Showing posts with label Red Wine. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Red Wine. Show all posts

Sunday, February 12, 2017

2016 La Linea Mencia

Image result for la linea menciaMencia is a fairly new grape varietal to hit the shores of Australia. Back in its home in the north-west of Spain, it is often used to make light bodied, heavily perfumed wines, ideal for drinking in their youth.

This particular effort comes from a gravelly loam vineyard in Lenswood, and is the first Mencia planting in the Adelaide Hills. Hand picked fruit was fermented without the addition of yeast and sees only old french oak, resulting in a fruit forward wine, drinking very well in it's youth.

An intensely perfumed wine with cherry at the forefront and floral aromas that make it just so pretty and complex. Tannins are soft and powdery, which juxtaposes the juicy red fruit and soft acidity of this wine, oh so well.

This wine is everything I hoped Mencia could be in Australia and it appears the Adelaide Hills may be well suited for the varietal.

Price: $30
Varietal: Mencia
Would I Buy It?: Yes. Tasted as a sample at work, and brought one home for dinner.
Website: www.lalinea.com.au

Monday, December 14, 2015

2012 Wolf Blass 'Grey Label' Shiraz

A mid level Shiraz from the Wolf Blass range, with fruit from McLaren Vale.

Dark, ripe shiraz aromas with moderate oak. Tastes of dark cherries and blackberry fruit. Tannins a touch grippy for my taste. Over all a fairly good Shiraz on the riper end of the spectrum.

Price:      $36
Source:   Dan Murphy's
Varietal:  Shiraz
Tasted:    November 2015
Rating:    92
Website: www.wolfblass.com

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

2007 Izadi Crianza

Bodega Izadi is a member of the Artevino group in Rioja, Spain. This Crianza is comprised of 100 percent Tempranillo, which has spent 14 months in American oak.

Nose opens with red berry fruit, anise, and hints of cedar and vanilla. Tannins are rounding out nicely, producing an elegant and structured palate. Has both the power and a roundness that allowed it to pair nicely with cured meats and Manchego.

Price:      $50
Source:   www.simplywines.net.au 
Varietal:  Tempranillo
Tasted:    October 2015
Rating:    93
Website: www.izadi.com

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

Thursday, October 8, 2015

2001 St Hubert's Pinot Noir

Bought with a group, figuring it would minimize the risk, I was surprised to find a Pinot of this age that still has some primary fruit character and structure remaining.

Opening with some soft cherry aromas, savory forest floor and mushroom like aromas soon followed. Tannins were very soft, but still there in quantity and structure holding the wine together with a touch of remaining acidity. It was definitely a pleasant surprise.

Price:      $45
Source:   Grape Therapy, Fortitude Valley
Varietal:  Pinot Noir
Tasted:    October 2015
Rating:    93
Website:  www.sthuberts.com.au/

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

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

2012 Yabby Lake 'Single Vineyard' Pinot Noir

Coming from one of Australia's best viticultural and winemaking teams, Keith Harris and Tom Carson, this is a good example of just how good Victorian Pinot Noir has gotten. An excellent Aussie Pinot, I'm now super keen to get a taste of some of the single block Pinots from this vintage.

Plum and red cherry aromas with some forest floor and mushrooms. Great length on the palate, offering more purple red fruit alongside some more savory flavors. Everything I want from a Mornington Pinot Noir.

I think I may have plucked this one from the wine fridge a touch early, as I suspect it still has lots of development potential.

Price:      $55
Source:   Wine Emporium
Varietal:  Pinot Noir
Tasted:    August 2015
Rating:    96
Website:  www.yabbylake.com

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

2012 Tim Adams 'The Fergus' Grenache

Taking it's name from the owner of a neighboring vineyard who was kind enough to sell them Grenache grapes during a shortage of Shiraz and Cabernet during. This vintage the grapes were fermented with Tempranillo skins and blended with a significant amount of Tempranillo and Malbec. 

Good varietal distinction with aromas of cherry, raspberry and spice. Nice hardy tannins, mid level acidity, and good length. Paired very well with Turkish lamb pide (something like a Turkish pizza). A pleasant surprise to find such an enjoyable Grenache from a region not well known for this varietal.  

Price:      RRP $24
Source:   Bottle at Restaurant 
Varietal:  Grenache, Tempranillo, Malbec
Tasted:    May 2015
Rating:    93
Website:  http://www.timadamswines.com.au

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

2008 Tahbilk Cabernet Sauvignon

Coming from Dan Murphy's current cellar release, this is a nicely aged Cabernet for little money to help warm you up on those cool winter nights. Possibly more directed towards those that like a riper expression of Cabernet, this is drinking well now and fit the bill with lamb loin chops.

Tobacco, anise and dark berry fruit develop into more raisiny notes in the glass. Fairly intense palate with very nice tannin structure and moderate length. A nice example of this style of Cabernet, at a very fair price.

Price:      $23
Source:   Dan Murphy's 
Varietal:  Cabernet Sauvignon
Tasted:    May 2015
Rating:    92
Website:  www.tahbilk.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/

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

2008 Tahbilk Shiraz

Picked this up at Dan Murphy's as a cellar release. A pretty serious wine at a very fair price. I'll grab some more of this to share with my Shiraz loving mates.

Black fruit, spice, and maybe a hint of leather on the nose. Tannins have mellowed and come together nicely. Dark berry, plum, and anise flavors stick around on the palate for the right ammount of time. Improved a lot in the the decanter over a few hours, and the initial sulfur aromas left within minutes.

Was just what my steak was asking for. Drinking nice now, I wouldn't put this one away for any more time. Probably best to drink this with a big piece of red meat.

Price:      $23
Source:   Dan Murphy's 
Varietal:  Shiraz
Tasted:    May 2015
Rating:    93
Website:  www.yellandandpapps.com

Monday, May 11, 2015

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

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

2012 Chain of Ponds 'Morning Star' Pinot Noir

Chain of Ponds are said to be the first to plant extensive vineyards in the Northern region of the Adelaide Hills, for cool climate viticulture. The best barrels from the better vineyards are generally selected for the top tier 'Morning Star' Pinot, with the remainder going into their 'Section 400' Pinot.

An earthy nose with raspberry, cherry and beetroot, are followed by some sour cherry and raspberry notes on the somewhat short palate. Tannins are a touch chalky and drying to my taste. Mellowed out a bit on day two, so probably best to give this one a good decant.

 Price:      RRP $50
Source:   Vinomofo
Varietal:  Pinot Noir
Tasted:    May 2015
Rating:    90
Website:  www.chainofponds.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