The Australian, 18 March, James Halliday
2012 YALUMBA THE CALEY COONAWARRA BAROSSA CABERNET SHIRAZ: 52% Coonawarra cabernet, 27% Barossa cabernet and 21% Barossa shiraz. The bouquet has a glorious profusion of cassis, blackberry and black cherry fruits – elements that are precisely mirrored by the palate. But it’s the way this wine caresses the mouth that is so special, the tannins polished, the oak judged to perfection. 14% alc, cork. 98 points, drink to 2042, $349
2013 YALUMBA STEEPLE VINEYARD LIGHT PASS BAROSSA VALLEY SHIRAZ: This estate vineyard was planted in 1919, bought in 2010, and certified biodynamic in 2015. Open-fermented, matured in French barriques. The wine is special, with a fragrant bouquet of spice and licorice that also comes through on the palate, with attractive fresh black fruits and supple, silky tannins. Due for release in July. 13.5% alc, cork. 96 points, drink to 2038, $68
2015 YALUMBA PARADOX BAROSSA SHIRAZ: From the Kalimna/Ebenezer district, known for powerful shiraz. Generous black fruit bouquet, the palate with obvious texture and structure, and a special vibrancy on the back-palate and finish. Due for release in June. 14% alc, cork 95 points, drink to 2030, $45
The Financial Review, 21 March, Max Allen
When I arrive at Yarra Yering cellar door, in the heart of Victoria’s Yarra Valley, winemaker Sarah Crowe shows me into a side room where the estate’s newest wines are lined up on a table, ready to taste. It’s a quiet, austere space with exposed grey cement block walls, typical of the minimalist aesthetic of Dr Bailey Carrodus, who established this vineyard back in the late 1960s and ran it until his death in 2008. Full article
Grape Expectations 18 February 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)
Flowstone Margaret River Sauvignon Blanc 2014, $30. It’s tempting to say this is the best sauv blanc in Australia, just because it has sold out. It’s good but not the best, so find one online and see for yourself. 8.8/10.
Flowstone Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon Touriga 2012, $36. Touriga is the great grape of vintage port, which shifts this sideways from your average WA fare, but the smell of Margaret brings it back. 9.1/10.
Jim Barry Watervale Riesling, 2016, $20. The netball reunion was rowdy, full of tough girls and we dared not mention either. Toasting themselves silly, we joined in whenever appropriate. Fruity as the wing defence, yet dry as the umpires. 8.8/10.
Jim Barry Clare Valley Assyrtiko, 2016, $35. The first Aussie version of the signature grape of Macedonia and Greece, assyrtiko, so repeat after me “Aussie , Assy, Assy, ouzo ouzo ouzo. Except it tastes nothing like ouzo. More like semillon and pinot grigio. 8.6/10.
Shaw Vineyard Estate Riscato (Rose) NV, $15. Dry and dark, so you won’t need auto wipers but you may need to turn on the lights. This is very red wine for a rose, and worth the risk(ato). 8.6/10.
Shaw Vineyard Estate Canberra Sparkling Cuvee, 2015 $25. It’s funny how humans love a view even if it’s just your front yard. Man/woman surveying his/her estate, how primal, like turning lights on yourself. 8.8/10.
The Shout, 21 March, James Wells
Four time international winemaker of the year, Neil McGuigan has claimed that the wine industry is at war to win over the hearts and minds of young consumers.
“People don’t understand that the wine industry is in a war – we are in a war against beer, against spirits and against RTDs,” McGuigan said in an exclusive interview at ProWein. Full article
The Australian, 21 March, Nick Ryan
A wine such as the 2013 Zema Estate Cluny Cabernet Merlot is one of those safe havens.
A Bordeaux-style blend of cabernet sauvignon and merlot with small splashes of malbec and cabernet franc for seasoning, this is a beautifully supple and balanced wine built on brambly mulberry and red currant fruit characters underpinned by violets and cedar. Fine tannins, judicious oak and the outrageously old-fashioned idea that a $25 wine can be indulged with 14 months in oak and 30 more in bottle before being released make this a wine that transcends fashion. Full article