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Sunday, 25 August 2019

Heartland Spice Trader Shiraz Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

Damson, Plum, a kiss of sweet edged oak to frame things up. You think you have its measure - another glimpse - cedar, a sprinkle of herb, seasoning. 

Succulent fruit guides, leading to a dark chocolate tinged body. Fruit again, bolstering the middle third, pumping things up a little. 

A vein of cocoa runs along the finish, intertwined with the fruit, a tandem dance to the end. 90

Tasted on: Monday 12th August, a Fruit day 
Source: Sample
Price: $17
Alcohol: 14.5%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: https://www.heartlandwines.com.au

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Wills Domain Cuvee d'Elevage NV

Darker salmon hued sparkler here, from Wills Domain in Margaret River. Somewhat unusually made from 100% Merlot.

Fine mousse, light bead, subtle strawberry, giving way to something akin to a more confected Berry aromatics. Slight bready hint accompanies warmed through stonefruit notes.

Kiss of fruit sweetness on entry, drawing the same long across the palate. It's light, vibrant, a youthful energy shuffling across to a generous finish. 89

Tasted on: Sunday 18th August, a Flower to Leaf day
Source: Sample
Price: $39
Alcohol: 12%
Closure: DIAM
Website: https://willsdomain.com.au

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Silkwood Estate The Walcott Pinot Noir 2018

Good smelling Pinot on offer here, a riot of the usual manner of red-black fruit, in a vein of sour cherry, hints of plum and wild strawberry. 

Doesn't quite have the palate presence the aromatics might suggest. That said, it's light and spicy, a good acidic presence. Lacking structure, but the flavour is generous enough to compensate. 89 

Tasted on: Sunday 11th August, a Leaf to Fruit day 
Source: Sample
Price: $30
Alcohol: 14%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: https://silkwoodwines.com.au

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Saturday, 24 August 2019

Wills Domain Mystic Spring Rosé 2019

Strawberry, Turkish Delight, pink grapefruit, rose petal - pretty in pink for sure, pouring that pale salmon in glass.

Crisp and clipped acidity, kiss of fruit across the palate,  blue/black fruit hints. Little pop of citrissy acid at the wine's conclusion - thus not entirely surprised to learn of 15% Sauvignon Blanc forming the wine, the balance being Shiraz. 88 

Tasted on: Friday 16th August, a Root to Flower day 
Source: Sample
Price: $23
Alcohol: 12.5%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: https://willsdomain.com.au

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Wirra Wirra Scrubby Rise Sauvignon Blanc 2018

Citrus, chalky/powdery hint here, not so overt as some examples - a good thing. Subtle passionfruit/blackcurrant on the nose.

Easy going citrus, dialled back acidity, softer and inviting. Not the most complex example and it doesn't purport to be so. 87 

Tasted on: Saturday 10th August, a Leaf day
Source: Sample
Price: $17
Alcohol: 12%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: www.wirrawirra.com

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Silkwood Estate The Bowers Merlot 2017

Sampled this early in the morning and then revisited some hours later when it was absolutely singing. 

Merlot, so maligned, yet here it's such a varietal expression - as befits the cool of Pemberton - all tobacco, green olive and peppercorn. 

Soft, inviting, a medium bodied example, tannin fine and expressive. It carries an air of freshness, an acidic line on a tail of expressiveness. A joyous wine. 91. Drink to 2027

Tasted on: Wednesday 7th August, a Flower day
Source: Sample
Price: $20
Alcohol: 13%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: www.silkwoodestate.com.au

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Friday, 23 August 2019

Jansz Late Disgorged 2011

An 8yo Tassie sparkler. Vanilla notes waft gently from this one, soft and inviting. 

Soft, sensuous, time one lees and in bottle has added depth and weight, age has softened the palate to the point it almost weightless. 


