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Wednesday, 1 April 2020

Castle Rock Porongurup Riesling 2019

Grapefruit, bath salts, a tropical periphery: think guava, a suggestion of Passionfruit perhaps.

Grapefruit acidity presents itself early, lemon barley even. Takes me back to watching Wimbledon as a kid that does. Acidity a touch nervy at this early juncture, one suggests it will settle. 

It's tense, poised, as if walking a razor wire tightrope - nervous tension like. I like it. A lot. 93

Tasted on: Friday 7th February 
Source: Sample
Price: $25
Alcohol: 12%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: https://castlerockestate.com.au/

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d'Arenberg The Derelict Vineyard Grenache 2018

Dark, earthen, hints of soy in the frame. Less about the fruit. Firmish tannin against some bright acidity. Semblance of fruit on the palate - again darker manifestation thereof - more tilled earth. 

Good carry of flavour, oak present, not obtrusive. 91 

Tasted on: Tuesday 11th February 
Source: Sample
Price: $29
Alcohol: 14.5%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: https://www.darenberg.com.au/

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Sunday, 29 March 2020

Bremerton Battonage Chardonnay 2018

Citrus and a hint of curd, slight cheesey note with subtle spice from a touch of wood.

Variously slick and glossy, a generous textural spread laying a swathe across the palate. Feeling rich yet with a clip of flinty like acidity that sets the rhythm. Always in proportion, a well balanced and generous example from the vintage. 92 

Tasted on: Tuesday 21st January 
Source: Sample
Price: $32
Alcohol: 12.5%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: http://www.bremerton.com.au/

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Saturday, 28 March 2020

Altus Rise Wildlight Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

Milk chocolate, cedar, wild herb and garrigue like notes. Glimpses of vanilla when first opened.

Latterly hints of damson and plum, sitting in front of darker char and earth. Carries itself well, the most complex of the Wildlight releases, if still missing the depth to elevate the wine further. 89

Tasted on: Monday 3rd February 
Source: Sample
Price: $24
Alcohol: 14.5%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: http://altusrise.com.au/

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Friday, 27 March 2020

Pewsey Vale Prima 23GR Riesling 2019

Fleshy tropical fruits, mango pulp; smells as a Weiss bar tastes.

Palate shows something approaching a red apple, stonefruit and citrus mix, both in flavour and also with a textural and fleshy width married to some citrus derived length. 

At 23/gr it's borderline medium sweet, compared to a more off-dry offering around 14/15. The distinction is important, yet the beauty of this style is the ability to lap up heat of (very generic, I know) South-East Asian cuisine. 92 

Tasted on: Thursday 16th January
Source: Sample
Price: $28
Alcohol: 9.5%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: https://www.pewseyvale.com/

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Jacquart Mosaique Brut NV

Stonefruit, apricot marmalade, hints of brioche/ Danish pastry; there's an umami - savoury in a sweet spot - like hint lurking in the background - adding depth.

Green apple, grapefruit, citrus and stonefruit. Fine minerally acidity, on the back of a good length. Toast and nuts across the palate too. Good complexity here, with an inherent drinkability. 93 

Tasted on: Friday 24th January
Source: Sample
Price: $70
Alcohol: 12.5%
Closure: Cork
Website: https://www.champagne-jacquart.com/
Sample courtesy of: https://www.singlevineyards.com/

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Thursday, 26 March 2020

Dalrymple Sauvignon Blanc 2018

A very expressive example here, showing the characteristic gooseberry that the variety is renowned for, yet augmented with tropical hints. It seems that the fertile lands and relative cool of Piper’s River district of North-East Tasmania has served to dial this one up to 11!

Beneath that, on the palate, sits a citrus tang with a gentle phenolic edge, evident of some texture building . The acidity freshens and draws the palate long on a dry finish.

