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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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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Juicy Winter reds from Wirra Wirra


McLaren Vale is a great source of juicy warming reds and Wirra Wirra is one winery that has plenty of them to offer among their portfolio which also includes a well made moscato and rosé bearing the name of Mrs Wigley.

Wirra Wirra Church Block Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz Merlot 2013 ($20)

A blend of 50% cabernet sauvignon, 37% shiraz and 13% merlot from the McLaren Vale. 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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Wild Duck Creek Estate, Duck Muck, that Robert Parker score and a dog named Merv

WDCE Shiraz resLast week, I was privileged to get a visit from David ‘Duck’ Anderson. Right up front, I have a disclaimer. I am a long term member of the WDCE mailing list and buy wine from them each year at the advertised member price. Now, as a member of the Wild Duck Creek Estate mailing list I see Duck at least once a year when he delivers his mailing list wine orders. It does not matter that his red van has seen better days, he personally delivers these orders up and down the East coast, from Melbourne to Newcastle, making sure that he gets caught up on a year’s worth of news over a glass of wine.

This visit was different. Read More

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