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Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Kilikanoon Oracle Shiraz 2010

Forgive me for the short note on such an outstanding wine, but I was too busy drinking it.  Kilikanoon's 2010 Oracle shiraz is a resounding success, and should cellar for decades.  It has aromatics of plum, earth and spice.  The palate though is where it excels.  It is full bodied, enjoys saturated but balanced fruit flavours, has very long length and a quite extraordinary depth of flavour of plum, earth and spice.  In short, it's a joy to drink.

Rating: Outstanding, Abv: 14.5%, Price: $80, Vendors: http://www.wine-searcher.com/, Website: http://www.kilikanoon.com.au, Tasted: 2014

Sunday, 14 September 2014

Lowe Nullo Mountain Late Harvest Riesling 2013

There's something innately fascinating to me about a vineyard planted at the sub alpine altitude of 1,180 metres in Australia.  I've written earlier about the sauvignon blanc and pinot gris from the 2013 vintage from this same vineyard, and before me is the vineyard's 2013 late harvest riesling.  In the glass there are attractive aromatics of lemon, lime, stone, orange peel and blossom.  The palate is probably medium dry (that is, on my scale, sweeter than dry and off dry)) with reminders of currant, raisin, lemon and lime.  High acid binds the flavours together well, and the overall impression is balanced.

Rating: Good, Abv: 12.3%, Price: $30, Source: sample, Vendors: http://www.wine-searcher.com/, Website: http://www.lowewine.com.au, Tasted: 2014

Saturday, 13 September 2014

Chateau de la Prégentière Rosé de Provence 2012

I recall tasting this wine's quite lovely rosé sibling some weeks ago here.  Well, by weeks, in fact I mean months; time just passes too quickly for my liking.  The Chateau de la Prégentière rosé is a step up again from the Domaine wine, and is quite a considered version of Rosé de Provence.  Salmon pink in colour, it has some depth of aromatics, with notes reminding of strawberry, peach, raspberry and florals, together with some salt and stone characters.  The palate is framed by refreshing acidity, which balances its flavours reminding of florals, strawberry and raspberry.  More serious in intent than many rosés, while retaining the freshness that a good Rosé de Provence brings, this is a definite buy.

Rating: Good, Abv: 13%, Price: $32, Source: sample, Vendors: http://www.cesoirwine.com/, Website: http://www.lapregentiere.fr, Tasted: 2014

Lowe Mudgee Blue Cabernet Shiraz 2012

Over the last few years, it has become apparent that the Mudgee region - a region I have only relatively recently become acquainted with - produces a full bodied shiraz with some weighty charm.  I am always quite pleased to find it on my doorstep for the simple reason that I rather enjoy the style.  The 2012 vintage here of Lowe's "Mudgee Blue" is in fact a blend of 65% cabernet sauvignon and 35% shiraz, but stylistically, it does not depart from script.  It has aromatics of cedar, blackcurrant, spice, wet bouquet garnis and freshly watered thyme.  The palate is balanced and has towards long length, with dark plum, dark cherry, cedar and some leafy tail notes.

Rating: Good to Very Good, Abv: 14%, Price: $30, Source: sample, Vendors: http://www.wine-searcher.com/, Website: http://www.lowewine.com.au, Tasted: 2014
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