Lively bead, generosity of flavour and intent, without having sacrificed complexity. Simply put, a superb wine. 94 

Tasted on: Friday 9th August, a Leaf day
Source: Sample
Price: $53
Alcohol: 12%
Closure: DIAM
Website: www.jansz.com.au

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Bremerton Betty & Lu Sauvignon Blanc 2019

Citrus, grass, Gooseberry, with a hint of Passionfruit just rounding out the profile.

Sharp citrus on a line of acid, tangy lemon drives this one home. Refreshment plus here, you could happily smash this down with some salty whitebait drizzled with lemon. Bingo. Summer's here! 88 

Tasted on: Saturday 10th August, a Leaf day 
Source: Sample
Price: $18
Alcohol: 11%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: http://www.bremerton.com.au

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LS Merchants Whole Bunch Mataro 2019

Stem and spice, 100% Whole Bunch clearly showing its hand. Mataro, a late ripening variety, showing well in a somewhat cool and maritime region. Beneath that spice lurks a juice laden palate. 

The blue/black fruit mix not evaded here, a grain of tannin that supplements and buoys the succulent profile. Latently savoury, hints of licorice - as befits the variety - generous and long on the finish. 91 

Tasted on: Friday 9th August, a Leaf day
Source: Retail
Price: $42
Alcohol: 14.5%
Closure: DIAM
Website: www.lsmerchants.com.au

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Thursday, 22 August 2019

Ballycroft Small Berry Mataro 2016

Winemaker Joe Evans replaced the headboards on these Barrels, essentially old oak, with a touch of new. Savoury notes, something grassy, sitting over that glorious deep Plum and black cherry Mataro fruit. 

That's where I Succumb to the depth of Mataro and its come hither ways. It possesses a nutty, licorice, blue and black fruited manner, here perhaps stronger than I would even yield to. Some, perhaps, may seek to find fault, rather I embrace the darkness and the persistence of flavour on offer here. 92 

Tasted on: Wednesday 7th August, a Flower day
Source: Sample
Price: $35
Alcohol: 14.7%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: www.ballycroft.com

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Barossa Boy Cheeky Tilly Riesling 2019

Browning lime, lemongrass, veering to a white pepper aspect that certainly tickles the olfactory organ. Fair width about it (I served first pour at about 10°), texture and phenolics as if worked to a degree. 

Classic Eden slatey minerality, and a focal length of acidity. Lingers longer, lemon and lime tartness popping up its head, the sunshine and zing providing refreshment plus. 91 

Tasted on: Thursday 8th August, a Flower to Leaf day 
Source: Sample
Price: $30
Alcohol: 12.5%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: www.barossaboywines.com.au

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Bremerton Coulthard Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

What a cracker for $22 of your finest!

Black cherry, chocolate, subtle herb. It's inviting from the go, making you feel comfortable in its presence, embraced even. 

A lick of sweet blackcurrant curls across the palate, a darker toasted oak and coffee edge - perhaps the wake up that the palate needs. Fine tannin, generous in length. A win and certainly one for now. 92

Tasted on: Monday 5th August, a Root day
Source: Sample
Price: $22
Alcohol: 14.5%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: http://www.bremerton.com.au

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Wednesday, 21 August 2019

Bremerton Special Release Malbec 2017

Classic Malbec here, and as good as I've seen from the label, slightly smokey with an undertow of dusky violets. Has me hankering for a burger just writing about it!

It's the kind of wine, with some time in glass that reels you in again and again, and you find something new at each look. Veering to a sweeter fruit accent, almost cassis like, aromas at odds to the palate. 


Medium bodied palate, veering to spiced hints, fine tannin structure. This is really very good. Length in spades. 93 

Tasted on: Thursday 1st August, a Leaf day
Source: Sample
Price: $24
Alcohol: 14.5%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: http://www.bremerton.com.au

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Gartelmann Stephanie Pinot Gris 2018

Something like pear slices meets cottage cheese, or such. Touch of honey, baking spice.

