Monday, August 27, 2012

Peter Lehmann 2008 Stonewell Shiraz

Looking for a Father's Day gift? You won't go far wrong with this rich and complex Barossa shiraz if Dad is wine lover. Winemaker Andrew Wigan and his team have been itching to release this for some time and it certainly lives up to expectations with plenty of richness, sweet fruit and high-quality French oak that has been nicely integrated. Some reviewers have found the wine a little hot; but I beg to disagree. I have low tolerance for alcohol warmth in reds and found this one looked great, particularly when matched with food. Look for dark berry flavours, sure, along with plenty of concentration. It's no wimp, erring towards the alpha male side of the spectrum, but I also found balance and approachability given it is a wine built for the long haul. I liked the smart new packaging, too. $100.

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Voyager Estate 2009 Chardonnay

A very adult wine this; fully mature on release and beautifully structured in a willowy, elegant way. The alcohol level is just 12.8% but there is no shortage of flavour with a lovely balance between citrus and stone fruit notes on the palate. There is a steely acid core here and complexity from 100% barrel fermentation and 10 months in 33% new French oak. At no point does the oak intrude, however. It is simply a counterpoint to the fine fruit, adding texture and interest. The epitomy of winemaking cool. Very impressive. $45.   

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Edwards 2011 Tiger's Tale Cabernet Merlot

It is ironic that a winery with such strong aviation links as Edwards - family patriarch Brian Edwards flew Tiger Moth Matilda from England to Australia for charity - sometimes flies under the recognition radar. The wines from Edwards (and their second label Tiger's Tale) are reliably good and always offer value for money but the big names of Margaret River tend to hog all the attention and glory. This is a delightful wine, a classic regional blend of cabernet sauvignon and  merlot, medium bodied with just enough oomph and easy drinkability. A really nice drop for everyday enjoyment. $22.