Tyrell’s HVD Vineyard Hunter Valley Semillon 2014

This proved to be quite a developing expression of Hunter semillon from benchmark producer Tyrells.  The wine has evident tertiary butter and lactic aromas, with notes of mild struck match.  As ever with more developed semillon, it is almost surprising there is no oak.  The palate has particularly enamel searing, very high acidity and aContinue reading “Tyrell’s HVD Vineyard Hunter Valley Semillon 2014”

Gartelmann Wilhelm Hunter Valley Shiraz 2015

This release from Gartelmann Wines is from the difficult 2015 vintage in the Hunter Valley. It has typical Hunter shiraz characters of spice, plum, pepper and cedar. The tannins are soft, the body is between medium and full and the acidity spikey. This is a sound wine suitable for drinking now. Rating: Good. Abv: 14.3%.Continue reading “Gartelmann Wilhelm Hunter Valley Shiraz 2015”

Tyrell’s Wines Hunter Valley Semillon 2016

Tyrells are a benchmark producer of Hunter Valley semillon, and this wine is the “baby brother” of Tyrell’s more famous Vat 1 Hunter semillon.  In the glass, it has aromatics of lemon and bees wax.  The palate has a nip of acidity and good length.  The alcohol is only 11%.  A good release that canContinue reading “Tyrell’s Wines Hunter Valley Semillon 2016”

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 bodiedContinue reading “Gartelmann Petit Verdot 2014 and Hunter Valley/Clare Valley Shiraz 2014”

Lake’s Folly Cabernets 2015

This is the new release cabernets from Lake’s Folly, a producer I’ve started following more closely.  Interestingly, the 2015 vintage is quite different in composition to the 2014.  The 2015 is a blend of 76% cabernet sauvignon, 16% petit verdot and 8% merlot.  That’s, relative to the 2014, 15% more cabernet sauvignon, 6% more petitContinue reading “Lake’s Folly Cabernets 2015”