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Showing posts with label 2013. Show all posts
Showing posts with label 2013. Show all posts

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

2013 Kooyong Clonale Chardonnay

This is the entry level Chardonnay from Kooyong range of Port Phillip Estate, in the Mornington Peninsula.

Lemon, lime, and wet stone aromas. A chalky, fine, and tightly wound palate which rounds out with bright cleansing acidity.

Nice clean chardonnay at a fair price.

Price:      $30
Source:   Chalk and Cheese, West End
Varietal:  Chardonnay
Tasted:    December 2015
Rating:    92
Website: www.portphillipestate.com.au

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

2013 Castagna 'Growers Selection' Harlequin

2013_harlequin

An interesting orange wine from Castagna in Beechworth, Victoria. A blend of Roussane, Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon and Viognier fermented on there skins in amphora.

Aromatics similar to what I've been seeing in a lot of these skin contact wines with a nice punch of pineapple, peach, and wet stone. Chalky texture with a good kick of acidity to finish clean. A fun and interesting wine that developed well in the glass.

Price:      $35 RRP
Source:   Tasting
Varietal:  Roussane, Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, Viognier
Tasted:    December 2015
Rating:    91
Website: www.castagna.com.au

2013 Yangarra Estate Shiraz

A McLaren Vale Shiraz with wonderful restraint and balance. This wine was fermented with wild yeasts and included 20% whole bunches in the ferment.

Aromas of blackberry, blueberry, prune/plum,  and a bit of leather and pepper. Nice round palate with fine grainy tannins. Keeps you coming back for more, while definitely providing enough tannin and acidity to see it age for a few more years.

Excellent Shiraz for this price.

Price:      $25
Source:   CRU Bar and Cellar
Varietal:  Shiraz
Tasted:    December 2015
Rating:    93
Website: www.yangarra.com

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

2013 Jed Malbec

Jed's wines are made by three young Australian winemakers that fly to the Uco Valley, in Argentina's Mendoza region, each year to produce a variety of wines. Made in a medium bodied and very accessible style, that's great for everyday drinking.

A red berry fragrance, with some hints of violet and a dusting of pepper. Ample, yet refreshing tannins make way for a well balanced finish. While I didn't taste this with food, I couldn't help but think about steak.

Price:      RRP$25
Source:   Tasting 
Varietal:  Malbec
Tasted:    October 2015
Rating:    92
Website: www.jedwines.com

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

2013 La Terre et du Temps 'Mas Autanel' Picpoul de Pinet


Piquepoul is one of the oldest white wine grapes to be grown in the Languedoc region of France. Wine maker Jean-Claude Zabalia has made this wine from vineyards rented in this region, where it is apparently very difficult to purchase land.

Beautiful floral and mineral aromas, with exceptional length and acidity. An almost saline minerality on the palate. This just got better and better after being opened for a few hours. I really enjoyed this wine and though it  paired beautifully with scallops.

Price:      $38
Source:   Wine Emporium
Varietal: Piquepol
Tasted:    October 2015
Rating:    95
Website: http://www.laterreletemps.com/

2013 De Bortoli 'Villages' Pinot Noir

I'm often pleasantly surprised by the quality of wine De Bortoli are able to produce, in relatively large quantities and at very smart prices. This is certainly no exception, and a very good Pinot Noir for under $20. Blended from the 'leftovers' of the 6 different estate wines, this wine is naturally fermented with about 20 percent whole bunches.

Dark red berry fruit aromas wrapped with spicy herbal notes from the whole bunch additions. Chalky and finely textured tannins give good form and length to this wine. Just very good Yarra Valley Pinot Noir at a very good price.

Price:      $17
Source:   Dan Murphy's
Varietal:  Pinot Noir
Tasted:    October 2015
Rating:    94
Website: www.debortoli.com.au

2013 Margan Estate Shiraz

Margan ShirazAn entry level Shiraz sourced from winemaker Andrew Margan's Hunter valley vineyards.

Some reductive sulfur notes on first opening, which fell away on the second day of tasting. Some dark berry fruit, with spice and earthy notes. Decently structured tannins which stuck around on the palate for a decent amount of time. Not a bad Shiraz, will likely benefit from a bit more age.

Price:      $20
Source:   Dan Murphy's
Varietal:  Shiraz
Tasted:    October 2015
Rating:    89
Website: www.margan.com.au

Monday, August 24, 2015

2013 Collector 'Marked Tree Red' Shiraz

The 'Marked Tree Red' is winemaker Alex McKay's entry level Shiraz, with his top fruit going into his reserve Shiraz, but don't let the price tag fool you this is a seriously good climate Shiraz. Grown in the Canberra District, the wines are made in the Southern Tablelands of NSW about 40 km from Canberra.

