Archive for June, 2013


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Andrew Thomas Braemore Semillon 2012

Vintage: 2012

Style: Dry white

Country: Australia

Region: Hunter Valley


Overview Only in the Hunter Valley would you find producers with almost half of their portfolio made up of Semillon. Not only this but such a variance in style. From citrus to straw, aged to fresh. Semillon is one hell of a grape; it’s just a shame only wine wankers appreciate it these days (unless it’s blended with its demonic counterpart, Sauvignon Blanc).


Tasting note: This Semillon sits more in that fresh, simple bracket. It displays a delicately grassy nose with notes of citrus. On the palate lime juice comes powering through with subtle hints of straw and green apple peel.


Final Say: Elegant, simple and supremely enjoyable. $20-$25 a bottle


Score: 17 out of 20

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KR Terzetto

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Kangarilla Road ‘Terzetto’ 2010

Vintage: 2010

Style: Medium bodied red

Country: Australia

Region: McLaren Vale


Overview 3 Italians crushed, fermented, pressed, aged in oak then bottled. Sounds like something from the God-Father or the Sopranos doesn’t it? This wine is a blend of Sangiovese, Nebbiolo and Primitivo (Zinfandel), these 3 varieties are widely grown in Italy and each display their own characters, nuances and difficulties. Because of this it is a wine that is a testament to great winemaking and blending. The seamless integration of a rustic dustiness of the Sangiovese, tannin structure of the Nebbiolo and fruit lift from the Primitivo makes this a delicious food wine.


Tasting note: Aromas of cherry and crushed rosemary from the glass with subtle hints of cedar. A savoury palate of cherry, herbs and menthol. Dusty finish with nice grainy tannins.


Final Say: $20-$25 a bottle. Buy or you’ll be sleeping with the fishes.


Score: 17.5 out of 20

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Crittenden Estate Los Hermanos Saludo al Txakoli 2012

 Vintage: 2012

Style: Spritzy white  

Country: Australia

Region: King Valley, VIC


Overview Crittenden Estate Los Hermanos Saludo al Txakoli, just rolls off the tongue doesn’t it? It I had the patience and could be bothered doing so then I would spell it out for you phonetically. All you need to know is it is an Aussie wine that pays homage from a wine that originates in Basque, Spain. Txakoli (Chah-ko-lee) is a light, spritzy wine that is lower in alcohol and higher in acid. It’s best drunk 1 year after bottling. This is the first, commercially available Australian version of this style and pack loads of charm. Definitely a great match for cloud watching and hating on Moscato drinkers.


Tasting note: Nectarine and talc on the nose with just a touch of white flower aromatics. Slight spritz and characters of straw and stone fruit. The finish is dry, clean and a touch flinty.


Final Say: $20-$25 a bottle, chances are you’ve never had anything like this out of Australia.


Score: 16 out of 20

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