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Sunday, November 16, 2014

2013 Vinomofo 'Gusto Mama' Sangiovese


Sangiovese has made it way from its native home in Italy and is producing some very nice wines here in Australia. This one comes from a collaboration between retailers Vinomofo and winemakers Islander Estate, Located on Kangaroo Island.

It has a rather spicy nose with cherry notes. It smells to me as though there were some whole bunches in the ferment, lending a green, herbaceous nose to this wine. The tannins were a bit grippier than many of the Italian Sangiovese I've had.

Was good with pizza, but maybe a little overwhelming. Reminds me more of a young Adelaide Hills pinot, than an Italian Sangiovese.

Price:     $15
Source: Vinomofo
Varietal: Sangiovese
Tasted:  November 2014
Rating:   88
Website: www.vinomofo.com

Saturday, November 15, 2014

2014 Turkey Flat Rosé

Turkey Flat make consistently excellent Rosé from the Barossa Valley. Predominantly made from Grenache this wine also contains small portions of Shiraz, Cabernet, and Dolcetto. It appears to be available at many of the larger retailers in Australia, making it easy to track down.

Generous fruit forward nose offering lots of fresh strawberry, raspberry and Turkish delight. Great almost creamy palette offers a hint of spice and finishes clean .

Paired quite well with a number of Indian dishes, including butter chicken and lamb korma. A very food friendly wine.

Price:     $25
Source: Liquorland
Varietal: Grenache (93%), Shiraz (4%), Cab Sauv (2%) Dolcetto (1%)
Tasted:  November 2014
Rating:   93
Website: www.turkeyflat.com.au


2014 BK Wines Pétilliant Naturel

Pétilliant Naturel translates roughly into naturally sparkling, a reference to the fact that no additional sugar is added during this process of sparkling wine production. Instead the wine is bottled and sealed with a crown cap before fermentation has completed. This produces a lightly sparkling wine and also leaves some sediment in the bottle.

This was a fun refreshing wine, unlike anything I've had before. The residual yeast left in the bottle becomes more prevalent as you work you're way through the bottle and adds a bready character, which is balanced by apples and a bit of citrus. Reminiscent of a very dry apple cider, with more finesse.

I'll be keeping my eyes peeled for another release of this Pet-Nat, as it was a refreshing and interesting summer treat.

Price:     $24
Source: Cellarbrations, West End
Varietal: Chardonnay
Tasted:  November 2014
Rating:   92
Website: www.bkwines.com.au


2012 Glaetzer-Dixon überblanc Riesling

Nick Glaetzer was Gourmet Traveller's 2011 Winemaker of the year and also took home the Jimmy Watson award for his 2010 Mon Pere Shiraz. The name überblanc comes from a 2001 harvest Nick experienced in Germany with Stepan Mueller at Weingut Eugen Mueller. Grapes for this Riesling were sourced from both the Tamar and Coal Valley regions of Tasmania.   

It Displays a lovely subtle nose with kaffir lime and a bit of green apple. A well structured Riesling with great minerality, length, and intensity. Drinking very well now, but will no doubt improve over time in the cellar.  

Price:     $24
Source: Dan Murphy's
Varietal: Riesling
Tasted:  November 2014
Rating:   93
Website: www.danmurpys.com.au

2014 Wines by KT 5452 Riesling

Winemaker Kerri Thompson has been making wines in South Australia's Clare Valley region since 1998, and has been specializing in producing Riesling from this area. The 5452 is her entry level Riesling and comprises grapes from two vineyards in the Watervale (area code 5452) sub-region.

Green apple up front is joined by lemon, lime, and some floral notes. With a soft round texture this wine slides across the palate, making it almost dangerously easy to drink. Good acidity makes for a nice crisp finish urging you to take another sip.

If this is her entry level Riesling, I cannot wait to get my hands on some more of her wines.

Price:     $23
Source: Gift
Varietal: Riesling
Tasted:  November 2014
Rating:   92
Website: www.winesbykt.com


2013 Vinomofo 'Arcadia Bohemia' Chardonnay


Another collaboration wine from Vinomofo, this one was made by Brendon Keys from BK Wines in Adelaide Hills. BK wines are producing a lot of really interesting wines, and this barrel fermented Chardonnay offers good value.

It balances the line of ripeness quite well, offering both some tropical fruit elements alongside some citrus fruit. Nice buttery and soft with decent length on the palate.

A good quality chardonnay at a very  fair price point. I would buy this again. Paired well with barbecued chicken.  

Price:     $15
Source: Vinomofo
Varietal: Chardonnay
Tasted:  November 2014
Rating:   90
Website: www.vinomofo.com
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Thursday, November 13, 2014

2012 Vinomofo Old Money Cabernet Sauvignon


This is probably my pick of most recent batch of collaborations between wine retailers Vinomofo and wine makers around the country. This Cabernet was made by Sam Brand, a fourth generation winemaker in the Coonawarra region, from fruit sourced from his family vineyards.

A very approachable Cabernet in it's youth with a nose delivering plenty of dark berry fruit and a hint of mint, characteristic of the region. Super soft tannins and good fruit character make this easy drinking, smooth, and very ready to drink now.

Not one for the cellar, but a very good wine to share with friends over food.

Price:     $15
Source: Vinomofo
Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon
Tasted:  November 2014
Rating:   93
Website: www.vinomofo.com