Acidity pricks it minerally dance across the palate, before the textural flourish, viscous.  It's the acidity that gives drive, energy - and gentle carry of flavour. 89 

Tasted on: Friday 26th July, a Fruit day
Source: Sample
Price: $27
Alcohol: 13.6%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: www.gartelmann.com.au

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Highgate Pinot Noir Chardonnay NV

Pours a delightful golden hue, offers bready brioche hints, sweeter stonefruit accents - reminds of an apricot Danish, or such. 

Mousse and bead not so much to comment on. The palate lively, generous, toast and an acidic citrus presence cutting a line across the same. Hints of green apple a subtle conclusion to the wine. 

A good toast, a way to start proceedings. Happy to go here. 89 

Tasted on: Monday 5th August, a Root day 
Source: Sample
Price: $25
Alcohol: 12%
Closure: DIAM
Sample Courtesy Of: www.singlevineyards.com

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Tuesday, 20 August 2019

La La Land Pinot Gris 2018

Ticking the boxes Pinot Gris here. The usual pear, supplemented with some stonefruit aromatics. Nice zip of acidity that closes with a touch of spice. Easy going. 87

Tasted on: Thursday 18th July, a Root day 
Source: Sample
Price: $18
Alcohol: 12.5%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: www.wingara.com

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Bremerton Selkirk Shiraz 2017

A grilled meat and pan juice aroma on initial introduction. An array of blue'black fruit - consistent across the wine, and some white pepper lift.

Bremerton make some cracking wines across the board, and here in their 'Signature' range. 

Latently violet and blue/black fruit mix, more of the same appearing on the palate too. Tannin, that seems somewhat gruff initially, yields to the dark core. Solid. 91

Tasted on: Saturday 27th July, a Fruit to Root day 
Source: Sample
Price: $22
Alcohol: 14.5%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: http://www.bremerton.com.au

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Jim Barry Florita Riesling 2016

First experience of the Florita, infanticide some might say, yet it's exhibiting some signs of aromatic development, throwing the petroleum like notes that Riesling in an Australian context shows. 

Perhaps some air time, or simply the nature of the beast, and lemongrass, preserved lemons show their hand. Piercing acidity cuts and thrusts, an almost sour tang to it really awakens the senses. It's all lemons and limes up front, with a stone and pebble length carried long on that acidity. 

Aside from that initial aromatics, you could think this a new release. So good. 94 

Tasted on: Wednesday 31st July, a Flower to Leaf day 
Source:Gift
Price: $50
Alcohol: 11.3%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: www.jimbarry.com

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Monday, 19 August 2019

Andevine Reserve Hilltops Shiraz 2018

Cited as being sourced from the "Kylmorn" vineyard in Young (typically Hilltops & Young are co-referenced as the GI). 

Andevine is Andrew Leembruggen (ex McWilliams, Drayton), a winemaker with a passion for both the Hunter and the cooler NSW high country.

Blackcurrant pastille fruit, sweeter accented red in the mix, twists of black pepper the seasoning. Cool, graphite-like tannin, subtle cassis and a modicum of violet. It's fine, cool and dark-fruited. 

Hints of black peppercorn, touch bramble spice. A solid cool climate Shiraz here, effortless in its delivery. 92

Tasted on: Sunday 21st July, a Flower day 
Source: Sample
Price: $40
Alcohol: 14.3%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: www.andevinewines.com.au

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Mr Mick Pinot Grigio 2018

Winery website shows the 2019 as now available, so unsure if this one just slipped to the back of the pile or what.

Lemons, Limes, Pear - it's almost perfectly like a Clare - although fruit is from Limestone Coast - take on the Grigio! 

Simple lick of flavour through the middle, a nice flourish of acid - not overdone. Perfectly clean, and crisp, if not particularly exciting. 87 

Tasted on: Wednesday 17th July, a Fruit to Root day 
Source: Sample
Price: $17
Alcohol: 12%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: mrmick.com.au

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Bremerton Tamblyn Cabernet Blend 2017

Red blend from Langhorne Creek's Bremerton, being comprised of Cabernet Sauvignon (45%), Shiraz (38%), Malbec (11%) and Merlot (6%).

