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Wendouree Shiraz Malbec 2015

Wendouree in the Clare Valley is legendary in local wine circles for their quixotic mailing list practices and very high quality wines. I sometimes wonder in which order. I opened a bottle of their shiraz malbec here from the 2015 vintage. It immediately identifies as a high quality wine. Its aromas remind of warm spices,…Continue readingWendouree Shiraz Malbec 2015

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Mr. Mick Rosé Clare Valley 2018

The Mr. Mick rosé is made by Tim Adams in the Clare Valley and from the unlikely combination of sangiovese, tempranillo and mourvèdre.  In the glass, it has a pink/purple hue, fresh acidity and is very fruity and finishes dry.  Overall, this is a pleasant rosé that is low in alcohol and keenly priced.  Rating:…Continue readingMr. Mick Rosé Clare Valley 2018

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Wendouree Cabernet Malbec 2011

I have been cellaring Wendouree’s wines for a few years now, and tasting too few of them.  The 2011 is a poor vintage in most of south eastern Australia and therefore seemed a good candidate to start a correction with.  More Wendouree reviews will follow.  In the glass, the 2011 cabernet malbec proves quite approachable…Continue readingWendouree Cabernet Malbec 2011

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Craftsman Zesty & Crisp Clare Valley Riesling 2016

Despite some slightly ungainly labelling on this BWS private label, this wine presents as a good quality varietally typical Clare Valley riesling.  In the glass, there are aromas of stones and lime.  The palate is dry, the acidity fresh and the length a little short, but this is nonetheless sound drinking at $15.  Books and…Continue readingCraftsman Zesty & Crisp Clare Valley Riesling 2016

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Mitchell Clare Valley Watervale Riesling 2017

From the Watervale subregion of the Clare Valley, this wine from Mitchell Wines (no relation!) is quite aromatic, with aromas of lime, jasmine and a herbaceous note.  The palate is dry, with mouth watering acidity, a youthful touch of CO2 and a medium body.  It provides delicious drinking now and will also suit long ageing.…Continue readingMitchell Clare Valley Watervale Riesling 2017

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Mitchell Sevenhill Vineyard Clare Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2010

This is an aged cabernet sauvignon release from Mitchell Wines in the Clare Valley.  The vineyard does not see irrigation and the wine is estate bottled.  From the 2010 vintage, it’s a deeply coloured wine in the glass. It opens to aromas of dark, baked plums. The palate is very typical of Clare Valley cabernet.…Continue readingMitchell Sevenhill Vineyard Clare Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2010

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Gartelmann Petit Verdot 2014 and Hunter Valley/Clare Valley Shiraz 2014

Here are reviews of a couple of new releases from Gartelmann wines. Gartelmann Petit Verdot 2014, MudgeeYou don’t see too many petit verdots as a single varietal wine, although this wine also has some cabernet sauvignon in it. This is a fruity style, with aromas of strawberry jam and cedar. The palate is medium bodied…Continue readingGartelmann Petit Verdot 2014 and Hunter Valley/Clare Valley Shiraz 2014

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6 new release Australian reds

Following from my earlier tasting of six new release Australian whites, today I tasted through six new release Australian reds between $16 and $29, all blind. In a difficult group, there were no particular threads. Blue Wren No716 Single Vineyard MerlotNeither vintage nor region are clearly declared on this bottle, although my guesses are 2016…Continue reading6 new release Australian reds

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6 new release Australian whites

At the table today I tasted through six new release Australian whites, all completely blind. No price exceeded $22, although that was not known either. The average quality was very good and as usual blind tasting leads to a few surprises. Interestingly, the two wines with gold medal stickers on them (the first and third)…Continue reading6 new release Australian whites

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Mitchell Watervale Riesling 2016

This is an excellent riesling from Mitchell Wines in the Clare Valley.  Lemon and lime aromatics give way to a dry, medium bodied palate with refreshing, linear and deliciously minerally acidity.  Substantial length on the finish completes the picture.  Yes.  The vines were planted in 1960, are not irrigated and tended organically.  (Alc: 13%, Region:…Continue readingMitchell Watervale Riesling 2016

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McNicol Clare Valley Riesling 2008

I find myself increasingly biased in favour of riesling, as I don’t recall the last time I had a poor one, many seem to age and improve effortlessly and the Australian paradigms are very keenly priced for the quality in the bottle. This is an interesting riesling from Mitchell Wines in the Clare Valley (no…Continue readingMcNicol Clare Valley Riesling 2008

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Tim Adams Clare Valley Shiraz 2006

The 2006 vintage of Tim Adams’ shiraz, now 11 years on, is a brooding wine.  Its aromatics more or less remind of mulberries.  The palate has length, balance and some warmth on the finish.  Tightly coiled, I think this wine will improve further with a few more years in the cellar or, failing that, a…Continue readingTim Adams Clare Valley Shiraz 2006