Rockford Rifle Range Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

This is the current vintage release and early to have opened a Rockford Rifle Range. The wine, a cabernet sauvignon, presents in something of a jumbly fashion. The aroma points in different green directions, none with certainty. Weeds, clove, cedar and green capsicum each present their case. The palate offers medium tannins that are fineContinue reading “Rockford Rifle Range Cabernet Sauvignon 2017”

Wynns Coonawarra tasting

This was a wonderful tasting of a selection of Wynns Black Label and John Riddoch Coonawarra cabernet sauvignon wines from the 1960s, 1970s, 1980s and 1990s, with some quite interesting conclusions.   Those conclusions were that the Black Label, for most vintages, served blind and side-by-side with the John Riddoch, provided the more compelling currentContinue reading “Wynns Coonawarra tasting”

Pig in the House Organic Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

The 2015 vintage of the “Pig in the House” organic cabernet sauvignon has an Australian bearing, with aromas of mint, eucalyptus, very ripe sweet plums and cedar.  The palate is sweet fruited and viscous and somewhat warming.  Ready to drink now, this wine will suit current drinking.  Rating: Acceptable. Abv: 14.8%. Price: $25. Website: http://www.piginthehouse.com.au.Continue reading “Pig in the House Organic Cabernet Sauvignon 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”

Peter Lehmann Orrock VSV Shiraz 2009

This wine is sourced from a vineyard in the southern Flinders Ranges in South Australia some 200 kilometres north of the Barossa Valley.  The label does not feature a geographical indication.  It reminds though of a classic Barossa Valley style, with ripe, soft and sweet fruited plum and dark cherry characters, coupled with long lengthContinue reading “Peter Lehmann Orrock VSV Shiraz 2009”

De Bortoli Sacred Hill Shiraz 2012

De Bortoli’s Sacred Hill Shiraz 2012 retails for the princely sum of $7.50, and no region is identified on the bottle other than Australia.  It has mostly primary fruit driven aromatics of spiced plums, supplemented by a touch of pepper.  The palate is dry, simple and pleasant enough, with plum flavours predominant.  Balance is achieved,Continue reading “De Bortoli Sacred Hill Shiraz 2012”