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Showing posts with label 2014. Show all posts
Showing posts with label 2014. Show all posts

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

2014 Soumah 'Single Vineyard' Brachetto

Soumah are based in the Yarra Valley where they focus on Northern Italian style wines, alongside some of the Eastern French styles more common in this area. The Brachetto grape originates from Piedmont region of Northwest Italy and is commonly used to make a slightly sweet sparkling wine in the DOCG region of Brachetto D'aqui.

Here these grapes have been used to produce a sweet, still wine with great aromatic intensity. It opens up with distinct notes of strawberry and roses. The palate is less sweet than many other dessert wines (certainly less sweet than most botrytis wines or other stickies) and is nicely balanced with a touch of acidity. 

An all round interesting and enjoyable wine. Ideal for pairing with desserts, particularly fruit and/or not-too-sweet cakes. 

Price:      $29 RRP
Source:   Tasting
Varietal:  Brachetto
Tasted:    December 2015
Rating:    93
Website: www.soumah.com.au




Tuesday, January 5, 2016

2014 Giant Steps 'Applejack Vineyard' Pinot Noir

Giant steps produces to excellent single vineyards each year. This one from the Applejack vineyard, located in the upper Yarra Valley, distinctive for it's altitude, cool climate and red volcanic loam.

The 60% of the grapes that were left as whole bunches during ferment definitely make themselves known, but don't overwhelm. I get violet, red cherry, cedar spice, and some savory earthy aromas. Fine silky tannins linger with more red cherry fruit on the palate. An elegant and interesting Pinot Noir.

Price:      $50 RRP
Source:   Tasting
Varietal:  Pinot Noir
Tasted:    December 2015
Rating:    95
Website: www.innocentbystander.com.au

2014 Manners Gewurztraminer


Good clean crisp Gewurztraminer coming from the Mudgee region in New South Whales.

Classic Gewurztraminer nose of lychee and rose petals with plenty of grapefruit and lime. Good dose of citrus acidity on the palate, keeping things nice and dry, not to mention very refreshing. A good Gewurztraminer at this price.

Price:      $20 RRP
Source:   Tasting
Varietal:  Gewurztraminer
Tasted:    December 2015
Rating:    91
Website: www.mannerswine.com.au

Monday, September 21, 2015

2014 Jauma 'The Message' Shiraz

Winemaker James Erksine has sourced fruit from McLaren Vale grower Fiona Wood to produce this Shiraz in a rather 'hands off' manner. Allowed to ferment with the wild yeasts found on the grapes themselves, this wine is left unfiltered and unfined with only a small amount of sulfur added.

Juicy red berry aromas are predominant, with support from a hint of earth. Light and dusty tannins are just right to make this wine interesting, yet very drinkable at a young age. A great wine for this price.

Price:      $25
Source:   Stewart's Wine Co.
Varietal:  Shiraz
Tasted:    September 2015
Rating:    93
Website:  www.jauma.com




Monday, August 24, 2015

2014 Coriole Barbera

Another good Italian varietal from Coriole in McLaren Vale. Nice fresh Barbera, ready to drink right away.

A delicate savory nose, with plenty of dark cherry fruit aromas. Soft tannins and a good level of acidity. A very approachable young wine. Great for a group and quite food friendly.

Price:      $22
Source:   Different Drop
Varietal:  Barbera
Tasted:    August 2015
Rating:    92
Website:  www.coriole.com

2014 Kalleske 'Plenarius' Viognier

Long time grape growers, the Kalleske family have been producing biodynamic wines in the Barossa Valley under their own label since 2002. This style of wine, known as an orange wine, is produced by fermenting white wine grapes while in contact with their skin, in this case for 7 days. I find this to be one for their more interesting wines, and am pleased with how this wine maintain many of the characters I associate with more typical Viogniers.

I get aromas of honer, ginger, apricot, and mandarin. The palate is really nice with the tannins from the skins adding great texture and length. There is a nice acid zing that balances out these tannins and the apricot jam sweetness of this wine. This is a wine definitely worth tracking down. Both interesting and delicious. Make sure to let this warm up a bit before serving, as it got far more interesting outside of the fridge.

Price:      $30
Source:   Stewart's Wine Co.
Varietal:  Viognier
Tasted:    August 2015
Rating:    94
Website:  www.kalleske.com






2014 Coriole Nero D'Avola

Another great Nero D'avola hailing from McLaren Vale. Made in a fresh and easy drinking style this wine is very approachable and ready to drink right away. Coriole are helping to lead the way in the production of great wines from Italian varietals in this region.

Bright fresh red fruit aromas, with plenty of cherry, mingle with some light spicy notes and a hint of aniseed. Silky soft tannins with decent palate length. Found myself going for a second glass pretty quick. Paired very well with pan seared duck breast.

