Posts Tagged ‘red wine’

Chalmers Sangiovese 2012 chalmerssangiovese

Style: Medium bodied red

Country: Australia

Region: Heathcote

 

Tasting note: All the variety ever advertises to be on the nose, sweet cherry and dusty. The palate is relatively simple made up of cherry characters and chalky tannins, velvety tannins and nice structure.

Final Say: Pretty simple but enjoyable. $35 a bottle

 

Score: 16 out of 20

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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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Tulloch ‘Private Bin Pokolbin Dry Red’ Shiraz 2013pokolbin-dry-red-shiraz pb

Style: Medium bodied red

Region: Hunter Valley, NSW

Tasting note: It’s not just the packaging of this wine that shouts retro Hunter Valley but its contents also display all those Hunter Valley Shiraz hallmarks. Great colour for a wine that has been harvested earlier than your typical 14-15 beaumé (which roughly ferments to 14% alcohol). Coconut oak notes on the nose with hints of leather. Dark fruit characters of blackberry with gentle tones of raspberry and dusty spice. Again, great fruit definition for a bonier style with enduring acidity and well integrated oak.

Final Say: ‘Don’t you, forget about me’- Hunter Valley Shiraz. $50 a bottle

Score: 18.5

Tulloch ‘Pokolbin Dry Red’ Shiraz 2013pokolbin-dry-red-shiraz

Style: Medium bodied red

Region: Hunter Valley, NSW

Tasting note: A juicy, boisterous nose of red fruits which defies the lower alcohol level of this wine (12.3%). An elegant and dusty palate featuring characters of raspberry and white pepper. Good fruit definition for a leaner style.

Final Say: It’s a far more elegant, restrained style of Aussie Shiraz. $25 a bottle.

Score: 16.5

Tulloch ‘JYT Selection’ Shiraz 2013limited-release-jyt-selectio

Style: Full-Medium bodied red

Region: Orange, NSW

Tasting Note: Whilst produced by an iconic Hunter Valley winery this wine hails from the super trendy region of Orange. More dense and full-bodied than the Hunter Shiraz’. Dark fruits, plum and blackberry with sweet spice and chewy tannins.

Final Say: Big and ballsy yet elegant. $40 a bottle.

Score: 17.5

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Woods Crampton Shiraz 2013

Style: Full-bodied red

Country: Australia

Region: Barossa Valley

Tasting note: Deep, dark and inky in colour, the kind of wine that stains your shirt just by looking at it. Nice cedar-oak tones on the nose with lifted plums and blackberry. A dense powerful palate consisting of blackberry jam and blood-plums. Typical Barossan intensity, weight and cellaring potential.

Final Say: Love ‘em big and bold? Grab on to this one. $16-20 a bottle.

Score: 18.5 out of 20

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Abbotts & Delaunay Corbières Reserve Syrah/Grenache/Mourvedre 2011

Style: Full bodied red

Country: France

Region: Languedoc-Roussillon  

 Overview: There is no question that it can be daunting for a person who has not been schooled in French wine to know what they are buying just by looking at the label. Take Burgundy labels for instance, first you need to understand the acronym A.O.C, Appellation d’origine controlee, which essentially mean controlled designation of origin. So for Burgundy to have A.O.C on the label the grapes need to be Chardonnay or Pinot Noir. You then have terms such Bourgogne, Village, Premier Cru & Grand Cru and Sub-Regions such as Hautes-Côtes de Beaune, Hautes-Côtes de Nuits and Mâcon-Villages.  For most wine drinkers outside of France a wine labelled as ‘Beaune Premier Cru Appellation Beaune Premier Cru controlee’ could well mean that the grapes were grown by a one legged goat next door to a one-hundred year-old snail and made by a wizard. Which brings me to this wine and the Languedoc-Roussillon region. This region seems to be shadowed by other French Regions such as Burgundy, Champagne, Bordeaux and Rhone and because of this they have been forced to implement clever ‘marketing’, a term that French wine producers do not believe in. This has seen more stylish and simplistic labelling put forward by the Languedoc-Roussillon region, the biggest wine producing region in the world.
This wine comes from the Corbières region within Languedoc-Roussillon which is renowned for their red wines. The labelling is simple, readable and elegant. Combined with the premium, shoulder style bottle this wine presents as a wine that should sell for much more than the asking price.

Tasting note: A sexy, spicy blend of Syrah (Shiraz), Grenache and Mourvedre. Very aromatic with notes of strawberry and white pepper with underlying hints of smokey ham bone. Silky, soft palate with robust characters of plum and cedar complimenting the elegant strawberry and spice. Finishes velvety, thanks to the Grenache goodness.

Final Say: I cannot confirm or deny whether this wine was made from grapes grown by a one legged goat (it wasn’t on the label) but I can say that it is bloody good value. $23-$25 a bottle

Score: 16.5 out of 20

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