Fat ‘n Skinny The Red Fury Tempranillo Garnacha 2018

This McLaren Vale wine is made with the traditional Rioja blending partners of tempranillo and garnacha (grenache). It is a ripe and juicy wine in the style of a Rioja Joven.  In the glass, there are blueberry and sweet cherry aromas.  The palate is full bodied with a blueberry and fruity, gluggable character.  Suitable forContinue reading “Fat ‘n Skinny The Red Fury Tempranillo Garnacha 2018”

Terre à Terre Crayères Vineyard 2016

I rather sensed that this producer and vineyard were headed towards producing a fine wine. This wine has seen considerable attention to detail and is outstanding. A blend of 68% cabernet sauvignon, 16% shiraz and 16% cabernet franc, it is from the Crayères vineyard in the Wrattonbully region on the South Australian/Victorian border. In termsContinue reading “Terre à Terre Crayères Vineyard 2016”

Chateau Yaldara Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

Having tasted their shiraz, GSM and now their cabernet sauvignon, the house style at Chateau Yaldara is focused on wines that celebrate ripe fruit supported by new oak (but not overwhelmingly so).  This Barossa Valley cabernet sauvignon is another high quality wine. It has aromas of iron and cedar.  The palate is full bodied withContinue reading “Chateau Yaldara Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2016”

Chateau Yaldara Reserve Grenache Shiraz Mataro 2016

This is a first class expression of a GSM blend from Chateau Yaldara and the Barossa Valley.  It has aromas of strawberry, chocolate, pepper and new barrels.  The palate is full bodied and rich with medium tannins and long length on the finish.  Approachable now and drink over the next decade.  Rating: Very Good toContinue reading “Chateau Yaldara Reserve Grenache Shiraz Mataro 2016”

Clyde Park Chardonnay 2018

From Clyde Park and the Geelong region, this is a very good chardonnay.  It has aromas of cedar, mineral, smoke and ripe melon.  The palate is balanced, with a medium-full body and linear acidity.  Medium length on the finish completes the picture.  Ready to drink now.  Rating: Good.  Website:  https://clydepark.com.au; wine-searcher.com.  Source: Sample.  Reviewed: JulyContinue reading “Clyde Park Chardonnay 2018”

Gartelmann Cabernet Merlot 2016

From Mudgee in New South Wales and a vineyard at 630 metres, this is a very good cabernet sauvignon merlot blend from Gartelmann.  It has attractive leather, leaf and licorice aromas, and a brooding expression.  The palate is full bodied with soft tannins, piquant acidity, and a leaf/eucalyuptus character on its long finish.  The alcoholContinue reading “Gartelmann Cabernet Merlot 2016”