Price:      $22
Source:   Different Drop
Varietal:  Nero D'avola
Tasted:    August 2015
Rating:    93
Website:  www.coriole.com



Tuesday, May 26, 2015

2014 The Lane 'Block 3' Chardonnay

Coming from the coldest site at The Lane vineyard in the Adelaide Hills, this is a very clean, modern style of Chardonnay. A great Chardonnay for those that lean away from oakier Chardonnays.

Tropical fruit nose develops more towards orange peel and grapefruit aromas in the glass. Nice clean bright acidity with just a touch of malolactic fermentation. A very clean refreshing wine, sure to pair well with Asian foods.

Price:      $25
Source:   Cellar Door
Varietal:  Chardonnay
Tasted:    May 2015
Rating:    92
Website:  www.thelane.com.au


Sunday, May 24, 2015

2014 Unico Zelo Dolcetto

Unico Zelo DocettoMade from fruit sourced from the Clare Valley, alongside a smaller amount of fruit from their own Adelaide Hills vineyard. A very easy drinking, yet interesting wine at a very fair price.

I get aromas of violet and cherry. Very soft tannins and mild acidity make this an easy drinking wine that I could see going well with plenty of food options. I quite enjoyed it with a margherita pizza.


Price:      $20
Source:   Different Drop
Varietal:  Dolcetto
Tasted:    May2015
Rating:    92
Website:  www.unicozelo.com.au

Saturday, May 23, 2015

2013 Pizzini Pietra Rosa Sangiovese

Pizzini is situated on the red soils of the King Valley, in Victoria's North East. They produce a wide range of Italian varietals alongside many of the standards produced in Australia. Considered by many to be a benchmark for this varietal, here in Australia.

A bit smokey and savory with plenty of raspberry, cherry, and a touch of anise on the nose. Lovely fine, dusty tanning stick around for a good amount of time and are not drying or astringent in any way. Great varietal expression. An excellent food wine. Pairs perfectly with pizza.

Price:     $26
Source: Dan Murphy's
Varietal: Sangiovese
Tasted: May 2015
Rating:   94
Website: www.pizzini.com.au

2014 Handorf Hill Grüner Veltliner

Native to Austria, Grüner Veltliner seems to have found a very suitable home in Adelaide Hills. The 2012 vintage of this wine was rated the best Grüner Veltliner outside of Austria, at the 2013 International Grüner Veltliner tasting held in Vienna. I enjoyed this wine on it's own, but could see it being excellent paried with spicy Asian cuisine. 

I get aromas of stone fruit, pineapple,  and wet stone, developing more towards apple and pear on it's second day of being open. A textural wine that stuck to the middle of my tongue in a very pleasing way, with citrus flavors and moderate acidity. I hope to see more of this varietal pop up here in Australia.  

Price:     $28
Source: Cellar Door
Varietal: Grüner Veltliner
Tasted: May 2015
Rating:   94
Website: http://www.hahndorfhillwinery.com.au/

2014 Brash Higgins Grenache Mataro

Wine maker Brad Hickey has sourced biodynamically grown grapes from Yangarra Estate on the sandy soils of Blewitt Hills. The grapes were co-fermented with wild yeast, and then spent 6 months in a hogshead (approximately twice the size of a standard barrel), before being bottled unfined and unfiltered.

Red cherry and raspberry notes from the Grenache present themselves first and are soon followed by some savory, spicy aromas more characteristic of Mataro. Dusty tannins coat the palate evenly. A wine with great structure and length.

Price:     $40
Source: Wine Emporium
Varietal: Grenache (70%), Mataro (30%)
Tasted: May 2015
Rating:   95
Website: http://www.brashhiggins.com/

2014 Miles From Nowhere Chardonnay

A good reminder of just how versatile and responsive to wine making technique the  Chardonnay grape can be. You'd be forgiven mistaking this for Sauvignon Blanc the way it is drinking currently.

Some fresh cut grass and green apple aromas sit alongside wet stone and herbaceous notes. A clean palate with mid-level acidity. A touch astringent, I found this much better with food. A good wine considering it's price.

Price:      RRP $18
Source:   VinoMofo 
Varietal:  Chardonnay
Tasted:    May 2015
Rating:    90
Website:  http://www.milesfromnowhere.com.au/


Wednesday, May 20, 2015

2014 Yelland and Papps 'Second Take' Roussanne

Grapes for this wine were all hand picked and sourced from three vineyards in Western Barossa, Greenock and Dorien. 18% of the grapes spent 15 days fermenting on skins, while the rest were fermented in french oak. The wine  spent 9 months in barrels with occasional lees stirring lending to the great texture and aromatic complexity of this wine.

