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”

Merlot in Australia

  Introduction Given the quality ambitions of many Australian producers, the relative underperformance of merlot in Australia has always struck me as something of an anomaly that is worthy of further thought and attention.  So what is wrong then with Australian merlot? Like all good stories, we have an alleged culprit. Locally the finger generallyContinue reading “Merlot in Australia”