Saturday, May 23, 2015

2013 Pizzini Pietra Rosa Sangiovese

Pizzini is situated on the red soils of the King Valley, in Victoria's North East. They produce a wide range of Italian varietals alongside many of the standards produced in Australia. Considered by many to be a benchmark for this varietal, here in Australia.

A bit smokey and savory with plenty of raspberry, cherry, and a touch of anise on the nose. Lovely fine, dusty tanning stick around for a good amount of time and are not drying or astringent in any way. Great varietal expression. An excellent food wine. Pairs perfectly with pizza.

Price:     $26
Source: Dan Murphy's
Varietal: Sangiovese
Tasted: May 2015
Rating:   94
Website: www.pizzini.com.au

2014 Handorf Hill Grüner Veltliner

Native to Austria, Grüner Veltliner seems to have found a very suitable home in Adelaide Hills. The 2012 vintage of this wine was rated the best Grüner Veltliner outside of Austria, at the 2013 International Grüner Veltliner tasting held in Vienna. I enjoyed this wine on it's own, but could see it being excellent paried with spicy Asian cuisine. 

I get aromas of stone fruit, pineapple,  and wet stone, developing more towards apple and pear on it's second day of being open. A textural wine that stuck to the middle of my tongue in a very pleasing way, with citrus flavors and moderate acidity. I hope to see more of this varietal pop up here in Australia.  

Price:     $28
Source: Cellar Door
Varietal: Grüner Veltliner
Tasted: May 2015
Rating:   94
Website: http://www.hahndorfhillwinery.com.au/

2014 Brash Higgins Grenache Mataro

Wine maker Brad Hickey has sourced biodynamically grown grapes from Yangarra Estate on the sandy soils of Blewitt Hills. The grapes were co-fermented with wild yeast, and then spent 6 months in a hogshead (approximately twice the size of a standard barrel), before being bottled unfined and unfiltered.

Red cherry and raspberry notes from the Grenache present themselves first and are soon followed by some savory, spicy aromas more characteristic of Mataro. Dusty tannins coat the palate evenly. A wine with great structure and length.

Price:     $40
Source: Wine Emporium
Varietal: Grenache (70%), Mataro (30%)
Tasted: May 2015
Rating:   95
Website: http://www.brashhiggins.com/

2014 Miles From Nowhere Chardonnay

A good reminder of just how versatile and responsive to wine making technique the  Chardonnay grape can be. You'd be forgiven mistaking this for Sauvignon Blanc the way it is drinking currently.

Some fresh cut grass and green apple aromas sit alongside wet stone and herbaceous notes. A clean palate with mid-level acidity. A touch astringent, I found this much better with food. A good wine considering it's price.

Price:      RRP $18
Source:   VinoMofo 
Varietal:  Chardonnay
Tasted:    May 2015
Rating:    90
Website:  http://www.milesfromnowhere.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

2014 Yelland and Papps 'Second Take' Roussanne

Grapes for this wine were all hand picked and sourced from three vineyards in Western Barossa, Greenock and Dorien. 18% of the grapes spent 15 days fermenting on skins, while the rest were fermented in french oak. The wine  spent 9 months in barrels with occasional lees stirring lending to the great texture and aromatic complexity of this wine.

Pours cloudy and smells unlike any Roussanne I've come across. I get poached pear, apple cider, and lemon curd aromas alongside some more savory yeasty elements. A great textural palate with some spicy notes and more pear like fruit. I really enjoyed this. Equal parts interesting and slurpable.

As an aside their cellar door is great. A beautiful, comfortable spot to taste wines and relax. A must visit next time I return to the Barossa. I will leave more time to hang around there, play yard sports and have some food alongside their excellent wines.

Price:      $40
Source:   Cellar Door
Varietal:  Roussanne
Tasted:    May 2015
Rating:    94
Website:  www.yellandandpapps.com

2013 Margan Verdhelo

Winemaker Andrew Margan spent over two decades working at Tyrells before going it his own in the Hunter Valley. Alongside his wife Lisa they now have over 100ha of vines planted.

Opens with a tropical fruit nose featuring pineapple alongside aromas of peach and orange peel. A fairly soft broad palate with medium length and a nice crisp finish. An easy drinking wine well suited for summer days.

Price:      $15
Source:   Dan Murphy's
Varietal:  Verdhelo
Tasted:    May 2015
Rating:    89
Website:  www.margan.com.au