Posts Tagged ‘Australian Wine’

hither-yon-aglianicoHither & Yon Aglianico 2012

Style: Medium-bodied red

Country: Australia

Region: McLaren Vale

 

Tasting note: This lesser known variety is typically grown in Southern Italy (Campania) where it makes a rich, velvety style red. This Aussie crack at the variety is a touch leaner than the better Italian examples but has those typical blueberry and white pepper notes on the nose with hints of cedar. Plum and savoury spice on the palate and finishes with grainy tannins.

 

Final Say: Can’t wait to see what Hither & Yon do with this variety in the future. $30 a bottle

Score: 15.5 out of 20

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Provenance ‘Golden Plains’ Pinot Noir 2011provenance_golden_plains_pinotnoir

Vintage: 2011

Style: Lighter bodied red

Country: Australia

Region: Geelong, VIC

 

Overview: 11 hours at work, stomach gurgles and the mind starts to conjure images of heavenly, golden arches. The last time the stomach has been delivered food was 6 hours ago, it now aches for salty, fatty, high-carb food. Driving home it is as if the car is on auto-pilot, it is steering its self into the drive-thru where an order is placed, medium chips, a quarter pounder and a six pack of chicken nuggets with sweet and sour sauce. Would I like to have that in a meal? Hell no! Don’t taint my meal with your Coca-Cola, I’m heading home to put my feet up and match my Maccas with a lovely glass of Pinot. The chips don’t last the trip home and the chicken nuggets don’t particularly go well with the wine, the quarter pounder however matches nicely, the tannins binding to the processed protein and acidity cutting through the grease, yep the only way I could be classier was if I was slugging the wine out of the bottle whilst cutting mainies.

 

Tasting note: Aromas of forest fruits and cloves, these characters join the palate complemented by blackcurrants and fresh acidity. The tannins are soft and supple. The wine finishes with some attractive spice.

 

Final Say: Disclaimer: I don’t not approve of or endorse my own food match. $26-32 a bottle

 

Score: 16 out of 20

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Watershed Shades Sauvignon Blanc/Semillon 2013Watershed SBS

Style: Dry white

Region: Margaret River, WA

Overview: Why blend? Because at times, several varieties can be overlap and cover the shortfalls of a single variety to create something close to perfect. Sure, in Australia we love single varieties but unbeknownst to many, an everyday favourite like Shiraz often has small amounts of other varieties added to create lift or structure. For instance a high percentage of the wines labelled as ‘Shiraz’ will have a small amount (around 5%) of Viognier added to add aromatics and soften tannins. Sauvignon Blanc is a pungent, fresh, clean variety with notes of tropical fruits, whereas Semillon displays citrus and Phenolics (grassy tones) so when blended together the Sauvignon Blanc catches our attention by jumping out of the glass but on the palate the Semillon adds elegance and length. Blending is not a case of a winemaker throwing two wines together and hoping for the best like some mad scientist but a calculated decision to make the very best wine they can.

Tasting note: Pungent passionfruit on the nose with delicate undertones of citrus and cut grass. The palate has a great balance between savoury and tropical; it is pure, clean and fresh. The kind of wine you may seek on a warm, spring afternoon when one glass is just not enough.

Final Say: Perfect as the weather continues to warm. $14.99

Score: 17.5 out of 20

Nugan Estate Cookoothama Sauvignon Blanc Semillon 2013Cookoothama_SBS

Style: Dry white

Region: King Valley

Tasting note: The nose is elegant with subtle hints of straw, the Sauvignon Blanc slightly restrained. The palate is delicate, with flavours of citrus with a touch of grassiness from the Semillon.

Final Say:A nice, easy drinking blend. $13.99 a bottle.

Score: 15.5 out of 20

 

Kiss Chasey Premium White 2012 KCPW

Style: Dry white

Region: Western Australia

Tasting note: The nose and palate both display subtle citrus and fennel with some notes of jasmine. It’s a ‘dry white’ style; it doesn’t overpromise but nor does it under deliver. It’s simply a nice quaffing wine.

Final Say: An unassuming wine for drinking not thinking. $12.99

Score: 15.5 out of 20

Soul Growers Equilibrium Shiraz Grenache Mourvèdre 2011SGE

Style: Mid-full bodied red

Region: Barossa Valley, SA

Tasting note: A big whack of cedar oak on the nose with notes of sweet cherry. The palate is typical Barossan fare: plum, blackberry, liquorice and some black pepper all held together with lashings of oak.

Final Say: Barrosa’s slant on the Rhône Valley, from a tough year but still full of flavour. $19.99 a bottle.

Score: 16.5 out of 20

Driftwood Shiraz Cabernet Sauvignon 2010DWCS

Style: Mid-full bodied red

Region: Margaret River, WA

Tasting note: A hint of spicy development and typical tones of plum and blackberry. Grainy tannins with some underlying tones of liquorice.

Final Say: Bypass the cellar and drink now. $14.99 a bottle.

Score: 16 out of 20