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Wednesday, 31 July 2019

Katnook Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

I didn't necessarily pick this as a Coonawarra wine at initial sight. It's subtle, yet rich with ripe black fruit, in the blackcurrant/cassis mould.

I suppose what I mean by that regional ignorance is a lack of distinct eucalypt, which I guess is often what leads the way for that regional/variety construct. 

That fruit profile flows through the palate, the grainy tannin profile and freshening acidity perhaps more of a regional marker. Needs a little time to gel, to pull together. It'll get there.92 

Tasted on: Tuesday 25th June, a Flower to Leaf day 
Source: Sample
Price: $40
Alcohol: 14%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: www.katnookestate.com.au

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Bremerton Battonage Chardonnay 2017

The Battonage of the wine's name has achieved its aim of adding width and texture across the fore-palate. Broad profile, not sacrificing acid mind, delivering on a good length. 

It's a mix of green apple and stonefruit, the fruit not wanting. Falling short a little, it sacrifices further width to deliver decent length. 91 

Tasted on: Friday 14th June, a Flower day
Source: Sample
Price: $32
Alcohol: 13.5%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: http://www.bremerton.com.au

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d'Arenberg The Hunjee Heartstring Montepulciano 2018

I've not seen something this purple since Barney the Dinosaur. It's positively brimming with purple. 

That vibrancy doesn't quite carry through as perhaps one might suspect. Instead, rather, it offers more of a herbal and meaty presence. 

The biggest surprise is the tannin structure, assertive and drying. It perhaps dominates proceedings, swamping any fruit that may be lurking underneath. 90

Tasted on: Wednesday 12th June, a Root day 
Source: Sample
Price: $29
Alcohol: 14.5%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: www.darenberg.com.au

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Tuesday, 30 July 2019

Harewood Estate Reserve Shiraz 2014

Less enamoured with the Harewood reds when compared with their exemplary Whites. 

Reserve designation seemingly means in this instance "lots of oak thrown at this", but it seems to hold back the fruit character that may be present. 


Moderate tannins meets boozy warmth; clove spice, pepper and hints of licorice see things out. 90 

Tasted on: Sunday 9th June, a Fruit day 
Source: Sample
Price: $45
Alcohol: 14.5%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: http://www.harewoodestate.com.au/

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Zonte's Footstep Bolle Felici Prosecco

Pithy citrus aromatics, conveys freshness.

It's certainly fresh and lively, with a curl of citrus acidity, coarse and broad in presentation. Pithiness and zest, softer back palate. 

Reasonable length, in that citrus derived manner. Refreshment factor high. 88 

Tasted on: Saturday 8th June, a Leaf to Fruit day 
Source: Sample
Price: $22
Alcohol: 11%
Closure: Cork
Website: www.zontesfootstep.com.au

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Alkoomi Victrix Chardonnay 2017

Named after the eucalypt Victrix. It's hand picked, whole bunch pressed to French oak (unsure of the age.) 

Finely seasoned, citrus and stonefruit. The French oak adding that aforementioned seasoning. It's fine on entry, yet immediately delivers a lavishly textural experience, succulent and plump across the palate. 

It's actually fine boned, well pitched, structural. Elegant, a wine of finesses and presence. 93 

Tasted on: Sunday 9th June, a Fruit day
Source: Sample
Price: $40
Alcohol: 12%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: http://www.alkoomiwines.com.au/

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Monday, 29 July 2019

Golden Grove The Little White Box GSM 2016

A tribute to the patriarch of the Costanzo clan, and the man that winemaker (son) Ray Costanzo credits with being a pioneer of alternative varieties: Sam Costanzo. Respect.

Tilled earth, black cherry, subtle hints of roasted meats. Oak serves to frame this up, almost nutty in profile. Light and supple palate, a contrast to what one might expect from the aromatics. Fruit first, with twists of spice, a Cherry ripe element, perhaps some hickory smoke adding - and aiding - depth and length. 

