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Hahn SLH Pinot Noir 2016

Hahn-SLH-pinotThe Santa Lucia Highlands is a relatively new AVA in the Monterey region, having only been designated in 1991.  It’s history is much longer than this as vineyards were first planted there over two hundred years ago. Spanish settlers recognised that the well-drained soils and the cooling winds coming off the cold waters of Monterey Bay to temper the heat in the vineyards, was a combination that made for producing graceful wines such as this.

This is a delectably lush textured, yet elegant, Pinot Noir made from fruit from four of the Hahn family’s Santa Lucia Highlands vineyards. Full of ripe black cherries with a rich cinnamon and brown spice warmth and a liquorice perfume twist. After 11 months in French oak, there is a spicy savoury detail to the fruit and a smoothness to the tannins.  It is a wine that I could certainly have a second glass of….. or third. .

Country of Origin: USA, Santa Lucia Highlands AVA
Price: USD $30  | UK £29
Drink: now – 5+ years
Needs food: a good wine for food
Tasting Date: May 2018
Source: tasting

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So, you think you know all there is to Australian wine!

Four Australian icon wines that will make you eager for more ….

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Mount Pleasant Elizabeth 2007 inspired by the 1954 visit of Queen Elizabeth, this Semillon has become part of the Hunter Valley’s heritage. It is available in both a fresh and zesty ‘current’ vintage, the latest being 2016 and as a cellar release. This is a cellar release version that, with a decade of age, is showing some toasted honey drizzled over the lemon and nectarine fruit as you would expect from a Hunter Valley Semillon with some graceful age. Read More

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Taylors Estate | Wakefield Shiraz 2016

Wakefield-Shiraz-wmAustralia’s Clare Valley is known for its rich, spicy shiraz, immediately drinkable and irresistable. The Clare based Taylor family knows how to capture that lush velvetiness, while keeping the peppery, berry cherry fruit fresh and vibrant. The fuller body is rich and jammed packed full of intense flavour that fills the mouth and lasts long into the next sip. It has the intensity to match a plate of flavourful venison sausages or it is a delicious wine to drink curled up on the couch after dinner is done.

Look for the Taylors’ label in Australia and for Wakefield in Europe and the Americas.  This is a wine Read More

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Down the Lane Shiraz Tempranillo 2017

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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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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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