October 16, 2015

Aussie wines that over deliver

Thomas-Synergy-semThe definition of winelover is simple: A person who loves wine. Now, we all love a bargain and a smart winelover is one that is ‘in the know’ of which wines are currently available that over deliver for the price paid.

Here are five wines to start your winechase for these stars. I am quite sure that you all have your own list, please feel free to add yours..

Tahbilk Marsanne 2014 (as low as $13) – Tahbilk is one of those family wineries that consistently over deliver on quality at these price points. 2014 is current in some of the retailers at the moment, the 2015 is also out. Blossom notes entwine with white stonefruit and lemon lime fruit and softer finishing acid. A zesty one now that will develop honeyed lushness in the bottle if you hold onto it. But who wants to wait, simply sit back and chill out with this wine.

Lake-Breeze-BernootaThomas Synergy Semillon 2015 ($20) – In a recent competitive tasting this wine repeatedly stood up as the even tempered competitor. It delivers sherberty tangy grapefruit, elderflower, lemon and gentle tropical fruit from the nose to the long palate. The palate is balanced, intense and vivacious. Whereas other sems in the range are from named single vineyards, this is just some of the best semillon fruit drawn from different vineyards around the Hunter. #semsational? I think so.

Lake Breeze Bernoota 2013 ($22) – This is like visiting an old friend and wondering just why you don’t spend more time with them. The Follett family have not increased the price in the six years since I first wrote a review about this wine, so perhaps you should get in quick. Peppery black plum, black currant fruit is fleshed out with mint chocolate and liquorice. Rich vanilla oak and ripe shapely tannins sit in support. Fresh, vibrant, warm and spicy.

Philip Shaw The Wirewalker Pinot Noir 2014 ($22) – In the Philip Shaw Character Range, this red and The Idiot Shiraz plus The Dreamer Viognier are all wines that deserve to be on this list. All of them see the lighter side of life and this Pinot is particularly pretty. The fresh violet scent rises above the cherry and earthiness and sets the scene. Some grippy tannin moulds the gently curved wine around that pretty core of fruit. One that is hard to resist.

Taylors Jaraman Chardonnay 2014 ($24 but may be below $20) – Your in safe territory with the Jaraman range from Taylors as it consistently over delivers. In the riper pineapple and melon fruit realm, complemented by nutty coconut, almond, cream, vanilla and cinnamon experience.   Firm, full bodied chardie always has a place on the table and this is a very tidy guest with the fresh but softer acid cleaning up the finish.


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