Bowen Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2011

Another wine from the (generally) poor 2011 vintage. ¬†However, even poor vintages have their charms. ¬†In this case, I actually preferred this wine to the 2016 recently reviewed, although time will lead to the opposite conclusion. ¬†In the glass it is restrained, with gentle left bank Bordeaux like aromatics and good length on the finish.Continue reading “Bowen Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2011”

A couple of new release 2015 Coonawarra wines; Riddoch Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon and Riddoch Cabernet Sauvignon

These two wines are from Riddoch Wines in Coonawarra and the 2015 vintage. ¬†Both are very good terroir wines. Vintage snapshotThe 2015 vintage in Coonawarra saw a very dry and warm spring which allowed for an even flowering and fruit set. ¬†Summer was milder however, and cabernet sauvignon was harvested at the normal time inContinue reading “A couple of new release 2015 Coonawarra wines; Riddoch Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon and Riddoch Cabernet Sauvignon”

6 new release Australian reds

Following from my earlier tasting of six new release Australian whites, today I tasted through six new release Australian reds between $16 and $29, all blind. In a difficult group, there were no particular threads. Blue Wren No716 Single Vineyard MerlotNeither vintage nor region are clearly declared on this bottle, although my guesses are 2016Continue reading “6 new release Australian reds”

Bowen Estate Shiraz 2015

Bowen Estate in Coonawarra is an estate I return to regularly as a purchaser. ¬†Their 2015 new release shiraz purchased here has 15.5% abv on the label. ¬†I’d probably prefer to see it at 14%. ¬†The wine inside is however very good. ¬†Aromas of plum, brooding mulberries and cedar. ¬†The palate is softly textured withContinue reading “Bowen Estate Shiraz 2015”

Langtons Classification VII – trends, promotions and demotions

The new Langtons classification (classification VII) of Australian wine was released last week. ¬†It is stated to measure the performance of wines in an open market, with the condition of entry being 10 vintages and a track record in the secondary market. ¬†The list has been prepared for many years now, and is prepared byContinue reading “Langtons Classification VII – trends, promotions and demotions”

Bowen Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2005

This is another very good vintage of Bowen Estate’s cabernet sauvignon. ¬†It still tastes youthful, and would benefit from a further few years in the cellar to reveal its full charms. ¬†Its aromatics are a pure fruited expression of blackcurrant, chocolate and earth. ¬†The palate has warmer climate Coonawarra cabernet notes of dark olives andContinue reading “Bowen Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2005”