Archive for December, 2012

S.C. Pannell Syrah 2010

Posted: December 19, 2012 in Australia
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S.C. Pannell Syrah 2010

Vintage: 2010

Style: Medium bodied red

Country: Australia

Region: Adelaide Hills


Overview: This wine has funk and character. This wine is the kind of wine that breaks free of the, sometimes, boring monotony of Shiraz. This wine is the jazz saxophonist of the wine world. The funk comes from a winemaking practice where whole bunches are fermented rather than crushed and left in a soup of skin, pulp and juice. This lets the wine ferment inside the grape skins and adds an extra layer of complexity. This is known as carbonic maceration. In this wine the ‘funk’ is a strawberry yoghurt character with an under lying earthy aroma and flavour.

This is a medium bodied Shiraz, elegant, thus the French name for Shiraz is used, Syrah. S.C. Pannell wines have always displayed great finesse that this wine is no exception. Enjoy with good food, scat vocals and a scratchy Coltrane record.


Tasting note: Perfumed nose, with lifted white pepper, blueberry aromas upfront. These characters jump out of the glass at first but when left to develop the funky fragrance of strawberry yoghurt and earth become more evident. There is a touch of cedar from the superbly integrated oak. On the palate there are flavours of blackberry, strawberry and violets and finishes with fine tannins which complement but do not overpower.


Final Say: Scibbidy doo-woop. This is seriously one of the best Shiraz I’ve tried this year. $20-25 dollars a bottle.


Score: 19 out of 20 (95 out of 100)


Orden Tercera Verdejo 2011

Posted: December 11, 2012 in Spain
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Orden Tercera Verdejo 2011

Vintage: 2011

Style: Dry White

Country: Spain

Region: Rueda


Overview: ‘Tis the season to scramble around frantically with the hordes, pointing at useless objects such as a vase that doubles as a fully functioning dinosaur robot yelling in pure panic, ‘Do you think such-and-such would like that?’ ‘Tis the season to fumble around on the internet buying presents from Bulgaria, hoping and praying that it gets here in time for Christmas. ‘Tis the season to put reindeer antlers on your pets and lower their self-esteem by forcing them to pose for you so that you can exploit them for your homemade Christmas cards.  ‘Tis the season to put your feet up and enjoy a damn fine drop from Spain.

Verdejo is an aromatic, elegant variety that matches well with seafood and light chicken dishes and is predominantly grown in the Rueda region of Spain. It’s a great alternative to varieties like Riesling, Verdelho and Semillon.


Tasting note: A lifted, fresh nose which includes aromas of straw, peach and melon. On the palate there is the typical talc character with hints of white flesh nectarine and jasmine flowers. The finishes clean and flinty yet creamy at the same time.


Final Say: Chill out, and have a glass of Verdejo. $26 dollars a bottle.

Score: 18 out of 20 (90 out of 100)


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Red Claw Pinot Noir 2010

Posted: December 5, 2012 in Australia
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Red Claw Pinot Noir 2010

Vintage: 2010

Style: Light-mid bodied red

Country: Australia

Region: Mornington Peninsula  

Overview:   So a while ago I mentioned that people who are just starting to get into wine normally struggle with the variety Pinot Noir. My theory for this is that wine wankers, like myself, use descriptors such as game, mushroom and forest floor. While all these characters are typical of Pinot Noir when a beginner hears words like this strung together it would be difficult for them not think of a dead deer, rotting in a forest with toadstools growing around it.

I’ve been looking for a good Pinot Noir that displays the fresh, vibrant fruit characters of Pinot without these gamey, forest floor flavours to give newcomers to the world of wine an example of a simpler version of Pinot to ease them into falling in love with this great variety. As you recognize the simple characters of Pinot Noir you will come to appreciate the more complex. It’s like being attracted to someone for their good looks but falling for them for their subtleties and personality (I know, I know, I’m a massive tool).

This wine is made by the team at Yabby Lake, arguably one of the most recognized wineries out of the Mornington Peninsula.

Tasting note: Sour cherry on the nose, a touch of strawberry. On the palate the fruit characters are fresh and vibrant, cherry and violets.  Finishes with soft tannins. Simple but quite enjoyable.

Final Say:  Sells for around $20 a bottle and is sure to spark a Pinot love affair,

Score: 16.5 out of 20

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