Four Australian icon wines that will make you eager for more ….
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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Australia’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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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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John Duval’s mastery in winemaking is apparent in the elegance of the wines in his range. The former Penfold’s winemaker makes wines that are immediately drinkable or even better with some rest in your cellar. The Plexus is a Rhone blend, one that makes Shiraz the star with it making up 52% of the blend, Grenache 32% and the rest Mourvedre. All sourced from around the Barossa Valley. There is a matching pair, a white blend of Marsanne, Roussanne and Viognier which I have also found to be a fragrant treat.
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This is one Barossan for the cellar and it delivers some of that finesse that you might find in wines that carry a much higher price tag. Here amongst the coconut, chocolate oak offer up a spicy and smooth background to fresh cherry, cinnamon, mint, dark berry fruit. There are some mint and graphite facets on show too as the wine opens up and finishes on a mocha note. While oak makes its presence known, thanks to some larger format barrels it does not dominate or overwhelm.
While the tannins are shapely and will help keep this wine fresh for the years to come, if you cannot wait for it to mellow then you will find it better with food. Venison sausage, or a roast with all the trimmings.
Quickie review «A smooth, spicy, well cared for Barossan that shows much potential in its youth if you cannot wait for it to gain some maturity.»
Country of Origin: Australia Date: May 2016 Price: AUD 80+ | £ | Drink: 10+ years Needs food: better with food in its youth Source: tasting
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