Coffee and mocha oak, comes and goes, fits and starts. Initially on opening it was softer, darkening - seemingly - after a small amount of air time. 

Look deeper within, coffee creme, hints of Plum and maraschino. The palate soft, lush, velvety initially. Seemingly a wine of contrast, that softness giving way to powdery, chalky tannin. Decent length, giving, just ticking along. Doubt you get a better bang for $18 than this! 90

Tasted on: Friday 26th July, a Fruit day
Source: Sample
Price: $18
Alcohol: 14.5%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: http://www.bremerton.com.au

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Sunday, 18 August 2019

Shaw & Smith Sauvignon Blanc 2019

It's a vibrant one, exuding lemon zest pink grapefruit and hits of Passionfruit in the mix. Aromas that are certainly not shy in coming forward.

Upon entry, it's citrus and minerally tickle are. Jostling, making themselves known, yep for all that initial vibrancy it certainly seems to settle into itself.

It's "pick me, pick me" initial fervour subsiding to gentle, generous and persistent length. What can I say, other than it's a bloody impressive release. 93 

Tasted on: Tuesday 30th July, a Flower day 
Source: Sample
Price: $29
Alcohol: TBC
Closure: Screwcap
Website: www.shawandsmith.com

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Gartelmann Joey Merlot 2015

Robust Merlot from Orange, clocking in at over 15% it's not exactly what you'd call subtle. Generic dry red territory, not so subtle hints of Plum, vanilla oak and spice. 

There's actually a fine lick of flavour across the finish, it's just not in tune with the other components of the wine. 86

Tasted on: Thursday 1st August, a Leaf day
Source: Sample
Price: $30
Alcohol: 15.3%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: www.gartelmann.com.au

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Andevine Reserve Tumbarumba Chardonnay 2018

I get knocked down, but I get up again. The resurrection of Aussie Chardonnay, away from the largesse of the buttery and oaky numbers, to the subtlety and crafted guile of examples, the establishment of cooler areas for same - where it belongs. 

Cool and creamy, subtle toast and spice from (20% new) quality French oak. 

The perfect prelude to a focussed palate, well pitched, subtle citrus and stonefruit. A little more acid wouldn't go amiss for my liking. 91 

Tasted on: Tuesday 23rd July 
Source: Sample
Price: $40
Alcohol: 12.7%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: www.andevinewines.com.au

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Saturday, 17 August 2019

Gartelmann Jessica Verdelho 2018

Hunter Valley standard, though certainly playing second fiddle (at least) to regional standard Semillon. Carries the familiar glace pineapple with a touch of ginger and mace spice lines. 

A fine minerality before the onset of some textural weight and width. That minerally tickle perform its two step across the palate. Decent wine. 90 

Tasted on: Monday 22nd July, a Flower to Leaf day 
Source: Sample
Price: $22
Alcohol: 13.4%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: www.gartelmann.com.au

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Golden Grove Tranquillo Bianco 2019

White "bitsa" blend of Sauv Blanc (45%), Vermentino (24%), Chardonnay (16%), Semillon (12%), White Muscat (3%). Semillon on full solids, added texture over sugar. 

Sauv meets lemon sorbet here, gives a suggestion of sweetness on aromatic approach. Peach in the frame too: soft, sensuous, semi-dry.

Minerally tickle on entry, that dance across the palate, awakens and enlivens as if to prepare for what may come, a vinous amuse bouche! Plump around the middle, comes at the expense of length, as if concertinaed to bolster the mid-section. 88 

Tasted on: Thursday 11th July, a Flower day
Source: Sample
Price: $20
Alcohol: 11%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: www.goldengroveestate.com.au

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Angullong Pinot Grigio 2018

This Angullong Grigio generally comes across well, in fact they pretty much nail the varieties of Italian origin. 

