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Showing posts with label Victoria. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Victoria. Show all posts

Monday, August 24, 2015

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/




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





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

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

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

2012 Glenlofty Single-Vineyard Pyrenees Chardonnay

Glenlofty hails from the the foothills of the Pyrenees region in central Victoria. In previous vintages their wines were blended to make premium wines for larger wineries such as Penfolds, Seppelts and Rosemount. However, in 2013 Glenlofty opted to bottle these wines under their own label and are offering many of the wines as single vineyard releases. 

An inviting nose with aromas of white peach , tropical fruit and some toasty brioche. A soft mildly complex palate offering more peach and creaminess. Finishes clean with a nice acid kick. 

Price:     RRP $20
Source:  Vinomofo
Varietal: Chardonnay
Tasted:  January 2015
Rating:   91
Website: www.glenloftywines.com.au

Monday, September 15, 2014

2012 Fowles "Ladies who Shoot their Lunch" Shiraz




A very lively Shiraz, perfect for a barbecue with friends.  While the intentions with the "Ladies who Shoot their Lunch" series was to produce a range of  wines that would pair well with game meats, I suspect this Shiraz will be quite food friendly in general.

Fowles winery and vineyards are located in Strathbogie Ranges, a cool climate region in central Victoria residing on a granite range.  It is a family owned winery, lead by Matt Fowles with Victor Nash as the chief winemaker.

Opening with a spicy, peppery nose, this has a great round palate delivering juicy dark berry fruit and a nice touch of minerality.  I'll buy this again, and look forward to trying it with some game.

Price:     $35
Varietal: Shiraz
Tasted: September 2014
Rating:   93
Website: https://www.fowleswine.com/