From Pira, this Barolo is from Serralunga and the 2014 vintage. It presents itself in an austere manner, with aromas of earth and old cedar. The palate is full bodied with medium tannins and good balance. The wine opens up with air, but will be best approached again in 5 years. Rating: Good. Abv: 14.5. Price: $80. Website: https://www.piraluigi.it/en/. Reviewed: April 2020.
This is a rather deliciously drinkable vermintino from Tuscany. It has a saline aroma. Its palate is full bodied and has a fresh minerally acidity that cuts through and supports it. Ready to drink now. Rating: Good. Abv: 13. Price: $18. Website: NA. Reviewed: April 2020.
This is a very enjoyable aglianico from Pipoli and the Aglianico del Vulture appellation in southern Italy. It has savoury, plum fruit aromas. The palate is medium bodied with pleasingly grippy and chewy medium tannins. Balanced and ready to drink now, this wine over delivers for its modest price. Rating: Good. Abv: NA. Price: $17. Website: NA. Reviewed: April 2020.
This barbera from the Orange region has a distinct aroma of boysenberry, chestnuts, coffee and chocolate. The palate is dry, sweet fruited, medium bodied and finishes with high acidity. Ok, but a somewhat difficult wine. Rating: Acceptable. Abv: 14.5. Price: $26. Website: https://www.angullong.com.au. Source: Sample. Reviewed: April 2020.
Alto Adige tends to produce a higher quality version of Italian pinot grigio. This wine from Erste + Neue opens to aromas of stones and lemon. The palate is full bodied with notes of pear and is balanced by very fresh acidity, Ready to drink now. Rating: Good. Abv: 13.5. Price: $30. Website: https://www.erste-neue.it/en/. Reviewed: April 2020.
Bottled under screwcap, this lightly coloured Valpolicella from Paolovino has a fruity aroma of cherry and red fruits. The palate is fresh and ready to drink, and Beaujolais like in style. Appealing and ready for immediate drinking. Rating: Good. Abv: NA. Price: $20. Website: NA. Reviewed: April 2020.
This wine is a very sauvignon blanc influenced semillon sauvignon blanc blend from Wills Domain in the Margaret River. It opens to clarion like passionfruit and gooseberry aromas. The palate is crisp and ready to drink, with a roundness to the body its primary clue to its semillon portion. Rating: Good. Abv: 12.5. Price: $20. Website: https://willsdomain.com.au/winery-yallingup/. Source: Sample. Reviewed: April 2020.
This is an outstanding pinot noir from the Ribbon Ridge AVA that sits within the Willamette Valley in Oregon. It has definitive firm and restrained aromas of rhubarb, refined cedar and blackcurrant. It is very much in a Côte de Beaune style. The palate is full bodied and offers a very refined expression of pinot noir, with medium but fine tannins, fresh acidity and long length the finish. This outstanding wine can be approached now, or suite medium term cellaring. The reference point here is clearly Burgundy. Rating: Outstanding. Abv: 13. Price: $80. Website: https://www.patriciagreencellars.com. Reviewed: April 2020.
This is a sound Soave. Its aroma reminds of bath salts, and its palate is between medium and full bodied. Its acidity emerges with time in the glass. Ready to drink now. Rating: Acceptable to Good. Abv: 12. Price: $30. Website: https://www.coffele.it/. Reviewed: April 2020.
This is the best new release Bowen cabernet sauvignon I have tasted in years. A deep purple in colour, it has aromas of blackcurrant and well integrated cedar. The palate is full bodied with pleasingly firm but ripe tannins and long length on the finish. Approachable now, but will be best with medium term ageing. An outstanding release. Rating: Outstanding. Abv: 14.5. Price: $28. Website: http://www.bowenestate.com.au. Reviewed: April 2020.