The wines from the west are far from wild
Below is a small selection recently tasted:
MadFish Western Australia Premium White 2015: All chardonnay from various West Australian vineyards. Good flavor, well balanced, a decent glass of white wine. 91 points but in tough competition at $18.
Howard Park Western Australia Sauvignon Blanc 2014: A year extra on the age front works wonders and the quality of grapes must have been among the best to produce such an amazing wine. A touch of barrel treatment adds more textural character, making the whole a very tasty and satisfying wine. It’s quality and well worth $31. 94 points.
Howard Park ‘Miamup’ Margaret River Sauvignon Blanc Semillon 2015: The sauvignon is dominant at the moment but the semillon will come in to play in early to mid-2016. Having said that, it’s drinking well now and will not disappoint. 93 points and worth its $28.
MadFish Western Australia Shiraz 2014: Fresh and vibrant, really easy drinking and worked slightly chilled on a hot day. 92 points and OK value at $18.
Howard Park ‘Flint Rock’ Great Southern Shiraz 2013: Not too keen on the nose but I think that is personal. Light in style for an Australian shiraz but it’s different, not wrong. 91 points and in a tough bracket at $28.
Willow Bridge ‘Dragonfly’ Geographe Shiraz 2014: Sometimes when writing notes one just wants to write “very good wine and well worth $20”. So that is all I will say. 93 points.
Willow Bridge ‘Gravel Pit’ Geographe Shiraz 2014: Silk and satin over a nubile, firm young body. If that doesn’t get the idea of this wine across, go drink XXXX. 95 points and well worth $30.