Down the Lane Shiraz Tempranillo 2017


Sitting amongst De Bortoli’s extensive wine range is the Down the Lane Shiraz Tempranillo.  This family certainly know how to produce wines that overdeliver on pleasure for the price you pay. This spicy red hails from Heathcote and is ripe and lush. There is also an interesting Pinot Grigio Arneis blend and a Gris de Gris Rosé.

There is plenty of sweet and spicy cherry, raspberry love in this bottle. It is well made with some balancing residual sugar (6 gram/litre) to flesh out the medium bodied, ripe fruit.   It is unashamedly Read More

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Donnafugata Bell’Assai Vittoria DOC Frappato Sicilia 2016

donnafugata-bellassaiFrappato is a one of my recent discoveries. The grape is one of Sicily’s many natives and is a lighter bodied red, this one hailing from Vittoria in the South East of the island. Donnafugata is the label of the Rallo family, who have made Marsala since the mid-19th Century.  Today, they make varietal wines showcasing some of Sicily’s most interesting native varieties.

Bell’Assai beguiling wine made from the Frappato grape with an evocative nose of wild herbs, cherry, rose, orange peel and spice. It is ever so smooth, very elegant and well balanced. Stainless steel all the way has left the ripe tannins soft and slippery. Read More

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The Barolos, Pelavergas and Barberas of Fratelli Alessandria

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Here are some of the wines from Fratelli Alessandria …….

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Gramercy Cellars Columbia Valley Syrah 2012

gramercysyrah12Adorned with a simple black and white label, this purple hued syrah is sourced partly from Washington State’s Walla Walla Valley AVA as well as from the greater Columbia Valley AVA. The award winning Gramercy Cellars is the passion of founder Greg Harrington, who believes that the Rhonish red varieties are a major part of Walla Walla’s vinous future.  This is the inaugural vintage for this wine. With the success of their wines, there was a need to introduce a wine that can start filling the growing demand.

This wine is so vibrant that the fresh aromas of floral notes, blueberry, cherry, mint, chocolate and pepper leap out of the glass. The bold generosity does not translate into a bigger than life version of the grape, pumped with sweet fruit and artifice. This syrah is very elegant in its approach bringing to mind the best of both new and old world.

While there is some caramel oak and soft succulent tannins in support, it is all about the fresh ripe fruit. A wine full of character and contemplation that will continue to reward with some years under the belt. For now though, I would enjoy it with some wild boar sausages atop some truffled mash.

Quickie review «spicy, even handed oak underscores vibrant fresh fruit »

Country of Origin: USA   Date:  18th May 2015   Price: USD$40    Drink: 2 – 7+ yrs   Needs food: No   Source: tasting

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Andrew Thomas 2013 Red Release


Andrew Thomas from Thomas Wines has more than a couple of stories to tell, but in the spirit of his philosophy of ‘keeping it simple’, for now I will focus on just two …

One is a story about semillon from one of the renowned semillon vineyards in the Hunter Valley, Braemore, and all are made in that unique regional style. The other is a story about Shiraz. His simple white label adorns bottles containing just those two varieties. And they are ‘simply’ some of the best wines to be made in the Hunter.

Thomas is just one of the hard working Hunter winemakers who are so passionate Read More

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