Sandalford, Vasse Felix, Mitolo & Fox Gordon

Four beauties

Four beautiesFour beautiful wines from three regions and three vintages. The notes say all.

Sandalford ‘Prendiville Reserve’ Margaret River Chardonnay 2015: Classy, classy wine. This is elegantly crafted chardonnay of the highest order. It’s drinking so well now I’m not sure how long it will live, but no matter, it will go another five years at least. 94 points and maybe more to come. $60 is a high price in Australian terms but not in a global context. There are worse burgundies at twice the price.

Vasse Felix Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon 2013: The stylishness of this wine is outstanding. It’s gentle on the nose, with smells coming in soft waves, rather than a full-on assault, as some wines present. In the mouth it is pure beauty from first sip to final swallow. It’s drinking well now but will cellar for several years if correctly stored. An easy 96 points and it’s cheap in its segment at $38 to $45.

Mitolo ‘G.A.M.’ McLaren Vale Shiraz 2013: The heady aroma starts the seduction. It sits at the front of the palate, sleek dark and deep, like a big cat rippling its muscles, ready to pounce. But it doesn’t pounce. Instead, it stealthily stretches across the palate, building in menace as it travels, and moving with grace. 94 points now and more to come as it ages. For those who have $58 it’s worth it.

Fox Gordon ‘Hannah’s Swing’ Barossa Valley Shiraz 2014: A delight on the nose, with deep, rich smells that offer so much. It’s a pure pleasure just to sniff. Once in the mouth, it sits rippling at the front of the palate then travels in a slow, oh-so-sensual way. It’s silk, satin and lace draped over the most gorgeous body. 96 points and worth $60.

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