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Spitting: OptionalFraser Gallop

Fraser Gallop Estate Chardonnay 2012

Style: Dry white

Country: Australia

Region: Margaret River

 

Overview: Stylistically this wine can be likened to ‘Chablis’. Chablis being the French region that produces predominately Chardonnay. There is a misconception that Chablis is made without contact with oak. In fact Chablis can be stored in oak, however it traditionally must be stored in Feuillette barrels which are larger, older and do not impart strong oak characters. In recent years winemakers in Chablis have been using smaller oak barrels but are still trying to keep ‘new oak’ characters to a minimum, in some circles this is shunned upon as it distorts the perception of the Chablis style. This perception is so strong that I once told someone, who was praising Chablis for not ever using oak, that they actually do use oak and his face crumbled, as if I had told him that his entire life was a lie.

This wine has spent minimal time in older oak barrels so the oak characteristics are subtle, thus earmarking it as a Chablis style.

 

Tasting note: A pristine nose with grapefruit, subtle, toasty oak and salty undertones. The palate is lean and elegant with well integrated oak complimenting the lime and grapefruit characters. A lengthy finish with a lovely minerality.

Final Say: A subtle, classy Chardonnay at a fantastic price. $20

 

Score: 18 out of 20

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Pillar Box Red Shiraz /Cabernet Sauvignon /Merlot 2010Pillar

Style: Full bodied red.

Region: Padthaway, SA

Tasting note: There are some aged, brownish hues when pouring this wine into the glass. Some nice spice on the nose and forest fruits. Rich with liquorice notes and typical Padthaway menthol.

Final Say: Drinking well now, skip the cellaring. $14 a bottle.

Score: 15.5 out of 20

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Single Vineyards’ Selection Denman Road Chardonnay 2013SVS Chard

Style: Dry white

Region: Hunter Valley, NSW

Tasting note: An elegant and restrained style of Chardonnay with nice citrus and honeydew melon tones with well integrated, toasty oak and linear acidity.

Final Say: Probably needs another couple of months in the bottle to settle down but shows great potential. $16 a bottle.

Score: 16.5 out of 20

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Tomich Hill Rhyme and Reason Pinot Gris 2013Tomich

Style: Dry white

Region: Adelaide Hills, SA

Tasting note: The golden colour shows that this has spent some time on the Pinot Gris skins, which are pink or grey. Freshly cut pear flavours lift from the glass and are complemented by almonds and some crushed herbs. The rich palate finishes dry.

Final Say: A good example of Pinot Gris, best enjoyed with food. $14 a bottle

Score: 15.5 out of 20

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Margan Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc Semillon 2012Margan SBS

Style: Dry White

Region: Hunter Valley, NSW

Tasting note: Unmistakable Sauvignon Blanc aromas of cut grass. Herbaceous on the palate with some citrus and savoury notes. Lacks some freshness, but enjoyable nonetheless.

Final Say: Hits the mark for the price, $14 a bottle.

Score: 15.5 out of 20

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Lambrook Spark 2013Spark

Style: Sparkling

Region: Adelaide Hills, SA

Tasting note: This sparkling is made from Pinot Noir, which gives the wine a lovely salmon blush, not quite a sparkling rosé but something of a happy medium. Fresh and vibrant, with characters of strawberry, citrus and green apple with a subtle hint of yeast.

Final Say: Pop a cork to celebrate another day of getting out of bed. Pick it up for around $20 a bottle

Score: 16 out of 20

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Wee Angus Cabernet Merlot 2011Wee angus

Style: Mid to full bodied red

Region: South Eastern Australia

Overview: I was tickled pink when I saw this wine pop up in my recent tasting. The Wee Angus is ‘little brother’ to the Angus the Bull Cabernet Sauvignon. Humorous in itself, but say the names of the producer, wine and winemaker out load in a Scottish accent ­– The Aberdeen Wine Company, Angus the Bull Cabernet, made by Hamish MacGowan – and the hilarity really ensues. Absolute gold, well for me at least. The Aberdeen Wine Co. have been savvy marketers and the Wee Angus is a great entry level addition to their portfolio.

Tasting note: A leafy, lean nose with some rich plum notes and black olive aromas. On the palate, plum and blackcurrant characters feature and are complemented by a touch of mocha with a velvety mouthfeel and grippy tannins. It finishes lean with good length.          

Final Say: Best enjoyed with a steaming plate of haggis on the shores of Loch Ness. $14.99 a bottle.

Score: 16 out of 20

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