Showing posts with label 2011. Show all posts
Showing posts with label 2011. Show all posts

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

2011 Vela Albarino

Another Albarino from Rias Baixis in Spain, coming from the rather difficult 2011 vintage in the region. This wine Spent approximately five months on lees, giving it some savory depth and character.

Apricot and stewed apple on the nose along with some savory yeasty elements. Soft palate with fairly low acidity and somewhat reminiscent of Viognier. This wine was much more interesting with food.

Price:      $20
Source:   Stewart's Wine Co.
Varietal:  Albarino
Tasted:    May 2015
Rating:    89
Website:  www.vela-albarino.com.au

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

2011 Pazo Barrantes Albarino

This wine comes the Spanish region of Rias Baxis, the region best known for the production of Albarino. There seems to be a decent amount of this available in Australia, as I've seen it at a few of the larger retail stores. A good introduction to this grape and wine style.

Soflty aromatic with notes of apricot, cashew, lemon, and wet stone. There are also  hints of some more savory elements, perhaps resulting from some lees contact. A clean dry palate with more lemon and a hint of peach. An all round good value Albarino that is easy to find here in Australia.

Price:      $20
Source:   Dan Murphy's
Varietal:  Albarino
Tasted:    May 2015
Rating:    92
Website:  www.pazobarrantes.com.

Monday, May 4, 2015

2011 Alpha Box & Dice 'Tarot' Grenache Shiraz Tempranillo

Made in Mclaren Vale using fruit sourced from the Barossa. There seems to be no shortage of interesting small wineries in this region lately. I was really impressed with how well this wine drank, and also with its price tag.

Fresh and lively nose showing dark cherries, plum, and spice. Grenache really shines through, and I suspect there was a large percentage of whole bunch fermentation (the producers website isn't big on wine making details). Very juicy with soft supple tannins make this a super easy drinking and enjoyable wine.

Price:      $17
Source:   The Cellar, Bangalow, NSW
Varietal:  Grenache (70%), Shiraz (20%), Tempranillo (10%)
Tasted:    April 2015
Rating:    94
Website:  www.alphaboxdice.com

Monday, December 15, 2014

2011 Frogmore Creek Iced Riesling

An Australian ice wine? Being Canadian I've tried my fare share of ice wines. In the Niagara region of Canada most ice wine producers wait until there are three days in a row where the temperatures stay below -8 degrees Celsius. While it's a bit cooler in Tasmania than many other parts of Australia, they still require freezing units to produce their ice wine. I think this difference in production yields a slightly different product.

The first thing I noticed about this wine was that it was less syrupy than other ice wines I've had. Great aromas of apple blossoms and orange zest, followed by sweet but not cloying flavors of green apple and honey. Lacks some of the interesting elements I expect from an ice wine, which likely develop from the extended hang time prior to picking in Canada and Germany.

Worth noting that this is available at a fraction of the price of any good German, Austrian, or Canadian ice wines. Given the option, however, I'll take a good Aussie botrytis over any of these.

All in all, great way to end a meal. I'd pair this with a good quality, mild blue cheese.

Price:     $23
Source: Gift
Varietal: Riesling
Tasted:  December
Rating:   90
Website: http://www.frogmorecreek.com.au/

Monday, September 22, 2014

2011 Mayfield 'Icely Road' Chardonnay

Icely Rd Chardonnay 2011Mayfield is located in the Orange region of New South Wales and produces a selection of wines suited to this cooler climate. One of the wonderful things about chardonnay is that it offers a lot variation within the context of one type of grape. Hence, offering an opportunity for wine makers to express themselves and represent the fruit in distinct ways.

This was a rather delicate chardonnay with some melon and vanilla on the nose. Very moderate use of oak has left it quite fresh, displaying the fruit well. Limited malolactic fermentation has resulted in good acid balance without the buttery notes present in many other chardonnays. Rather on the lean side for my taste in chardonnay.  Nonetheless, a crisp, clean, elegant chardonnay and it was just fine with goat cheese spread across baguette, on a sunny afternoon.

 Price:     $20
Varietal: Chardonnay
Tasted: September 2014
Rating:   90 
Website: www.mayfieldvineyard.com   

Thursday, September 11, 2014

2011 Feudo Di Santa Tresa Avulsi Nero D'avola

As I've been drinking a fair bit of Australian Nero D'avola lately, I wanted to refresh my memory on how it's done in Sicily.  Didn't hurt that I was looking for a sixth wine to get that great discount associated with buying in multiples of six.

Right away I got tobacco and blackcurrant/cassis, a very savory nose.  The palate was nice, if short lived.  Nice soft round tannins and more savory notes. This developed over a couple of glasses and provided some interest for me, but certainly didn't blow me away.  I wouldn't buy this by the bottle again at this price point, but would be happy to have another go on a wine list if I were eating the right food.

Price:     $30 
Varietal: Nero D'avola
Tasted: September 2014
Rating:   92
Website: http://www.santatresa.com

Sunday, August 17, 2014

2011 Picardy Chardonnay

This offering from Picardy is definitely one of the best Australian Chardonnays I've had yet.  The winery takes it's name from a region slightly above Paris and the influence of France's Burgundy region is very evident in this wine.  The vines at Picardy are unirrigated cane pruned and hand picked.  Resulting in lower yields of wonderfully high quality fruit with great intensity. 

I could sit and smell this wine all day long.  I get peach pear and buttered toast.  It has nice  fresh acidity and is well balanced and precise.  I had a second bottle recently from my case,  but hope to resist the temptation of drinking the rest this summer, so I can see how this wine develops. 

Price: $40
Varietal: Chardonnay
Tasted: August 2014
Rating: 96
Website: http://www.picardy.com.au/

Friday, May 30, 2014

Carachelo 2011

I've decided to taste varietals or regions I haven't tried before this weekend. Was a good weekend to do so as two of Brisbane's best wine merchants, Craft Red Hill and Wine Experience,  had some really interesting and unusual wines on for tasting.  One that really caught my interest was a 2011 Carchelo from Jumila, Spain.

Nice fruity nose with notes of blueberries, anise and maybe tobacco.  Great soft tannins and generally a very juicy wine.  Nice light oak treatment makes this a very drinkable wine and allows for great expression of the fruit. I'll be testing this out over the next few weeks, but I'm betting this is a real crowd pleaser.

Price: $20
Varietal: Blend
Rating: 90
Tasted: June 2014