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Showing posts with label 2010. Show all posts
Showing posts with label 2010. Show all posts

Monday, August 24, 2015

2010 Ros Ritchie Cabernet Sauvignon

After 25 years of making wine with Delatite, Ros Ritchie set up Ros Ritchie Wines in Victoria, where she sources grapes from several small growers. While her focus is on more aromatic varietals such as Riesling and Gwurztraminer, she produces a wide range of different wines from the region.

Dark blackberry fruits with hints of licorice, mint and wet stone. Fine tannins, moderate oak, and a good level of residual acidity. A very nice Cabernet, at a smart price. I suspect this wine has many good years left in it.

Price:      $30
Source:   CRU Bar
Varietal:  Cabernet
Tasted:    August 2015
Rating:    94
Website:  http://www.rosritchiewines.com/




2010 Wynns 'Black Label' Cabernet Sauvignon

As many Australian wine fans are well aware the Black Label Cabernet Sauvignon is one of the best value wines from the Coonawarra region, and generally ages quite well. While it's certainly one to buy up and cellar, I've notice a few times I've been able to buy this wine with a few years already on it for very little mark up. An attractive proposition to someone like myself with a fairly small wine fridge.

This 2010 is coming along nicely. Chocolate, earth, and mint, line up well with the dark berry and plum aromas. Maybe a hint of cigar box developing. Still plenty of life left in the tannins of this wine, but they're becoming quite silky and very enjoyable. Look forward to seeing this wine again in another few years.

Price:      $30
Source:   Vintage Cellars
Varietal:  Cabernet Sauvignon
Tasted:    August 2015
Rating:    95
Website:  www.wynns.com.au

Monday, May 4, 2015

2010 Beach Road Aglianico

Aglianico is a noble wine grape originating from Campania, in Southern Italy and there are now a few Australian producers using this grape. This example from Langhorne Creek, South Australia is perhaps a bit riper than it's Italian cousins, but very nice in the right situation.  

Smells of raisins, tobacco, cherry, and plenty of oak.  Grippy yet nice tannins are balanced with a good amount of acidity. A big brute of a red wine, ideal for cold days and hearty cuts of red meat. I suspect this wine will have many years left to improve.

 Price:      $30
Source:   Grape Therapy, Brisbane
Varietal:  Aglianico
Tasted:    April 2015
Rating:    92
Website:  www.beachroadwines.com.au

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

2010 S.C. Pannell Nebbiolo


S.C. Pannell's sixth release of Nebbiolo consists of a blend of five different clones from the Adelaide Hills. This wine had an extended 24 day maceration imparting unique tannin characteristics. The wine then spent 21 months in old Hungarian oak puncheons, resulting in great varietal expression that is not overwhelmed by oak.

Remarkably orange in color for a wine this age. Still plenty of ripe cherry, rose, and earthy aromas. Medium bodied with fine grippy tannins and a slightly savory finish. Paired excellent with butternut pumpkin Gnocchi. A real treat and drinking very well at the moment.

Price:     $50
Source:  City Wine Shop, Melbourne
Varietal: Nebbiolo
Tasted:  December 2014
Rating:   95

Sunday, October 26, 2014

2010 Soul Growers "The Defiant" Mataro



This is one great big serious wine. I decanted this wine over two hours and felt like it was just really hitting it's stride. On the suggestion of a friend I didn't bother trying to pair this wine with any food, and just drank it on it's own with a little help from my neighbors.

The first thing that hit me was the level of alcohol, a bit hot at first, but was balanced well by strong oak influence and intense flavors of the Mataro grapes. Great depth of flavor with abundant dark fruit and grippy but not overwhelming tannins.

Certainly not an everyday drinking wine, but worth getting for a special occasion. A great big wine best suited for the cooler months.

 Price:     $50
Source:  Grape Therapy
Varietal: Mataro
Tasted:  October 2014
Rating:   94
Website: www.soulgrowers.com

Friday, September 12, 2014

2010 Luis Cañas Crianza Rioja


Went to check out a spanish tapas and wine bar in Brisbane called Peasant.  After enjoying the Luis Cañas Barrel Fermented Viura, I opted for a bottle of this Rioja which was recommended by the waiter.  It drank beautifully with a charcuterie board, chorizo, and croquettes.

A nice precise nose with gentle use of oak and some cherry notes.  Very clean structured palate.  Good acidity and round tannins held up well against the strong flavors of the cured meats and croquettes.  I would definitely buy this again, as soon as I can find some available here in Australia.

Price:     $75 (by the bottle at Peasant in Brisbane) 
Varietal: Tempranillo
Tasted: September 2014
Rating:   94
Website: http://www.luiscanas.com/