Down the Lane Shiraz Tempranillo 2017


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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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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Taylors (Wakefield) Tempranillo 2014

taylors-tempranillowmThere are some great finds amongst the Taylor family’s Estate range and this is one of them. The Tempranillo grapes have been sourced from their Clare Valley estate.  With an eye on doing justice to the fruit, individual portions were either cold soaked before ferment, partially fermented in stainless steel or in open fermenters before spending some time in old French oak.  

All this care has left the mulberry, blueberry fruit to speak for itself, enhanced with some pepper, violet, nutmeg and dried thyme and parsley.  As it enters the mouth, the juicy fruit has a silky polish and soft acid and tannins for structure. The length offers more cherry and black fruit amongst the subtle spice. 

Considering that you can pick this wine up in a multi-buy for less than $14 in Australia, you could say good drinking does not necessarily cost more.  A good mid week wine, or one to settle into the weekend with.  It also is a delicious base for Beouf Bourguignon.

Quickie review « Juicy, spicy berry fruit with smooth silky texture. A wine for pleasurable drinking. »

Country of Origin: Australia  Date:  May 30th, 2015   Price:  $14+  Drink: now – 5 years  Needs food: no   Source: sample

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New South Wales wines you’ve got to taste for yourself! – Part two

Toppers-red-earth-child-wmThe second part of Wine Muse’s celebration of New South Wales Wine. While last week we focused on more the classic varieties, this week we are highlighting just some of the innovative varieties being produced in the state.


Topper’s Mountain Wild Ferment Nebbiolo 2012 ($38) – Mark Kirby is the man behind Topper’s Mountain and is a passionate ambassador for the New England Australia wine region. Mark is forward thinking and willing Read More

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d’Arenberg Sticks & Stones Tempranillo, Grenache, Tinta cao, Souzao 2010



d’Arenberg has recently given many of their wines a fresh, slick new look and The Sticks and Stones 2010 is now sporting distinctive new togs.

An allsorts bag blending Spain (Tempranillo and Garnacha/Grenache) and Portugal Read More

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