A pop of citrus at its conclusion adds a final flourish, an amuse bouche if you like, to cleanse and prepare the palate for a repeat instance. 92 

Tasted on: Thursday 16th January
Source: Sample
Price: $30
Alcohol: 13%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: https://www.dalrymplevineyards.com.au/

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Tuesday, 24 March 2020

Out of Step Wine Co Willowlake Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2018

Soft, sensuous - that's just the aroma - similar textural feel on initial entry to the palate. 

It steps up a notch, minerally and flinty - almost gunsmoke like - with a deep and long finish that is seemingly perpetual. Jeez these fellas make exquisite booze, poised and seemingly delicate, yet with that intense length and duration of finish. This indeed is top drawer wine. 95 

Tasted on: Wednesday 11th March 
Source: Sample
Price: $28
Alcohol: 12.5%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: http://www.outofstepwineco.com/

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Jules Taylor Gruner Veltliner 2018

Stonefruit with a subtle white pepper and mace-like edge, the seasoning to the fruit. It's aromatically poised, the seasoning tickling the olfactory organ.

Subtlely worked texture, a pinch of phenolics with a fine minerality across the backbone of the palate. Subtlety, balance, guile. It's a delicate wine that will have you yearning glass after glass. 92. 

Tasted on: Friday 20th March 
Source: Sample
Price: $25
Alcohol: 13%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: www.julestaylor.com
Sample Courtesy of: https://www.singlevineyards.com/

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Monday, 23 March 2020

Rusty Mutt Catnip Viognier 2019

Unmistakeable stonefruit meets citrus profile, quince and a mere touch of honeyed nuance adding further. I thought there was a touch of wood on show, yet it's all stainless and any flesh and spice is from variety and winemaker's hand alone.

Textural, spiced flourishes and bearing some pickled ginger - hallmark of a good Viognier. Bang on, well made. 92 

Tasted on: Tuesday 25th February 
Source: Sample
Price: $30
Alcohol: 13.5%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: https://www.rustymutt.com.au/

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Sunday, 22 March 2020

Bremerton Special Release No Added Preservative Shiraz 2019

A second release of this preservative free Shiraz from Lnaghorne Creek's Bremerton - the first opportunity I've had to look at the wine. 

Shiraz aromatics on steroids; fresh, vibrant and fragrant. Free from the shackles of oak that can suppress fruit, instead it's all manner of  black fruit, in the manner of blackberry, plum and damson.

The palate is succulent, juicy and silken - spending four months on lees - in what I see as an aid to help polymerise tannins and to act as a natural preservative for the wine. 

Subtle peppery hints, fine grain of tannin - both building flavour, length and interest. An excellent addition to the portfolio. 91 

Tasted on: Tuesday 21st January 
Source: Sample
Price: $24
Alcohol: 14.5%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: http://www.bremerton.com.au/

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Thursday, 12 March 2020

Mérite Q Merlot 2016

For all that Merlot is maligned, it's a pleasure to see another producer giving the due care and attention this noble variety deserves. 

It's a single vineyard wine from Wrattonbully in South Australia, made from a single clone - Q45 - one of a number of new clones now available in Australia that could well redeem the variety.

Conveys a brightness, an aromatic freshness, in fact one that could perhaps remind of Cabernet Franc. An initial juiciness on the palate gives way to a fine grained structure that carries with it a depth of flavour. Milk chocolate, plum, barest hint of Mediterranean herbs all flow effortlessly, creating a sensory memory of a wine that exudes sheer class. 93

Tasted on: Wednesday 4th March 2016
Source: Sample
Price: $32
Alcohol: 14%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: http://www.meritewines.com/

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Wednesday, 4 March 2020

Mesh Riesling 2019

Mesh is a long-standing collaboration between Robert Hill-Smith of Yalumba and Jeff Grosset. Made using Eden Valley fruit.

Very fragrant and very much in the lime and browning lime spectrum. Something that I took to be a little like Thai Basil in the mix. The usual mix of citrus derived elements that add to the freshness and style. 