Pours cloudy and smells unlike any Roussanne I've come across. I get poached pear, apple cider, and lemon curd aromas alongside some more savory yeasty elements. A great textural palate with some spicy notes and more pear like fruit. I really enjoyed this. Equal parts interesting and slurpable.

As an aside their cellar door is great. A beautiful, comfortable spot to taste wines and relax. A must visit next time I return to the Barossa. I will leave more time to hang around there, play yard sports and have some food alongside their excellent wines.

Price:      $40
Source:   Cellar Door
Varietal:  Roussanne
Tasted:    May 2015
Rating:    94
Website:  www.yellandandpapps.com


Monday, May 11, 2015

2014 Unico Zelo Esoterico

2014 Unico Zelo EsotericoMade from a blend of Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, Fiano and Muscat, sourced from various regions in South Australia. Another great value white wine that has seen some skin contact and has been left unfined and unfiltered. Excellent value. A very affordable way to check out how good a skin contact wine can be.

Wild nose with lots of floral notes alongside aromas of citrus and pineapple. A little hint of baked bread yeastiness. Wonderfully textural wine and the flavors stick around for a good amount of time leaving lots to ponder. A very interesting and quite unique wine.

Price:      $20
Source:   Different Drop
Varietal:  Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, Fiano, Muscat
Tasted:    May 2015
Rating:    95
Website:  www.unicozelo.com.au



2014 Unico Zelo Nero D'avola

Grapes have been sourced from a vineyard in Riverland, SA and underwent 30% whole bunch fermentation prior to ageing in old oak. Another interesting good value wine from Unico Zelo.

Fresh cherry and dark berry nose with some funkier elements at play. Soft tannins and mild acidity make this an easy drinker. A decent wine for the price.

Price:      $23
Source:   Different Drop
Varietal:  Nero D'avola
Tasted:    May 2015
Rating:    91
Website:  www.unicozelo.com.au

Thursday, May 7, 2015

2014 Pressing Matters R9 Riesling


Last year when I was down helping out at Bass Phillip during vintage, winemaker Phil Jones was sayingt how good Tasmanian Riesling was getting. The year following I tried a few, but none of them really hit it for me. So, this year I asked Phil to recommend a particular wine and this is the one he recommended.

While still quite young, this is such a clean and crisp wine, showing so much potential for aging. Talk about bright, clean acidity. Some tropical fruit notes when I first opened it, fading away to more wet stone and lemon-lime aromas. Excellent palate length.

 Price:      $33
Source:   Cool Wines, Hobart
Varietal:  Riesling
Tasted:    May 2015
Rating:    94+++
Website:  www.pressingmatters.com.au

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

2014 Unico Sauvignon Blanc

With grapes sourced from three vineyards in the Northern part of the Adelaide Hills, this wine spent around 3 weeks in contact with its skins and around 60% of it was barrel fermented. Not your average Sauvignon Blanc.

Savory nose with some herbaceous and minerally elements. Not much of the typical fruity aromas for this varietal. Reminds me a bit of some Vermentinos I've had. Interesting aromas, texture, and mild acidity make this probably the most unusual Sauvignon Blanc I've had. I 

Price:      $20
Source:   Different Drop
Varietal:  Sauvignon Blanc
Tasted:    April 2015
Rating:    90
Website:  www.unicozelo.com.au


Tuesday, May 5, 2015

2014 Chaffey Bros 'Not Your Grandmas' Rose

In contrast to the sickly sweet roses of generations past, many of  the better Australian wine producers are making excellent dryer style roses which are more similar to those produced in Provence, France.

This particular example is made from a blend of  Barrosan Grenache, Mourvedre, and a touch (2%) of the aromatic white varietals used in their excellent Dufte Punkt blend.

Plenty of cherry and red berry fruit are dominant on the nose, alongside some hints of spice. Soft texture and mid palate length make this a very easy drinking and refreshing rose. A good example of where rose is headed here in Australia. 

Price:     $20
Source: Cellarbrations, West End, Brisbane
Varietal: Grenache (69%), Mourvedre (29%), Gewurtztraminer/Riesling/Weißer Herol (2%)
Tasted: April 2012
Rating:   91
Website: http://www.chaffeybros.com/


Monday, May 4, 2015

2014 Unico Zelo Muscat d’Alessandria

Sourced from 70 year old bush vines from Ricca Terra Farms in the Riverland region, this wine saw three days of skin contact and underwent barrel fermentation. A wonderfully textural wine, that developed while drinking.

I got wafts of peaches and apricots, with more soft fruit flavors delivered on the palate. Has managed to maintain a freshness, reminiscent of must shortly after pressing. Such an interesting texture and subtly creamy mouthfeel. Great value, particularly for this style of wine. 

Price:      $20
Source:   Different Drop
Varietal:  Muscat d’Alessandria
Tasted:    April 2015
Rating:    94
Website:  www.unicozelo.com.au