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Monday, August 24, 2015

2010 Wynns 'Black Label' Cabernet Sauvignon

As many Australian wine fans are well aware the Black Label Cabernet Sauvignon is one of the best value wines from the Coonawarra region, and generally ages quite well. While it's certainly one to buy up and cellar, I've notice a few times I've been able to buy this wine with a few years already on it for very little mark up. An attractive proposition to someone like myself with a fairly small wine fridge.

This 2010 is coming along nicely. Chocolate, earth, and mint, line up well with the dark berry and plum aromas. Maybe a hint of cigar box developing. Still plenty of life left in the tannins of this wine, but they're becoming quite silky and very enjoyable. Look forward to seeing this wine again in another few years.

Price:      $30
Source:   Vintage Cellars
Varietal:  Cabernet Sauvignon
Tasted:    August 2015
Rating:    95
Website:  www.wynns.com.au

2012 Yabby Lake 'Single Vineyard' Pinot Noir

Coming from one of Australia's best viticultural and winemaking teams, Keith Harris and Tom Carson, this is a good example of just how good Victorian Pinot Noir has gotten. An excellent Aussie Pinot, I'm now super keen to get a taste of some of the single block Pinots from this vintage.

Plum and red cherry aromas with some forest floor and mushrooms. Great length on the palate, offering more purple red fruit alongside some more savory flavors. Everything I want from a Mornington Pinot Noir.

I think I may have plucked this one from the wine fridge a touch early, as I suspect it still has lots of development potential.

Price:      $55
Source:   Wine Emporium
Varietal:  Pinot Noir
Tasted:    August 2015
Rating:    96
Website:  www.yabbylake.com




2014 Kalleske 'Plenarius' Viognier

Long time grape growers, the Kalleske family have been producing biodynamic wines in the Barossa Valley under their own label since 2002. This style of wine, known as an orange wine, is produced by fermenting white wine grapes while in contact with their skin, in this case for 7 days. I find this to be one for their more interesting wines, and am pleased with how this wine maintain many of the characters I associate with more typical Viogniers.

I get aromas of honer, ginger, apricot, and mandarin. The palate is really nice with the tannins from the skins adding great texture and length. There is a nice acid zing that balances out these tannins and the apricot jam sweetness of this wine. This is a wine definitely worth tracking down. Both interesting and delicious. Make sure to let this warm up a bit before serving, as it got far more interesting outside of the fridge.

Price:      $30
Source:   Stewart's Wine Co.
Varietal:  Viognier
Tasted:    August 2015
Rating:    94
Website:  www.kalleske.com






2014 Coriole Nero D'Avola

Another great Nero D'avola hailing from McLaren Vale. Made in a fresh and easy drinking style this wine is very approachable and ready to drink right away. Coriole are helping to lead the way in the production of great wines from Italian varietals in this region.

Bright fresh red fruit aromas, with plenty of cherry, mingle with some light spicy notes and a hint of aniseed. Silky soft tannins with decent palate length. Found myself going for a second glass pretty quick. Paired very well with pan seared duck breast.

Price:      $22
Source:   Different Drop
Varietal:  Nero D'avola
Tasted:    August 2015
Rating:    93
Website:  www.coriole.com



2013 Collector 'Marked Tree Red' Shiraz

The 'Marked Tree Red' is winemaker Alex McKay's entry level Shiraz, with his top fruit going into his reserve Shiraz, but don't let the price tag fool you this is a seriously good climate Shiraz. Grown in the Canberra District, the wines are made in the Southern Tablelands of NSW about 40 km from Canberra.

A nice peppery nose with red berries, predominately cherry and some spice. Bright fine tannins are well integrated. An excellent wine with good length. Light yet surprisingly full bodied. I also had a chance to taste the reserve, although in smaller volume, and I suspect this is a winery to watch.

Price:      $26
Source:   Royal Queensland Food and Wine Show
Varietal:  Shiraz
Tasted:    June 2015
Rating:    94
Website:  http://www.collectorwines.com.au/

2013 Turkey Flat 'Butchers Block' Red

This vintage of the Butcher's Block Red is Shiraz dominant, accounting for almost half of the volume, with Grenache and Mataro making up the rest in similar proportions. A very generous and well balanced blend that  over delivers at this price point. 

Aromas of roses, new leather, strawberries, earth and spice. Some cassis with red and black berries on the palate. Subtle yet well structured tannins make for a silky smooth, easy to drink wine that impresses. A great, versatile food wine at a smart price. 

Price:      $20
Source:   Craft Red Hill
Varietal:  Shiraz (48%), Grenache (28%), Mataro (24%)
Tasted:    August 2015
Rating:    93
Website: http://www.turkeyflat.com.au/



  

Monday, June 22, 2015

2015 RQFWS presents Grape Grazing by Night‏


I volunteered to be a Steward for part of the Royal Queensland Food and Wine Show and had the opportunity to taste a bunch of excellent wines.

That opportunity is being extended to the general public next Friday at the Brisbane Showgrounds . Not one to miss, as there will be over 2000 Australian wines available for tasting. Some really amazing wines too. All medal winning wines will be available, and I found heaps of wines I loved that didn't win medals this year.

Tickets are $80. They include canapes and are available here.