Green Point is one of the labels of Domaine Chandon in the Yarra Valley. Aroma of muted stone fruits, and a balanced palate with a slight spritz. Pleasant drinking. 83 points.
From one of my favourite producers in the Margaret River, this well priced cabernet sauvignon did not disappoint (again). An aroma of deep black currants and dusty oak. A palate with tannins, black fruit and elegance. Another very good effort from this estate. Drink now or keep. Good to Very Good
This wine is a fairly classic dry rosé from the Yarra Valley. Aroma of stone fruits and nectarines. Pleasant dry palate with a slight spritz. 82 points.
I am not sure if this wine is commercially available anymore, but I recall it was very well priced for the value it gives. A pleasant rather distinct aroma of chocolate. A similar palate with a bit of grip, and some length. Very good. 85 points.
The Yarra Valley in Victoria is not generally known for its shiraz, but this wine shows that it certainly can produce them. Aroma of rich plums, spice and oak. With time herbs and pepper revealed themselves. A palate with plums, pepper and lingering rolling length. Really quite good. Good
It was rather interesting tasting one of Australia’s most famous dessert wines against a “clean skin” of the same variety. Although I do not usually support “clean skin” wines since you do not know what you are getting, and I like to support individual producers who are doing interesting things, this particular clean skin was certainly not embarrassed by its esteemed company.
De Bortoli Noble One Botrytis Semillon (Australia)
A rather rich nose, with an intense, and well structured, fragrance of apricots. A palate with length, apricots, sweet nectarines and sugary caramel. Very good. 90 points.
Dan Murphy’s Private Bin Botrytis Semillon (Australia)
An aroma of light nectarines and apricot kernels. A similar palate. Behind, but not far behind, the “Noble One” at one third of the price. 86 points.
This was another quite pleasing petit verdot. This late ripening variety seems to perform rather well in the warmer regions of Australia, whereas in its home in France, it is but a mere part of the Bordeaux blend. Deeply coloured, this wine had an aroma of black fruits, herbs, dusty coffee and, in particular, anise. The palate showed some tannins and length, with notes of black currants and licorice. Really quite good. 88 points.
Jacob’s Creek is a label that generally speaks of value end, rather than fine wine. That generalisation would be a mistake though in this case. Their Steingarten riesling is consistently very good. It has aromatics of stones and steel. A palate with steel, stones, a bit of petillance and medium length. This is a classically styled dry riesling that is ready to drink now and over the next decade. Good
Price: around $25
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This wine was rather innocuous, but pleasant. Aroma of simple cherries. A similar palate. A rather simple, easy drinking wine. 82 points.
Made from pinot noir, chardonnay and pinot meunier, this somewhat modest Australian sparkling wine performed rather well. A primary aroma of citrus, with some toast notes. A similar palate, with pleasant mousse. The 3 medals on the bottle don’t appear to be far off the mark. A surprise. 85 points.