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Monday, November 24, 2014

2014 BK Wines Rose

A Rosé made from Pinot Noir grapes that were pressed as whole bunches, to which a small portion (2%) of red pinot was added back. This hits all the right notes for me. A textural, interesting, and refreshing wine; pretty much everything I want in a rose.

Some savory elements on the nose mingle well with rose petal and strawberry notes. A soft textural wine with flavors of water melon, strawberry and a hint of pink grapefruit. Mild but persistent acidity resulting in a clean finish.

I paired this with Thai green curry chicken and coconut rice, and it was excellent. I'd buy this again.

Price:     $25
Source: Cellerbrations, West End
Varietal: Pinot Noir
Tasted:  November 2014
Rating:   94
Website: www.bkwines.com.au

2014 Yalumba Y Series Vermentio

Yalumba Y Series Vermentino 750mLMy favorite of the Yalumba Y series wines I've tried  and certainly one of the best Australian white wines in the under $15 price range. 


Very light in color, it pours almost transparent. Quite aromatic, with plenty of tropical fruit and citrus aromas.  An easy drinking wine, with clean, crisp acidity and plenty of lemon and lime flavors.   

A great bargain that seems to be readily available at plenty of bottle shops. I have a feeling I'll be drinking a few more bottles of this over the summer.  

Price:     $13
Source:  The Cellar, Bangalow
Varietal: Vermentino
Tasted:  November 2014
Rating:   92
Website: www.yalumba.com 






Monday, November 17, 2014

2013 Chaffey Bros 'Tessalation' Riesling


Chaffey Bros have sourced the grapes for this Riesling from three different vineyards in the Eden valley and created a well balanced wine that definitely stands out from the pack. Tessellation is the name given to a combination of shapes that are able to cover a surface perfectly, without any gaps. True to its name, all of the elements of this wine fit together very well.

Great aromatics featuring lychee, lemon, lime, and floral notes, with maybe a hint of kerosene developing. Perfect acid sugar balance, with 7 grams/litre residual sugar. A very refreshing and easy to drink Riesling. 

This was absolutely perfect with an array of different Thai dishes. Highly recommend getting your hands on some of this the next time you are having Thai food, or pretty much any time you feel like a Riesling.

Price:     $24
Source: Chalk and Cheese, West End
Varietal: Riesling
Tasted: November 2014
Rating:   94

2013 Leeuwin Estates 'Art Series' Riesling


Leeuwin Estates are winemakers situated in the Margaret River. They are very well known for their excellent 'Art Series' Chardonnays and also produce a few other varietals, such as this Riesling.

This was a quite dry Riesling, offering green apple and lime on the nose and then some minerality and citrus fruit on the palette. I found it a bit acidic for a Riesling this dry.

This Riesling was quite good with oysters. I'd like to see this wine again in several years time when it has had time to mellow out and develop some more complex characteristics.

Price:     $23
Source: Cru Bar
Varietal: Riesling
Tasted:  November 2014
Rating:   89
Website: http://www.leeuwinestate.com.au/

2014 BK Wines 'Inox' Pinot Grigio

Pinot Grigio and Pinot Gris are wines made from the same grape, which evolved from the Pinot Noir grape or a common ancestor. The difference is largely in the style of wine produced with the french Pinot Gris often being sweeter with more stonel fruit notes and the Italian Pinot Grigio generally being drier with more citrus like characteristics.

This Australian version, while Grigio in name, seems to walk the line between these two styles. A mildly fruity nose, with a hint of apricot and pear, is followed by a nice dry pallete and crisp citrus acidity. A touch of spice and maybe a hint of salinity.

A nice wine, sure to provide summer refreshment. Drank well with barbecued prawns.

Price:     $23
Source: Grand Central Cellars
Varietal: Pinot Grigio
Tasted:  November 2014
Rating:   90
Website: www.bkwines.com.au




2009 Tahbilk Marsanne

A varietal from the Rhone Valley in France, Marsanne was first planted at the Tabilk winery in Victoria in the 1860s. They now have some of the oldest plantings in the world and are one of the largest producers of this varietal. This wine is an absolute bargain, and is often released after several years of cellaring for very little more than the latest vintage.