Sometime you come across a wine that is in the mould of the winemaker, or perhaps here in the mould of its muse, deep and yet flexible - a complex wine, and yet at ease. 93 

Tasted on: Thursday 11th July, a Flower day
Source: Sample
Price: $50
Alcohol: 14%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: www.goldengroveestate.com.au/

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Ballandean Estate Viognier 2017

Viognier seems to be a variety enjoying a resurgence on the Granite Belt, a combination - I think - of good conditions and winemakers getting a handle on the nuances of the variety. It's a variety I explored in a longer form piece (link) and was pleased on a recent visit to the Granite Belt to see it showing well. 

Vanilla kissed stonefruit, subtle ginger and musky hints. It's that fruit that has primacy, with the seasoning in the background  

Spice tinged palate, perhaps a suggestion of a barrel component adding further substance. If at all, it would be minor, sufficient enough to add weight and shape. 

Decent flow and energy, perhaps languidly so, and length. Give this a stab with something like a ginger poached chicken. 90 

Tasted on: Monday 17th June, a Leaf to Fruit day 
Source: Cellar Door
Price: $25
Alcohol: TBA
Closure: Screwcap
Website: www.ballandeanestate.com

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Raven's Croft Pinotage Rosé 2018

Raven's Croft wine is the eponymous label of South African Mark Ravenscroft (coincidentally at the time of writing the winery is up for sale if you're interested). Situated some 12KM west of the central township of Stanthorpe, in the Greenfields sub-district. Estate plantings (including this Pinotage fruit) are located at some 950m above sea level. 

Ravenscroft's first Rosé under his own label, it came about as a result of the estate Pinotage fruit suffering some hail damage early in the season and some portions not being considered sufficient for making as a single varietal Pinotage. Only a South African!

Pretty aromatics from the get go, as if to lure and entice. Savoury nuances, a light and airy structure around the palate, delicately weighted. Subtle spice betwixt berry flavours. 

Decent length. 91 

Tasted on: Saturday 15th June, a Flower to Leaf day 
Source: Cellar Door
Price: $26
Alcohol: 
Closure: Screwcap
Website: www.ravenscroftwines.com.au

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Sunday, 28 July 2019

Ballycroft Small Berry Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

Normally the wine of Joe's I approach with the most trepidation: Langhorne Creek Cabernet clocking in at 15%, not for the faint hearted.

The oak is present, perhaps dominant, that with some chocolate and biscuits oak remnants. Herbal inflections, bay. 

The depth and intensity of flavour are present, yet it doesn't come across as full throttle as one has encountered prior. It's a blue/black fruit mix, velvet smooth across the palate; full bodied, but Joe has the measure of this. 89 

Tasted on: Thursday 11th July, a Flower day
Source: Sample
Price: $45
Alcohol: 15%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: https://www.ballycroft.com/

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Jacob's Creek Barossa Signature Chardonnay 2017

Slight custardy, almond oak showing here. Stonefruit, Citrus and figgy hints. Altogether rather pleasant, inviting. Toast and flinty notes, touch of chalky phenolics, gentle drying rub across the length of the palate. 

Not one whose ever been totally sold on Barossa Chardonnay, yet I suppose when you've the resources of Pernod-Ricard you can fashion something crowd pleasing. Find this under a deal and you'd no doubt be happy. 88

Tasted on: Sunday 16th June, a Leaf day 
Source: Sample
Price: $19.99
Alcohol:12.5%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: www.jacobscreek.com

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Ubertas Shiraz Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

Second of two samples from Ubertas, here a "Great Australian Red". Will appeal to classicists, with a ready throw of vanilla and toffed oak sitting proud.

Black licorice notes add a certain depth, succulence of black fruit softens that impact on the palate. Pepper. The oak tannin at this stage feels rather blocky, needing some time to settle. 

Yet, still, it does provide a frame for the fruit to sit and to deliver on a good length. Will serve it well into the future - if you've the patience to keep your hands off of it! 92+

Tasted on: Friday 7th June, a Leaf day
Source: Sample
Price: $35
Alcohol: 14.5%
Closure: Cork
Website: http://ubertaswines.com.au/

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Saturday, 27 July 2019

Robert Stein Reserve Chardonnay 2017

Fruit from vines planted in 1976, they're handpicked and the fruit whole bunch pressed, 50% new French oak was used with a small portion of malo.

Reserve designation Chardonnay at quite a reasonable price. 

It's brimming with stonefruit, to the point that you can almost sense the juice dripping from the fruit. Hints of citrus augment this, a suggestion of oak framing it up, adding spiced nuances.

