From Minervois in the south of France, Les Traverses from Domaine de Courbissac is a grenache, syrah and mourvèdre blend. It has sweet smelling aromas of spice and cooked fruit compot. The palate is full bodied with medium acidity and soft tannins. Rating: Good. Abv: 13.0. Price: $35. Website: NA. Reviewed: April 2020.
This is a typical basic Chianti from Camporsino. It opens to an earthy aroma. The palate has firm acidity, chalky tannins and is balanced. Ready to drink now. Rating: Good. Abv: 12.5. Price: $23. Website: http://www.principecorsini.com. Reviewed: April 2020.
This wine is a verdejo (not verdelho) from Uclés in Castilla La Mancha in central Spain. It has typical herbal and chamomile aromas. The palate is viscous and full bodied. Drink now. Rating: Good. Abv: 12.5. Price: $15. Website: mesta.wine. Reviewed: April 2020.
This is a good sangiovese from Angullong in the Orange region and the 2018 vintage. In the glass, there are aromas of red berries and earth. The palate is full bodied, medium acidity and has correct firm tannins which emerge with time. Ready to drink now. Rating: Good. Abv: 14.5. Price: $28. Website: http://www.angullong.com.au. Source: Sample. Reviewed: April 2020.
This is a good Vouvray from Damien Pinon. White gold colour, it opens to aromas of lemon and orange rind. The palate has trademark chenin blanc rising acidity. The wine finishes dry but with a hint of residual sugar typical of Vouvray. Rating: Good. Abv: 14.0. Website: pinondamien.wixsite.com/vouvray. Reviewed: April 2020.
Balgownie Estate’s shiraz from the Bendigo region is a well regarded wine. The 2016 vintage has aromas of pastille and spice. The palate is full bodied, very soft with little tannin and the cedar influence sits ajar from the fruit. Pleasant and ready to drink, the 2016 is a modest release. Rating: Good. Abv: NA. Website: http://www.balgownieestate.com.au. Reviewed: April 2020.
This is a sound pinot noir rosé from Warramunda Estate in the Yarra Valley. It opens to aromas of spice and red fruits. The palate is between medium and full bodied and the finish dry. Ready to drink. Rating: Good. Abv: NA. Price: $28. Website: warramundaestate.com.au. Source: Sample. Reviewed: February 2020.
This is a seriously good, and good value, pinot noir from Terre à Terre and the Piccadilly Valley sub region of the Adelaide Hills. It has a restrained aroma of redcurrant, rhubarb, earth and an iron like character. The palate is medium to full bodied and the tannins deliciously firm. This wine can be approached now, but will suit 3 to 7 years in the cellar. Rating: Very Good. Abv: 14.4. Price: $40. Website: terreaterre.com.au. Source: Sample. Reviewed: April 2020.
This is an excellent Barbaresco from Rizzi and the 2013 vintage. Restrained in bearing, it opens to aromatics of red fruits and earth. The palate is full bodied with high acidity, high firm tannins and an austere, but moreish impression. A long future ahead. Rating: Very Good. Abv: 14.0. Price: $80+. Website: http://www.cantinarizzi.com. Reviewed: March 2020.