The 2009 is starting to show some developed, honey suckle like characters on the nose, alongside citrus fruit and a hint of kerosene. Still has a very lively citrus palate with bright acidity. I suspect this wine still has many good years ahead of it, so I'll be holding on to a few bottles.

Remarkable wine at this price.

Price:     $16
Source: Dan Murphy's
Varietal: Marsanne
Tasted:  November 2014
Rating:   94
Website: www.tahbilk.com.au

Sunday, November 16, 2014

2012 Hayshed Hill 'Block 6' Chardonnay


Coming from the Willyabrup Valley in the Margaret River, this Chardonnay was dry grown, resulting in lower yields of grapes with greater fruit flavor and intensity. Only the free run portion of the juice was used and fermentation took place in both old and new french oak barriques.

A fine and refrained nose, the oak balances nicely with grapefruit, pear and flinty aromas. Has a lively freshness and crisp acidity, likely resulting from minimal malolactic fermentation. An elegant chardonnay worthy of consideration.

Being a somewhat restrained Chardonnay I wouldn't recommend eating this with strongly flavored foods. Paired well with roast chicken and I can imagine it doing well with scallops in a thyme butter sauce.

Price:     $40
Source: Gift
Varietal: Chardonnay
Tasted:  November 2014
Rating:   93
Website: http://www.hayshedhill.com.au/

2013 Dodgy Bros Mataro



Mataro (a.k.a. Monastrell or Mouvedre) is a grape variety believed to originate from the Mediterranean coast of Spain. Here in Australia (much like the Southern Rhone region of France), it is often blended with Grenache and Shiraz to produce the wonderfully drinkable GSM blend. That was the initial intention with this wine, however winemaker Wes Pearson decided it was so good that it was bottled along with a small amount of Grenache..

There is a beautiful interplay of dark cherry and black fruit with some more savory elements on the nose. This wine has excellent length on the palette with supple tannins. A wine worthy of contemplation and appreciation on its own, however I may try the next bottle alongside some lamb cutlets.

I'm going to try to  age my remaining bottles for a few years, but that will be a serious test of my willpower, as this wine is already drinking fantastically.

Price:     $29
Source: Dodgy Bros Website
Varietal: Mataro (87%), Grenache (13%)
Tasted:  November 2014
Rating:   95
Website: http://www.dodgybrotherswines.com/

2013 Tahbilk Marsanne

Tahbilk's Marsanne is a serious contender for the best value white wine in Australia. A consistently beautiful wine, with great precision, balance, and incredible aging potential. You will often find newer releases, such as this, at large retailers for well under $15.

Lots of citrus aromas, featuring lemon and grapefruit. A very lively, minerally palate brings more citrus along with some flavos of stone fruit and apple. Lots of bright acidity to the finish.

This is a great wine to stock up on for cellaring, if you have a large enough cellar. If not, don't worry to much as you can often find releases of earlier vintages for around $20. I like to grab a couple from each year for my wine fridge regardless.

Awesome value. A great summer go-to wine.

Price:     $11.50
Source: Dan Murphy's
Varietal: Marsanne
Tasted:  November 2014
Rating:   92
Website: www.tahbilk.com.au

2013 Vinomofo 'Gusto Mama' Sangiovese


Sangiovese has made it way from its native home in Italy and is producing some very nice wines here in Australia. This one comes from a collaboration between retailers Vinomofo and winemakers Islander Estate, Located on Kangaroo Island.

It has a rather spicy nose with cherry notes. It smells to me as though there were some whole bunches in the ferment, lending a green, herbaceous nose to this wine. The tannins were a bit grippier than many of the Italian Sangiovese I've had.

Was good with pizza, but maybe a little overwhelming. Reminds me more of a young Adelaide Hills pinot, than an Italian Sangiovese.

Price:     $15
Source: Vinomofo
Varietal: Sangiovese
Tasted:  November 2014
Rating:   88
Website: www.vinomofo.com

Saturday, November 15, 2014

2014 Turkey Flat Rosé

Turkey Flat make consistently excellent Rosé from the Barossa Valley. Predominantly made from Grenache this wine also contains small portions of Shiraz, Cabernet, and Dolcetto. It appears to be available at many of the larger retailers in Australia, making it easy to track down.