Beurre Bosc pear, softly as if approaching almost beyond ripeness, subtle spice - white pepper, a suggestion of mace.

Clean and very crisp palate, fruit is present and hurried along by a brisk acidity. Not without a touch of textural presence, but it's squarely in the Grigio camp. Nice presence, length. 89

Tasted on: Sunday 7th July, a Fruit day 
Source: Sample
Price: $20
Alcohol: 13%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: www.angullong.com.au

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Friday, 16 August 2019

Jansz Rosé 2015

Pouring a delightful salmon hue, Jansz of Tasmania - a Hill-Smith Family (Yalumba) brand - made in the Methode Tasmanoise (nice touch) style. It's 100% Pinot Noir, grown in the Pipers River sub-area.

Six months on oak, has added depth and complexity to a fine spine of acidity. Strawberry and a hint of spice adorn the nose, almond paste and a touch of bready complexity evident too. 

Overall a wine of assertive authority on the palate, subtle tannin and a creamy mouth-filling palate all combine, subsiding to a gentle, yet driven, length. 91 

Tasted on: Wednesday 7th August, a Flower day
Source: Sample
Price: $53
Alcohol: 12.5%
Closure: DIAM
Website: www.jansz.com.au

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Juniper Crossing Semillon Sauvignon Blanc 2018

A blend of Semillon (55%)and Sauvignon Blanc (45%), all estate grown fruit - albeit off of different vineyards. 

Subtle tropical fruit nuances waft their way out of the glass here, Passionfruit, melon and veering to a suggestion of blackcurrant leaf. Aromas I almost find hard to reconcile with the region, for thinking of them as tropical and yet here present in something from the reasonably maritime cool of Margaret River. 

Citrus derived acidity punches its way through the palate, a razor sharp acidity to boot. It's as if to cleanse, leading the way for a textural wash across the palate. Fruit filled, spice seasoned. It carries on a fine length. 92

Tasted on: Saturday 6th July, a Leaf to Fruit day 
Source: Sample
Price: $22
Alcohol: 13.5%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: www.juniperestate.com.au

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Thursday, 15 August 2019

Hastwell & Lightfoot Shiraz 2017

Sinking one's olfactory organ into a wine can so often be an exercise in contrast, not least here with its summer Berry profile, supported by Autumnal shades of wood, and spiced, by way of oak. 

That experience is consistent across the palate, as if compartmentalised, the fruit just a touch sweeter, the spice long across the wine's spine. 

There's a sense of fudgey, chocolatey oak in the mix, adding width and lateral edge to the wine. Solid McLaren Vale Shiraz. 90

Tasted on: Monday 15th July, a Fruit day 
Source: Sample
Price: $25
Alcohol: 14%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: https://hastwellandlightfoot.com.au/

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Jacob's Creek Classic Chardonnay 2018

Creamy, vanilla-fudgey aromatics here. Perhaps not the most defined, or pronounced. Palate is fairly anonymous, a gentle mineral tickle with a thin vein of citrus acidity. 

Like the star player in a team that goes missing at the key moments. A miss. 84

Tasted on: Thursday 4th July, a Flower to Leaf day
Source: Sample
Price: $11.99
Alcohol: 12.9%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: www.jacobscreek.com

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Hither & Yon Rosato 2018

Essentially made in two batches, the Muscat Rouge and Carignan, then the remainder. It's a right old blend, being: Carignan 35%, Muscat Rouge 33%, Nero d'Avola 15%, Grenache 9%, and Touriga 8%.

Subtle Berry aromatics, hint of musk. Dry, phenolic almost powdery edges, yet crisp and long on a citrus acidity. Delivers long, shifts a little, second pour settling into itself. 90 

Tasted on: Saturday 20th July, a Flower day
Source: Retail
Price: $20
Alcohol: 13%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: http://www.hitherandyon.com.au/

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Wednesday, 14 August 2019

Heartland Shiraz 2016

Cracky value Langhorne Creek Shiraz. Plummy, black fruited depths, with subtle herb intermixed.

