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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: Source: Sample.

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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 balanced.  This is a good style of sauvignon blanc that appeals.

Rating: Good, Abv: 12.9%, Price: not yet released, Source: sample, Vendors: http://www.wine-searcher.com/, Website: http://www.bakkheia.com.au, Tasted: 2014

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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.  There’s medium length on the palate, with a savoury edge and flavours reminding of earth, plums and spice.  Some chalky tannin is tucked away too.  This is a good wine that achieves a balance and moreish quality eschewed by many.

Rating: Good, Abv: 14.3%, Price: not yet released, Source: sample, Vendors: http://www.wine-searcher.com/, Website: http://www.bakkheia.com.au, Tasted: 2014

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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 air, the pepper from the shiraz comes through.  On the palate there’s a lovely balance of fruit and spice flavours, with medium acidity and some peppery characters with time.  Overall, this is a good wine that is ready to drink now and if last year’s price of $15 is anything to go by, this is a bargain at more.

Rating: Good, Abv: 13.6%, Price: not yet released, Source: sample, Vendors: http://www.wine-searcher.com/, Website: http://www.bakkheia.com.au, Tasted: 2014

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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 the edges.  Reminding more of merlot than cabernet, the slightly unformed palate is dry with quite long cedary length, and most distinctively has a tangy primary fruit sweetness that reminds of red plums.

Rating: Acceptable to Good, Abv: 13.5%, Price: not yet released, Source: sample, Vendors: http://www.wine-searcher.com/, Website: http://www.bakkheia.com.au, Tasted: 2014
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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 grape variety being prized in Rioja for adding aroma and structure to Rioja red blends (which usually can see tempranillo, garnacha, mazeulo (carignan) and graciano).  
The result of Bakkheia’s blend is a wine with aromatics of plum and fresh thyme with a sinewy, earthy line to it.  The palate has medium length, chalky tannins and flavours reminding of bay leaf and dark plums.  Very much reminding of a Rioja in style, this wine has an attractive balanced style that is recommended drinking.
Rating: Good, Abv: 14.2%, Price: not yet released, Source: sample, Vendors: http://www.wine-searcher.com/, Website: http://www.bakkheia.com.au, Tasted: 2014
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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 towards full bodied with a short to medium length finish.  This is a balanced rosé suitable for current drinking.  Acceptable

Abv: 12.8%
Price: $14
Source: sample
Vendors: Check http://www.wine-searcher.com/
Website: http://www.bakkheia.com.au
Region: Geographe

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Drink with: a light lunch
Tasted: 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 guess it’s more of an SMGG.  Somewhat less catchy though.  The wine has a medium intensity ruby in colour and aromatics of earth, plum, Christmas cake, dried herbs, stone, mulberry and a touch of menthol.  On the palate, the length is medium to long, and has great fruit definition, with both power and balance achieved, of plum, mulberry and cedar.  Overall, this is a good to very good wine due to its balance, length and concentration of fruit on the palate.  One to buy.  Good to Very Good

Abv: 13.5%
Price: contact http://www.bakkheia.com.au
Source: sample
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Website: http://www.bakkheia.com.au
Tasted: 2013
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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 warmed blueberry, coupled with notes of graphite and cherry.  The palate has medium acidity, towards long length, with flavours reminding of plum and blueberry and a body and structure that is both pleasant and balanced.  This is a good example of a balanced, fruit driven mourvedre that has good length and ripe tannins.  It can be drunk over the next 3-5 years.  Good

Abv: 14.5%
Price: $25
Source: sample
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Website: http://www.bakkheia.com.au
Tasted: 2013
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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 cedar wood.  The palate has a viscous texture, a touch of petillance, medium acid and is dry and very drinkable with some fruit sweetness evident.  You won’t go far wrong with this, particularly at only $12.  Acceptable

Abv: 12%
Price: $12
Source: sample
Vendors: Check http://www.wine-searcher.com/
Website: http://www.pepperilly.com
Tasted: 2013
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