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Patritti Section 181 McLaren Vale Grenache 2015

0472A27E-AF67-4E4B-8D47-059DD1D1FC17Section 181 refers to the single vineyard that is the source for these Grenache grapes. Section 181 Branson Road, Tatachilla, a vineyard Giovanni Patritti purchased in 1960 and planted with varieties such as this dry grown Grenache.  This old vine red expresses typical McLaren Vale regional ripeness, boldness and generosity in its raspberry, red plum and cherry fruit supported by vanilla, cinnamon and a handful of dried herbs.

Ripe tannins wraps around fresh acid and a fuller body. Once this wine settles on the tongue there is plenty of intensity and the fresh red fruit lingers on. This is a wine that has a story to tell, it will just take some time for it to hit its stride. It is good drinking now, but certainly it will do well with some cellar time and once you taste it, Read More

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d’Arenberg The High Trellis Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

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If you like generous and fruity Cabernet, this is really very hard to beat. The Osborn family are indefatigable when it comes to looking after the more traditional wines in their vast range, just as they are at trying something new. The High Trellis fruit comes from some very old vineyards in the McLaren Vale and as to its pedigree… the wine has won a Jimmy Watson trophy for the 1969 vintage.

As usual d’Arenberg are all about getting the best out of their fruit, old oak is key here, and this vintage was no different. The red currant fruit sits amongst sage, cedar and earth notes and there is a menthol edge here too. The tannins are fine and shapely in the mouth. As the elegantly bodied wine moves along the palate it finishes long, plush and is quite irresistible.

Quickie review «Flavourful, juicy, and definitely good company.»

Country of Origin: Australia  Date: May 2016    Price: AUD 18 | £ 11 | Drink: Now – 5+ years     Needs food: no   Source: tasting

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Oliver’s Taranga Fiano 2015

olivers taranga fianoCorrina Wright is not only well respected and loved for her contribution to the Australian Wine Industry but also for her role in keeping the innovative spirit alive at Oliver’s Taranga. She does all this whilst paying homage to the rich McLaren Vale history of the family’s wine heritage.

Sitting amongst the more traditional McLaren Vale fare of Shiraz, Grenache and Cabernet, you see her expert hand in the development of the winery’s Italian varietal wines such as this Fiano joined by vineyard companions, Vermentino and Sagrantino. Oliver’s Taranga also offer a couple of stylish Spaniards too with an elegant Tempranillo and more recently, they released a Mencia rose having planted the first Mencia vines in Australia. Read More

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McLaren Vale Cellar Door Trails

McLaren Vale, just on the outskirts of Adelaide, is just right for a weekend visit…..
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(Image: Battle of Bosworth’s cellar door in McLaren Vale) Read More

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Two laid back, good drinking reds from Hardys

hardys-tintara-hs-shirazHardys have just released two new dry grown vineyard McLaren Vale reds under the Tintara Horseshoe Row label.

Hardys Tintara Horseshoe Row Shiraz 2013 ($18) – The shiraz has plenty of regional personality on show from the rich raspberry jam, black cherry, liquorice, violets and pepper to the creamy cinnamon oak. Fuller bodied, smooth tannins with just enough peppery fruit length to be able to enjoy this wine without food as well. Good drinking for red lovers looking for value.

Hardys Tintara Horseshoe Row Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 ($18) – An easy drinking Cab with varietal black Read More

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