Stoney, nigh flinty on initial entry, morphing to a waxy and sensuous note, the texture slippery and glossy. Delicate balance, that interplay of fruit, texture and substance from oak. 92 

Tasted on: Friday 31st May, a Leaf to Fruit day 
Source: Sample
Price: $40
Alcohol: 13%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: https://robertstein.com.au/

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George The Wizard Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

Offers tantalising glimpses, yet doesn't quite deliver with conviction. 

Tannin structure delivers in spades, but perhaps that may be the wine's issue in that the palate seems awash with fine grained tannin, at the expensive of flavour. 

Aromatically it, again to emphasis, offers a glimpse of that choc-mint-cedar profile that a regional/varietal combo should offer. 


Fruit glimpses in that blackcurrant/cassis mould, but it never seems to shift out of second gear. Nothing to truly criticise for, just expecting more to propel it into good to great territory. 88 

Tasted on: Thursday 6th June, a Flower to Leaf day
Source: Sample
Price: $24.99
Alcohol: 14.5%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: https://www.iamgeorge.com.au

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Lyndale Adelaide Hills Chardonnay 2017

A Jacob's Creek sub-brand, albeit one pumping out $50 Hills Chardonnay. 

Opens with classic aromatics, that mix of stonefruit, citrus, all wrapped up with just toasted oak and associated spice. 

Pronounced citrusy tang on entry, certainly bright and fresh initially, before the spine of acidity and structure make their presence felt. 

Good wine, but value wise it is pitched squarely against S+S M3, Tapanappa's Piccadilly, which all have the march on this. Good as I say, not $50 good. 91 

Tasted on: Wednesday 29th May, a Leaf day 
Source: Sample
Price: $49.99
Alcohol: 12.2%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: www.jacobscreek.com

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Friday, 26 July 2019

Robert Stein Half Dry RS15 Riesling 2018

This one slipped to the back of the pile, and to be honest when I found it I was waiting for an appropriate food moment to attempt to pair with. Do love a half/off-dry Rizza with a bit of chilli. 

Really pronounced lemon aroma, lemon sherbet meets preserved lemons. Fresh, fragrant, and a floral touch creating an allure.

More of the same on the palate, yields to a zest and minerally aspect. Touch of weight from the retained sugar, pitched well against the natural acidity. Balance, as ever, is key - the sugar/acid mix working in unison to deliver. 93

Tasted on: Wednesday 29th May, a Leaf day
Source: Sample
Price: $35
Alcohol: 11.2%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: https://robertstein.com.au

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Jacob's Creek Barossa Signature Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

Chocolatey, cedary oak, it's classic Cabernet married to Barossan fruit quality. 

Juicy on the palate, black fruit shot through the body. Perhaps lacking in both structure and true Cabernet character. No faults, just missing presence and structure. 89 

Tasted on: Friday 31st May, a Leaf to Fruit day 
Source: Sample
Price: $20
Alcohol: 14.2%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: www.jacobscreek.com

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Liv Zak Chardonnay 2017

Hand-picked and whole bunch pressed, settled overnight and then racked with solids to barrel, juice was left alone in barrel to ferment naturally, and was aged in old barrels on full-lees for 8 months with occasional stirring. 

Liv Zak being the second label of Warramunda Estate of course. Toastiness, citrus, lemon curd perhaps lending a creamy aspect to proceedings. 

Quite hard and lean palate, veers to a slatey and minerally edge, but comes at the expense of further complexity and flavour. 


Comes across rather flat on the finish. 87 

Tasted on: Tuesday 28th May, a Flower to Leaf day 
Source: Sample
Price: $35
Alcohol: 12%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: https://warramundaestate.com.au

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Thursday, 25 July 2019

Robert Stein Farm Series SRG 2018

Unusual white blend from a very aromatic trio. Unsurprisingly it leads with a citrus component, there's an element of muskiness in the frame, too. 

Clocking in at a mere 10% alcohol, it's more akin to something like a frizzante wine, a light spritz combined with some retained sugars gives both a minerally liveliness and textural weight and width from the sweetness. 

