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Aylesbury Estate Waterfall Gully Merlot Ferguson Valley 2018

This merlot is from the Ferguson Valley, north of the Margaret River. It is a ripe and balanced expression of merlot, with aromatics of clove, smoke and eucalytpus. The palate reminds of red fruits and has a fresh tomato character. Ready to drink now, this is pleasant drinking. Rating: Good. Abv: 14.8%. Price: $23. Website:…Continue readingAylesbury Estate Waterfall Gully Merlot Ferguson Valley 2018

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Bakkheia Different Drummer Sauvignon Blanc 2013

Bakkheia in Geographe have produced here a varietally correct and interesting sauvignon blanc.  It has typical grass and gooseberry characters on the nose.  A bit of interest has been added with some oak in the mix, and it has been handled very deftly if I may say so.  The palate is clean, fresh and well…Continue readingBakkheia Different Drummer Sauvignon Blanc 2013

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Bakkheia Tripartite 2013

The 2013 vintage of Bakkheia’s Tripartite is a blend of 40% grenache, 50% shiraz and 10% mourvedre.  In style, it’s like a journey to southern France; and a good journey at that.  With some depth of colour in the glass, the 2013 release is super aromatic and has notes of lavender, spice, plums and earth.…Continue readingBakkheia Tripartite 2013

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Bakkheia United & Undaunted 2012

The 2011 vintage of this label from Bakkheia saw 100% mourvedre, whereas the 2012 reviewed here sees 60% mourvedre and 40% shiraz, and 16 months in old French oak.  The result is a good one.  A bright cherry in colour, the wine has aromatics of esters, savoury meats, plum, spice and with a bit of…Continue readingBakkheia United & Undaunted 2012

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Bakkheia Cabernet Merlot 2012

The 2012 vintage of Bakkheia’s cabernet merlot is a blend of 60% cabernet sauvignon and 40% merlot.  A medium intensity ruby in colour, it is lighter than a straight cabernet.  It has aromatics of spice, cedar, very bright red plums from what appeared to be some very tasty merlot grapes, and some bay leaf at…Continue readingBakkheia Cabernet Merlot 2012

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Bakkheia Aequitas 2013

This is the second time I’ve looked at some wines from Bakkheia in Geographe in Western Australia, and again I have really quite liked what I have seen.  Small production, hand picking and planting altitude around 220m above sea level adds interest.  Their “Aequitas” is a blend of 90% tempranillo and 10% graciano, the latter…Continue readingBakkheia Aequitas 2013

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Bakkheia Cajones Muy Grande Rosé 2013

Bakkheia’s 2013 “Cajones Muy Grande” rosé is a blend of grenache and mourvedre and is from the warm Geographe region (south of Perth and north of the Margaret River).  A remarkable neon pink in colour, it has aromatics of peach skins and stone fruit.  The palate is dry, with similar stone fruit characters and is…Continue readingBakkheia Cajones Muy Grande Rosé 2013

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Bakkheia Tripartite 2011

Bakkheia have produced a very enjoyable grenache, shiraz and mourvedre (GSM) blend here from the Geographe region in Western Australia.  The 2011 vintage is in fact a blend of 10% grenache, 65% shiraz, 20% mourvedre and 5% graciano, the latter of which is a low yielding Spanish grape with plantings mostly in Rioja.  So, I…Continue readingBakkheia Tripartite 2011

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Bakkhei United & Undaunted Mourvedre 2011

Bakkhei is a small producer in the warm Geographe wine region south of Perth, and north of the Margaret River.  This is the first of their wines that I have tasted, and made from 100% mourvedre, I found it to be a good one.  It has medium intensity fruit driven aromatics of fresh and lightly…Continue readingBakkhei United & Undaunted Mourvedre 2011

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Pepperilly Estate Wines Rosé 2011

This rosé from Pepperilly Estate is made from 70% cabernet sauvignon and 30% shiraz.  I was half hoping that this estate’s rosé might have been made from grenache, but I suspect that went into their rather moreish grenache mourvedre shiraz blend! Salmon pink in colour, this rosé has aromatics of rose petals and a smidgen of…Continue readingPepperilly Estate Wines Rosé 2011

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Pepperilly Estate Wines Purple Patch 2010

Pepperilly Estate is situated in the Ferguson Valley in the Geographe region immediately north of the Margaret River region.  Geographe has a warm to hot mostly maritime climate, and thus it is not a surprise to see some southern Rhône varietals planted here.  Their “Purple Patch” wine is a blend of 65% grenache, 20% mourvedre…Continue readingPepperilly Estate Wines Purple Patch 2010