Possesses quite a delicate palate, the acid present, without being a full on aggressive style. And that to me is its point of differentiation, it's incredible finesse that it possesses and carries with assured conviction across the line. 93 

Tasted on: Sunday 12th January 
Source: Sample
Price: $32
Alcohol: 12%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: https://www.meshwine.com/

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Wednesday, 19 February 2020

Angullong Sauvignon Blanc 2019

Very much of a tropical bent, of Passionfruit and Guava. Creates an inviting aroma that certainly would real the imbiber in.

Has a certain amount of zest and swagger on entry, combined with the aromatics it creates an attractive proposition from the get go. Sensitively handled, avoiding the overt - and over extracted - examples that, for me, give the style a bad rep. 91 

Tasted on: Thursday 16th January
Source: Sample
Price: $22
Alcohol: 12.5%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: https://www.angullong.com.au/

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d'Arenberg d'Arry's Original Grenache Shiraz 2017

McLaren Vale Grenache leads clearly here, raspberry and mulberry establishing fruit primacy; hints of earth warmed by the summer sun, oak remnants.

Darker at its heart than aromatics initially suggest, more of the earthen notes, suggestions of liquorice and spice - black pepper, clove - adding depth through the middle. 

Length to boot, all coming together in what appears a fine release. 91 

Tasted on: Monday 10th February 
Source: Sample
Price: $20
Alcohol: 14.5%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: https://www.darenberg.com.au/

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Tuesday, 18 February 2020

Opawa Pinot Noir Rosé 2019

Pretty, inviting; hints of cassis, strawberry and raspberry elements. Touch of residual sweetness and a brisk clip of acidity racing across the palate. 

Finishes dry and with a reasonable length of flavour. Good Pinot based Rosé. 89 

Tasted on: Sunday 12th January 
Source: Sample
Price: $23
Alcohol: TBC
Closure: Screwcap
Website: https://www.opawawine.com/

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Wednesday, 12 February 2020

Yalumba Y Series Sauvignon Blanc 2019

Sauv Blanc such a maligned - and abused - variety, yet it sells by the bucketload. 

This entry level example from Yalumba’s bargain brilliant ‘Y’ series aromatically speaks of zesty grapefruit with some tangy lemon in support. Subtle tropical hints add some aromatic flesh to the citrus zip.

The palate shows quite narrow, a focussed line offering a clean line of acidity. Hints of green melon and subtle herb - and in Sauvignon Blanc that is a good thing - add to the overall equation.

I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this to a cost cautious fancier of the variety. Subtle, yet still carrying flavour, can be found easily for $10-12. 88 

Tasted on: Thursday 16th January
Source: Sample
Price: $15
Alcohol: 13.5%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: www.yalumba.com

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Oakridge Merlot 2013

Yarra Merlot at 7y, fleshy and meaty; juxtaposition of Plum and damson like fruit amongst that.

Slick, almost glycerol like, oak remnants - on a 7y old - spice and touches of black olive across the palate. Finishes strong, assertive and yet balanced. 92 

Tasted on: Saturday 8th February
Source: Cellar Door
Price: $30
Alcohol: 13.2%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: https://www.oakridgewines.com.au/

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Tuesday, 11 February 2020

Mesh Classic Release Riesling 2014

Billed as a 'Classic Release', released at 5/6 years of age. 

Classic, as in showing the typical development of Riesling with some age, being that petroleum and lanolin character - the latter more often associated with aged Semillon, but also a sheep's wool descriptor.

Lemon butter and nuances, the acid has certainly softened, perhaps butter menthol like elements in the mix. There's a quartz and mineral like acidity to the finish, it's certainly not subsided - softened perhaps, yes - and speaks volumes of its ageworthy potential. 93

Tasted on: Saturday 11th January
Source: Sample
Price: $38
Closure: Screwcap
Website: https://www.meshwine.com/

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Bremerton Special Release Grenache 2019

Not particularly common as a single varietal in the Creek. On this showing I'd suggest that we should.

Sees one third whole bunch. The whole bunch certainly shows its hand, lending an elegant spice and sappy edge to the briar and black fruit notes. The palate, soft and elegant, carries a framework of spice with a fine and succulent tannin. 

