Winery Wine Varietal Vintage Rating Drink By Alcohol RRP
Chapel Hill The Parson Cabernet Sauvignon
2014 91 2018 14.5 $18.00
Aromas of black cherry, raspberry and black currant. The palate swings in ripe fruited fresh and varietal black currant fruits with evenness and purposeful length. A very complete wine that over delivers for the price.
Blue Pyrenees Estate The Richardson Series Cabernet Sauvignon
2012 95 2040 14.5 $50.00
Deep brooding, concentrated mixed berry conserve with remarkable freshness for the age. Back ground notes of bay leaf and oak spice form an additional complexity. The palate has classy black fruits that launch onto your tongue arm in arm with fine tannins together and pull like a train for the full length of the palate keeping classic varietal length and tightness, tannin finesse and black currant flavours that are youthfully unevolved.
Mount Mary Quintet Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot Cabernet Franc 2014 96 2043 13 $150.00
Very complex, pure wine with fruit, mineral and dried spice seamless entwined curling out of the glass like smoke. The youthful vibrant palate balances ripe and dry tannins, offer red and blue fruits off set by dried herb from the oak, the grape tannins and oak march in step with the blue and red fruits with gentle energy and precision too the farthest reaches of your tongue where the red fruits lingers. Drink young or age. More left bank to the 2013 right bank. One of the wines of the year. Malbec, Petit Verdot
Craiglee Wines Cabernet Sauvignon
2012 93 2023 13.5 $30.00
Aromas are pretty, varietal with cranberry and black currant fruit with a leafy edge to the aromas. The palate is soft, quite complete with red fruits turning leafy varietal cabernet and slightly drying on the finish. A very complete medium bodied wine with charm and very different to the rest of Australia.
Jansz Late Disgorged Vintage Cuvee Chardonnay Pinot Noir
2007 94 2020 12 $55.95
Aromas are from very long yeast age with oatmeal like yeast lees cloaking the white fruit. The palate is slippery in texture showing mature up front rich sparkling wine complexity, width and length with oatmeal lees richness, even and long the creamy yoghurt like texture wraps long flavours of subtle lemon citrus fruits with saline acidity lasting long in the mouth.
Printhie MCC Chardonnay
2014 88 2018 12.5 $35.00
Aromas are complex and diverse showing a weave of winemaking lees, fruity white nectarine, complex oak spice and Belgian white butter aromas. The youthful ‘still to come together’ palate has medium weight fruit, piquant acidity with vanilla oatmeal complex with bergamot and herbal tea.
Primo Estate La Biondina Colombard
2016 88 2017 12 $17.00
Big punchy pineapple lime fruits with plenty of personality. The tropical flavours are juicy, ripe middle palate, full flavoured with zippy acidity. A fabulous flavourful casual glass of wine with friends.
Sevenhill Cellars Inigo Merlot 2013 92 2019 14.5 $ 28.00
2013 92 2019 14.5 $ 28.00
Spot on harvesting captures the upfront charm of the variety really well with the classic perfume and structure. Aromas lead with a floral top note, ripe blue berry fruits and plum conserve fruit aromas with dark spice. The palate captures the silky fine tannin floral middle palate mouth filling qualities of merlot. The flavours are juicy and generous with layers of fruit violets into blue berry and plum and very fine tannins.
Yangarra McLaren Vale Mourvedre 2014 95 2023 14 $32.00
2014 95 2023 14 $32.00
Brooding complexity and layers of red fruits, bitter chocolate notes and dark oregano with cinnamon spices. The palate is assured, fresh red fruits fine and slightly firm varietal tannins flavours run wide and full middle and past with silty grained and drying on the long finish. Has the frame to age the fruit magnificently.
Black Wines Pinot Gris 2015 91 2019 12 $24.00
2015 91 2019 12 $24.00
Pear and chamomile fruit aromas with overall ripe fruit giving a good middle palate composed of fresh and cooked pears fruits, subtle spice and a slightly firm pear skin pith finish indicating it will age 2 – 3 years and partner food well.
