Decanter, 13 May, John Stimpfig
Willingly confess that my heart prefers the Northern Rhône style. But I’m certainly not averse to a big Aussie Shiraz, particularly if it’s made by someone like Ben Glaetzer. His AMON Ra and the Bishop are welcome on my dining table any time you like.
Of course, these days, it’s a big mistake to generalise about blockbuster Aussie Shiraz. Particularly when you factor in some of my all-time favourite Shiraz wines like Penfolds St Henri, Clonakilla, Jim Barry’s Armagh and many others… Full article
Good Food, 14 May, Chris Shanahan
d’Arenberg McLaren Vale Footbolt Shiraz 2013 $14-$18
Time and again at tastings, bottles of McLaren Vale shiraz empty well ahead of their more delicate, cool-climate peers. People praise the latter, but drain the former. Why? It seems nothing pleases the senses more than a deep, dark red, rippling with earthy, ripe fruit flavours, backed by savour and tannin. Pleasingly, the pleasure remains in reach as even the modestly priced d’Arenberg Footbolt delivers the true Vale experience. It’s ripe, rich, fruity, savoury and satisfyingly grippy, without being heavy or porty.
The Australian, 17 May, Max Allen
In the rush to write about the new and the obscure, we wine hacks sometimes overlook the old and familiar. Which can be unfair, both to those well-established producers who are making better wine than ever (often at reasonable prices, thanks to their under-the-radar status) and to you, the wine-loving reader, who deserves to be told about great bottles regardless of how trendy they are.
Take Crawford River Wines, founded in 1975…Full article
Grape Expectations 14 May Max Crus (Simon Hughes)
At some point in the week these reviews and article will appear in The Daily Examiner (Grafton), Border Mail (Albury), Rotary Down Under (National) and Australian Petroleum Marketer News (National)
Norfolk Rise Mount Benson Pinot Gris, 2015, $18. This is a full on, flat out, fat, chunky, serious, dark, brooding, sexy, minimalist yet maximist, tres modern…label. And the contents deserve half those adjectives too. 8.6/10.
Norfolk Rise Mt Benson/Tasmania Sauvignon Blanc 2015, $18. Sometimes a wine can be judged on the Ms L. factor. If she has two glasses, buy another bottle. Three glasses, buy a case. 8.9/10.
Amelia Park Margaret River Sauvignon Blanc Semillon 2015, $22. Amelia Park could be a song by Simon and Garf’ or one where someone left their SBS out in the rain. Very SBS and very WA. 8.5/10.
Amelia Park Frankland River Shiraz, 2012, $50. Frankland, my dear, I don’t give a damn, and let’s hope they never do it to either Frankland. This provides a suitable toast to such sensibility. 9/10.
d’Arenberg the custodian Grenache (McLaren Vale) 2013, $18. Imagine being the custodian to d’Arenberg’s cellars? You wouldn’t be drinking this every night but it’s great value stuff to expend on unconcerned guests. 8.5/10.
d’Arenberg The Feral Fox Pinot Noir 2014, $30. A lot of people call me feral so I have an immediate affinity with this wine. Drinking it made me an even more affin‘. 8.9/10.
The Mercury, 14 & 17 May, Graeme Phillips:
Winsor dobbin various publications and blogs
Edition #281 of Ciao Magazine, reviews of
Huntington Estate 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon
Trentham Estate 2015 Two Thirds
Foster e Rocco 2015 Rosé
Edition #282 of Ciao Magazine, reviews of
d’Arenberg 2013 The Custodian Grenache
Angove 205 Long Row Chardonnay
Wolf Blass 2014 Blass Black Spice Shiraz.
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