Yalumba Signature 2013

yalumba-signatureThis 2013 vintage is the 55th Signature and it does not disappoint. Each year Yalumba dedicates this wine to a ‘signatory’ in recognition of their achievements as part of the tight-knit team involved in making the eloquent Yalumba wines. Read More

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Charles Melton 2011 Crown Village Cabernet Sauvignon

charlesmeltoncrowncabCharles Melton is renowned for his bold yet elegant, Barossan reds and his benchmarking style of rosé, The Rosé of Virginia. Charles Melton Nine Popes, the Chateauneuf du Pape styled blend of old vine Grenache, Shiraz and Mourvedre is one of Australia’s leading GSMs.  This Krondorf Village dry-grown Cabernet has all the Cabernet hallmarks. Cedary, chocolate enriches ripe and sweet blackcurrant fruit and mint and more savoury olive notes.

With 26 months in oak, there is a spicy seam of vanilla bolstering the already full body. The generous fruit hits mid palate to culminate in a juicy, spicy, chocolate fruit cake finish. The Crown Village should be on your cellar candidate list along with the better known Melton reds and I would suggest a few years before opening or a double decant now if you cannot wait. Food is a must and a special Sunday roast lunch would be just right.

Quickie review « Ever so rich, muscular, spicy, savoury, cellar »

Country of Origin: Australia  Date: 2014   Price: $44    Drink: 5-10+ years   Source: sample


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Five Australian reds to get your hands on ….



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Yalumba Patchwork Shiraz 2012


Soft fruit, soft tannins are a hallmark for the Patchwork. As a Winter warmer, this delivers generously – just as it would as a Summer entertainer.

It has versatility at its heart and a core of blueberry and plum fruit wrapped in liquorice and cinnamon. There is also some dried herbs thrown in.  Rich, supple with a long chocolatey finish.

Date:  June 2014   Price:  $17+  Value: $$$   Drink:  5 years

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The Art of Blending Bordeaux and Hermitage

blackloImagine two French vignerons, who happen to be best friends, meeting to discuss wine – one from Bordeaux and one from Hermitage. The winemaker from Bordeaux laments about how their hard the vintage has been so far and that they don’t think that the wines coming from this vintage are going to be up to par. The two then hatch a plan.

After their grapes have been harvested, they start making wine. The good friend from Hermitage then surreptitiously sends their friend a batch of their freshly made wine. They go to every effort to make sure that no-one will ever know that this vintage of claret has been bolstered up with wines not allowed under the edicts of the Appellation Controlee for that region. The result of their endeavour produced wines with better structure and weight than efforts from neighbouring estate’s despite a difficult year.

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