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Jim Barry Cover Drive Cabernet Sauvignon 2007

Jim Barry’s Cover Drive cabernet sauvignon is a reliable wine.  Only the GI of “South Australia” is claimed on the label.  The 2007 vintage, tasted here with 8 years of age on it, has aromatics of sweet plums, licorice and vanilla.  The palate is mid length, with a sweet fruit and leafy expression, and some…Continue readingJim Barry Cover Drive Cabernet Sauvignon 2007

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Penfolds Grange 1986

Few Australian wines are so rich in anticipation as a bottle of Grange.  The 1986 Grange here is a blend of 87% shiraz and 13% cabernet sauvignon and, as is usual for Grange, the grapes were sourced from all over, including for this vintage from the Barossa Valley, Clare Valley, McLaren Vale and a vineyard it…Continue readingPenfolds Grange 1986

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Langtons Classification Tasting: September 2013

The Langtons auction house classification tasting has quickly become one of the “must attend” tastings on the Australian wine calendar.  The Langtons classification is a ranking of 123 of Australia’s best wines in the categories “exceptional”, “outstanding”, “excellent” and “distinguished”.  To make the grade, the wine must have at least 10 vintages, and a judgement is formed…Continue readingLangtons Classification Tasting: September 2013

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Penfolds Grange 1993

This is a stunning wine, and I do not recommend standing between it, and those holding an empty glass.  In terms of specifics, the 1993 vintage of Penfolds’ Grange is a blend of 86% shiraz and 14% cabernet sauvignon, with fruit sourced from the Barossa Valley and Coonawarra regions in South Australia.  In terms of…Continue readingPenfolds Grange 1993

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Taltarni Taché 2010

Well, here’s a bit of a surprise for a little under $20 and produced locally, albeit from grapes grown in three States. Taltarni’s sparkling Taché wine from the 2010 vintage has a dash of colour, probably salmon pink is the right description, with small and persistent bubbles.  It opens to evident aromatics of yeast, bread,…Continue readingTaltarni Taché 2010

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Kingston Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2011

This Kingston Estate cabernet sauvignon has some interest for the modest price of $14.   A medium(+) intensity ruby in colour, it opened to youthful aromatics of cloves, blackberry, blueberry, spice, earth and bay leaf, the latter its perhaps most dominant character.  On the palate medium length and a chewy texture, filled out by some…Continue readingKingston Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2011