Posts Tagged ‘red wine’

Chalmers Sangiovese 2012 chalmerssangiovese

Style: Medium bodied red

Country: Australia

Region: Heathcote


Tasting note: All the variety ever advertises to be on the nose, sweet cherry and dusty. The palate is relatively simple made up of cherry characters and chalky tannins, velvety tannins and nice structure.

Final Say: Pretty simple but enjoyable. $35 a bottle


Score: 16 out of 20

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hither-yon-aglianicoHither & Yon Aglianico 2012

Style: Medium-bodied red

Country: Australia

Region: McLaren Vale


Tasting note: This lesser known variety is typically grown in Southern Italy (Campania) where it makes a rich, velvety style red. This Aussie crack at the variety is a touch leaner than the better Italian examples but has those typical blueberry and white pepper notes on the nose with hints of cedar. Plum and savoury spice on the palate and finishes with grainy tannins.


Final Say: Can’t wait to see what Hither & Yon do with this variety in the future. $30 a bottle

Score: 15.5 out of 20

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Tulloch ‘Private Bin Pokolbin Dry Red’ Shiraz 2013pokolbin-dry-red-shiraz pb

Style: Medium bodied red

Region: Hunter Valley, NSW

Tasting note: It’s not just the packaging of this wine that shouts retro Hunter Valley but its contents also display all those Hunter Valley Shiraz hallmarks. Great colour for a wine that has been harvested earlier than your typical 14-15 beaumé (which roughly ferments to 14% alcohol). Coconut oak notes on the nose with hints of leather. Dark fruit characters of blackberry with gentle tones of raspberry and dusty spice. Again, great fruit definition for a bonier style with enduring acidity and well integrated oak.

Final Say: ‘Don’t you, forget about me’- Hunter Valley Shiraz. $50 a bottle

Score: 18.5

Tulloch ‘Pokolbin Dry Red’ Shiraz 2013pokolbin-dry-red-shiraz

Style: Medium bodied red

Region: Hunter Valley, NSW

Tasting note: A juicy, boisterous nose of red fruits which defies the lower alcohol level of this wine (12.3%). An elegant and dusty palate featuring characters of raspberry and white pepper. Good fruit definition for a leaner style.

Final Say: It’s a far more elegant, restrained style of Aussie Shiraz. $25 a bottle.

Score: 16.5

Tulloch ‘JYT Selection’ Shiraz 2013limited-release-jyt-selectio

Style: Full-Medium bodied red

Region: Orange, NSW

Tasting Note: Whilst produced by an iconic Hunter Valley winery this wine hails from the super trendy region of Orange. More dense and full-bodied than the Hunter Shiraz’. Dark fruits, plum and blackberry with sweet spice and chewy tannins.

Final Say: Big and ballsy yet elegant. $40 a bottle.

Score: 17.5

Spitting: OptionalWoods Crampton 2013 Shiraz

Woods Crampton Shiraz 2013

Style: Full-bodied red

Country: Australia

Region: Barossa Valley

Tasting note: Deep, dark and inky in colour, the kind of wine that stains your shirt just by looking at it. Nice cedar-oak tones on the nose with lifted plums and blackberry. A dense powerful palate consisting of blackberry jam and blood-plums. Typical Barossan intensity, weight and cellaring potential.

Final Say: Love ‘em big and bold? Grab on to this one. $16-20 a bottle.

Score: 18.5 out of 20

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Abbotts & Delaunay Corbières Reserve Syrah/Grenache/Mourvedre 2011