A nice peppery nose with red berries, predominately cherry and some spice. Bright fine tannins are well integrated. An excellent wine with good length. Light yet surprisingly full bodied. I also had a chance to taste the reserve, although in smaller volume, and I suspect this is a winery to watch.

Price:      $26
Source:   Royal Queensland Food and Wine Show
Varietal:  Shiraz
Tasted:    June 2015
Rating:    94
Website:  http://www.collectorwines.com.au/

2013 Turkey Flat 'Butchers Block' Red

This vintage of the Butcher's Block Red is Shiraz dominant, accounting for almost half of the volume, with Grenache and Mataro making up the rest in similar proportions. A very generous and well balanced blend that  over delivers at this price point. 

Aromas of roses, new leather, strawberries, earth and spice. Some cassis with red and black berries on the palate. Subtle yet well structured tannins make for a silky smooth, easy to drink wine that impresses. A great, versatile food wine at a smart price. 

Price:      $20
Source:   Craft Red Hill
Varietal:  Shiraz (48%), Grenache (28%), Mataro (24%)
Tasted:    August 2015
Rating:    93
Website: http://www.turkeyflat.com.au/



  

Sunday, May 24, 2015

2013 Jamsheed 'Pyren' Syrah

Fruit from the Pyren Vineyard, in the Pyrenese Vally, Victoria underwent 100% whole bunch fermentation with wild yeast and a 40 day maceration, before spending 10 months in puncheons. The wine was bottled unfined and unfiltered. A superb Syrah, showing how well suited this grape is to this region.

Pours a dark crimson color with heady aromas of rich red berries, dried herbs, and hints of wet stone. The large percentage of whole bunch really works here and is well balanced with the dark fruit. Fantastic length and tannin structure. Great development in the glass. I'm smitten.

Price:      RRP $58
Source:   Tasting
Varietal:  Shiraz
Tasted:    May 2015
Rating:    96
Website:  http://www.jamsheed.com.au





Wednesday, May 20, 2015

2013 Margan Verdhelo

Winemaker Andrew Margan spent over two decades working at Tyrells before going it his own in the Hunter Valley. Alongside his wife Lisa they now have over 100ha of vines planted.

Opens with a tropical fruit nose featuring pineapple alongside aromas of peach and orange peel. A fairly soft broad palate with medium length and a nice crisp finish. An easy drinking wine well suited for summer days.

Price:      $15
Source:   Dan Murphy's
Varietal:  Verdhelo
Tasted:    May 2015
Rating:    89
Website:  www.margan.com.au




Monday, May 4, 2015

2013 Hither & Yon Nero Davola

Made by brother winemakers Richard and Malcolm Leask in McLaren Vale, this is a great example of one of my favorite new varietals being produced in Australia. Nero D'avola, originally from Italy, seems well suited to the Vale. I look forward to watching the progression of this grape variety here in Australia.

Plenty of raspberry and cherry to be had on the nose. Good varietal expression. With lush round tannins and fruit forward appeal, this is dangerously easy to drink. Drinking excellent right now and would likely do well with plenty of tomato based pasta dishes.

Price:      $20
Source:   The End Bar, West End (by the glass)
Varietal:  Nero D'avola
Tasted:    April 2015
Rating:    94
Website:  www.hitherandyon.com.au

2013 Yabby Lake 'Red Claw' Pinot Gris

The Red Claw range from Mornington Peninsula's Yabby Lake consists of their entry level wines, many of which offer good value and are generally quite easy to track down. Fruit is sourced from the Yabby Lake estate vineyard, whole bunch pressed, and left for extended lees contact.

Tropical fruit and citrus aromas develop over a short period of time into softer aromas of pear and apple, with underlying notes of honey and spice. Time spent on lees is noticeable with hints of fresh baked bread. A nice soft mid length palate with mild acidity. An all round good Mornington Peninsula Pinot Gris that is readily available in many bottle shops.

Price:      $20
Source:   Chalk and Cheese, West End
Varietal:  Pinot Gris
Tasted:    April 2015
Rating:    92
Website:  www.yabbylake.com

Sunday, May 3, 2015

2013 Dopff Au Moulin Gewürztraminer

A classic Gewürztraminer from the French region of Alsace, this wine delivers very well for this price. It's hard to pass this one up when thinking of getting a wine to have with spicy asian cuisine, such as Thai or Vietnamese. 

Quite aromatic, with plenty of lychee, rose petal, and hints of grapefruit. Nice clean acidity and a mild sweetness help this wine pair well with a bit of heat. I've grabbed this a couple of times now and will surely consider it again when looking for a  fairly inexpensive bottle to have with Thai or Vietnamese food.

Price:      $20
Source:   Dan Murphy's
Varietal:  Gewürztraminer
Tasted:    April 2015
Rating:    92
Website:  http://www.dopff-au-moulin.fr/

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

2013 Tscharke 'Matching Socks' Touriga Nacional


Touriga Nacional is a grape varietal originating from the Douro Valley in Portugal, where it is traditionally blended with several other grape varietals to make port. However, it is increasing being used to produce interesting and distinct table wines here in Australia.

