Grape Expectations 4 June 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)
Yabby Lake Vineyard Mornington Peninsula Single Vineyard Pinot Gris 2015, $33. That sounds like a lot for a front label but it‘s not, indeed the label is as classy as the contents. Anise. 8.9/10.
Yabby Lake Red Claw Mornington Peninsula Pinot Gris 2015, $27.50. Sometimes even expensive pinot gris doesn’t do it for you…or me, but this sure did it for Ms L. 8.5/10.
Terre à Terre Cabernet Franc Crayères Vineyard (Wrattonbully) 2014, $39. They use a lot of French down at Wrattonbully, you feel positively continental after a glass or two. Deliciously different to the sauvignon version. 9/10.
Terre à Terre Blanc (Sauvignon Blanc, Wrattonbully) 2014, $32. This could possibly be the suavest sauv blanc you’ll find. Not too tangy, not too soft, just right. 9/10.
Shaw Vineyard Estate Reserve Semillon 2015, $31.50. It can look greedy having two bottles and four glasses at a table for two, but what if the seafood comes after the pork? Lovely stuff. 9.1/10.
Shaw Vineyard Estate Winemakers Selection Semillon Sauvignon Blanc 2015, $14.40. It can be hard for a still white to follow sparkling wine during an evening’s entertainment, so if you’re ever faced with this dilemma, get over it. 8.7/10.
The Weekend Australian, 4 June, Max Allen
Max recommends with Lemon roasted chicken, drink, L.A.S. Vino St Mary’s Jerusalem Chardonnay 2015 ($65)
With Mini lemon syrup cakes, 2015 Josef Chromy Botrytis Late harvest riesling: ($28)
The Advertiser, 3 June, Tony Love
THERE’S been a lot of exposure recently to “single site” wines from specific regional and sub-regional locations that, to the maker’s palate and marketing lines, taste of the district where they’re grown.
Some Barossa and McLaren Vale winemakers have drilled deeper still into the notion of “place”, and sought to define the geological diversity of their regions and the impact different soil formations have on grapes and wines, best seen usually in the definitive variety of the region. Full story
The Australian, 7 June, Max Allen
Oh, I know I should be concentrating on the wines. The delicious, lemony 10-year-old semillon; the beautiful, earthy five-year-old barbera; the seven vintages of aged-release shiraz — all the bottles that grape-treader Andrew Margan has opened for the 20th birthday celebrations at his family’s eponymous winery in the Hunter Valley. But Andrew just mentioned he’s made a new vermouth and now I’m a bit distracted. Full story
Huffington Post (UK), 6 June, Tom Cannavan
Penfolds, ‘Father’ Grand Tawny, South Australia, Fortified
Could any wine be more apt for Father’s Day (June 19th this year in the UK) than one actually called ‘Father’? Fortified, Port-like wines (where some brandy spirit is added to the part fermented wine to leave it strong but sweet) have a long, very noble history in Australia and this particular example was given very long ageing in oak casks to create its tawny style – over 15 different harvests are in the blend. It is nutty and mellow with wonderfully rich aromas of coffee, walnut and Seville orange, then has a beautifully sweet and soft palate where the spirit is not too obtrusive. Given that this wine is branded ‘Father’, what better gift might there be for Father’s Day.
The Mercury, Tasmania, 4 & 7 June, Graeme Phillips
Articles by Winsor Dobbin
Ciao, 27 May, reviews of Berton Estate 2015 Classic Chardonnay, Wirra Wirra 2014 Church Block and Frankland Estate 2015 Isolation Ridge Riesling. Full story
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