Hastwell & Lightfoot Sands of Time McLaren Vale Shiraz 2016

This wine has aromas of confectionary, cracked pepper and game. The palate reminds of dusty oak and has medium to high tannins. Ready to drink. Rating: Acceptable to Good. Abv: 14%. Price: $30. Website: https://hastwellandlightfoot.com.au. Source: Sample. Reviewed: February 2020.

d’Arenberg Lucky Lizard Chardonnay 2017

A modest vintage of this wine from the Adelaide Hills and d’Arenberg. Soundly made, it has an aroma of meal and lentils. The palate has high acidity and is quite angular. Ready to drink now. Rating: Acceptable. Abv: 12.5%. Price: $25. Website: https://www.darenberg.com.au Source: Sample. Reviewed: February 2020.

Angullong Fossil Hill Chardonnay 2017

Angullong in Orange continue to produce wines that over perform. This chardonnay has aromas of restrained lemon, minerals and refined oak. The palate has a lacy acidity, good length and a subtle minerality. Ready to drink now, its style is reminscent of a Bourgogne Blanc. Rating: Good. Abv: NR. Price: $26. Website: https://www.angullong.com.au/. Source: Sample. Reviewed: February 2020.

Curly Flat Chardonnay 2017

Curly Flat produce a benchmark chardonnay style in the Macedon Ranges in Victoria. This wine opens to a lovely aroma of white nectarines. The acidity on the palate is towards high, but fine boned and attractive. Oak is well integrated and the length is long on the finish. Rating: Very Good. Abv: 13%. Price: $46. Website: https://curlyflat.com. Source: Sample. Reviewed: February 2020.

Warramunda Estate Liv Zak Pinot Noir 2018

From Coldstream in the Yarra Valley, this very fragrant pinot noir reminds of red fruits and spice. Medium bodied and reasonable length on the finish, this is a typical style of Yarra Valley Pinot noir and is ready to drink now. Rating: Good. Abv: 13%. Price: $35. Website: https://warramundaestate.com.au. Source: Sample. Reviewed: February 2020.

Robert Stein Reserve Shiraz 2014

This is a very good example of aged Mudgee shiraz. It has attractive black fruit and oak vanilla characters. The palate is black fruited, with spice and quite good length on the finish. This wine is ready to drink, but will have a decade long drinking window. Rating: Very Good. Abv: 14.5%. Price: $50. Website: https://www.robertstein.com.au. Source: Sample. Reviewed: February 2020.

Warramunda Estate Liv Zak Malbec 2018

I can’t recall tasting a single variety malbec from the Yarra Valley. It’s a good example. In the glass, there is a flinty, red fruited aroma. The palate has high acidity and firmish tannins. Suitable for drinking now and over the next few years. Rating: Good. Abv: 13.5%. Price: $35. Website: https://warramundaestate.com.au. Source: Sample. Reviewed: February 2020.

Balgownie Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

Balgownie Estate’s 2015 cabernet sauvignon from Bendigo is earthy, leafy and ready to drink. It has light tannins for this firm grape variety. Closer to a Médoc in style, but with riper fruit being from Bendigo, this wine provides enjoyable drinking now. Its modest structure means that this wine is best consumed over the next few years. Rating: Good. Abv: 13.6%. Price: $45. Website: https://www.balgownieestate.com.au. Reviewed: February 2020.