Wednesday, 7 October 2015

Dr Loosen Riesling Kabinett 2012 Graacher Himmelreich

Incomprehensible German wine labelling laws aside, I should drink more German riesling.  This is a very typical example of a good quality Mosel Cabinet riesling from Dr. Loosen.  Its aromatics are very attractive, with expressions of white florals, stones and lemon rind.  The palate is off-dry, perhaps even medium-dry at a pinch, but well balanced with refreshing racy acidity and some youthful spritz, producing a wine with a crisp and mouth watering finish.  Its alcohol barely registering at 8%, this is a lovely, fresh Mosel riesling.  Good

Abv: 8%, Price: $30, Vendors and website:, Tasted: 2015

Tuesday, 6 October 2015

Chateau Pontet-Canet 1997

A first encounter with Chateau Pontet-Canet proved deliciously exceptional.  Blackcurrants, cigar box, very long length and depth, this outstanding '97 most assuredly cries "Pauillac" and is in its drinking prime.  Outstanding

Abv: 13%, Price: mid $100s, Vendors and website:, Tasted: 2015

Sunday, 4 October 2015

Rymill June Traminer 2005

Rymill's June Traminer is a botrytis affected gewurtztraminer from Coonawarra.  Despite the unusual combination for the region, as usual, I enjoyed this wine.  An exercise in manuka honey and apricots, this viscously textured dessert wine is another very good release.  Good to Very Good

Abv: 12.5%, Price: $20, Vendors and website:, Tasted: 2015

Saturday, 3 October 2015

Shaw + Smith Shiraz 2013

Shaw + Smith produce a benchmark cool climate shiraz in the Adelaide Hills.  I've enjoyed various vintages of this wine over the years, and the 2013 vintage is a very good one.  Soft and beguiling in style, it has aromatics of pepper, bouquet garni and spiced plums.  Subtle flavours frame the palate, concealing an underlying power.  Between medium and long length with flavours in the pepper and plum spectrum, this is a very good release.  Good to Very Good

Abv: 14 %, Price: $40, Vendors and website:, Tasted: 2015

Thursday, 1 October 2015

More Yarra Valley cabernets

Yeringberg's newsletter snuck into the house this week, a week or so after Mount Mary's.  Yeringberg is of course one of the Yarra Valley's benchmark producers, producing the sort of medium bodied Bordeaux-esque cabernet style that I return to time and time again, and a history that demands a few bottles in the cellar.  This year, I couldn't resist its lure.  A few of their '13 cabernet blends are hopefully on their way, although at $75 per bottle, few is intended in its literal sense.  Tips on similar Yarra Valley cab styles at say, oh, half the price, gratefully received.