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Oliver’s Taranga Fiano 2016

olivers-t-fiano16There is more and more Australian Fiano wines becoming available and this is one of the wines you should try if you are new to the grape or new to Oliver’s Taranga label. This Italian grape has certainly captured Australia’s imagination and heart. Corrina 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 the family winery. She does all this whilst paying homage to the rich McLaren Vale history of the family’s wine heritage.

While this Fiano is unadorned with additional artifice, using indigenous yeasts, natural acid and no oak, it has developed a spicy, nutty nuance to its zippy citrus and crisp white peach nature. Silky, long and Read More

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Peter Lehmann Wigan Riesling 2012

PL-wigan-wmThe Wigan is named after winemaker Andrew Wigan and hails from the well drained, higher altitude soils of South Australia’s, Eden Valley. The Valley is one of Australia’s best regions for fine expressions of Riesling, the classic German grape. It is known for its lush aromas, ripeness and often floral overtones. This is one of Australia’s most highly awarded Rieslings.

Pre-cellared for 5 years already on release it shows some honeyed toastiness amongst the ripe lime juice and zest. Some floral prettiness was showing as well. But in the mouth, the beauty of this wine shone with a soft acid that was evenly balanced out. That soft line of acid drives Read More

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When ice wine gets a sparkly make over…… Inniskillin Sparkling Ice Wine Vidal 2014

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Inniskillin has become synonymous with Canadian Ice Wine and a common find on the shelves of travel retailers around the world. A sweet and sticky dessert wine, ice wine is a little different to Australia’s most common dessert wine style Read More

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Le Prince de Courthézon Côtes du Rhône AOC 2016

le-prince-de-CWhen looking for a Cotes du Rhone that delivers generosity as well as value, this quaffable red will please.  Le Prince de Courthézon is produced from grapes sourced close to Chateauneuf du Pape, Read More

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4 reasons to buy your wine from Lidl ….

 

This month, Lidl has released their Spring seasonal range which lands in store on 25th January. The range of fizz, whites and reds are sourced from both new and old world wine regions with a particular focus on South America, South Africa, Austria, Italy, Spain and Portugal  plus a special sweetie from Canada.

Here are some highlights from their white collection. Get these early before they sell out and I would stock up for summer now…..Lidl-vern

Podere Macinatico Vernaccia di San Gimignano2016 £7.49 – A crisp Italian white that tastes like summer in a glass.  Read More

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Gemtree Luna de Fresa Tempranillo 2017

Another fine wine from Gemtree and it goes withouGemtree-roset saying that if you are a fan of the Luna Roja Tempranillo (and you should be), you will enjoy this version of the grape. The Buttery family produces some excellent wines and the care that they have taken with this rosé is evident in the texture and length of the Luna de Fresa. The current interest in dry pale, savoury pinks means is a boon to pink lover’s around the world as there is greater choice available.

For the price that you can find this one, it is hard to beat the spicy strawberry fruit with an intriguing floral lilt. It is a pale pink- juicy, medium bodied and soft in the mouth. The long finish has plenty to offer by way of spice and fruit. It is certainly a versatile wine that will match an impromptu summer picnic by the beach as easily as stylish salmon apetitisers at a winter gathering.

Quickie review «A silky smooth and spicy pale, dry pink that moves with ease from the beach to the most stylish of dining tables.»

Country of Origin: Australia  Date: September 2017    Price: AUD20 Drink: now Needs food: no   Source: tasting

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Ara Single Vineyard Pinot Noir 2015

ara-SVPNNew Zealand’s Marlborough region has SO much more going for it than just Sauvignon Blanc, it has the potential for elegant and charming Pinot Noir too.  Whereas Central Otago, with its many sunlight hours, produces bold, vivacious Pinot, I find they are too often too high in alcohol. There is much to love in the drinkability of the Marlborough Pinots.

The Ara Single Vineyard Pinot Noir is made from grapes sourced from the Wairau Valley in Marlborough.  Fresh raspberry, black cherry and dried herb notes are supported by the richness of some finely honed vanilla oak.  Ten months in mostly old oak has given this pinot some polish and extended the finish. As it moves through the mouth, it takes a more earthy and herbal tone.

To get the best out of this wine, it needs to open up so either decant it or leave the bottle open for an hour before serving.  Give it this time and it will become a richly perfumed crowd pleaser for a good price.

Quickie review «A gently perfumed and persuasive pinot that becomes more earthy on the palate.»

Country of Origin: New Zealand  Date: November 2017    Price: AUD20+ /GBP12  Drink: now – 5 years   Needs food: no   Source: purchase

 

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d’arenberg The Noble Botryotinia Fuckeliana Semillon Sauvignon Blanc 2015

darenberg-BF-wmAgain, the Osborn family reminds us all to not take wine so seriously with a name that will make the uninitiated blush. They are known for catchy, sometimes really weird, names for their wines and this one is no different. Of course, there is a totally sane reason for such a seemingly irreverent name. Botrytis cineria or Noble Rot is part of the Botryotinia genus and without this particular mould this wine would not have its characteristic marmalade twist, nor its viscosity. Fuckeliana is a tip of the hat to one Karl Fuckel, a German botanist and mycologist.

The BF is an Adelaide Hills blend of two of the white Sauternes powerhouses, Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc. And at 231 grams per litre of residual sugar, it is indeed a luscious little sweetie featuring intense apricot, marmalade, ginger spice, honeysuckle and honeyed orange. The fresh hit of acid does its job of balancing that sweetness and ensures Read More

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Yalumba ‘The Y Series Viognier’ 2016

yalumba-Y-viognierThis is always a cleverly crafted dry, white wine and you get a whole lot of value in your glass. Yalumba have established themselves as the Australian champions of this grape and this is just one version amongst a storybook full of viognier expressions from the Hill-Smith family. This expertise is apparent at all levels from this wine to The Virgilius.

The ‘Y Series’ Viognier has all the classic hallmarks of the variety along with some wild ferment characters. Ripe apricot tart with some spiced pastry crust is served up with some grapefruit, ginger and white flowers aromas. It has a richly perfumed nose, attractive and evocative. Read More

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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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