Saturday, June 27, 2020

Feudo Arancio 2015 Rosso Riserva

This offers a serious taste of Sicily with a very reasonable price tag. Impressively perfumed and flavoured, it is made largely from the native Sicilian grape Nero d’Avola and is has structure without being challenging. It is very food friendly, soft and juicy with elegant and fine tannins and would pair with anything from Osso Bucco to roast chicken or mature hard cheeses. Distributed by Single Vineyard Sellers. $30.

Saturday, June 20, 2020

Blue Pyrenees Estate 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon

Blue Pyrenees Estate vineyard in cool western Victoria is a source of several outstanding value red wines. "Delicious" said a local cafe owner on being offered a sip of this. "Yum" said the barista. "Delicious" repeated the server. These guys often give me input on wines I like, but in this case they were unanimous. The cabernet grapes (with 5% merlot in the blend) are matured for 24 months in new to 10-year-old French and American oak barriques. adding style and substance. Think blackcurrants, mint, briary notes and fine grained tannins. Delightful. $27.

Saturday, June 13, 2020

Tapanappa 2016 Whalebone Vineyard Cabernet Shiraz

The maestro has not lost his touch. After five decades in the wine industry, pioneer, winemaker and educator Brian Croser is still producing wines of impeccable balance and widespread appeal. Much of his success has come down to a knack for brilliant site selection. Tapanappa acquired the then 30-year-old Whalebone Vineyard in Wrattonbully in 2002, transforming the vineyard management. From a dry, warm vintage, this is a beautifully complex wine with layers of flavours. Think a classic Australian blend with the dark cassis and blackberry fruit flavours from the cabernet in harmony with spice and leather notes from the shiraz. There's plenty of length here, cellar potential as well, but this is in the zone right now. French oak barriques, 50% new, 50% second fill, play a serious support role without intruding. 96 points. $55.

Thursday, June 4, 2020

Shingleback 2017 Davey Estate Shiraz

So you like your red wines robust but still well balanced? You've come to the right spot. This is an inky purple-red in colour with dark berry, instant coffee and black chocolate aromas allied to an equally intense palate with a firm tannin structure, assertive oak and more length than Bob Beamon. It is a single-vineyard wine from a family owned and operated winery in McLaren Vale, home to many luscious shirazes. This one stands out from the crown for both quality and value, and would be an impressive winter warmer paired with a pie or casserole dish. $25.