Capturing the heart of Barolo ………
The village of Verduno, in the very North of the Piedmont wine region Barolo, is a village that is worthy of being on your ‘must see’ list as a destination on its own. While your eyes take in the sublime views from vantage points around the village, your nose will lead you to Casa Ciabotto, a superb osteria filled with locals eating and catching up with friends and family. Ensconced within the boundaries of this village is a family run winery, Fratelli Alessandria (translated Brothers Alessandria), that I found was one of the highlights of my recent visit to the region. Read More
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Until the early 2000’s, Wolf Blass Black Label was the pinnacle of the Wolf Blass line which sported those quirky coloured tombstone shaped labels. Then came Platinum Label, a straight varietal Shiraz. A departure for the eponymous brand founded by the winemaker with the moniker of ‘the Master Blender’. Wolfgang Blass himself.
It gives a sense of continuity that this new pinnacle of the extensive Wolf Blass range is back to the original formula of a blend, albeit from a single vineyard rather than a blend of regions as well as varieties. This time 61% Cabernet and 39% Shiraz as opposed to the 51% Cabernet / 49% Shiraz varietal composition of the current 2010 vintage of Black Label. Read More
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Shaw Vineyard Estate 2014 Semillon Sauvignon Blanc ($22) – This qualifies as a dry white blend simply made to enjoy. With its long length, it is certain to leave a soft, juicy lasting impression of sweetly ripe fruit that indicates an all-rounder that does not require food to shine. While bone dry, the spicy floral overtones sweetly perfume the lemon/orange citrus and tropical fruit. The whole zesty package is well judged and even tempered. Read More
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Langhorne Creek make some pretty smart juicy reds and this one from the Follett family’s Lakes Breeze winery is a good drink. It is like a big, juicy hug of a wine. Peppery black cherry and plums, with vanilla cinnamon caramel offer up a sweet spicy combo that joins a minty refresher as it hits midpalate.
Full bodied with smooth, generous curves and soft tannins. Simply a well judged wine that aims to please whether it be the hump of the week or an easy weekender. A lot of fun for the price.
Country of Origin: Australia Date: August 8, 2015 Price: $16 Drink: now – 3+ years Needs food: no Source: tasting
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