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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

2013 S.C. Pannell Syrah

S.C. Pannell has quickly become one of my favorite wine makers, as of late. He seems to have the right balance between exploring different varietals and wine making styles, and knowing what works well here in Australia. I was pleased to see this wine recently win the Jimmy Watson trophy, however had it been up to me I would have probably picked his even more amazing Grenache.

This was for me an excellent example of what can be done with Shiraz in the cooler wine growing regions of Australia, such as the Adelaide Hills. Refined with nice tight structure and some mineral elements. Still has many of the things I've come to expect from good Australian shiraz. Already drinking beautifully, but sure to reward a bit of patience over the next few years.

Price:     $30
Source: Craft Red Hill
Varietal: Shiraz
Tasted:  October 2014
Rating:   94
Website: www.pannell.com.au


2013 Vinomofo 'The Orgy' Grenache Shiraz Mouvedre


This is a pretty top notch GSM and provides excellent value. This one was made by Malcolm and Richard Leask in McClaren Vale. Another tasty, great value wine from the VinoMofo boys.

Smells to me of strawberry and raspberry. Soft ttannins and oh so juicy. This is a super easy drinking wine. It went over well with my friends and I could easily see myself drinking more of this (likely buy it in another collaboration case, as I've liked all of the wines so far). Probably best to drink it in the next couple of years, as it wasn't drinking as well on the second day.

Price:     $15
Source: VinoMofo
Varietal: Grenache, Shiraz, Mouvedre
Tasted:  October 2014
Rating:   91
Website: http://www.vinomofo.com

2014 Battle of Bosworth 'Puritan' Shiraz



If you are looking for a Shiraz to cellar for a few years, this is probably not what you're after. However, if you are looking for a great juicy Shiraz to drink right away, you're in luck. This Shiraz has been produced without the addition of the usual preservative sulfur dioxide, hence the name puritan and has been made in a style for drinking in its youth.

Pours a very dark purple and smells of fresh berry fruit with some nice floral overtones. A very easy drinking wine, resulting from soft tannins, mild acidity and a big round palette. I definitely recommend giving this one a try, as it's unlike any other Shiraz I have tried so far. Excellent wine to take to a BBQ.

Price:     $20
Source:  Chalk & Cheese, West End
Varietal: Shiraz
Tasted:  October 2014
Rating:   91
Website: http://www.battleofbosworth.com.au/

Monday, October 27, 2014

2012 Hither & Yon White Frontignac

Hitther & Yon are yet another McLaren Vale producer utilizing less common grape varietals to produce great quality wines that are also unique and interesting. White Frontignac is an alternative name for a grape variety known to the french as Muscat Blanc à Petits Grains, which translates roughly to "white Muscat with small berries". This is an absolutely perfect wine for hot summer days, as it's easy drinking, floral, and crisp.

Pale in color with nice subtle tropical fruit on the nose, featuring lychee and pineapple. More tropical fruits on the palate are balanced by a crisp lemon acidity with a nice dry finish. Was decent with sweet soy pork belly, however the sauce slightly over powered this wine. I would pair it with something more delicate next time, such as a pad thai or crab cakes, although this wine is plenty good on it's own and would do just fine while sitting by the pool.

Price:     $24
Source:  Cellarbrations West End
Varietal: White Frontgnac
Tasted:  October 2014
Rating:   92
Website: http://www.hitherandyon.com.au/

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

2013 S.C. Pannell TempranilloTouriga

S.C., Pannell was recently awarded the Jimmy Watson trophy for his 2013 Syrah (reviewed here), however it's really his work with Grenache, Tempranillo, and Touriga Nacional that have me excited. This is another beautiful wine from a great wine maker. An easy drinking wine perfect to share with friends. Excellent with cured meats and soft cheeses.

Nice aromatics displaying characters of blackberry, jasmine, and some nutmeg spice. A medium bodied wine, juicy with mild but grippy tannins. An easy drinking and food friendly wine.

Price:     $25
Source: Craft, Red Hill
Varietal: Tempranillo (72%) Touriga (28%)
Tasted: October 2014
Rating:   92
Website: www.pannell.com.au