Tuesday, October 27, 2015

2013 Margan Estate Shiraz

Margan ShirazAn entry level Shiraz sourced from winemaker Andrew Margan's Hunter valley vineyards.

Some reductive sulfur notes on first opening, which fell away on the second day of tasting. Some dark berry fruit, with spice and earthy notes. Decently structured tannins which stuck around on the palate for a decent amount of time. Not a bad Shiraz, will likely benefit from a bit more age.

Price:      $20
Source:   Dan Murphy's
Varietal:  Shiraz
Tasted:    October 2015
Rating:    89
Website: www.margan.com.au

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

2012 Rusden 'Chritine's Vineyard' Grenache

ChristinesVineyard NVSourced from vines that were planted over 40 years ago, this wine takes it's name from winemaker Christian Canute's mother, who is particularly fond of this old vine block.

Spicy herbal aromas mix well with dark cherry fruit and a bit of licorice. I found it lighter on the palate than the nose suggested, which was a pleasant surprise. More spice on the palate with nice chalky tannins and a good acid finish.  Paired very well with roast lamb.

Price:      $40
Source:   Gift
Varietal:  Grenache
Tasted:    October 2015
Rating:    93
Website: www.rusdenwines.com.au

Thursday, October 8, 2015

2001 St Hubert's Pinot Noir

Bought with a group, figuring it would minimize the risk, I was surprised to find a Pinot of this age that still has some primary fruit character and structure remaining.

Opening with some soft cherry aromas, savory forest floor and mushroom like aromas soon followed. Tannins were very soft, but still there in quantity and structure holding the wine together with a touch of remaining acidity. It was definitely a pleasant surprise.

Price:      $45
Source:   Grape Therapy, Fortitude Valley
Varietal:  Pinot Noir
Tasted:    October 2015
Rating:    93
Website:  www.sthuberts.com.au/

2001 Tamar Ridge Pinot Noit

It was a bit of a gamble trying a pinot of this age, but after the '01 St Hubert, I figured the gamble could pay off.  I was wrong. Completely shot.

Taking on aromas of stewed fruit and wild honey, the acidity is out of check and there are relatively no tannins to speak of. You win some, you lose some.

Price:      $45
Source:   Grape Therapy, Fortitude Valley
Varietal:  Pinot Noir
Tasted:    October 2015
Rating:    80
Website:  www.brownbrothers.com.au

1998 Yalumba ' The Menzies' Cabernet Sauvignon

Named after politician and wine enthusiast Sit Robert Menzie, the grapes for this wine all come from the Menzies vineyard in Coonawarra.

Initial cigar box and black pepper aromas opened up in the decanter to reveal more dark berry fruit and developed well over about an hour. Didn't detect any of the eucalypt like aromas, common in wines from Coonawarra.  The tannins have aged gracefully and the acidity is still in tact and well balanced, resulting in excellent structure and length. This wine has developed well and likely still has a few good years ahead of it.

Price:      $60
Source:   Grape Therapy, Fortitude Valley
Varietal:  Cabernet Sauvignon
Tasted:    October 2015
Rating:    95
Website:  www.yalumba.com

Monday, September 21, 2015

2015 Oliver's Taranga Mencia Rose

chica_spritzedHailing from Spain, the Mencia grape is one of my favorite red varietals. The best examples of which can be reminiscent of a cross between a cool climate Shiraz and an earthy Pinot Noir. Oliver's Taranga are one of only two growers in Australia that currently have this grape (along with Dell'Uva) and have been making this tasty rose for the last two vintages, with their first red Mencia about to be released.

Leading with strawberry fruit, their is a hint of spice on the nose which I find very charming. It almost smells like it might be a touch sweet, however it is refreshingly crisp and dry with a nice little flick of acid. Great summer wine, sure to go well with lots of food and win over a crowd.

Price:      $24
Source:   Winemaker
Varietal:  Mencia
Tasted:    September 2015
Rating:    92
Website:  www.oliverstaranga.com

2014 Jauma 'The Message' Shiraz

Winemaker James Erksine has sourced fruit from McLaren Vale grower Fiona Wood to produce this Shiraz in a rather 'hands off' manner. Allowed to ferment with the wild yeasts found on the grapes themselves, this wine is left unfiltered and unfined with only a small amount of sulfur added.

Juicy red berry aromas are predominant, with support from a hint of earth. Light and dusty tannins are just right to make this wine interesting, yet very drinkable at a young age. A great wine for this price.

Price:      $25
Source:   Stewart's Wine Co.
Varietal:  Shiraz
Tasted:    September 2015
Rating:    93
Website:  www.jauma.com