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Sunday, May 3, 2015

2013 Dopff Au Moulin Gewürztraminer

A classic Gewürztraminer from the French region of Alsace, this wine delivers very well for this price. It's hard to pass this one up when thinking of getting a wine to have with spicy asian cuisine, such as Thai or Vietnamese. 

Quite aromatic, with plenty of lychee, rose petal, and hints of grapefruit. Nice clean acidity and a mild sweetness help this wine pair well with a bit of heat. I've grabbed this a couple of times now and will surely consider it again when looking for a  fairly inexpensive bottle to have with Thai or Vietnamese food.

Price:      $20
Source:   Dan Murphy's
Varietal:  Gewürztraminer
Tasted:    April 2015
Rating:    92
Website:  http://www.dopff-au-moulin.fr/

2014 Yelland and Papps 'Second Take' Grenache

An interesting contrast to their Devote range Grenache, the Second Take is a fruity, lively, fun wine that is great for drinking young. Fermented naturally with 48% whole bunches before being aged in old and new oak for seven months, it was then bottled unfined and unfiltered. 

A sweet cherry/raspberry aroma jumps out of the glass and is followed by hints of chocolate and spice. In contrast to the sweet berry aromas the palate is refreshing and delicate, with a lively kick. This is a great bottle to buy and drink right away. An excellent wine marrying new and old wine making techniques to produce a faultless, fun, and interesting drop.

Price:      $40
Source:   Cellar Door
Varietal:  Grenache
Tasted:    April 2015
Rating:    95
Website:  www.yellandandpapps.com

2014 Unico Zelo Grenache

Sourced from one of the few parcels of Grenache in the Adelaide Hills, this wine was made from hand picked grapes that then underwent 100% whole bunch fermentation for 10 days, prior to being pressed off for the completion of fermentation to occur in old oak puncheons. 

A very lively nose, with lots of zippy hits of ginger and spice. The time spent on stems definitely comes through and comes off a bit green and herbaceous, for my taste. Fine tannins, with moderate length make for very easy drinking. 

Price:      $30
Source:   Different Drop
Varietal:  Grenache
Tasted:    April 2015
Rating:    90
Website:  www.unicozelo.com.au

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





Thursday, February 12, 2015

2014 Ochota Barrels 'Fugazi Vineyard' Grenache


Sourced from 66 year old dry grown bush vines in Mclaren Vale. The vineyard takes it's name after a post-hardcore punk band from Washington, D.C. A large addition of whole bunches (70%), this wine spent 82 days on it's skins prior to six months in old oak barrels. 

Another fantastically aromatic wine from Ochota with heaps of fresh, bright cherry and raspberry aromas. Fresh and juicy, yet textural and complex palate offers more red fruits with some spice and white pepper.

Price:     $40
Source:  Wine Emporium
Varietal: Grenache
Tasted:  January 2015
Rating:   94
Website: http://www.ochotabarrels.com/




Wednesday, February 11, 2015

2010 S.C. Pannell Nebbiolo


S.C. Pannell's sixth release of Nebbiolo consists of a blend of five different clones from the Adelaide Hills. This wine had an extended 24 day maceration imparting unique tannin characteristics. The wine then spent 21 months in old Hungarian oak puncheons, resulting in great varietal expression that is not overwhelmed by oak.

Remarkably orange in color for a wine this age. Still plenty of ripe cherry, rose, and earthy aromas. Medium bodied with fine grippy tannins and a slightly savory finish. Paired excellent with butternut pumpkin Gnocchi. A real treat and drinking very well at the moment.

Price:     $50
Source:  City Wine Shop, Melbourne
Varietal: Nebbiolo
Tasted:  December 2014
Rating:   95

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