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Torbreck Woodcutter’s 2019 Wine Review

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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 with…Continue readingChateau Yaldara Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

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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 to…Continue readingChateau Yaldara Reserve Grenache Shiraz Mataro 2016

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Chateau Yaldara Reserve Shiraz 2016

This is a very good and classically styled Barossa shiraz from Chateau Yaldara in the Barossa Valley. From the 2016 vintage, the wine has a deep colour, with aromas of mulberry, cedar and that unique Barossa earthy/spicy character. The palate is full bodied, with medium tannins that are soft and ripe in texture and medium…Continue readingChateau Yaldara Reserve Shiraz 2016

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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 fine…Continue readingRockford Rifle Range Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

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Rockford Dry Country Grenache 2016

Rockford’s dry country grenache from the 2016 vintage and the Barossa is a small quantity wine that does not appear to be generally available.  It was purchased directly from the producer. I don’t have much further information about it, but if you do, please chime in. I am not much of a grenache drinker and…Continue readingRockford Dry Country Grenache 2016

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Rockford Rod & Spur Shiraz Cabernet 2017

The 2017 release of Rockford’s Rod & Spur shiraz cabernet has aromas of licorice and cassis. The palate is medium bodied and has fine, almost unnoticeable tannins. This is a very balanced wine and is approachable now. In fact, its principal attribute is balance – this is not a blockbuster Barossa style, and intentionally so.…Continue readingRockford Rod & Spur Shiraz Cabernet 2017

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Rockford Rod & Spur Shiraz Cabernet 2016

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Rockford Rifle Range Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

The 2016 Rockford Rifle Range cabernet sauvignon is a good, if not outstanding, vintage of this wine. These are generally wines for long ageing, so it is early days yet. Tasted in March 2020, its aroma evidences new oak influence with its obvious cedar character. The palate is dry, medium bodied and has a leafy…Continue readingRockford Rifle Range Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

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Pirathon Gold Barossa Valley Shiraz 2017

The “gold” label is the top of Pirathon’s quality hierarchy, trumping its “black” label. This is a near outstanding wine, and I much preferred it to the “black” of the same vintage. In the glass, there are correct shiraz aromas of spices and plums. The palate is tannic with long length and a well judged…Continue readingPirathon Gold Barossa Valley Shiraz 2017

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Pirathon Black Barossa Valley Shiraz 2017

The Pirathon “Black” shiraz from the Barossa Valley and the 2017 vintage has brooding aromatics of dark chocolate and spice. The palate is full bodied, ripe, with impressions of blueberry pie, menthol, vanilla and very warming sweet fruit. Ready to drink now, this wine has considerable intensity of flavour. Rating: Good. Abv: 15.3%. Price: ~$50.…Continue readingPirathon Black Barossa Valley Shiraz 2017

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Pirathon Silver Barossa Silver Shiraz 2017

This is a very typical Barossa shiraz from Pirathon Wines. This is their “silver” label, and it has a lovely aroma of rich plums, earth and soy. The palate is full bodied, with good length and a warming finish. Ready to drink now. Rating: Good to Very Good. Abv: 14.5%. Price: <$25. Website: https://www.pirathon.com. Source:…Continue readingPirathon Silver Barossa Silver Shiraz 2017