Sunday, 7 February 2016

Rockford Basket Press Shiraz 2012

This may be the best Rockford Basket Press that I have tasted in its youth.  The 2012 Basket Press is quite pure and delicious in expression, with plum, spice and an appealing apricot character predominant.  The palate is full bodied and the length long.  I expect this will cellar and improve for decades.

Rating: Very Good to Outstanding
Abv: 14.2%
Price: $60+
Vendors and website:
Tasted: 2016

Saturday, 6 February 2016

Toolangi Estate Chardonnay 2014

This is a lovely chardonnay release from Toolangi in the Yarra Valley.  Made at Oakridge, the fruit is from Toolangi's Dixon's Creek vineyard.  In terms of style, malolactic fermentation is held back and the wine is aged in 40% new French oak.  In the glass, there are aromatics of lemon and cashew.  The palate is fresh with good length and lemon characters predominant.

Rating: Good to Very Good
Abv: 13.5%
Price: $38
Source: sample
Vendors and website:
Tasted: 2016

Wednesday, 3 February 2016

The McAlister 2010

This wine is something of an enigma.  Having tasted it twice now (the first was the 2005 vintage reviewed here) my unequivocal conclusion is that it deserves a place among Australia's best cabernet sauvignon wines.  Yet little seems to be written about it, it is from a largely unknown wine region (east Gippsland) and bottles seem thin on the ground.  If you know more, please chime in.  It closely resembles a left bank Bordeaux in style, right down to the label, the bottle and the red capsule.

The 2010 vintage of the McAlister tasted here is a blend of 43% cabernet sauvignon, 35% cabernet franc, 20% merlot and 2% petit verdot.  It has aromatics of tobacco, earth and blackcurrant.  The palate is quite elegant, medium bodied and has long length.  Delicious drinking now, it should cellar well.

Rating: Very Good
Abv: 13.5%
Price: $50s
Vendors and website: Good luck
Tasted: 2016