Tscharke (sounds like sharky) have been growing grapes in the Barossa Vally for 6 generations and are currently producing some very interesting alternative varietals such as Touriga Nacional, Savagnin, and Montepulciano. Their cellar door was a definite highlight of my recent trip to the Barossa.

Deep purple in color, this is a lively aromatic wine with plenty of violet and lavender aromas. Drinking well right out of the gate, it's juicy without being jammy or overripe in anyway. Fresh blue fruit flavors dominate and good levels of acidity make for a nice clean finish.  

Price:     $20
Source:  Cellar Door
Varietal: Touriga Nacional
Tasted:  January 2015
Rating:   93

2013 Torbreck 'Cuvee Jeveniles' GSM

While Torbreck are better known for there big, bold, age worthy wines, it was this young drinking and playful GSM that caught my eye on a recent visit to their cellar door.

A beautiful perfumed nose that's both somewhat restrained and fruit forward, offering notes of cherries and blackberries alongside hints of five-spice. Soft juicy tannins make this enjoyably soft on the palate and a very food friendly wine.

Price:     $22
Source:  Cellar Door
Varietal: Grenache, Shiraz, Mouvedre
Tasted:  January 2015
Rating:   93

2013 Vasse Felix Chardonnay

Recently Vasse Felix have ben producing some of the best Chardonnays from the Margaret River region, and in all of Australia for that matter . This wine is their mid-level offering falling in between the Filius and Heytesbury and offers fantastic bang for buck.

Delicate white peach, mineral and cashew aromas with some complex brioche like nuances. Seamlessly integrated palate offering some more peach flavors and finishing with a touch a citrus. A very clean and elegant chardonnay, with subtle oak influences.

I tasted this alongside several Chardonnays that were at least twice its price and was blown away by how well this wine stood up.

Excellent value at this price.

Price:     $33
Source:  Wine Emporium
Varietal: Chardonnay
Tasted:  January 2015
Rating:   96

2013 Kalleske 'Fordson' Zinfandel

The Kalleske family have been growing grapes in the Barossa Valley since 1853and winemaker and 7th generation family member Troy Kalleske  has been producing organic/biodynamic wine under the Kalleske  label since 2002. 

2013 was a particularly dry year, resulting in low yielding but good quality fruit in the Greenock region of the Barrossa Valley.

This is a great example of how well suited this grape variety is to the Barossa region. Elegant yet restrained, offering a nice balance between spice and fresh purple fruits. A medium bodied  wine with decent length and fine dusty tannins.

Zinfandel is quite common in California and Italy (where it is known as Primitivo), however it is not very common here in Australia, as of yet. I recently tasted three while in the Barossa Valley and this was certainly my pick of the bunch, and the least expensive. I hope to see more Zinfandel coming out of the region in the future.

Price:     $24
Source:  Winery
Varietal: Zinfandel (Primitivo) 
Tasted:  January 2015
Rating:   92

Friday, December 19, 2014

2013 Yalumba 'Y Series' Viognier

In Australia Viognier is most commonly seen blended with Shiraz, where it helps raise the aromatic profile of the shiraz, as well as enhance the texture and color. However, I'm glad to see more and more Viognier is becoming readily available as a single varietal wine.

This wine smells to me of tropical fruit, lychees, and honeysuckle. Some savory bready flavors with an unctuous feel across the tongue. Good level of acidity and not too much alcohol (a common problem in some Viognier).

I enjoyed this bottle without food, however next time I have a bottle of Viognier I will try Fiona Beckett's recommendation of pairing it with a mild korma curry. As an aside Fiona Beckett's website www.matchingfoodandwine.com is a fantastic resource when trying to decide which foods pair well with certain wines.

Price:     $11
Source:  Dan Murphy's
Varietal: Viognier
Tasted:  December 2014
Rating:   90
Website: www.yalumba.com 

Monday, December 15, 2014

2013 Montalto Pennon Hill Pinot Noir



Montalto have been making wines in the Mornington Peninsula since the mid 1990s and have several vineyards in the region. Fruit for the Pennon Hill wine has comes from the cooler south facing slope of their home vineyard in Red Hill. This wine recently won best pinot noir, best red wine, and best wine at the 2014 Victorian Wine Show.

A beautiful perfumed nose of cherry and  pomegranate, with notes of violets. Such a clean and beautiful drinking pinot with fine structured tannins and a hint of spice on the finish.

This is a great example of why I love Mornington Pinot, and an absolute steal at this price. I'll be grabbing another bottle or two of this for the cellar.

Price:     $30
Source: Wine Emporium
Varietal: Pinot Noir
Tasted:  December
Rating:   95
Website: www.montalto.com.au