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A couple of South Australian sangioveses; Hollick Hollaia 2004 and Reillys Sangiovese 2013

Here are a couple of local sangiovese wines tasted recently.  Sangiovese is a variety that I don’t think has yet produced a great wine in Australia.  But these two examples are very good. Hollick Hollaia Sangiovese Cabernet Sauvignon 2004, WrattonbullyThis wine was bottled under screwcap and has matured wonderfully in the cellar.  A blend of…Continue readingA couple of South Australian sangioveses; Hollick Hollaia 2004 and Reillys Sangiovese 2013

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New release 2015 reds from Taylors Estate

Taylors’ new release reds – a merlot and shiraz – recently crossed my desk and provide well made wines at a modest price ($19). The Taylors Estate Merlot 2015 is made from estate grown Clare Valley fruit and presents in a fruity and accessible style. Oak influence is restrained (one to three year old barrels…Continue readingNew release 2015 reds from Taylors Estate

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Taylors Clare Valley Riesling 2016

This is a good Clare Valley riesling release from Taylors.  From the 2016 vintage, it has resounding aromatics of florals, lemon and lime.  The palate is dry, medium bodied and wraps its racy acidity with plenty of Clare typicity of flavour.  I’d buy this.  (Alc: 12.3%, Region: Clare Valley, Rating: Good, Drink: now to 2031) …Continue readingTaylors Clare Valley Riesling 2016

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Jim Barry Cover Drive Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

A multi-regional blend of cabernet sauvignon sourced from Coonawarra and the Clare Valley.  This wine (also tasted in the tropics where it may have been given a light cooking) tasted a little jumpy.   Blackcurrant, ribena and blueberry characters feature.  The palate is towards full bodied and is sweet fruited in impression.  Pleasant enough.  Rating:…Continue readingJim Barry Cover Drive Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

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Jim Barry The Lodge Hill Riesling 2016

The Lodge Hill riesling from Jim Barry is a reliable performer.  Riesling and the Clare Valley are a benchmark wine style.  This example is particularly linear, with driving lemon and floral aromatics.  Its structure on the palate is racy and citric, with a dry finish.  Perfect for seafood and warmer weather.  Rating: Good Read more:jimbarry.comContinue readingJim Barry The Lodge Hill Riesling 2016

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Crabtree Watervale Shiraz 2013

Crabtree is not a label I have previously encountered.  The structure and balance of this wine seemed adrift, with my impression being of a spiky nose and rough palate where the alcohol did not taste in balance.  I see it has been rated highly by some writers, including Campbell Mattinson.  Perhaps my bottle (consumed in…Continue readingCrabtree Watervale Shiraz 2013

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A vinous round up

Here is a vinous round up of wine notes that I, for one reason or another, have not been quick enough to type out individual posts on, but nonetheless ought to be commented upon.  There are some very good wines among these.  In re-reading them, it is a bit of vinous Noah’s Ark which, more…Continue readingA vinous round up

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A couple of Granges: Penfolds Grange 2008 and 1990 vintages

I was very fortunate to taste these two wines.  Supply was not limited either.  The first is the legendary 1990 Grange which US wine magazine Wine Spectator awarded wine of the year (in 1995), and I am told set Grange off on its current, as yet unceasing, northward price trajectory.  The second is the 2008…Continue readingA couple of Granges: Penfolds Grange 2008 and 1990 vintages

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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 mourvèdre only called mataro inside of South Australia?), the 2008 vintage has aromatics of plum, spices, deli meats, licorice and leather.  The palate is full bodied…Continue readingWendouree Shiraz Mataro 2008

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Kilikanoon Oracle Shiraz 2009

The 2010 Kilikanoon Oracle is an outstanding wine.  You can read my review here.  I was also impressed by Kilikanoon’s 2009 Oracle tasted here.  It’s an exercise in plums and spices.  The palate is soft and rich, with long length on the finish.  This is easy to recommend. Rating: Very GoodAbv: 14.5%Price: $70sVendors and website:…Continue readingKilikanoon Oracle Shiraz 2009

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Gaelic Cemetery Riesling 2015

This is a good Clare Valley riesling from Gaelic Cemetery, a collaboration of Neil and Andrew Pike (Pikes Wines), Grant Arnold and the Barletta brothers.   It has aromatics of lemons, stone and white flowers.  The palate is steely with good acidity and structure, but it clothes its sterner characters with some fruit charm.  Lovely…Continue readingGaelic Cemetery Riesling 2015

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Tim Adams The Fergus 2012

The Fergus from Tim Adams is a blend of grenache, tempranillo and malbec.  An unusual combination yes, and I don’t associate the Clare Valley with grenache, but it works in the glass.  Plums, spice and cherry aromatics meet with a cherry dominant mid weight palate.  An easy drinking style.  Good Abv: 14.5%, Price: ~$20, Vendors…Continue readingTim Adams The Fergus 2012