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Pikes ‘Traditionale’ 2016 Riesling

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This is one of the classic Rieslings from Australia’s Clare Valley that you will always find a spot for in your fridge. If you are lucky, it will be chilling with some Pikes beer. While ‘The Merle’ is from the Polish Hill sub-region in the Clare, ‘Traditionale’ has been sourced from throughout the Clare & has the typical citrus characters of the region.

The ‘Traditionale’ is a dry riesling-lovers wine. With just a few grams of balancing sugar to texturise the palate but with all the intensity lemon/lime drive of ‘the Clare’ rieslings along with facets of talc and white flowers. Not only should this wine be in your glass, you should pair it with a couple in your cellar for later. Enjoy its freshness now with fresh seafood or some Thai or Vietnamese flavours.

Country of Origin: Clare Valley, Australia
Tasting Date: 
February 2018
Price: USD19 | AUD22 | GBP £16
Drink: now – 7+ years
Needs food: no
Source: tasting

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So, you think you know all there is to Australian wine!

Four Australian icon wines that will make you eager for more ….

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Mount Pleasant Elizabeth 2007 inspired by the 1954 visit of Queen Elizabeth, this Semillon has become part of the Hunter Valley’s heritage. It is available in both a fresh and zesty ‘current’ vintage, the latest being 2016 and as a cellar release. This is a cellar release version that, with a decade of age, is showing some toasted honey drizzled over the lemon and nectarine fruit as you would expect from a Hunter Valley Semillon with some graceful age. Read More

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Taylors Estate | Wakefield Shiraz 2016

Wakefield-Shiraz-wmAustralia’s Clare Valley is known for its rich, spicy shiraz, immediately drinkable and irresistable. The Clare based Taylor family knows how to capture that lush velvetiness, while keeping the peppery, berry cherry fruit fresh and vibrant. The fuller body is rich and jammed packed full of intense flavour that fills the mouth and lasts long into the next sip. It has the intensity to match a plate of flavourful venison sausages or it is a delicious wine to drink curled up on the couch after dinner is done.

Look for the Taylors’ label in Australia and for Wakefield in Europe and the Americas.  This is a wine Read More

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Taylors (Wakefield) Tempranillo 2014

taylors-tempranillowmThere are some great finds amongst the Taylor family’s Estate range and this is one of them. The Tempranillo grapes have been sourced from their Clare Valley estate.  With an eye on doing justice to the fruit, individual portions were either cold soaked before ferment, partially fermented in stainless steel or in open fermenters before spending some time in old French oak.  

All this care has left the mulberry, blueberry fruit to speak for itself, enhanced with some pepper, violet, nutmeg and dried thyme and parsley.  As it enters the mouth, the juicy fruit has a silky polish and soft acid and tannins for structure. The length offers more cherry and black fruit amongst the subtle spice. 

Considering that you can pick this wine up in a multi-buy for less than $14 in Australia, you could say good drinking does not necessarily cost more.  A good mid week wine, or one to settle into the weekend with.  It also is a delicious base for Beouf Bourguignon.

Quickie review « Juicy, spicy berry fruit with smooth silky texture. A wine for pleasurable drinking. »

Country of Origin: Australia  Date:  May 30th, 2015   Price:  $14+  Drink: now – 5 years  Needs food: no   Source: sample

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Reilly’s Barking Mad Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

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Barking Mad allows the Reilly’s crew to display their fun side. The team at Reilly’s are perhaps better known for producing solid performing, classic wines from the Clare Valley. If you are looking for a good Cabernet Sauvignon, this is a good bet with its sweet Ribena ripe fruit, chocolate, liquorice and earth. Some grippy tannins and warm alcohol add to the fuller body along with some charry oak that integrates with the fruit well and adds a marzipan nuance to the finish. A wine to enjoy with a relaxed meal and a chat.

Quickie review «warm bold, fruity red ready for action, it just needs a glass»

Country of Origin: Australia   Date:  January 2015   Price: AUD$16    Drink: now   Needs food: yes   Source: tasting

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