

Tasted on: Sunday 23rd June, a Flower day 
Source: Retail
Price: $24
Alcohol: 12.3%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: http://bkwines.com.au

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Huntington Estate Cabernet Shiraz 2017

Rich, inviting, an Autumnal embrace. Coming across like a chocolate brownie with red and blue fruit. At a stroke: regional, varietal - of its constituent parts. 

Altogether softer, succulent, there's a suggestion of vanilla oak, set against further depth of flavour and fruit presence. 

Balanced, inherently drinkable - now; possessing enough to carry it forward. 91 

Tasted on: Tuesday 2nd April, a Flower day
Source: Sample
Price: $32
Alcohol: 13.9%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: https://huntingtonestate.com.au

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