Nice lighter take. 89 

Tasted on: Monday 27th May, a Flower day
Source: Sample
Price: $18
Alcohol: 10%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: https://robertstein.com.au

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Highgate Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

Green, leafy, herbal - kinda reminds of dolmades (stuffed vine leaves) in aroma. 

Fine bodied, delicate, hints of blackcurrant - succulent in manner. There are herbal touches on the palate too. Perhaps not the greatest structure, good to go now. 89 

Tasted on: Wednesday 29th May, a Leaf day
Source: Sample
Price: $25
Alcohol: 14%
Closure: Screwcap
Distributor Website: SingleVineyards.com

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Tapanappa Piccadilly Chardonnay 2017

Brian Croser is undoubtedly the Godfather of Adelaide Hills Chardonnay, first planting the region to the variety some 40-odd years ago. 

Broad and powerful wine, instantly you feel seduced by its quite intoxicating allure of stonefruit, citrus and oak. The palate suggests sandalwood meets a subtle cinnamon tinged spice. Has substance, yet also a gentle flowing length across the length of the palate. 

As ever balance is key, and that elegant wine combined with acidity will see this hold well. At ten dollars cheaper than Shaw + Smith's M3 it's a very attractive premium regional offering. 93 

Tasted on: Monday 27th May, a Flower day
Source: Sample
Price: $39
Alcohol: 13.3%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: https://tapanappa.com.au

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Wednesday, 24 July 2019

Warramunda Estate Viognier 2017

Baked goods, creamy cashew, stonefruit, perhaps a suggestion of chicken stock in the mix. 

Textural, has width and weight as it rolls across the tongue. It gives way to a white pepper aspect, a minerally spice.  Freshness first, look for it to take on further weight, width and wonder with some time in bottle. 91+

Tasted on: Sunday 26th May, a Root to Flower day 
Source: Sample
Price: $40
Alcohol: 12.5%
Closure: Cork
Website: https://warramundaestate.com.au

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Alkoomi Black Label Sauvignon Blanc 2018

Single block wine, 30% of which was fermented in French Oak. It still speaks of variety, softened, a vanilla aspect added to the green herb freshness. 

Nice pitch of zippy acidity, immediately noticeable on the palate. Delicate spice tickles its way across the palate too, again it's somewhat softened - the barrel fermented portion adding that delicacy and finesse. 

Be worth a stint in the cellar too. 91 

Tasted on: Sunday 26th May, a Root to Flower day 
Source: Sample
Price: $28
Alcohol: 12.5%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: http://www.alkoomiwines.com.au

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Harewood Estate Shiraz Cabernet Reserve 2014

Fair whack of lumber thrown at this number. Guess that's partly what makes it a 'Reserve' right? Struggling to see through it to get to the fruit. 

It's there mind, lurking underneath, whether it will be allowed to shine through only time will tell. Rich, powerful wine, dark fruit and chocolate, heavy shake of the pepper mill. It's boozy too. 

Whilst the intent is noble, you'd have to suggest it's rather unbalanced at this stage. I'd steer clear for at least 5 and see how it's travelling then. 89+ 

Tasted on: Thursday 30th May, a Leaf day
Source: Sample
Price: $45
Alcohol: 14.5%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: http://www.harewoodestate.com.au/

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Tuesday, 23 July 2019

Pig In the House Cabernet Shiraz 2018

A fresh and elegant Cabernet Sauvignon based on aromatic profile. Chocolate meets blackcurrant, with a subtle herbal underlay. 

Lighter in take, that elegance is present on the palate too. Comes, perhaps, at the sacrifice of tannin and structure, certainly a wine for the present. Carries a subtle line, a delicate conclusion to am otherwise youthful and energetic drinking proposition. 90

Tasted on: Thursday 23rd May, a Fruit to Root day
Source: Sample
Price: $25
Alcohol: 14%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: www.piginthehouse.com.au

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Warramunda Marsanne 2017

Buttery, citrus, stonefruit awash across the palate. It has a nutty like aromatic that doesn't necessarily allude to what the palate offers. 

Quite light on alcohol, given its stated 12%, normally seeing the variety (and its Rhone brethren Viognier and Roussanne) clocking in the 13s. Light touch of vanilla, a moderately creamy aspect to it. Delightful wine. 90 

Tasted on: Saturday 25th May, a Root day
Source: Sample
Price: $40
Alcohol: 12%
Closure: Cork
Website: https://warramundaestate.com.au

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Gartelmann Jesse Shiraz 2015

Mudgee fudgey. Bramble and blackcurrant meets something like a choc fudge sundae. 