Vickery Watervale Riesling 2016 92 2022 12.5 $23.00
2016 92 2022 12.5 $23.00
A ripe clean fresh drink showing florals, pine lime/kaffir lime and the spice of great riesling. The palate is vibrant, plush and generous with ripe lively length. Very good weight of fruits, modern and stylish. Drink young or age.
Jansz Premium Rose Rose NV 92 2018 12 $24.95
NV 92 2018 12 $24.95
Cool climate quality with perfumed fruit that, as a generalisation, dominates the yeast notes, strawberry saline mineral quality and cracked yeast. The palate is tight and focused with well balanced ripeness fruit and acidity with medium length.
Shaw + Smith Sauvignon Blanc 2016 93 2019 12 $26.00
2016 93 2019 12 $26.00
Meticulous vineyard management and hand picking helps retain the perfume in this variety and doubles the cost of wine making which explains part of this wine continuing charm. Low cropping is another aspect that helps lower the ripeness at harvest offering subtlety, ripe restraint and purity slightly punchy pear drops white fruits with the house style complexity. Ripe and round not a NZ herb in sight white fruits juicy ripe pears and applies in the middle palate and a food friendly finish.
Henschke Louis Semillon 2014 92 2025 12 $27.50
2014 92 2025 12 $27.50
Good colour with a youthful shyness, thyme-like oak, lemon subtleties. The palate is true to the Barossa with a regional varietal generosity, flavour evenness and length, harmonious, round and long medium bodied with the dried herb oak spice briefly appearing. The shy fruit has the lead role here with the subtle oak spice of carbon dried herbs.
Glenguin Semillon 2015 90 2021 10 $25.00
2015 90 2021 10 $25.00
This has presence with appealing ripe lemon fruit notes. Glides across the tongue, softly balanced light bodied long moderate acidity soft flowing middle palate flavours.
Karrawatta Joseph Shiraz
2014 95 2035 14.5 $54.00
The price might seem steep but for the quality, it is not a lot. Juicy, vivid ripe aromatics of black berry, bay leaf and green garden herbs, an edge of pith and pulp of freshly squeezed berry juices. The palate is plush, ripe, smooth, even and long, alongside well-judged oak. The liqueured red fruits are persistent and wed to classy tannins. Going for beauty, not bulk this is a silky sheet of rippling fruit across the tongue.
Rosnay Grand-Pere Shiraz Mourvedre 2015 94 2023 14 $30.00
2015 94 2023 14 $30.00
A very complete medium full bodied wine with youthful freshness that is virtually irresistible as a young wine. Starts out red fruit aromas with a top note of lush red fruit ripeness and underlying umami savoury meaty dried rosemary offering both ripeness and fresh balance. The palate has a dive right in quality with front palate silky red fruits rush the palate with a more subtle longer slower mineral quality showing in the drying medium intense tannins.
St John’s Road Block 8 Shiraz 2015 94 2034 13.4 $38.00
2015 94 2034 13.4 $38.00
Vivid colour with a big, expansive aroma with a steep incline of intensity that layers liquorice and berry fruit from clean red cherry fruits into black berry with raspberry fruits offering the peak. The palate has form and depth, firm earthy tannins and dark fruit flavours are the outer rings and concentric circles of the flavours. Fresh acidity and silky tannins create a safety net of tension to keep the flavour long and focused with lingering red fruits. The fruit richness mid-weight tannin balance is superb. not over ripe or over made. Hands off winemaking in the right places.
Yalumba The Virgilius Viognier
2015 95 2021 14 $45.00
In 2015 this is a complete wine with toned back varietal flavours and inbuilt layers of texture which, because of the nature of the variety is a great success. As a youngster, it plays it cards close to its chest. Very complex gentle peach, citrus and pith notes with restrained oak, wild ferment tones down the exuberant fruit. In the mouth very complex length of apricot flavour and a savoury smoked meats edge with bounding energy filling the mouth and each layer building on the other.
Kangarilla Road Black St Peters Zinfandel
2013 93 2025 16 $32.00
A good zin that catches the varietal wave of ripe fruit not raisined fruit. Ripe dark fruits with balanced oak spices cedar plum cake and Christmas plum pudding that avoids rum and raisin dried fruit qualities. The palate is ripe fruited sweet fruits and juicy soft tannins fleshy fruits and keeps its line of fruit punch.
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