Archive for April, 2014

Spitting: OptionalDB PN

De Bortoli Estate Grown Pinot Noir 2012

Vintage: 2012

Style: Light bodied red

Country: Australia

Region: Yarra Valley


Tasting note: Uber vibrant cherry notes on both the nose and the palate. A simple, fruit driven style that lacks some of the complex Pinot Noir charm. Menthol and some underlying spice notes.


Final Say: Relatively cheap for pinot at $25 a bottle but not De Bortoli’s best.


Score: 15.5 out of 20

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Spitting: OptionalJames & co

James & co Sangiovese 2012

Style: Mid-full bodied red

Country: Australia

Region: Beechworth, Victoria


Overview: James & co have made Sangiovese their hallmark, it is not a curio, sitting on their list so that eccentric wine drinkers can exclaim: ‘Oooo, a sangiovese’ it is their main focus producing three wines all made from Sangiovese. This particular Sangi is their flagship wine, it’s serious, knock your socks off stuff. Super limited release, only 55 cases made so if you’re one of the aforementioned eccentrics then get on it fast.


Tasting note: Deep colour which is sometimes difficult to achieve with Sangiovese. A dusty nose with notes of sour cherry and cinnamon. The palate is spicy and full of depth and character, plum, cherry and cedar from new oak. It’s dense and savoury with great length.


Final Say: A wine made to complement food and to be taken seriously. $35 a bottle.


Score: 18 out of 20

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Bunnamagoo Estate Chardonnay 2012Bunn

Style: Dry oaked white

Region: Mudgee, NSW

Overview: The oak is as much the hero as the grape here. Oak should always be a partner, not the protagonist, adding depth and rounding out an interesting yet flawed character. On their own, they are not the same, lost waifs floating about unanchored in the world. Chardonnay is Dean Morarity and oak is Sal Paradise. Whilst Sal is telling the story Dean is that larger than life character that steals the show, yet it is because Sal so aptly and beautifully describes Dean and his antics that we are so enraptured by him (See On the Road if you have no idea WTF I’m talking about).

Tasting Note: Initial sniffing reveals vanillin oak with underlying tones of flint and stone fruit. Toasty brioche upon tasting, honeydew melon, citrus and the stone fruit that reveals itself to be nectarine. Nice acidity and well integrated oak.

Final Say: Gives the Hunter Valley a run for its money. $18.99 a bottle.

Score: 16.5 out of 20

Angullong Pinot Gris 2013Ann

Style: Dry white

Region: Orange, NSW

Tasting Note: More Pinot Grigio than Pinot Gris, crisp and dry with just a lick of richness. Notes of cut pear, spice and citrus. Zippy acidity and good length.

Final Say: Another Pinot G with an identity crisis, yet delicious nonetheless. $14.99 a bottle.

Score: 16 out of 20

El Nino Sangiovese 2012El

Style: Medium bodied red

Region: Pyrenees, VIC

Tasting Note: Vibrant and spicy on the nose, jumps out of the glass and directly up your nostrils. Cherry, strawberry, violet and pepper with subtle notes of cinnamon. Could do with a touch more flesh but if you like ’em lean,this one’s for you.

Final Say: Clever food matching will get the best out of this wine. $15.99

Score: 15.5 out of 20

Pig in the House Merlot 2012Pig

Style: Medium bodied red

Region: Cowra, NSW

Tasting Note: As Huon Hooke has recently said, a wine should not be purchased simply because it is organic or biodynamic but because it is a good wine that happens to be organic or biodynamic. This wine definitely slips into latter half of that statement. Vibrant blueberry and cherry on the nose. Plum and cherry with a spicy edge and nice depth.

Final Say: Not your typical quaffing Merlot. $22.99 a bottle.

Score: 16.5 out of 20

Claymore Walk on the Wild Side Shiraz 2012Clay

Style: Full bodied red

Region: Clare Valley, SA

Tasting Note: The oak snatches the nose with its coconut aromas. A dense and powerful palate consisting of plum, spicy oak and liquorice. A big wine, not for the faint of heart.

Final Say: Slightly higher alcohol on this one, 15.2%. You’ve been warned – no dancing on the table. $18.99 a bottle.

Score: 16 out of 20