Patina Scandalous Riesling 2016

This wine from Patina has very pure aromas of candied lemons and lime. ¬†The palate is clean in bearing and style, off dry, the acidity high and the balance in the glass very good. ¬†Overall, this is a very good riesling. ¬†The label doesn’t in my view make the geographic indication (GI) claim obvious butContinue reading “Patina Scandalous Riesling 2016”

Windowrie The Mill Central Ranges Merlot 2015

This is a sound merlot from Windowrie made from Central Ranges fruit. ¬†The Central Ranges is on the western side of the Great Dividing Range, west of Sydney, and captures the Mudgee and Orange subregions. ¬†Ruby coloured in the glass, this merlot opens to aromatics of vanilla, cedar, plum jam, smoke and mocha. ¬†The oakContinue reading “Windowrie The Mill Central Ranges Merlot 2015”

Windowrie The Mill Shiraz 2013

This is a correct expression of warm climate shiraz from Windowrie in the Central Ranges. ¬†It has aromatics of eucalyptus, cooked plums and blueberries at the back. ¬†The palate has medium length and a pleasant, plummy aspect to it. ¬†(Region: Central Ranges Zone, New South Wales, Rating: Good, Drink: now to 2023) Read OtherContinue reading “Windowrie The Mill Shiraz 2013”

PF Organic Shiraz No Preservatives Added 2016

I think in the rush to pronounce particular foods or additives as “good” or “bad”, sometimes things can be lost. ¬†Sulphur dioxide (a preservative) in wine for example can engender caution and in some cases, concern. ¬†Yet it is an active antimicrobial agent that helps minimise bacterial spoilage and red wine has substantially lower levelsContinue reading “PF Organic Shiraz No Preservatives Added 2016”

Stockman’s Ridge Rider Pinot Noir 2014

This pinot noir is from Stockman’s Ridge and the “Central Ranges” geographic indication. ¬†Lightly coloured, it unexpectedly resembles a n√©gociant Bourgogne rouge. ¬†It has aromatics of raspberry and strawberry. ¬†The palate is a straightforward but not unpleasant affair, with licks of raspberry, acidity and length. Rating: AcceptableAbv: 12%Price: $22Source: sampleVendors and website: 2016

The new grape variety of the moment; Stockman’s Ridge Rider Savagnin 2013

Savagnin is traminer, but not gew√ľrtztraminer or gew√ľrtztraminer that is called traminer. ¬†And nor just for good measure is it albari√Īo. ¬†These sentences unexpectedly make sense because savagnin has been proven to be the same grape variety is that called traminer in Germany, the CSIRO confirmed in 2009 that source material propagated at the CSIROContinue reading “The new grape variety of the moment; Stockman’s Ridge Rider Savagnin 2013”