Grosset Polish Hill Riesling 2019

Grosset's Polish Hill is probably the Clare Valley's benchmark riesling for the reason that it is more complex than most. The 2019 vintage opens with aromas of smoke, minerals and some lactic character. Clare Valley lemon and lime are in the background. The palate has pin point high acidity and does not have obvious seams.... Continue Reading →

St Hugo Grenache Shiraz Mataro 2014

This is an older St Hugo grenache, shiraz and mataro (mourvèdre) (aka GSM) from the Barossa and the 2014 vintage.  My modest hopes were rewarded with a wine of interest.  The wine opens to correct and varietal aromas of cherry, chocolate and char.  The palate is full bodied, the alcohol high and its expression of... Continue Reading →

Greenock Creek Mataro 2015

This wine is a straight mataro from Greenock Creek in the Barossa Valley.  Mataro is a synonym for mourvèdre, the latter being in more general worldwide usage. The alcohol is listed in the low 14s and is a pleasing respite from the very high alcohol shiraz wines of this producer.  In the glass, the wine... Continue Reading →

Wendouree Shiraz Malbec 2018 Wine Review

Wendouree is the leading red wine producer in Australia’s Clare Valley. Wendouree continues their mystique with a feted mailing list and absence of a website or marketing. I suspect they could sell their entire vintage this way, year in year out. Wendouree’s wines also find their way on to local restaurant lists and some retailers.... Continue Reading →

Pewsey Vale Riesling 2020 Wine Review

This wine review is of a text book riesling from Pewsey Vale, the Eden Valley and the 2020 vintage. A pale lemon colour in the glass, it has aromas of stones, florals and lemon/lime citrus. The palate is dry, with moderate alcohol, ripe fruit and is freshened by high linear acidity. This style of riesling... Continue Reading →

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