The McAlister 2006

Fresh from my glowing review of the 2010 vintage of The McAlister reviewed here (see also the 2005 reviewed here), I managed to snaffle a bottle of the 2006 vintage of the McAlister to try. ¬†I’ve said it before, but it bears repeating: no website, no publicity (well, not that I have seen), from aContinue reading “The McAlister 2006”

Rockford Basket Press Shiraz 2012

This may be the best Rockford Basket Press that I have tasted in its youth. ¬†The 2012 Basket Press is quite pure and delicious in expression, with plum, spice and an appealing apricot character predominant. ¬†The palate is full bodied and the length long. ¬†I expect this will cellar and improve for decades. Rating: VeryContinue reading “Rockford Basket Press Shiraz 2012”

The McAlister 2010

This wine is something of an enigma. ¬†Having tasted it twice now (the first was the 2005 vintage reviewed here) my unequivocal conclusion is that it deserves a place among Australia’s best cabernet sauvignon wines. ¬†Yet little seems to be written about it, it is from a largely unknown wine region (east Gippsland) and bottlesContinue reading “The McAlister 2010”

Wendouree Shiraz Mataro 2008

I would conservatively suggest that this wine from benchmark producer Wendouree has another decade on it before I would approach it again. ¬†A blend of shiraz and mataro (is mourv√®dre only called mataro inside of South Australia?), the 2008 vintage has aromatics of plum, spices, deli meats, licorice and leather. ¬†The palate is full bodiedContinue reading “Wendouree Shiraz Mataro 2008”