It certainly is an elegant wine, showing Grenache in its Pinot-esque guise - and I'm not afraid to draw the comparison between two otherwise very different varieties - as it can be given the right treatment. 92 

Tasted on: Thursday 24th January 
Source: Sample
Price: $24
Alcohol: 14.5%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: http://www.bremerton.com.au/

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Monday, 10 February 2020

Pewsey Vale Riesling 2019

Clare and Eden, two perfect names for daughters that may never come to be - sharp of wit, and longevity. Contrived, maybe. But nonetheless two Powerhouse regions - being Clare and Eden Valleys of course - when it comes to Riesling in an Australian context

This Pewsey Vale, part of the broad Yalumba/ Hill-Smith portfolio, from the get go enticing and of an alluring perfume. Floral, more by way of Jasmine and with a scent of lavender in the mix, typically I think lime for Eden Valley, yet I’m not seeing so much of that here. Shows how lazy one could be tempted to be with regional identifiers.

Unmistakable acidic profile, sharp and probing into the various reaches of the palate - the citrus certainly evident here, preserved lemons along with grapefruit acidity certainly freshening things up. Has a slippery feel to things too, again an observation and a differentiator to the many line and length, zip and zest offerings that can be found. Perfect Summer drinking. Seared scallops with preserved lemon all day long. 92 

Tasted on: Friday 10th January 2020
Source: Sample
Price: $26
Alcohol: 12%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: https://www.pewseyvale.com/

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Castle Rock Estate Porongurup Pinot Noir 2018

Who doesn't love picking strawberries? One for you, one for the basket? A glass for you, a glass for me. Yes, it conveys strawberry in both aroma and taste - unmistakably so. 

Take it unto oneself, it's succulent with a vein of acidity that represents the wine's nervous system, about which all else hangs. 

The fruit, threading a savoury mien, casting a fine minerally tannin. Castle Rock wines just possess an inherent balance, here that fruit/savoury proposition hanging nicely. 93 

Tasted on: Friday 7th February 
Source: Sample
Price: $34
Alcohol: 13.5%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: https://castlerockestate.com.au/

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Sunday, 9 February 2020

Smith & Hooper Pinot Grigio 2019

Pear drops, green apples, floral elements. Spiced, textural nuances - veering to more Gris like territory, straddling a fine line. 

Wrattonbully can do this, cooler and marginal maritime, leads to a slightly fuller and riper style. Give it 3-4 years if you like (but let's face it, you're going to drink it tonight, eh?).

Regardless of nomenclature - for want of a better word - it's a good quality wine. 91 

Tasted on: Saturday 11th January
Source: Sample
Price: $19
Alcohol: 13.5%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: https://www.smithandhooper.com/

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Altus Rise Wildlight Shiraz 2018

Plum, Mulberry, hint of coffeed oak.

Succulent, medium bodied, mulberry and plum; fruit turns a touch jammy towards the back end. Pretty simple, straightforward wine. Moderate rub of tannin bolsters that. 


Decent medium-full Shiraz from Margaret River 87 

Tasted on: Thursday 30th January 
Source: Sample
Price: $24
Alcohol: 14.5%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: www.altusrise.com.au

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Saturday, 8 February 2020

Shaw Vineyard Estate Sparkling Cuvée 2018

Quince, stonefruit, custard apple in the mix too. Soft aromatics. 

Citrus generosity, akin to lemon sherbet; lively and fruity across the palate. Finesse it may be lacking, but frivolity is where it's at. At once it both slakes a thirst and enlivens the palate, a great aperitif style. 87

Tasted on: Tuesday 3rd December, a Root to Flower day 
Source: Sample
Price: $25
Alcohol: 12%
Closure: Cork
Website: https://shawwines.com.au/

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Running With Bulls Tempranillo 2018

The Running With Bulls range has been a consistent performer over the years, gravitating around the Tempranillo, but also includes a Garnacha. Back in the day there was also a Vermentino in its ranks, that now seems to have been replaced with a Verdejo! 

