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Mount Pleasant Anne Semillon 2006

Style: Dry-White

Country: Australia

Region: Hunter Valley

 

Tasting note: Placing one’s nose in the glass is akin to following a running lawn mower, struggling through a foot of luscious grass and breathing in the aromas of cut grass and a touch of oily kerosene. Despite the age the palate is vibrant and fresh with flavours of toasty straw, lemon and just a touch of lime. Sweat inducing acidity is the icing on the cake.

 

Final Say: Still one of my favourite Hunter Valley Semillons. $25 a bottle.

 

Score: 17 out of 20

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Ross Hill Pinnacle Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Ross Hill pinnacle_cabsav

Style: Mid-Full bodied red.

Region: Orange, NSW

Tasting note: Rich, brooding blood plums, cinnamon and spicy oak on both the nose and palate. Elegant and restrained with great structure. Straddles that balance between fleshy fruit and leafy sophistication.

Final Say: A well balanced, structure wine that will make a great wine for the cellar. $40 a bottle.

Score: 18.5 out of 20

Ross Hill Pinnacle Cabernet Franc 2012 RH Cabernet Franc

Style: Mid-Full bodied red.

Region: Orange, NSW

Tasting note: Cabernet Franc is a variety that is commonly blended with Merlot and other Bordeaux varieties. This single variety example is meaty and smoky with notes of menthol, plum and blackcurrant. Quite lean yet full with nice tannic grip.

Final Say: Those who love Cab Franc will froth on this one. $40 a bottle.

Score: 16.5 out of 20

Ross Hill Isabelle and Jack Cabernet Franc Merlot 2012 Ross Hill family_cabfrancmerlot

Style: Mid-Full bodied red.

Region: Orange, NSW

Tasting note: This fusion of two Bordeaux varieties displays typical menthol and cassis on the nose. The palate speaks of cedar, plum, spice and grainy tannins.

Final Say: A nice, well-structured red wine. $25 a bottle.

Score: 16 out of 20

Ross Hill Pinnacle Shiraz 2012 Ross Hill pinnacle_shiraz

Style: Mid-Full bodied red.

Region: Orange, NSW

Tasting note: An earthy, spicy nose reminiscent of Northern Rhone Syrah. Beetroot and white pepper with lifted fruit characters of plum and blackberry. Dense and powerful yet elegant and complex.

Final Say: One of the better Australian examples of cool-climate Shiraz I’ve seen in a while. $40 a bottle.

Score: 18.5 out of 20

Ross Hill Benny and Taylor Shiraz 2012Ross Hill family_cabsav

Style: Mid-Full bodied red.

Region: Orange, NSW

Tasting note: Rich and vibrant nose with characters of plum and white pepper on both the nose and palate. It finishes with savoury spice and grainy tannins.

Final Say: Good value, cool-climate style Shiraz. $25 a bottle.

Score: 17.5 out of 20

Ross Hill Pinnacle Chardonnay 2013 Ross Hill pinnacle_chardonnay

Style: Dry White

Region: Orange, NSW

Tasting note: Lovely, toasty oak on the nose with tones of pure citrus and vanilla. Citrus and nectarine on the palate, fresh with lively acidity. Nice complexity due the wild yeast fermentation and great oak integration.

Final Say: Just yum. $35 a bottle

Score: 18.5 out of 20

Ross Hill Maya and Max Chardonnay 2013Ross Hill family_chardonnay

Style: Dry white

Region: Orange, NSW

Tasting note: Aromas of citrus and stone fruit. A touch restrained on the palate, characters of lemon and nectarine. Round, rich and elegant.

Final Say: Nice Chablis style Chardonnay. $22 a bottle.

Score: 16 out of 20

Ross-Hill-Vintage-Brut-2009Ross Hill Vintage Brut 2009

Style: Sparkling White

Region: Orange, NSW

Tasting note: A nice blend of fresh citrus and complex autolysis on the nose, bready yet fresh with undertones of stone fruit and almonds. Great acid balance and good length. .

Final Say: Fantastic Aussie sparkling. $30 a bottle.

Score: 18.5 out of 20

Xabregas Cabernet Sauvignon 2011Xabregas

Style: Full bodied red.

Region: Mount Barker, WA

Tasting note: There is a saying in the wine industry that if the consumer can’t pronounce it they won’t buy it. Don’t let the alphabetical nightmare name of this winery deter you, this wine is a fantastic example of WA Cabernet. Plum, blackcurrant, leafy with good structure with some menthol notes and big tannins.

Final Say: A balanced, powerful Cabernet. $18.99 a bottle.

Score: 17.5 out of 20

 

 

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