Thursday, 27 August 2015

Cullen Diana Madeline 2012

The 2012 Cullen Diana Madeline is a blend of cabernet sauvignon (73%), merlot (17%) and cabernet franc (7%).  Tasted blind, that fair yet unkind tasting method, this is a perfectly pleasant cool climate expression of a cabernet sauvignon blend.  However, it was a substantial surprise that this was the esteemed Diana Madeline.  To call a spade a spade, this wine looks overrated.  The 2012 Diana Madeline has aromatics that remind of mint, blackcurrant, spearmint and clove.  The palate is balanced, the wine medium bodied, and its blackcurrant and clove flavours are youthful if unyielding at this early stage of its life.  Good

Abv: 13.5%, Price: high $90s, Vendors and website:, Tasted: 2015

Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Moortangi Estate Cambrian Shiraz 2008

I tasted this wine from hitherto unknown Moortangi Estate at the rather excellent new restaurant of Luxembourg in St Kilda.  Grown on the Cambrian soils of Heathcote, it's a moreish release, with aromatics of plums and spice.  On the palate, the length is long and the impression balanced.  This is Heathcote shiraz at its best: power with restraint.  Very Good

Abv: 14%, Price: $36, Vendors and website:, Tasted: 2015

Monday, 24 August 2015

Pipers Brook Vineyard Riesling 2014

This Tasmanian riesling from Pipers Brook is a good one.  Like most good wine, that much was obvious from the moment I poured it into the glass.  It has aromatics reminding of stone, lemon, lime and lychee.  The palate is bone dry, the acidity racy and nervous, its body medium at best and its flavours of stone and lemons deep and quite long.  Excellent drinking.  Good to Very Good

Abv: 13%, Price: $34, Source: sample, Vendors and website:, Tasted: 2015

Huntington Estate Special Reserve Shiraz 2011

This shiraz is very deeply coloured for the challenging 2011 vintage.  Its aromatics are oak laden, with primary expressions of coconut and coffee.  The palate also is coloured by its time in oak, with some iodine, dark cherry and chewy plum characters rounding things out.  Acceptable

Abv: 13.8%, Price: $36, Source: sample, Vendors and website:, Tasted: 2015

Ten Minutes by Tractor 10X Chardonnay 2013

Forgive me if I sound like a broken record, but this is yet another good release from Ten Minutes by Tractor on the Mornington Peninsula.  The usual attention to detail is evident, and the wine in the glass expressive, real chardonnay for want of a better expression, with aromatics of cashew and nectarine.  The palate is medium bodied, the length towards long and its flavours remind of nectarines, cashew and roasted hazelnuts.  A lovely release.  Good to Very Good

Abv: 13.6%, Price: $30, Source: sample, Vendors and website:, Tasted: 2015