Pira Serralunga Barolo 2014

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.

Pipoli Aglianico del Vulture 2017

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.

Erste + Neue Pinot Grigio 2018

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.

Wills Domain Mystic Spring Semillon Sauvignon Blanc 2019

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.

Patricia Green Cellars Pinot Noir Ribbon Ridge Oregon 2017

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.

Bowen Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

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.