Deliciously medium bodied in that plush, velvety, chocolate and blue/black fruit manner. Generous fruit and length. Cracking, now and for a few years to come. 90 

Tasted on: Friday 9th August, a Leaf day 
Source: Sample
Price: $19
Alcohol: 14.5%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: www.heartlandwines.com.au

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Taylor's Estate Chardonnay 2017

Perhaps not so forgiving is Chardonnay, its creamy, dairy notes are somewhat of a confronting aroma, subtle peach being suppressed, golden wheat notes lift somewhat. 

The palate is quite rich, cloying almost, lacking the drive - and relief - of the acidity. For me, the least impressive of the Estate releases. 88 

Tasted on: Tuesday 2nd July, a Root to Flower day
Source: Sample
Price: $20
Alcohol: 13.5%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: www.taylorswines.com.au

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Golden Grove Sparkling Vermentino SPV 2017

Not too many examples of Sparkling Vermentino that I can recount. This being GG's second stab at the style. Experimental, but also also from a business perspective ties up opportunity for some time given it is released as a two year old. 

Upon opening it's more the bread, brioche hints that one notices. Slowly, surely, it yields subtle pear - Williams if one wishes to talk variety.

The palate, crisp and measured, a minerality and liveliness dancing across the palate. Fruit aspects more prominent here, tugging along with somewhat generosity of length. The time on lees adding width, adding to the whole. 91 

Tasted on: Wednesday 10th July, a Root to Flower day
Source: Sample 
Price: $38
Alcohol: 12%
Closure: DIAM
Website: www.goldengroveestate.com.au

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Tuesday, 13 August 2019

Zonte's Footstep Dusk Til Dawn Chardonnay 2017

Nectarine and honeydew melon, residual hints of cashew oak in support. It's poised, balanced, sensitively handled. 

The palate is somewhat tart, sour almost, against the delicacy of aroma. Slight skinsy feel to the finish, decent length to it. Feels slightly off-balance. 89 

Tasted on: Monday 1st July, a Root day 
Source: Sample
Price: $35
Alcohol: 13.5%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: www.zontesfootstep.com.au

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Golden Grove Tranquillo Rosso 2017

Tranquillo Rosso, or peaceful red, a blend of Durif (40%), Malbec (33%), Nero d'Avola (18%) and Barbera (9%). 

A soft and gentle red, subtle fruit betwixt elements of savoury. 

The palate shows a youthful acidity, assertive in how it meanders its way across the palate. In that nouveau vibe, it has that air of nonchalance that has the casual drinker reeled in glass after glass. 

Posesses a reasonable generosity of spirit and intent and yet is Tranquillo in its flow to its conclusion. 89 

Tasted on: Wednesday 10th July, a Root to Flower day
Source: Sample
Price: $20
Alcohol: 12.5%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: www.goldengroveestate.com.au

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Harewood Estate Reserve Semillon Sauvignon Blanc 2017

A blend of 54% Semillon and 46% Sauvignon Blanc, and only the free-run juice used. Specific portions of each variety fermented separately and left on lees in large 500 litre French oak puncheons for six weeks and then blended back with the cool fermented tank portion. Reserve designation. 

The technique evident on the aromatics, lending a woody hint to the wine, lain over the the citrus and herb subtleties each component brings. 

The palate weaves aspects of both, wound around a spine of acidity. The Sauvignon Blanc seems the more dominant component, bringing the Gooseberry component along with a creamy aspect to itself.  

Good - generous - carry of flavour to the finish. 92

Tasted on: Thursday 4th July, a Flower to Leaf day 
Source: Sample
Price: $40
Alcohol: 13.5%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: http://www.harewoodestate.com.au

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Monday, 12 August 2019

Golden Grove Nero d'Avola 2018

All natural ferment in tank, with elevage in 1 and 2 year old French barriques for eight months.