Style: Full bodied red

Country: France

Region: Languedoc-Roussillon  

 Overview: There is no question that it can be daunting for a person who has not been schooled in French wine to know what they are buying just by looking at the label. Take Burgundy labels for instance, first you need to understand the acronym A.O.C, Appellation d’origine controlee, which essentially mean controlled designation of origin. So for Burgundy to have A.O.C on the label the grapes need to be Chardonnay or Pinot Noir. You then have terms such Bourgogne, Village, Premier Cru & Grand Cru and Sub-Regions such as Hautes-Côtes de Beaune, Hautes-Côtes de Nuits and Mâcon-Villages.  For most wine drinkers outside of France a wine labelled as ‘Beaune Premier Cru Appellation Beaune Premier Cru controlee’ could well mean that the grapes were grown by a one legged goat next door to a one-hundred year-old snail and made by a wizard. Which brings me to this wine and the Languedoc-Roussillon region. This region seems to be shadowed by other French Regions such as Burgundy, Champagne, Bordeaux and Rhone and because of this they have been forced to implement clever ‘marketing’, a term that French wine producers do not believe in. This has seen more stylish and simplistic labelling put forward by the Languedoc-Roussillon region, the biggest wine producing region in the world.
This wine comes from the Corbières region within Languedoc-Roussillon which is renowned for their red wines. The labelling is simple, readable and elegant. Combined with the premium, shoulder style bottle this wine presents as a wine that should sell for much more than the asking price.

Tasting note: A sexy, spicy blend of Syrah (Shiraz), Grenache and Mourvedre. Very aromatic with notes of strawberry and white pepper with underlying hints of smokey ham bone. Silky, soft palate with robust characters of plum and cedar complimenting the elegant strawberry and spice. Finishes velvety, thanks to the Grenache goodness.

Final Say: I cannot confirm or deny whether this wine was made from grapes grown by a one legged goat (it wasn’t on the label) but I can say that it is bloody good value. $23-$25 a bottle

Score: 16.5 out of 20

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Rosenthal The Naomi Cabernet Shiraz 2012Rosenthal

Style: Full-bodied red

Region: Western Australia

Overview: If the blending of Cabernet and Shiraz was a person, he’d wear board shorts and thongs; he’d be weather beaten yet never beaten, a battler. He’d have a dry, laconic sense of humour and be generous. And when asked how he was he’d say ‘Not bad, mate. How’s yourself’.  He’d be an Aussie, through and through. Cabernet Shiraz blends excite me because no wine is more quintessentially Australian. Outside of Australia it’s rare to find a blend such as this but the two varieties complement each other so well. We’re a race of clever pioneers, you know.  The only thing that disappoints me about this style of wine is that it is not seen more often.

This wine is 68% Cabernet Sauvignon and 32% Shiraz and 100% everything I love about this blend.

Tasting note: An intense and generous nose, notes of cassis, plum and blackberry, which are also found on the palate, complemented by the more complex characters of Cabernet Sauvignon: raspberry and kalamata olives. The tannins are chalky and cling to the palate granting this wine fantastic length.          

Final Say: This bloody, flaming, cracker of a wine will benefit from careful cellaring. $22.99 a bottle.

Score: 18 out of 20

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

S.C. Pannell Syrah 2010

Posted: December 19, 2012 in Australia
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S.C. Pannell Syrah 2010

Vintage: 2010

Style: Medium bodied red

Country: Australia

Region: Adelaide Hills


Overview: This wine has funk and character. This wine is the kind of wine that breaks free of the, sometimes, boring monotony of Shiraz. This wine is the jazz saxophonist of the wine world. The funk comes from a winemaking practice where whole bunches are fermented rather than crushed and left in a soup of skin, pulp and juice. This lets the wine ferment inside the grape skins and adds an extra layer of complexity. This is known as carbonic maceration. In this wine the ‘funk’ is a strawberry yoghurt character with an under lying earthy aroma and flavour.

This is a medium bodied Shiraz, elegant, thus the French name for Shiraz is used, Syrah. S.C. Pannell wines have always displayed great finesse that this wine is no exception. Enjoy with good food, scat vocals and a scratchy Coltrane record.


Tasting note: Perfumed nose, with lifted white pepper, blueberry aromas upfront. These characters jump out of the glass at first but when left to develop the funky fragrance of strawberry yoghurt and earth become more evident. There is a touch of cedar from the superbly integrated oak. On the palate there are flavours of blackberry, strawberry and violets and finishes with fine tannins which complement but do not overpower.


Final Say: Scibbidy doo-woop. This is seriously one of the best Shiraz I’ve tried this year. $20-25 dollars a bottle.


Score: 19 out of 20 (95 out of 100)