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Saturday, 7 December 2019

d'Arenberg The Dry Dam Riesling 2019

Sadly there's more than a few dry dams around Queensland at present.

Kaffir lime, lemongrass, browning lime juice - strong aromatic showing.

A generous citrus driven acidic thrust, clean and glass like across the palate. Has plenty of zip and zesty presence, but perhaps a touch linear. Good Riesling, slakes a thirst with ease. 90 

Tasted on: Saturday 19th October, a Root to Flower day 
Source: Sample
Price: $18
Alcohol: 10%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: https://www.darenberg.com.au/

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Friday, 6 December 2019

Juniper Estate Fiano 2019

Canteloupe melon, Nashi pear, Vanilla and creamy nougat hints adding to the appeal. Spiced nuances, a fleshy fruit presence that positively grows in stature across the palate. 

There's a briny edge, citrus acidity that flows and carries the fruit long across the palate. An excellent example of the variety, has it found a new home in Margaret River? 93 

Tasted on: Tuesday 26th November, a Flower to Leaf day 
Source: Sample
Price: $27
Alcohol: 13.5%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: https://www.juniperestate.com.au/

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Pirate Cru Sin of The Mermaid Rosé 2019

A Bandol inspired Rosé, being 100% Mataro from the Barossa Valley. The inspiration doesn't stop with the variety alone, it being redolent of tangerine, orange peel and oil. So yes, it's certainly of its variety - and that's a good thing. Aromatics complete with a touch of skinsy, bergamot and Jasmine like vibes too.

The palate possesses weight, textually minded, yet is dry with a soft, gentle phenolic rub across. Not without a touch of acid in the mix, the engine of the wine, driving things along. Exactly what you want in a good Mataro based Rosé. 91 

Tasted on: Saturday 30th November, a Fruit to Root day 
Source: Retail
Price: $24.95
Alcohol: 12.8%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: https://www.piratecru.com.au/

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Thursday, 5 December 2019

Gartelmann Sarah Elizabeth Chardonnay 2018

Toasty, figgy oak meets stonefruit, drizzle of honey on grilled stonefruit.

Deep, textural and long on flavour. There's depth and a succulence too; penetrating length that's seemingly perpetual. 

Rich, inviting, can easily see how at once it's both a crowd pleaser and has the fibre to develop nicely and cellar over the moderate term. Drink to 2027 94

Tasted on: Tuesday 29th October, a Flower to Leaf day
Source: Sample
Price: $30
Alcohol: 13%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: https://www.gartelmann.com.au/

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Shaw Estate Reserve Semillon 2019

A bright and nigh floral opening, lime, passionfruit and guava tropicals, hints of bath salt. 

The palate possesses both a depth of flavour and a zesty liveliness by virtue of a minerally tingle across the palate. Not without a probing line of citrus acidity, it also concludes with a resurgence of that tropical accented fruit.

A wine of many parts and paths, divergent, and yet bring it all together for the whole to be greater than the sum of its parts. 92 

Tasted on: Tuesday 3rd December, a Root to Flower day 
Source: Sample
Price: $40
Alcohol: 11.5%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: https://shawwines.com.au/

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Wednesday, 4 December 2019

Angullong Fossil Hill Rosé 2019

Rosé from Orange and made with Sangiovese grapes, often creates a delightful and savoury wine, this no exception. 

Strawberry, Turkish Delight, it seems dry just on aromatic intro. The palate, crisp and savoury, berry driven in the main, a vanilla cream aspect buoys that. A crisp acidity adds textural crunch. Chill, and chill. 92 

Tasted on: Friday 22nd November, a Fruit to Root day 
Source: Sample
Price: $26
Alcohol: 12.5%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: https://www.angullong.com.au/

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Tuesday, 3 December 2019

Yalumba Y Series Pinot Grigio 2019

Subtle orange oil and blossom, poached pear and delicate spice; pear conveys itself on the palate, honey nuances, spice adding a tickle of length. 

For a $15 retail ask it certainly ticks the boxes, of both variety and style. 87 

Tasted on: Sunday 24th November, a Root to Flower day 
Source: Sample
Price: $ 15
Alcohol: 12.5%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: https://www.yalumba.com/

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DAOSA Blanc de Blanc 2015

Baked Quince, brioche, subtle spiced hints, of ginger and cinnamon. Latterly toasty, suggesting autolysis derived. Complex, is where I'm heading. 

Fine, pillowy entry, yet with an assertive line of acidity that adds length to leesy depth. A suggestion of baked apple and stonefruit add a touch of fruit presence. A fine sparkling wine from the Adelaide Hills. 96 

Tasted on: Monday 4th November, a Root day
Source: Sample
Price: $90
Alcohol: 12.5%
Closure: DIAM
Website: https://terreaterre.com.au/

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Monday, 2 December 2019

Shaw + Smith M3 Chardonnay 2018

Typically expressive example, of stone fruit and with added subtlety of florals and grapefruit like citrus.

Palate shows zip and verve, an energy that gives the wine length and intensity of flavour. A textural spread adds width to the wine, providing a multi-dimensional aspect to the wine.

It’s really that driving spine of acidity that mark this out from previous vintages, a wine of focus and precision - but don't mistake that as lacking in substance. A quite excellent release. 94

Tasted on: Sunday 10th November,  a Leaf to Fruit day
Source: Sample
Price: $49
Alcohol: 13%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: https://www.shawandsmith.com/

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Terre à Terre Down to Earth Sauvignon Blanc 2018

Hand picked from the Crayères Vineyard in Wrattonbully. Fermented in both tank and large format French foudres and demi-muids (25% of the total).

Certainly brighter, fruitier and fleshier than its more reserved and austere bigger brother in the portfolio (link), Passionfruit and lingering hints of creme form the dominant aspects of the aromatic profile; moderate leaf and herb coming before it, yielding to the fruit.

A firm bite of acid, phenolic presence and textural weight and width show their hand, the work of the quarter portion fermented in oak. Both combine to derive length and palate presence. 92 

Tasted on: Saturday 12th October, a Flower to Leaf day 
Source: Sample
Price: $26
Alcohol: 13.5%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: https://terreaterre.com.au/

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Sunday, 1 December 2019

d'Arenberg The Money Spider Roussanne 2019

Opens with this golden syrup, flax meal, honeyed offer that is sure to invite.
A richer rounded palate, married to a minerally acidity and phenolic edge. Spiced nuances, ginger primarily, set against some dripping stonefruit flavours. 

Good carriage of flavour to boot. 89

Tasted on: Monday 21st October, a Flower to Leaf day 
Source: Sample
Price: $20
Alcohol: 14%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: https://www.darenberg.com.au/

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Gartelmann Benjamin Semillon 2018

Re-sent for review following some strong showing on the show circuit. Good to see I'm reasonably consistent in my reviews.

It's certainly fresh and I'd offer that is its primary appeal. It's all citrus and grass with an added layer of passionfruit for good measure. 

Acidity is good, driving, adding verve. 92

Tasted on: Monday 28th October, a Flower day
Source: Sample
Price: $27
Alcohol: 11.6%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: https://www.gartelmann.com.au/

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