Bowen Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2011

Another wine from the (generally) poor 2011 vintage.  However, even poor vintages have their charms.  In this case, I actually preferred this wine to the 2016 recently reviewed, although time will lead to the opposite conclusion.  In the glass it is restrained, with gentle left bank Bordeaux like aromatics and good length on the finish.Continue reading “Bowen Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2011”

Reschke Fumé Sauvignon Blanc 2015

There aren’t many producing a fumé blanc style sauvignon blanc in Australia and I think this wine’s a bit of a success. From early picked sauvignon blanc in Coonawarra, it has seen some time on French oak. It is neither unduly green, nor unduly woody, achieving a good balance in the glass. The aromatics remindContinue reading “Reschke Fumé Sauvignon Blanc 2015”

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 2016Continue reading “6 new release Australian reds”

Bowen Estate Shiraz 2015

Bowen Estate in Coonawarra is an estate I return to regularly as a purchaser.  Their 2015 new release shiraz purchased here has 15.5% abv on the label.  I’d probably prefer to see it at 14%.  The wine inside is however very good.  Aromas of plum, brooding mulberries and cedar.  The palate is softly textured withContinue reading “Bowen Estate Shiraz 2015”

Rymill Coonawarra cabernet sauvignon new releases: 2012 and 2014

The Coonawarra Vignerons website (here) is a wealth of information about local vintage conditions, albeit in a glass half full kind of a way where one is left guessing as to their actual views of the vintages.  2014 for example is described as “classic”, while 2012 had “very pleasing quality fruit” and is “a vintageContinue reading “Rymill Coonawarra cabernet sauvignon new releases: 2012 and 2014”