In the youthful, Joven, mould its redolent of summer berry fruits, of raspberry, redcurrant and morello cherry. 

Freshness and vitality that carries through to the palate, a succulent swathe of red fruit with a freshness of acidity and crunch of tannin.

Such a versatile style, drink alone or with friends; with a Chorizo, capsicum and red onion pizza; or. Albondigas in tomato sauce. The choice - and pleasure derived - is yours. 92 

Tasted on: Friday 10th January
Source: Sample
Price: $23
Alcohol: 13.5%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: https://www.runningwithbulls.com.au/

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Friday, 7 February 2020

Tim Adams Pinot Gris 2019

A delightful and barely there blush of colour in the glass. Just ripe beurre blanc pear leads, stone fruit, subtle vanilla hints waft underneath, translating into an almost creaming soda aspect that flows gently across the palate.

A textural roundness and - yet- whilst dry does convey what may be perceived as a hint of residual on the palate. One could almost suspect some clever use of solids or such to give that texture and illusion, however a record dry vintage has given wines of quite remarkable fruit presence. A well made Gris for sure. 92

Tasted on: Wednesday 4th December
Source: Sample
Price: $24
Alcohol: 12.5%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: https://www.timadamswines.com.au/

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Auld Family Wines Strawbridge Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

Earth, dark chocolate, subtle eucalypt wafting through. Well pitched medium-full body - I've been impressed with the balance of these Auld Family Wines, nothing over-wrought, yet not sacrificing varietal character. 

Well worked, well executed. A finesse carries the wine with a flourish across the finish. A spike of tannin adding a textural edge. 92 (touch and go for a point higher).

Tasted on: Thursday 26th December 
Source: Sample
Price: $42
Alcohol: 14%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: https://auldfamilywines.com/

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Thursday, 6 February 2020

Juniper Crossing Chardonnay 2018

It spends 9m in French Oak, of which 15% is new.

Stonefruit, leesy, bready notes; the 2018 guise saw an extra 5m on lees to build complexity. Fairly solid and voluminous wine,  of generosity and substance; Stonefruit, tropical fruit hints, subtle spice. Lees stirring post-ferment has built texture. 

It's of moderate length, more for now I'd suggest, perhaps for short term cellaring only, to 4 years. 91 

Tasted on: Tuesday 26th November, a Flower to Leaf day
Source: Sample
Price: $25
Alcohol: 135
Closure: Screwcap
Website: https://www.juniperestate.com.au/

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Juniper Crossing Semillon Sauvignon Blanc 2019

It's a 52/48 blend of the two respectively. A small portion of the Semillon (5%) was fermented in barrel. Additionally there was stirring of the lees to build extra texture. 

Well it's certainly an expressive number: Citrus, grass and herb, veering toward a suggestion of Gooseberry over blackcurrant leaf and passionfruit for some fruit relief. 

The texture on the palate evident, giving a fullness and feel, softening the acids without sacrificing altogether. A phenolic pinch on the back palate adds to the memory of the wine and delivering length. It's a very well worked wine. 91 

Tasted on: Thursday 28th November, a Leaf to Fruit day 
Source: Sample
Price: $22
Alcohol: 12.5%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: https://www.juniperestate.com.au/

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Wednesday, 5 February 2020

Yalumba Y Series Chardonnay 2019

Stonefruit, melon, creamy cashew and nougat; fresh and approachable, no oak presence to speak of - perhaps the merest smattering of oak derived spice.

Fruit presence is well defined across the palate, textural nuances, subtle spiced hints. For a wine that can be found around the $10-14 mark it's certainly well executed. 89 

Tasted on: Monday 18th November, a Leaf day 
Source: Sample
Price: $15
Alcohol: 13%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: www.yalumba.com

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Altus Rise Ascension Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

Altus Rise is a relatively new label - at the time of writing the website doesn't even seem operational - with fruit sourced primarily from vineyards in the Yallingup sub-region of Margaret River. I think it fair to say that that wines are a work in progress at this early juncture, the promise is there mind - particularly in this 'Ascension' range.

