Archive for May, 2014

Parnesse Syrah 2012parnasse_syrah

Style: Mid-Full bodied red.

Region: Nimes, Beziers and Aude Valley, France

Tasting note: A subtle nose of blackberry and plum. The palate is flinty, silky and elegant. Simple in a good way, supremely drinkable.

Final Say: A steal for the price. $13.99 a bottle.

Score: 16 out of 20

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Gemtree Luna Temprana Tempranillo 20132013-Luna-Temprana

Style: Full-bodied red.

Region: McLaren Vale, SA

Tasting note: Concentrated cherry and plum, vibrant with grainy tannins. While made in a Joven style (Fresh and vibrant with little or no oak contact to be drunk young) I can’t help but feel that this wine may have benefitted with some time in oak to soften the massive tannins. In lieu of pouring it into an oak barrel, leave this wine in the bottle for another 12 months at least.

Final Say: Vibrant, bustling and a little bit full on, buy it for what it will evolve into. $16.99 a bottle.

Score: 15.5 out of 20

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Montvalley Chardonnay 2010Montvalley Chard

Style: Oaked, dry white

Region: Hunter Valley, NSW

Tasting note: Nice, toasty French oak on the nose intermingles with stone fruit. Peach and nectarine on the palate with citrus lingering in the background, quite rich and bold with well integrated oak.

Final Say: Classic Hunter Valley Chardy. $19.99

Score: 16.5 out of 20

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Bascand Estate Riesling 2012 Bascand

Style: Just off-dry white.

Region: Waipara, New Zealand

Overview: I really wanted to write about a red this week but sometimes in a line up you taste a wine that makes you say: ‘Holy S#@%, what’s going on there?’ Stupidly I thought I had this wine pinned on the nose alone: I thought it to be a floral, delicate Riesling that might be a touch broad but Oh My God, the palate is almost a sensory overload. Packed with flavour, a touch of sweetness but savoury at the same time. This is a style of Riesling which is not only underrated but one of my favourites. It’s drier than a Kabinett style Riesling with just enough residual sugar to add balance and complexity. Yes, I know the super dry, sweat inducing Rieslings are much more widely drunk and celebrated but this style of Riesling makes for a much better food wine.

Tasting note: A floral, pretty nose of jasmine. The palate is a good hard whack of citrus, lime and mandarin with some peach skin and savoury notes. The touch of sweetness adds another layer of interest and is balanced by subtle acidity.

Final Say: The perfect food wine!! $19.99 a bottle.

Score: 18 out of 20

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West Cape Howe Styx Gully Chardonnay 2011

Vintage: 2011

Style: Oaked White

Country: Australia

Region: Mount Barker, WA

 

Tasting note: Lovely, toasty oak on the nose with subtle hints of citrus scaling the walls of the glass. The palate is austere and elegant with nice citrus and stone fruit notes with a salty edge. Nice integration of French oak.

 

Final Say: It may be from the lesser known of the WA regions but it is one of my faves. $20-$23 a bottle.

 

Score: 16.5 out of 20

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