Generous fruit forward nose offering lots of fresh strawberry, raspberry and Turkish delight. Great almost creamy palette offers a hint of spice and finishes clean .

Paired quite well with a number of Indian dishes, including butter chicken and lamb korma. A very food friendly wine.

Price:     $25
Source: Liquorland
Varietal: Grenache (93%), Shiraz (4%), Cab Sauv (2%) Dolcetto (1%)
Tasted:  November 2014
Rating:   93
Website: www.turkeyflat.com.au


2014 BK Wines Pétilliant Naturel

Pétilliant Naturel translates roughly into naturally sparkling, a reference to the fact that no additional sugar is added during this process of sparkling wine production. Instead the wine is bottled and sealed with a crown cap before fermentation has completed. This produces a lightly sparkling wine and also leaves some sediment in the bottle.

This was a fun refreshing wine, unlike anything I've had before. The residual yeast left in the bottle becomes more prevalent as you work you're way through the bottle and adds a bready character, which is balanced by apples and a bit of citrus. Reminiscent of a very dry apple cider, with more finesse.

I'll be keeping my eyes peeled for another release of this Pet-Nat, as it was a refreshing and interesting summer treat.

Price:     $24
Source: Cellarbrations, West End
Varietal: Chardonnay
Tasted:  November 2014
Rating:   92
Website: www.bkwines.com.au


2012 Glaetzer-Dixon überblanc Riesling

Nick Glaetzer was Gourmet Traveller's 2011 Winemaker of the year and also took home the Jimmy Watson award for his 2010 Mon Pere Shiraz. The name überblanc comes from a 2001 harvest Nick experienced in Germany with Stepan Mueller at Weingut Eugen Mueller. Grapes for this Riesling were sourced from both the Tamar and Coal Valley regions of Tasmania.   

It Displays a lovely subtle nose with kaffir lime and a bit of green apple. A well structured Riesling with great minerality, length, and intensity. Drinking very well now, but will no doubt improve over time in the cellar.  

Price:     $24
Source: Dan Murphy's
Varietal: Riesling
Tasted:  November 2014
Rating:   93
Website: www.danmurpys.com.au

2014 Wines by KT 5452 Riesling

Winemaker Kerri Thompson has been making wines in South Australia's Clare Valley region since 1998, and has been specializing in producing Riesling from this area. The 5452 is her entry level Riesling and comprises grapes from two vineyards in the Watervale (area code 5452) sub-region.

Green apple up front is joined by lemon, lime, and some floral notes. With a soft round texture this wine slides across the palate, making it almost dangerously easy to drink. Good acidity makes for a nice crisp finish urging you to take another sip.

If this is her entry level Riesling, I cannot wait to get my hands on some more of her wines.

Price:     $23
Source: Gift
Varietal: Riesling
Tasted:  November 2014
Rating:   92
Website: www.winesbykt.com


2013 Vinomofo 'Arcadia Bohemia' Chardonnay


Another collaboration wine from Vinomofo, this one was made by Brendon Keys from BK Wines in Adelaide Hills. BK wines are producing a lot of really interesting wines, and this barrel fermented Chardonnay offers good value.

It balances the line of ripeness quite well, offering both some tropical fruit elements alongside some citrus fruit. Nice buttery and soft with decent length on the palate.

A good quality chardonnay at a very  fair price point. I would buy this again. Paired well with barbecued chicken.  

Price:     $15
Source: Vinomofo
Varietal: Chardonnay
Tasted:  November 2014
Rating:   90
Website: www.vinomofo.com
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Thursday, November 13, 2014

2012 Vinomofo Old Money Cabernet Sauvignon


This is probably my pick of most recent batch of collaborations between wine retailers Vinomofo and wine makers around the country. This Cabernet was made by Sam Brand, a fourth generation winemaker in the Coonawarra region, from fruit sourced from his family vineyards.

A very approachable Cabernet in it's youth with a nose delivering plenty of dark berry fruit and a hint of mint, characteristic of the region. Super soft tannins and good fruit character make this easy drinking, smooth, and very ready to drink now.

Not one for the cellar, but a very good wine to share with friends over food.

Price:     $15
Source: Vinomofo
Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon
Tasted:  November 2014
Rating:   93
Website: www.vinomofo.com