Classic Margs profile, offering plump and inviting red/black fruit, dark chocolate and a spiced cedary aspect. 

Certainly some body about it, fine and powdery tannins coat the mouth, strong fruit comes on - darkly. Needs some time to settle, the flash of acidity suggests that time will be kind, but for now it's somewhat youthful and ungainly. The promise is there. 91+ 

Tasted on: Saturday 1st February 
Source: Sample
Price: $35
Alcohol: 14.5%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: http://altusrise.com.au/

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Tuesday, 4 February 2020

Bremerton Old Adam Shiraz 2016

Old Adam sits perched top of the Bremerton tree, representing prime Langhorne Creek Shiraz, and built for the long haul. As such, it feels remiss to attempt to drink in youth, but sample and assess we must. Previous reviews available here.

Rich, deep set, coffeed oak wraps the aromatics up, offering glimpses of the deep fruit and spice that will eventually make themselves known.

Lavish across the palate, an acidic freshness carrying the wine with energy. Tannin feels somewhat subtle for a wine of this substance. Fruit rides in on waves, carrying itself in a flourish across the finish, blue and black in the main. As ever, a wine of substance and style, built for the long haul. 93

Tasted on: Sunday 2nd February 
Source: Sample
Price: $56
Alcohol: 14.5%
Closure: DIAM
Website: http://www.bremerton.com.au/

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Wednesday, 29 January 2020

Yalumba Y Series Viognier 2019

A very good entry level Viognier, from Yalumba - the masters of the variety in Australia.

Apricots, subtle citrus (mandarin peel/ segments or such), honeyed aspects and a smattering of ginger spice that is normally only seen in the better examples.

A mix of textural richness, managing to balance that creamy aspect to the wine with an almost savoury nuanced palate. A touch of acidic drive, further hints of spice just add to the overall proposition. 90

Tasted on: Saturday 16th November, a Flower day
Source: Sample
Price: $15
Alcohol: 13.5%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: www.yalumba.com

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Auld Family Wines William Patrick Shiraz 2016

The flagship of the Auld Family Wines range. Representing the best the Barossa has to offer. It's all manner of black fruit: Blackcurrant, Mulberry; with black olive, hints of Mediterranean herb.

Firm, full, fine tannin and backed up with black pepper and nigh clove spice. Black licorice brings up the rear, all up a powerful, concentrated regional Shiraz. 93

Tasted on: Monday 23rd December 
Source: Sample
Price: $50
Alcohol: 14.5%
Closure: Cork
Website: https://auldfamilywines.com/

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Tuesday, 28 January 2020

Chignard Fleurie Les Moriers 2018

As I understand it. Les Moriers is a steep vineyard that sweeps down into Moulin-a-Vent territory, so this comes across as something like a hybridisation of those two fine Crus. 

It certainly opens with conviction, it has an evocative fruit/ savoury mix on intro, kinda like black cherry and raspberry with a sprinkling of  earth and dried mushroom. 

It's a wine of focus and precision, an ultra fine tannin that guides the body of the wine and delivers - seemingly perpetually. There's a Fruit tartness to the wine, yet it's not out of place, feeling and fresh and vibrant. A sheer delight. 95

Tasted on: Friday 24th January 
Source: Retail, Cru Bar
Price: $38.99
Alcohol: 13%
Closure: Cork
Importer: https://www.andrewguard.com.au/

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Sunday, 26 January 2020

Bremerton Special Release Vermentino 2018

Grapefruit and lemon zest carried on the briny tang of an onshore breeze. 

There's a zippy line of acidity that threads nicely through the wine, holding no prisoners, leaving all in its wake. 


It's freshness personifies it and calls for beachside calamari, with a drizzle of lemon, and perhaps a greasy potato scallop for good measure. Just because. 91

Tasted on: Monday 20th January 
Source: Sample
Price: $24
Alcohol: 12%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: http://www.bremerton.com.au/

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Auld Family Wines Strawbridge Shiraz 2017

Can't fault this really, typically dark and dense fruited Shiraz, all manner of blackcurrant, Plum and mulberry. There's just a hint of oak to frame things up.

