Arrogant Frog Croak Rotie Shiraz 2011

The wine’s name is kind of humorous for wine geeks I guess, although I suspect it may elicit more than a couple of blank stares.  A blend of 91% shiraz and 9% viognier, in name and composition it plainly is aimed at capturing the shiraz viognier market, at the modest price of $11.  A deepContinue reading “Arrogant Frog Croak Rotie Shiraz 2011”

St. Stephan’s Crown 5 Puttonyos Tokaji Aszu 2005

I haven’t tried a Tokaji Aszu for years – since living in London really.  This is probably because (a) I don’t drink that much sweet wine and (b) the local Australian versions or Sauternes usually fit the bill.  But it is a classic style of the wine world, and of Hungary in particular, and itContinue reading “St. Stephan’s Crown 5 Puttonyos Tokaji Aszu 2005”

Weingut Bernhard Huber Malterdinger Pinot Noir 2009

There’s a first for everything, and this is the first German pinot noir I’ve reviewed on this website, from the southerly region of Baden.  It’s a good one too.  A between pale and medium intensity ruby in colour, the wine is bright in the glass.  Its aroma is clean, with a quite pronounced intensity aromaContinue reading “Weingut Bernhard Huber Malterdinger Pinot Noir 2009”

Arrogant Frog Ribet Red Cabernet Merlot 2011

The “Arrogant Frog” series of wines hail from the region now known as Pays D’Oc Indication Géographique Protégée (IGP). At $10.99 they are keenly priced and appear designed to be noticed and, I am guessing, to compete with the Yellow Tails of the wine world. It’s even bottled under screwcap. The “Ribet” cabernet merlot isContinue reading “Arrogant Frog Ribet Red Cabernet Merlot 2011”

Marqués de Murrieta Rioja Reserva 2006

The Marqués de Murrieta Rioja Reserva 2006 vintage is a good rather than very good wine. It would have been much better had it not have been beaten quite so severely with the oak stick. A medium to pronounced ruby in appearance, the wine’s aroma is a study in oak, butter, vanilla, oily popcorn kernels,Continue reading “Marqués de Murrieta Rioja Reserva 2006”

Coriole Sangiovese 2011

Coriole have some of Australia’s oldest plantings of sangiovese, with vineyards dating from 1985.  Being partial to sangiovese, a grape variety that Australia has mostly struggled with, the older vine Coriole sangiovese naturally caught my attention. Unfortunately, and despite wishing that the position were otherwise, I didn’t find this wine particularly commendable.  The 2011 vintageContinue reading “Coriole Sangiovese 2011”