TKR receives a huge amount of samples and is grateful to those that send them. Well above 90 per cent of these samples are Australian. It’s an exciting day when an imported wine arrives.
The half-dozen wines below are available either in Dan Murphy’s, BWS or both chains.
Casillero del Diablo Sauvignon Blanc 2014: Powerful nose. Pick a fruit, (mine is passionfruit), then concentrate it, and that is the strength of the aroma of this wine. But the real beauty is that it pleases. It fills the nose and beyond with good fragrance, rather than strip it raw like some SBs do. The full nose is carried on to the palate, where the richness fills the mouth with flavour. They were flavours that I appreciated (though others may not). It’s bold and individual. 94 points and value at $14.
Casillero del Diablo Shiraz 2015: Mixed herb nose, dry style fruit, subdued slight wood edge. 91 points and an OK price at $14.
Casillero del Diablo Pinot Noir 2014: Rich ruby red colour. There is pinot character on the nose but it’s rough. Full of life on the palate and without a hint of educated manners, it’s a big ol’ farm boy in big boots, but it has its own charm. 90 points and I wouldn’t be disappointed at paying $14, but if looking for a Burgundy or even a good Australian substitute, forget it.
Casillero del Diablo Carmenere 2014: Earth and violets on the nose, soft to start, but grows as it travels. Blackcurrant and not yet fully ripe black plum flavours slide across and around the palate. Acid/tannin balance is good and the finish has length. 93 points and value at $17.
I also came across a review for the carmenere at Haaretz.com where the wine correspondent placed it first in his list of “the 10 Best Affordable Red Wines You Can Find in Israel”. To quote a section of the review:
“It [the carmenere] provides a pleasant drinking experience and is a wonderful buy for the price, while demonstrating the nature of the fruit seasoned with ‘green’ flavours, which has become the trademark of Chilean wines. 55 shekels ($20).”
Casillero del Diablo Merlot 2016: Mulberry nose, soft but not sloppy across the palate, and slightly woody on the finish. 90 points and there’s plenty of wine around at $14.
Casillero del Diablo Cabernet Sauvignon 2015: Slightly dusty blackcurrant nose. It’s balanced on the journey, the tannin/acid ratio right, with defined fruit, and long on the finish. 94 points and good value at $14.