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Monday, May 4, 2015

2013 Yabby Lake 'Red Claw' Pinot Gris

The Red Claw range from Mornington Peninsula's Yabby Lake consists of their entry level wines, many of which offer good value and are generally quite easy to track down. Fruit is sourced from the Yabby Lake estate vineyard, whole bunch pressed, and left for extended lees contact.

Tropical fruit and citrus aromas develop over a short period of time into softer aromas of pear and apple, with underlying notes of honey and spice. Time spent on lees is noticeable with hints of fresh baked bread. A nice soft mid length palate with mild acidity. An all round good Mornington Peninsula Pinot Gris that is readily available in many bottle shops.

Price:      $20
Source:   Chalk and Cheese, West End
Varietal:  Pinot Gris
Tasted:    April 2015
Rating:    92
Website:  www.yabbylake.com

2014 Unico Zelo Muscat d’Alessandria

Sourced from 70 year old bush vines from Ricca Terra Farms in the Riverland region, this wine saw three days of skin contact and underwent barrel fermentation. A wonderfully textural wine, that developed while drinking.

I got wafts of peaches and apricots, with more soft fruit flavors delivered on the palate. Has managed to maintain a freshness, reminiscent of must shortly after pressing. Such an interesting texture and subtly creamy mouthfeel. Great value, particularly for this style of wine. 

Price:      $20
Source:   Different Drop
Varietal:  Muscat d’Alessandria
Tasted:    April 2015
Rating:    94
Website:  www.unicozelo.com.au

Sunday, May 3, 2015

2014 Symphony Hill Gewürztraminer

While Symphony Hill is located in the Granite Belt wine region in Queensland, the grapes for this particular wine have been sourced from New England, a region South of the Granite Belt in New South Whales. 

Plenty of tropical fruit and lychee on the nose, with a hint of rose petal and pink grapefruit. Nice soft palate with wonderfully length and complexity. Refreshing acidity helps this wine finish well. An all round delicious wine.

Price:      $40
Source:   Cru Bar and Cellar
Varietal:  Gewürztraminer
Tasted:    April 2015
Rating:    94
Website:  www.symphonyhill.com.au

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