Thirst of December 2016




















Winery Wine    Vintage            Varietal                                   RRP     Alcohol             Drink By   Rating        

Tasting Notes



Coppabella       Single vineyard 2015     Pinot Noir                                20.00    13.00    2017     88        

Pinot with dark toasty overcoat and dark cherry fruit. The silky palate is strawberry fruited mid weighted and medium long


Bremerton Wines         Special Release            2016     Vermentino                  24.00    12.00    2017     88


Straw, sesame seed into herbal fruit notes leads to a neutral palate with good length and mid weight texture, quite Italian with low flavour but long gentle weight and texture.


Wilson Vineyard           DJW     2016     Riesling                                   24.00    12.50    2018     89        

Very pretty floral notes, bath powder, ripe apricot fruit showing early development, the palate has apricot and lime flavour length with generosity and talented winemaking balances the fruits and acidity to give it a tidy finish. Drink up young for the punch flavours.


Bremerton Wines         Coulthard         2014     Cabernet Sauvignon     22.00    14.50    2017     89        

Cabernet aromas with leafy dark fruit leads to a palate with silky tannins red fruited soft and fine bright fruited and great drinking young with complexity to close.


Veritas Winery  Binder’s Bull’s Blood   2014     Shiraz   Mataro             45.00    14.00    2025     90        

Pressings from the hay, bay leaf, liquorice, red fruits and dark earthy spices notes. The palate is full bodied silky and round ripe and full in the middle and licorice into oak notes to finish.


Wilson Vineyard           Watervale         2016     Riesling           19.00    12.00    2020     90        


Lime and sherberty aromas with a fruit tingle fizz about the aromas. The palate has juicy texture ripe fruits, fleshy complex flavours with texture, fruit tingles lime and orange water that lingers.


Moppity Vineyards       Lock & Key Single Vineyard Reserve    2014     Cabernet Sauvignon  27.00       14.00    2018     90           

Plummy ripe fruits, savoury oak aromas leads to very polished varietal entry with black currant fruit length with a beautiful harmony and effortless fresh flavours.  Good value.


Penfolds           Koonunga Hill 2010     Shiraz   Cabernet Sauvignon     25.00    13.50    2018     90        

Ripe plummy into black currant fruit aromas when tasted in 2016, smelling fresh and alive. The plate is well-centred, good length and complete complex flavours and lingering black currant fruits


Wilson Vineyard           Polish Hill        2016     Riesling                       29.00    12.50    2020     92


Plenty of weight, punchy fruit, rose, lime, lime pith and wet stone into mushroom moss. In the mouth, this vintage is more about generosity, quite fleshy, rose petal falling into lime fruit with a solid texture and core of flavour that lingers long thanks to lemony acidity.


Moppity Vineyards       Estate   2015     Chardonnay                             32.00    12.00    2018     93        

A lot of sensitive work went into this glass in a positive sense, wild ferment notes, lees, oak, savoury, mineral creamy notes. The palate is ultra modern a ripe white pear mid weight fruit length, savoury wine making, good oak balance and fine acidity with the elegant generosity of mid weight chardonnay.


Moppity Vineyards       Estate   2014     Merlot                          32.00    13.90    2017     93        


Soft dry red aromas with pretty oak notes and iodine savoury edge. Another very elegant wine soft even tannins, lovely middle length of flavour and finesse. The winemaking understands the tannin profile of the variety and makes the wines to reflect their understanding.


Jim Barry Wines                       2016     Assyrtiko                                  24.00    13.80    2018     94        

Assyrtiko is a tough variety from the Greek island of Santorini. This wine has subtle aromas leading to a wine with subtle flavours and great length of flavour. In the mouth, the generous fruit finely acidic structure shows excellent white fruits including gentle apple and pear flavour length with a acidity that is food friendly and helps carry the flavours.


Red Hill           Mossolini         2014     Shiraz                           45.00    13.50    2019     95        


Classy stylish regional intensity very pure, perfect spice, pine resin smoked meats and berry fruit complexity that has the fresh Mornington red fruit finesse like the Rhone except at the very top end. The medium-bodied palate is silky tannins very fine long elegant proportions delicate smoked meat spicy and vibrant.


Moppity Vineyards       Hilltops            2014     Shiraz                           32.00    14.00    2019     95        

Winner of five gold medals. Warm notes of oak, shortbread biscuit, leather and very concentrated fruit aromas. The palate is gorgeous, mid weight, bright fruited, very fine silky tannins with vivid black currant and black berry fruit length.  Very good palate.


Moppity Vineyards       Reserve            2014     Cabernet Sauvignon                 80.00    13.90    2019     95        

Great depth and notes similar to a youthful Margaret River cabernet fruits. Very good fruit length, violets in the top notes on the black currant flavoured middle palate with a super fine tannins, very elegant and natural grape flavoured and structured.


De Bortoli        Deen De Bortoli Vat 5 Botrytis  2011      Semillon           14.00    10.50    2018     96        

Delicious Sauternes look alike wine. Big botrytis dried apricot and ripe pineapple cooked pineapple with luscious intensity and very fine tannins to close with a fine lingering apricot and peach flavours.


Moppity Vineyards       Reserve            2013     Shiraz                           80.00    13.90    2022     96        


Deep perfumed intense ripe black berry verging on jammy and backed to a T by the mocha oak notes to create sumptuous deep aromas. Very silky and rich yet still Hilltops medium-bodied silky ripe tannins with evenness and fruit length to create a commanding line of flavour wed to very fine tannins.


Paringa Estate  Estate   2012     Shiraz                           60.00    14.00    92         2017    


Floral red fruits raspberry into red cherry, licorice and black pepper quite evolved wine with appealing maturity. The light medium-bodied palate is solid and long with savoury fruits showing like white pepper charcuteries smoked meats.

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