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Showing posts with label Barossa. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Barossa. Show all posts

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

2012 Rusden 'Chritine's Vineyard' Grenache

ChristinesVineyard NVSourced from vines that were planted over 40 years ago, this wine takes it's name from winemaker Christian Canute's mother, who is particularly fond of this old vine block.

Spicy herbal aromas mix well with dark cherry fruit and a bit of licorice. I found it lighter on the palate than the nose suggested, which was a pleasant surprise. More spice on the palate with nice chalky tannins and a good acid finish.  Paired very well with roast lamb.


Price:      $40
Source:   Gift
Varietal:  Grenache
Tasted:    October 2015
Rating:    93
Website: www.rusdenwines.com.au




Monday, August 24, 2015

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






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/



  

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


Tuesday, May 12, 2015

2012 Tscharke 'Girl Talk' Savignin

Savignin  is a grape closely related to Gewurztraminer, Traminer, and Albarino which has made proper identification a little bit confusing. An excellent article by James Halliday on the history of this grape can be found here.

Originally brought to Australia in 1832 by James Busby, the grapes for this wine, as well as some others around Australia, were imported by the viticultural arm of CSIRO and were thought to be Albarino. It wasn't until an expert in grape identification from France (an ampelographer) toured some Australian vineyards and noticed that it more closely resembled Savignin than Albarino, that the grape wines were reclassified.

The confusion is quite understandable when you taste this wine, as it really is reminiscent of a nice Albarino. Smells of pear, lemon, wet stone, and perhaps a whiff of honey. A nice clean, dry wine with a good lick of acidity. I've had a couple of bottles of this now, and am sure to have more.

Price:      $20
Source:   Dan Murphy's
Varietal:  Savignin
Tasted:    May 2015
Rating:    94
Website:  www.tscharke.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/Wei├čer Herol (2%)
Tasted: April 2012
Rating:   91
Website: http://www.chaffeybros.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

Sunday, May 3, 2015

2012 Yelland and Papps 'Devote' Old Vine Grenache


Yelland & Papps Devote Old Vine Grenache 2012

Made from fruit sourced from 45 year old vines at the Materne Family Vineyard in the Barossa Valley, this wine was open fermented for two weeks before being basket pressed and aged in old and new french oak for 20 months.

Wafts of cherry and other red berry fruits meld with aromas of black pepper, spice, and licorice. Soft fine tannins flow effortlessly across the palate. A well balanced wine with clean acidity and fine structure. Drinking well now, but will likely improve over the next few years.

Price:      $35
Source:   Cellar Door
Varietal:  Grenache
Tasted:    April 2015
Rating:    93
Website:  www.yellandandpapps.com





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 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

Monday, October 27, 2014

2013 Yelland and Papps Sete Di Vino

Yelland and Papps are not your average Barossan wine producers. Unlike many wine makers in the region, Susan Yelland and Michael Papps are a young family of first generation wine makers. They source many of their grapes from vineyards around the region and have a small vineyard of their own. Most importantly they are making really great and unique wines.

Sete di Vino translates from Italian into "thirst for wine", a sentiment I can relate to. This blend of Barbera, Lagrein, and Dolcetto is a perfect everyday drinking wine, that is great with food. Some savory elements on the nose meld well with flowery aromas and good fresh dark berry flavors. A bit of sour cherry, soft tannins, and a nice oak finish.

This wine is drinking great right from the start, so no need to cellar. Paired fantastic with pizza and cured meats, and would likely do well alongside plenty of other dishes. I'll be buying this again.

Price:     $22
Source:  Malt Traders
Varietal: Barbera (36%), Lagrein (34%), Dolcetto (30%)
Tasted:  October 2014
Rating:   92
Website: http://www.yellandandpapps.com/

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, August 22, 2014

2013 Azte's Corner Rose


Indian food seems to match rose better than any other wine I've tried yet.  Friday nights, after a big week of work, seem to also pair quite well with Indian takeaway.  So tonight I tried the 2013 Atze's Corner Rose along side a lamb rogan josh and chicken tikka masala, and it was great.

Opens up with a big wiff of strawberry and a touch of pineapple and rose water.  Slightly sweet with fairly low acidity, which held up well with the Indian food. Grenache Roses have definitely found a spot on my wine rack.

Price:     $15
Varietal: Grenache Rose
Tasted: August 2014
Rating:   90   
Website: http://www.atzescornerwines.com.au/