John Duval Plexus Shiraz Grenache Mourvedre

John Duval winesJohn Duval’s mastery in winemaking is apparent in the elegance of the wines in his range. The former Penfold’s winemaker makes wines that are immediately drinkable or even better with some rest in your cellar. The Plexus is a Rhone blend, one that makes Shiraz the star with it making up 52% of the blend, Grenache 32% and the rest Mourvedre. All sourced from around the Barossa Valley. There is a matching pair, a white blend of Marsanne, Roussanne and Viognier which I have also found to be a fragrant treat.

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Saltram No.1 Shiraz 2012

Saltram-no-1This is one Barossan for the cellar and it delivers some of that finesse that you might find in wines that carry a much higher price tag. Here amongst the coconut, chocolate oak offer up a spicy and smooth background to fresh cherry, cinnamon, mint, dark berry fruit. There are some mint and graphite facets on show too as the wine opens up and finishes on a mocha note. While oak makes its presence known, thanks to some larger format barrels it does not dominate or overwhelm.

While the tannins are shapely and will help keep this wine fresh for the years to come, if you cannot wait for it to mellow then you will find it better with food. Venison sausage, or a roast with all the trimmings.

Quickie review «A smooth, spicy, well cared for Barossan that shows much potential in its youth if you cannot wait for it to gain some maturity.»

Country of Origin: Australia  Date: May 2016 Price: AUD 80+ | £ | Drink: 10+ years Needs food: better with food in its youth Source: tasting

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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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