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Sensi Chianti

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Sensi Collezione Chianti 2010

Vintage: 2010

Style: Medium-bodied red

Country: Italy

Region: Tuscany


Overview: Sangiovese seems to be a bit of a ‘buzz’ wine at the moment. A hipster’s favourite tipple when visiting their funky local wine bar that no one has heard about with vintage bicycles hanging from the roof. Not that I’m complaining, Sangiovese is a great variety that has taken a while to gain some traction in the Australian wine market. Chianti is arguably the most recognised Italian wine growing region. Chianti must be at least 70% Sangiovese and other, approved red wines can be added to the mix, e.g. Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah. Lately they have been playing with adding white varieties in small quantities in a Shiraz/Viognier fashion. This wine is a great, simple Chianti which is a fantastic introduction to the style.


Tasting note: Typical notes of cherry, cherry-cola and crushed rosemary on the nose. A pretty, juicy palate with characters of cherries, sweet spice and violets. A simple style but incredibly enjoyable.

Final Say: Buy a bottle and complain that you liked Sangiovese before it was cool. Fantastic value, sells for around $16-$20 a bottle.


Score: 16.5 out of 20


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Peter Lehmann H & V Riesling 2012

Vintage: 2012

Style: Dry white

Country: Australia

Region: Eden Valley, SA


Overview: One month ago a wine industry icon passed away. Peter Lehmann is considered to be one of the pioneers of the modern wine industry in Australia. The original Baron of Barossa was known for his innovation and passion for the industry. The Peter Lehmann brand will remain an immortalization of the man and reflect all that he had achieved.

The H & V range, or Hill and Valley, is a relatively new label on the market. Before tasting this wine I had not visited the H & V range. This Riesling comes from the Eden Valley which is a sub-region of the Barossa Valley. Its higher elevation ensures cooler climates, perfect for growing Riesling.


Tasting note: A delicate nose of talc, citrus and an underlying minerality that continues through to the palate with powerful lemon pith characters but finishes with elegant floral notes. A great example of pure, clean fruit and boosts a modest alcohol content of 10.5%.


Final Say: All elegance and restraint, a great example of dry Riesling. $20-$25 a bottle


Score: 17.5 out of 20

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MV mer

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Mount Avoca Merlot 2010

Vintage: 2010

Style: Medium bodied red

Country: Australia

Region: Pyrenees, VIC


Overview Merlot is often referred to as a ‘wishy-washy’ variety in Australia. Simple, easy to drink but not a serious wine. This term reminds me of dirty dishwashing water and for some Merlot this description could be seen as kind. It’s a shame that a variety that originates from one of the world’s most famous wine regions, Bordeaux has been given this reputation. Although in Australia most Merlot is made into a quaffing style there are certain exceptions to this rule. Serious Merlot (as funny as that may sound to some people) should display good structure, red berry and spice. This wine ticks these boxes and is a better food wine than one to drink on its own.


Tasting note: A leafy, dusty nose complimented by subtle blueberry aromas. Raspberry and forest fruits on the palate with grainy tannins. A touch short and under ripe but food helps push these characters to the background.


Final Say: No recycled grey water here. $20-$28 a bottle. A decent Merlot if you’re so inclined.

Score: 15.5 out of 20

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Art Grillo

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Artigiano Grillo 2011

Vintage: 2011

Style: Dry white

Country: Italy

Region: Sicily  


Overview: Grillo is not a variety that I am overly familiar in so I won’t rattle on for too long. It’s a variety that is native to Sicily and is quite delicate and neutral. This wine reminds me of those great value Italian table wines that won’t take the world by storm with their complexity but are a great drink for the price.


Tasting note: Soft aromas of fennel, straw and talc. A savoury palate, with a zesty acid, lemon, lime and finishes with delicate talc. Fresh and simple.


Final Say: Well worth trying if only to say you have tried Grillo as a variety. $12-$16


Score: 16 out of 20

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Yering Station SV

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Yering Station Shiraz Viognier 2007

Vintage: 2007

Style: Mid to full bodied red

Country: Australia

Region: Heathcote/Yarra Valley VIC


Overview The blending of Shiraz with the white skinned variety Viognier originates from the Rhone Valley in France. In Australia it is a marketing decision as to whether to label a wine ‘Shiraz Viognier’ instead of ‘Shiraz’ because in most cases Viognier is added at under 15%. While there are people who believe they don’t like Shiraz Viognier but like Shiraz the truth is in most cases there is a little bit of Viognier into Shiraz in small amounts.

Viognier adds lift and perfumed aromatics to Shiraz. Like any big boof-head Shiraz needs a feminine counterpart to add an element of elegance.


Tasting note: The nose of this wine consists of dark fruit characters, plum and mulberry with cedar undertones. These luscious plum and berry flavours carry on to the palate supported by soft, chalky tannins. Finishes elegant and soft.


Final Say: A great staple or go-to drink. $25-$35


Score: 17 out of 20

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