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Huntington Estate Rosé 2018 Wine Review

This wine review is of a pinot noir rosé from Huntington Estate in warm climate Mudgee. This is not a natural home for pinot noir, but as a rosé from grapes that I expect were early picked, the wine is refreshing and European in style. In the glass, it is a red-orange colour. The aroma…Continue readingHuntington Estate Rosé 2018 Wine Review

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Robert Stein Rosé 2018

This is a sound rosé from Robert Stein made in the current style.  It is pale in colour, with a mineral and strawberry aroma.  The palate is dry, has fresh acidity and a medium body.  The styling is French.  Ready to drink now.  Rating: Good. Website: https://www.robertstein.com.au; wine-searcher.com. Source: Sample.  Reviewed: September 2020.Continue readingRobert Stein Rosé 2018

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Gartelmann Cabernet Merlot 2016

From Mudgee in New South Wales and a vineyard at 630 metres, this is a very good cabernet sauvignon merlot blend from Gartelmann.  It has attractive leather, leaf and licorice aromas, and a brooding expression.  The palate is full bodied with soft tannins, piquant acidity, and a leaf/eucalyuptus character on its long finish.  The alcohol…Continue readingGartelmann Cabernet Merlot 2016

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Gartelmann Petit Verdot 2016

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Robert Stein Reserve Shiraz 2014

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Huntington Estate Mudgee Shiraz 2014

This is a typically robust rendition of Mudgee shiraz. It opens to aromas of oak, vanilla and ripe black fruits. The palate is full bodied with soft and approachable black fruits that build tannin with time in the glass. Ready to drink now or it can be cellared for at least 5 years. Rating: Good…Continue readingHuntington Estate Mudgee Shiraz 2014

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Gartelmann Rylstone Mudgee Petit Verdot 2015

Petit verdot is more traditionally seen in blends rather than on its own, but it can work well in warm to hot climates and this is a very good expression of it.  From Gartelmann in Mudgee, the wine has aromas of intense black fruits, prunes, licorice and dusty cedar.  The palate is full bodied, with…Continue readingGartelmann Rylstone Mudgee Petit Verdot 2015

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Tim Stevens Signature Mudgee Shiraz 2016

While not cheap at $100, this is Mudgee shiraz at its most refined.  There are gentle aromatics of spice, plums, menthol and some earthiness.  In terms of winemaking, after a 3 day cold soak, the wine spent only 5 days fermenting on skins before being pressed off to continue fermentation in barrels (60% new).  The…Continue readingTim Stevens Signature Mudgee Shiraz 2016

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Gartelmann Jesse Mudgee Shiraz 2014

The 2014 vintage of Gartelmann’s Mudgee shiraz has rich aromas of plums, oak, vanilla and cedar.  The palate is full bodied, with oak and spiced plums on the finish.  Approachable if somewhat oaky at this point, this wine may improve with at least five years in the cellar.  Rating: Good. Abv: 14.8%. Price: $30. Website:…Continue readingGartelmann Jesse Mudgee Shiraz 2014

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Huntington Estate Basket Dried Shiraz Mudgee 2015

I wasn’t able to track down the winemaking of this wine, but an Amarone style is presumed with a contribution from dried shiraz grapes.  The results are very good indeed, and I think this wine from Huntington Estate has considerable appeal.  In terms of aroma, it is quite port and raisin like.  The palate is…Continue readingHuntington Estate Basket Dried Shiraz Mudgee 2015

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Huntington Estate Mudgee Shiraz 2013

This is a classically Australian expression of warm climate shiraz.  The wine is deeply coloured, with rich aromas of chocolate, dark plum and soy.  The palate is fruity with cedar, mid weight tannins, plenty of stuffing and quite long length on the finish.  This a style that has broad appeal and would be terrifically easy…Continue readingHuntington Estate Mudgee Shiraz 2013

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Robert Stein Semillon Riesling Gewürtztraminer Mudgee 2017

This is a somewhat unusual white blend that finds semillon, riesling and gewürtztraminer together.  In the glass, it’s a pale yellow in colour, and has aromas that remind of grass and apple skins, perhaps explicable by the 7 day ferment on skins.  The palate is fresh and the acidity apple like.  Some CO2 and a…Continue readingRobert Stein Semillon Riesling Gewürtztraminer Mudgee 2017