Mitchelton Shiraz 2013

Mitchelton – no relation – produce a shiraz here from Nagambie in central Victoria whose style sits somewhere in the middle between the cooler and warmer climate style expressions of this grape variety. ¬†Its aromatics remind of spices, plums and bright cherries, its impression young and fresh. ¬†The palate doesn’t have peppery characters, but isContinue reading “Mitchelton Shiraz 2013”

Tahbilk Marsanne 2014

The terrible events in Sydney this week have meant little writing, and those families affected, including most unhappily a former colleague of mine, remain very much in my thoughts. This wine is Tahbilk’s classic and enduring marsanne. ¬†Marsanne is more robust in the vineyard than its Rh√īne Valley stablemate roussanne, making full bodied heady winesContinue reading “Tahbilk Marsanne 2014”

Tahbilk Shiraz 2012

Tahbilk’s shiraz from the 2012 vintage resembles a lighter style of a Heathcote wine. ¬†I thought this a rather odd thought, until of course recalling that there’s only approximately 50 kilometres between the two regions. ¬†There’s a deep intensity of colour with this shiraz, with aromatics that remind of red meat, plums and plenty ofContinue reading “Tahbilk Shiraz 2012”

Tahbilk Viognier 2013

Viognier sometimes doesn’t work for me – it can be oily and have quite some alcoholic heat – but this viognier from Tahbilk is a good one. ¬†It has medium intensity aromatics reminding of stone fruit kernels, fresh apricots and pink lady apples. ¬†The palate appears dry, though it gives an impression of verging onContinue reading “Tahbilk Viognier 2013”

Tahbilk Marsanne 2013

Tahbilk’s marsanne is a local institution of sorts – a low priced wine that drinks well currently, ages gracefully and has a long local history too. ¬†The 2013 vintage is a pale intensity lemon in colour, and has aromatics of yellow grapefruit, musk sticks, apricot blossom and lemon. ¬†The palate is dry with medium acidityContinue reading “Tahbilk Marsanne 2013”