Slick, glossy, the purple and blue fruit mix shining through. For a wine just sub 15% it's rather deft in how it flows and presents itself. Perhaps falling a little short, but still flowing pleasantly with all its generosity. 91 

Tasted on: Friday 24th May, a Root day 
Source: Sample
Price: $30
Alcohol: 14.9%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: https://www.gartelmann.com.au

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Monday, 22 July 2019

Tim Adams Shiraz 2016

Clare Valley reds, so often in the shadow of the more renowned Whites - particularly Riesling.

Yet when they're on song, they truly are magnificent. Focussing blackcurrant/cassis draws you in, add to that some Mulberry and Plum character. It's fairly substantive, yet with what feels like and juicy and succulent undertow.


Good balance of fruit, married to acid and a fine structure. It's bloody good to go now, but equally can reward the patient. 91 

Tasted on: Friday 5th July, a Leaf day
Source: Sample
Price: $26
Alcohol: 14.8%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: www.timadamswines.com.au

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Lana Pinot Grigio 2017

King Valley Grigio from a strong Italian heritage. Smells crisp, of pear and creamy white florals. 


Crisp and clipped, has a suggestion of middle succulence, almost textural. Stonefruit hints, unusually. Pinch of spice in the finish and a touch of acidic warmth. 88 

Tasted on: Thursday 11th July, a Flower day 
Source: Sample
Price: $19
Alcohol: 12.2%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: www.pizzini.com.au

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Golden Grove Durif 2018

A hale and hearty red, the grape variety being named after Dr Durif who “created” it through crossing Syrah with the rather less known Peloursin. One of its positives is that it is resistant to downy mildew, a boon in the Granite Belt which can suffer with summer storms.

Here winemaker Ray Costanzo has fashioned a ballsy red - it spends 14 months in American oak hogsheads, 25% new - shot with a mix of red and blue fruit on the nose. The palate gutsy with softening fruit aspects and - somewhat surprisingly - a freshening acidic presence, no mean feat when the wine’s clocking in at 15% alcohol. 

I actually enjoyed this just simply paired with some rather dark chocolate, but it has enough about it to marry up to a nice wintry stew, something like an osso bucco, with its fine tannins able to lap up protein. 91 

Tasted on: Tuesday 16th July, a Fruit day
Source: Sample
Price: $30
Alcohol: 15%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: www.goldengroveestate.com.au

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Sunday, 21 July 2019

Jacob's Creek Barossa Signature Shiraz Tempranillo 2016

Unsure of the blend of the two, it's shot with Plum, Blueberry and perhaps a touch of vanilla. The fruit presence is strong. 

Generous, rounded, an initial hit of fruit sweetness, subsiding to make way for more savoury hints. Tannin is somewhat astringent, blocky, masking the fruit that sits there. A good blend of the two varieties, each making their mark. 90 

Tasted on: Thursday 23rd May, a Fruit to Root day
Source: Sample
Price: $19.99
Alcohol: 13.5%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: www.jacobscreek.com

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Alkoomi Wandoo Semillon 2014

Semillon at 5, in a good spot. Something like preserved lemon, slightly butter menthol, honeydew melon. 

Herbal inflections, add another dimension, starting to take on some flesh about it. It's still fruit forward, with a fine acidic spine. 92 

Tasted on: Saturday 25th May
Source: Sample
Price: $35
Alcohol: 11.5%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: http://www.alkoomiwines.com.au

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I Am George Cabernet Merlot 2017

Generous blend, of blackcurrant and perhaps a hint of cola cube aromatics here. Subtle herbal twang.  

Soft, generous, and awash with a mix of black and red fruits. It's a cocktail of flavours with a residual sweet accent. Tannin is not something necessarily that sticks out, present yet not so persistent. 

Decent finish, enough to leave an impression before the next sip. A crowd pleaser, particularly if found below the ask. 89 

Tasted on: Wednesday 22nd May, a Fruit day 
Source: Sample
Price: $19.99
Alcohol: 14.5%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: www.iamgeorge.com.au

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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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