Tuesday, 21 October 2014
A recent look at Kilikanoon's top flight offering, the Oracle, led to an inevitable curiosity. Would the cheaper stuff be good too? The answer in this case is, happily, a "yes". From the Barossa Valley, the 2013 vintage of "Kavel's Flock" from Kilikanoon has aromatics that remind of bouquet garnis, peppercorn, wet thyme and plum. There's medium length on the palate, some pepper, spice and real balance, with textural tannins. This is easy to recommend.
Rating: Good, Abv: 14.5%, Price: ~$17, Source: sample, Vendors: http://www.wine-searcher.com/, Website: http://www.kilikanoon.com.au, Tasted: 2014
Monday, 20 October 2014
So, this wine is pretty much a steal. It has 13 years of age, is a blend of 80% cabernet sauvignon and 20% cabernet franc and from Diamond Valley in the Yarra Valley. I've not heard of this label either, and the latest newsletter on their website heralds the completion of the 2007 vintage. From vines planted in 1976, this wine is particularly good. It has aromatics of eucalyptus. blackcurrant and a leafy, Australian cool climate expression of cabernet sauvignon. The palate is medium bodied, with a firm core of acidity that balances well its still unresolved tannins and expressions of blackcurrant and clove. This wine is in its drinking prime, or perhaps 1 or 2 years on the other side if you don't care for mature flavours in wine, and provides classic claret drinking at a remarkable price.
Rating: Very Good, Abv: 13.5%, Price: $20, Vendors: http://www.wine-searcher.com/, Website: http://www.diamondvalley.com.au, Tasted: 2014
Sunday, 19 October 2014
My notes for the 2012 vintage of Tahbilk's cabernet sauvignon in many ways resemble the 2010 vintage. Both are good wines, and show a consistency of expression. The 2012 vintage has aromatics of blackcurrant, dust, eucalyptus oil and wattle flower. The palate is medium bodied, its length medium. The oak is still integrating in this youthful wine, and its use is carefully managed. In what is usually a good sign, the last glass is this wine's most impressive, unfurling to reveal some depth, structure and persistence. I would suggest decanting it, and expect it will improve with age.
Rating: Good, Abv: 13.7%, Price: $25.70, Source: sample, Vendors: http://www.wine-searcher.com/, Website: http://www.tahbilk.com.au, Tasted: 2014
Saturday, 18 October 2014
This pinot noir from Nepenthe in the Adelaide Hills went quite well with Japanese food. It's a typical sort of a pinot noir in style from the Adelaide Hills region, with aromas of cherry and spice. The colour seems deep for pinot noir. Its aromatics contemplate confection, but do not cross the line. The palate is balanced with sweet cherry fruit and a glycerol texture. I wondered about there being some residual sugar, but the overall impression is dry. A rounded and pleasant pinot noir.
Rating: Acceptable to Good, Abv: 13.5%, Price: ~$20, Vendors: http://www.wine-searcher.com/, Website: http://www.nepenthe.com.au, Tasted: 2014