Wonderfully expressive, just on pour alone it invites: this positively vibrant, almost shimmering, magenta in the glass. Its dense black fruit aromas waft out of glass, that curious mix of fruit imbued with savoury, as if of a little hedgerow or such.

Lithe and supple, fleet of foot around the palate, with a generous tickle of spice along the core of the tongue. Fresh and at you acidity, the wine’s nervous system along which it ripples and bristles with energy.

Tannin seems an afterthought; fine, soft and powdery - leaving a memory of what came before it, undoubtedly leaving you yearning for more. 92 

Tasted on: Friday 12th July, a Flower to Leaf day
Source: Sample
Price: $30
Alcohol: 13%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: www.goldengroveestate.com.au

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Sunday, 11 August 2019

The Walcott Chardonnay 2016

Chardonnay from Great Southern on offer here. Grilled nectarine, a drizzle of citrus.

Creamy citrus, crisp acidity, suggestion of something like caramelisation on a creme brulee. It's balanced, if perhaps not the most complex wine. Yet it's a wine you'd more than happily go to. 90

Tasted on: Wednesday 3rd July, a Flower day 
Source: Sample
Price: $30
Alcohol: 13.5%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: www.silkwoodestate.com.au

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d'Arenberg The Olive Grove Chardonnay 2018

I've often thought The Olive Grove perhaps might be a better name for something like a Vermentino, with - in my head at least - the associations to the Mediterranean and its briny hints. 

Here, instead, it's rather riper, what with its fleshy stonefruit vibes and suggestions of tinned pineapple juice. Fleshy and ripe on the palate, the acid is minor at best. 87 

Tasted on: Monday 1st July, a Root day 
Source: Sample
Price: $16
Alcohol: 13%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: www.darenberg.com.au

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Morris of Rutherglen Bin No. 158 Durif 2012

One at least might consider Rutherglen a home for Durif in Australia. 

Per the variety it's pretty robust, black and blue fruited aromatics, a touch of Morello cherry even, all coursing through the palate. All up it's pretty solid. 89 

Tasted on: Friday 28th June, a Fruit day 
Source: Sample
Price: $22.99
Alcohol: 14.1%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: http://www.morriswines.com/

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Saturday, 10 August 2019

Zonte's Footstep Lake Doctor Shiraz 2013

The Lake Doctor is a cooling breeze that comes off Lake Alexandria and offers vines, and vignerons, respite from the summer heat. Here honoured by Zonte's Footstep with their Langhorne Creek Shiraz. 

Unusually sent alongside the 2017 release of the same wine, as a means to assess the longevity (cellarability) of the wine.


At six years of age it's time for the fruit to take a back seat. Step forward those savoury and secondary aromas, more earthen with blackcurrant hints that give rise, or suggest, something like beetroot.

Light and fleet of foot across the palate, darker edges make themselves known, flashes of chocolate and crushed rocks. Latent hints of something like cherry liqueur still adding a little freshness. 90 

Tasted on: Thursday 27th June, a Leaf to Fruit day
Source: Sample
Price: $25 (at release, no longer offered for sale)
Alcohol: 14.5%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: www.zontesfootstep.com.au

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Zonte's Footstep Lake Doctor Shiraz 2017

The Lake Doctor is a cooling breeze that comes off Lake Alexandria and offers vines, and vignerons, respite from the summer heat. Here honoured by Zonte's Footstep with their Langhorne Creek Shiraz. 

Unusually sent alongside the 2013 release of the same wine, as a means to assess the longevity (cellarability) of the wine.

Here the 2017 release is redolent of mulberry, plum, violets and hints of chocolate. 

It's certainly attractively propositioned, mid-weight and with generous fruit presence through the middle. Fine tannins, with malty residual oak remnants, make up the focal length of the wine, a decent grind of black pepper concluding things. 91 

Tasted on: Sunday 30th June, a Root day 
Source: Sample
Price: $27.50
Alcohol: 14.5%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: www.zontesfootstep.com.au

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