Mr. Mick Rosé Clare Valley 2018

The Mr. Mick rosé is made by Tim Adams in the Clare Valley and from the unlikely combination of sangiovese, tempranillo and mourvèdre.  In the glass, it has a pink/purple hue, fresh acidity and is very fruity and finishes dry.  Overall, this is a pleasant rosé that is low in alcohol and keenly priced.  Rating:Continue reading “Mr. Mick Rosé Clare Valley 2018”

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”

Molino Loco Yecla Monastrell 2013

I spotted this on a restaurant by-the-glass list, and thought I’d give it a go.  “Loco” I vaguely recalled as meaning crazy in Spanish, so my hopes were not high but then nor was the price.  Yecla as a wine region more or less drew a blank so that added to its appeal.  It turnsContinue reading “Molino Loco Yecla Monastrell 2013”

Mitchell Harris Wines Pyrenees Mataro 2013

The release notes refer to a “rare find in the Pyrenees”.  That’s what I was thinking too, as I haven’t seen a lot of mataro (aka mourvèdre) in these parts.  A cooler climate, more elegant, expression of this grape variety is being chased.  And this goal seems perfectly plausible in the temperate Pyrenees.  It’s aContinue reading “Mitchell Harris Wines Pyrenees Mataro 2013”

Teusner Dog Strangler Mataro 2008

I felt this to be rather gamey and meaty for a shiraz, which of course, it isn’t.  Off to a flying start then.  It’s in fact rather good, as most Teusner wines tend to be.  And instead of shiraz, this is a mourvedre (aka mataro in some parts including the label) which typically expresses itselfContinue reading “Teusner Dog Strangler Mataro 2008”