A superb easy drinking wine for the money. You
can often find this wine on special around $10 which makes it a great buy. Dark cherry and plummy fruit, throw in a smidge of dark
chocolate and some spice on the finish and there you go. What you see is what
you get, and what you get encourages another top up.
I'm not sure of the Viognier percentage in this, but the florally lift and apricot characters immediately jump from the glass. Not overpowering but neat.
A good bright appearance is followed by some medium bodied Shiraz goodness from the Hunter Valley. Soft red fruits highlighted by dark cherries. Some fruit sweetness evident and adds nicely to the wine's appeal. Finishing long and a little drying, I certainly prefer this wine to the previous vintages of the same blend I've tasted.
A good wine worth keeping an eye out for.
Who: Bimbadgen What: Shiraz Viognier (13.5% alc) Where: Hunter Valley When: 2013 How much: $26
I liked the way this looked and smelt but it stopped there. The wine was tasted blind along with three other Cabernets.
Red fruits, a lick of spice and a dash of mint with some firm dry tannins to finish. What made me step back was the acid which is on the higher side. So much so you can feel it on your teeth. Ouch! This evidently stood out from the other wines tasted.
I looked at this over three days, and though it did settle down a little, the acid was still up there on day three.
Whilst there may be some cellaring potential, I'll pass on this. I'd recommend the same money to be spent on the Shiraz instead.
I dig this. For eighteen bucks it's worth a look. Meaty and bold, blue and red fruits move about harmoniously. Unmistakable earth and spice lurk with intent too. The fruit washes through the mouth well only to ride a wave of peppery spice rushing back. A long soft finish rounds out a great little wine.
Readily available. Get amongst it!
TeusnerTheRiebke Shiraz 2013 $22
Year after year this has bargain factor written all over it. From the Barossa Valley, the 2013 is not as big as the 2012 but still packs some kick. There’s black fruit, plums and some peppery spice. It’s juicy and a wine easy to warm to.
You can often find it discounted below $20 and it’s readily available. Check it out.
Quite a simple wine and nothing rocking my world too much here.
The fat, plush characters of the Semillon make their presence felt. There's not too much fruit kick here though. Greasy food would match this. Something as simple as fish and chips or even a deep fried chicken burger.
An wonderful expression of a medium bodied cool climate Cabernet. But when I say Cabernet this is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc.
Despite having two big varieties at play, you certainly aren't bashed over the head with depth and complexity. There's more of a delicate touch here. Nicely weighted, even after three days open it was quite vibrant with a finish which is long and super soft.
Mother's Day was the focus of last Friday's chat. A few white blends and a neat fizz were the tips: Listen in here Wines to look out for: Lindeman’s Early Harvest Semillon
Sauvignon Blanc 2013 ($15).
Deliberately picked early to reduce the alcohol content, the push here is the
"lighter alcohol and calories" market. Twenty five percent less in
fact after reading the label. There’s green melon, guava and tropical fruit
freshness. Even some peeled cucumber aromas. The wine is certainly clean, crisp
and light in the mouth. I was pleasantly impressed and I would recommend it for
those in the market for such a wine. Voyager Estate Sauvignon Blanc
Semillon 2013 ($24)
Fresh, clean and oozing tropical fruit goodness, a wine you can easily get
stuck into. I can easily see this on your table at lunch. The simple refreshing delivery of the fruit assures
this gets a big tick from me. Taltarni Tache 2010 ($26) is a pinkish looking drop which
smells a little like strawberries. There’s some texture present via some
biscuity characters and a strawberry kiss which flows through to a long,
enjoyable finish which is not too dry.
Tache means stained and a dash of Cabernet Sauvignon gives the “stained”
appearance. All are readily available.
This is pretty good Sauvignon Blanc for the price. Grassy characters wrapped around guava fruit highlights.
A crisp acid finish wraps up a refreshing wine.
I'm not a big Sauvignon Blanc fan so I wouldn't particularly go and buy this wine. There's many who would enjoy the style however, particularly as this range of wines is often discounted to around the $10 mark.
The label is eye catching and the bottle is heavy as. No expense spared here.
As soon as I opened the wine I was attracted by its bright colour. It certainly drank better on the second day after getting a little air. I felt the structure and tannin didn't match the fruit weight and it certainly needs some fatty food to accompany it. With pork crackling at hand, this certainly altered the experience.
Oak and dry herb aromas jump out. Dark berries abound with gentle spice. There's lots of mid palate concentration followed by a very dry finish. Very dry! Mouth puckering stuff and then some.
Not a wine I would personally seek out. The pricing is questionable particularly when this was tried alongside a Saperavi less than half the price and much more drinkable.
Who: Clovely Estate What: Saperavi (14.5% alc) Where: South Burnett When: 2012 How much: $90
My bargains this week: McWilliam’s Appellation Tumbarumba Chardonnay 2013 $24
Attractive nuttiness and florals. Throw in some
fleshy peach and a dash of creaminess and that about sums it up. Captivating
stuff. Delicious and then some. Keep an eye out for it.
McWilliam’s Appellation Canberra Syrah 2013 $24
Cool climate Syrah at its best. Smell the violets! Engaging aromas of
cherries and white pepper and nicely integrated spice. Silky smooth. A delight
to drink full stop.
I've recently seen this Chardy advertised for around $17 which makes it excellent buying considering the RRP is $24.
Plenty of melon and stone fruit characters cutting loose here. Fleshy peach to the fore with a line of citrus goodness slithering its way through. There's some toasty oak but enough fruit to take centre stage. Great length which is long and warming.
Certainly worth a look particularly if you see it at the special price mentioned.
Who: Devil's Lair What: Chardonnay (13% alc) Where: Margaret River When: 2013 How much: $24
A new release in the Lindeman's portfolio, the Regional Series sets out to highlight the best of two regions blended together with the philosophy being, "The sum of the whole is greater than the individual parts".
Dark, deep and savoury. A blend of fruit sourced from Padthaway and the Clare Valley (percentages unknown). Lovers of bigger styles of Cabernet would be at home here.
Littered with black fruits and typical Cabernet characters of mint and capsicum. Some bitter dark chocolate makes an appearance on a long finish. The only thing pegging it back was a slippery type feel on the finish. What went before it was certainly most enjoyable.
Good buying for $23.
Who: Lindeman's What: Cabernet Sauvignon (14%
alc) Where: Padthaway and Clare Valley When: 2012 How
This is an excellent example of a medium bodied wine.
Cool climate Syrah at its best. Smell the violets! Take your taste buds on a tour of deliciousness with cherries, a touch of raspberry and white pepper coupled with nicely integrated spice. Silky smooth to finish, it's a delight to drink full stop.
A drink for the short term, and when it's fresh and this good, why not?