Reviews from, United States, UK and Australia

Democrat & Chronicle (Rochester New York State), 29 June, John Fanning

A wine trip to Australia is full of surprises. (And sweat. Lots of sweat.)

A couple of issues back, when I wrote of the epic rise and fall of Australian wine over the past dozen years, I promised to circle back after an Aussie wine trip that month.

Well, I went, I tasted, I travelled, I ate, I sweated, and now I’m back to tell the tale. My first revelation? Australia is really, really damn hot. You thought you knew that already, right? So did I. But this was breaking-100-degrees-every-day hot. I’m talking no breeze, standing in the blacktop parking lot and feeling there’s a good chance you’re simply not going to make it. Full article

Greenvill News (USA), 5 July, Pete Martin

During the July Fourth weekend, I had the opportunity to taste a number of different wines at several gatherings.

Many of these get-togethers were casual affairs, so the wines were often inexpensive. During the summer, casual is often the norm, so I made notes on a few of the wines that caught my attention.

Two whites in particular struck me as good values during a Sunday afternoon drop-in at a friend’s home. The wines were both from Lindeman’s, a large Australian winery that’s been around since the mid-1800s. Lindeman’s wines are available almost everywhere — they produce a lot of wine — and most target the price-conscious consumer.

The 2015 Bin 65 chardonnay ($6) I tried was refreshing, with flavors and aromas of peach, melon and fig. This lightly oaked wine has a medium body and a fairly crisp finish. It pairs well with many lighter cheeses, appetizers and seafood dishes, as well as by itself on a warm summer day.

Truthfully, if you triple your investment, you can find a more complex, involved wine, but the Lindeman’s was quite enjoyable. It would be a great wine to serve at your next casual party or dinner. For $6 a bottle, what’s not to like?

The Bin 85 pinot grigio ($6) had the usual floral and tropical notes, along with flavors of green apple, melon, pear and grapefruit. It was finished in stainless steel, giving the wine a clean, fresh taste, again perfect for a blazingly hot summer day. I don’t generally drink pinot grigio with dinner, but it’s a good fit for casual gatherings. It’s refreshing, approachable and popular.

The Drinks Business, 5 July, Patrick Schmitt

Grenache has been an “unfashionable battler” that’s now benefitting from a growing demand for “medium-bodied reds”, according to Yangarra’s Peter Fraser.

Fraser, who was named 2016 Australian Winemaker of the Year by wine critic James Halliday, is a Grenache specialist who has been working with some of the McLaren Vale’s oldest bush vines since he joined Yangarra in 2000, following the property’s purchase by the late Jess Jackson, founder of Jackson Family Wines.

To help promote the fine wine potential of Grenache, Fraser hosted, along with the drinks business, a masterclass on the grape in Hong Kong on Monday 23 May, comprising leading varietal Grenaches from around the world, including Châteauneuf-du-Pâpe’s Château Rayas, the Barossa’s Les Amis from Torbreck, Spain’s Espactacle by René Barbier, and his own wines, including Yangarra’s High Sands Grenache from 70-year-old bush vines in McLaren Vale’s prized Blewitt Springs sub-region.

The company said the new Stag Chardonnay and the Stag Shiraz wines are made in the classic and popular cool climate style, with grapes sourced from winemaking regions across Victoria. Full article

Grape Expectations 2 July 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) 

Simon asks: Why is QANTAS paying Neil Peri Peri a million dollars to recommend sugar?

Good question, now the reviews

Conte Estate Over The Hill Reserve Shiraz, 2012, $75. This should sell out for birthdays etc and not the least because it’s decent McVale stuff which even our South African guests enjoyed. 8.8/10.

Conte Estate Hunt Road Cabernet Sauvignon 2013, $40. Is this named after Rex or the verb, to hunt?  Either way there’s more resveratrols than you can eat in just one glass. 8.9/10.

Longview Devil’s Elbow Cabernet Sauvignon 2013, $27. Devil’s Elbow is an affliction you get on long flights if you don’t exercise or can’t recline your seat. But this helps you forget, 8.6/10.

Longview (Adelaide Hills) Yakka Shiraz 2014, $27. It is good to see that not all yakkas are hard, just as well for those of us who are averse to such. 8.8/10.

Taltarni Pyrenees Cabernet Sauvignon 2013, $40. Perfect wine for a Tour de France to make you feel part of the action, even if it is in front of the fire in your lounge room in St Arnaud instead of Lourdes. 9/10.

Taltarni Pyrenees Shiraz 2013, $40. As far as late night tipples go this is just right. Suitable fruit for your roughage and suitable tannins for your rough edge. And just the right alcohol so you don’t wake in fright at 3am overcooking. 9.2/10.

The Mercury (Tasmania), 2 and 5 July, Graeme Phillips




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