The palate, for all its heft and weight of fruit, is actually quite fleet of fruit. Smattering of coffeed oak, segueing to a touch of cloven spice. Rock solid Barossan Shiraz. 91 

Tasted on: Monday 16th December
Source: Sample
Price: $42
Alcohol: 15%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: https://auldfamilywines.com/

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Saturday, 25 January 2020

Yalumba Wild Ferment Pinot Grigio 2019

Spiced pears, white florals, faint rock melon notes in the frame too. Delicate Crispness through the middle, spiced and with acidity adding drive and thrust. 


Well executed on the style and true to name 90 

Tasted on: Sunday 17th November, a Flower to Leaf day 
Source: Sample
Price: $TBC
Alcohol:TBC
Closure: Screwcap
Website: https://www.yalumba.com/

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the dilettantes Sangiovese 2017

Single vineyard Sangiovese. Picked and left covered in the chiller for 2-3w; all 3+ year old oak. Intent being to make something in the easy going style of a vino di tavola (table wine). 

Black cherry, Plum, spiced. Light, delicate and powdery crunch; Smashable and juicy with a fine line of acidity that races through the finish. 


Wicked length of black fruit, hint of licorice, but more than that - it’s just downright smashable (yeah, I used the word twice). 91 

Tasted on: Thursday 5th December 
Source: Tasting
Price: $22
Alcohol: 13.8%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: http://dilettantevino.com.au/

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Tuesday, 21 January 2020

La Maschera Rosé 2019

Grenache with a dash of Sangiovese. My kind of Rosé from the get-go. 

It invites, has an aromatic prettiness. There's a range of berry driven aromatics - unsurprising given its comprised of Grenache and dash of Sangiovese.

Possesses a Crispness and punch of acid, something akin to a toffee apple thread long across the palate. Delightful. 92 

Tasted on: Friday 10th January 
Source: Sample
Price: $23
Alcohol: TBC
Closure: Screwcap
Website: https://www.samsmith.com/

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Anim Field Blend 2019

A wickedly juicy and delicious all-sorts field blend - in the true sense, being a blend of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Tempranillo and Muscat; picked on a single day and co-fermented - that comes across as a riot of red fruit, both aromatically and on the palate. 

Something like barely ripe raspberry that has got into a tete a tete with sour cherry and cranberry. It's Pinot-esque in its representation, light lithe and supple. Sappy and stemmy notes, seemingly an afterthought to the bright and juicy fruit. Just a sheer delight to drink. 93 

Tasted on: Wednesday 15th January 
Source: Retail, The Wine Experience
Price: $32
Alcohol: 13%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: http://www.animwine.com/

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Monday, 20 January 2020

Yalumba Y Series Rosé 2019

Made from Sangiovese IIRC, a bit of a go to in The Vinsomniac household, particularly when found on a 2 for $20 deal at the local large format boozeatorium. 

Wild strawberry, subtle musk and Turkish Delight aromatics. Crisp and clipped, dry and savoury, yet subtle cherry aspects; for the ask this is a cracking value Rosé. A prelude to a Sunday lunchtime sesh. 89

Tasted on: Saturday 16th November, a Flower day 
Source: Sample
Price: $15
Alcohol: TBC
Closure: Screwcap
Website: https://www.yalumba.com/

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Auld Family Wines Wilberforce Cabernet Shiraz 2015

The classic Aussie red blend.

Blackcurrant meets a hint of kirsch, there’s a suggestion of oak in the frame, squaring things up. Coffee grounds, mocha notes, all up a solid blend of the leading players.

Slightly fuller, sweet and succulent accented fruit, latterly a vanilla creme kiss long across the palate. Tannins are fine and long, chalky to boot casting a long shadow. Generosity of flavour and intent. 92

Tasted on: Wednesday 18th December
Source: Sample
Price: $35
Alcohol: 14.5%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: https://auldfamilywines.com/

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