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Taylors deliver as Promised

Taylors-Promised-Land-cabmerlThe Promised Land is the Taylor family’s $15 (and often under) range and for this price point this bunch is vibrant and fresh. And put simply…. good drinking, whether your favourite would be the velvety Cab Merlot or the zesty Riesling. There is also an unwooded Chardonnay for those who love the fruitier, less savoury expression of this variety.

The back label also features a groovy temperature indicator which does an adequate job of telling you when you wine is in ‘the zone’ to drink. It sure is a conversation starter!

Taylors Promised Land Cabernet Merlot 2015 – Blueberry, cassis, violets and nutmeg abound from this wine. Juicy fruit backed by some velvety tannins and good length. A fun wine.

Taylors Promised Land 2015 Shiraz – Lushly coloured with plums, liquorice and pepper. The mid weight palate ends on a peppery note with soft enough tannins that you can give this wine a good chill. Read More

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Two of the latest from Shaw Vineyard Estate

shawmerlotCanberra’s Shaw Vineyard Estate is a must visit cellar door on your next trip to Murrumbateman, even if just to take in the tranquillity of the gorgeous gardens surrounding the cellar door, or to have lunch and coffee, or to taste through their quite extensive range of wines. Here are two of the most recent releases:

The Shaw Estate Range Merlot 2013 has plenty of offer in the rich chocolate and plums and there is some dried sage to lighten the nose. The mouth is rich and powdery, medium bodied and the plum fruit lingers. A Read More

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Balnaves The Blend 2012

 Balnaves the blend

Grab this one while it is still available. Cellar door has moved onto the next vintage however, you will find it in some stores still. It is a deliciously fun wine that overdelivers in spades. A blend of Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon (51%), Merlot (43%), and Cabernet Franc (6%). Bright plum and blackcurrant fruit, liquorice and dried mint is just the start.

The bold fruit displays vivacity amongst its depths. Freshness is key here, enlivening the palate with fresh fruit joined by chocolatey oak on the finish. A good drink without food, but I would love to see it with a plate of sausages, mash and lashings of onions and gravy. It is simply made to enjoy.

Date:  August 2014   Price:  $19    Value: $$$$   Drink: Now – 5 years

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Craggy Range and the rock star vintage

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Last month, I was privileged to get a sneak peak at New Zealand’s Craggy Range 2013 vintage wines, including two from the exciting Gimblett Gravels region near Hawkes Bay. According to Steve Smith MW, Craggy Range’s Wine and Viticulture Director, ‘it was the vintage of a generation.’

Just looking at the ripeness alone only tells part of the story. To better understand why ’13 was such pinnacle Read More

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Castle Rock Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2010

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Ripe cherry, cassis and garden herbs arise from the glass with milk chocolate oak adding sweet spice aromas to the equation. The palate comes alive with sweet fruit countered with tobacco and tapenade savouriness along the long length. Castle Rock has imbued this classic blend with elegance. Drink it now or put some down in the cellar over the next five years. It is a wine that easily transforms from a couch companion to a stylish dinner companion.

Date:  June 2014   Price:  $20  Value: $$$   Drink: 3 – 5 years

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