2011 Evans & Tate Metricup Road Shiraz

imageIncreasingly I wonder if many producers can make a go of Shiraz in the Margaret River. They might be able to sell their wares to West Australians but by and large most of the wines just don’t cut it. This may well be the last one I’m ever sent after the honesty of those remarks.

Over-ripe, lolly-like fruit. Splays across the tongue with a clumsy rasp of drying sandpaper tannin to close. Glossy and commercial in feel. Decent BBQ fare if you find it at the right price I suppose. 87

Region: Margaret River
Alcohol: 14.8%
Closure: Screwcap
Price: $24
Tasted: April 2014

http://www.evansandtate.com.au.

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2012 Evans & Tate Metricup Road Semillon Sauvignon Blanc

imageInteresting for a Semillon Sauvignon Blanc to be held back a year longer than the Chardonnay. Not usually the case.

This lacks some intensity but I like the textural nous on display. Tangy acidity covered by a thin cloak of lees and oak. Lemons, gooseberry and nettles on the nose. Savoury bready notes, asparagus and cut grass. A whisper of unripe passionfruit makes itself known as it moves through its line. Pretty good reach through the back-palate. Sound warm weather fare. 88

Region: Margaret River
Alcohol: 12.5%
Closure: Screwcap
Price: $19.99
Tasted: April 2014

http://www.evansandtate.com.au

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2013 Evans & Tate Metricup Road Chardonnay

imageRegional if unremarkable Margaret River Chardonnay.

Driven by primary fruit with an inexpensive oak overlay. Smells and tastes of peaches, melon, lemons and wood-spice, French vanilla, butterscotch and toast courtesy of barrel work. Neat as you like with a gently creamy mouthfeel and a clean acid line. Full of flavour but not a cumbersome wine. Very polished. 89

Region: Margaret River
Alcohol: 13.5%
Closure: Screwcap
Price: $19.99
Tasted: April 2014

http://www.evansandtate.com.au

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2012 Angullong Fossil Hill Shiraz Viognier

imageDifficult vintage and not a persuasive take on the Shiraz Viognier blend.

Pepper and florals. A little plushness in the mouth but the acidity remains gangly and mawkish. Light berry fruit. Purple flowers, sour plum skins. Trails away quickly. 85

Region: Orange
Alcohol: 13.5%
Closure: Screwcap
Price: $24
Tasted: April 2014

http://www.angullong.com.au.

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2012 Angullong Fossil Hill Tempranillo

imageCold, wet season in Orange and the Central Ranges. It shows here.

Only just medium-bodied. The acidity is a lemony. Savoury, fresh red berries and mulch. Spicy with a good deal of crunchy tannin. It is a little sharp and short, lacking commitment on the back-palate, but it could work as a bistro wine. 86

Region: Orange, Central Ranges
Alcohol: 13.5%
Closure: Screwcap
Price: $24
Tasted: April 2014

http://www.angullong.com.au

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2013 Teusner The Wark Family Shiraz

imageThe grapes for this wine were sourced from a vineyard planted in 1995 within the Stonewell subregion of the Barossa.

A little raspberry coulis sitting over the plums and black fruits here. Spicier (baking spice and pepper) and sweeter than the Riebke. Ever so slightly less body and more pronounced acidity. Red strap licorice is strong through the finish. I’m not certain there’s anything much to separate this couple in terms of quality but I’ll take the darker and saltier one. 89

Region: Barossa Valley
Alcohol: 14.5%
Closure: Screwcap
Price: $22
Tasted: April 2014

http://www.teusner.com.au

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2013 Teusner The Riebke Shiraz

imageGrapes are from the Ebenezer district in the north of the Barossa Valley. An enormously popular wine and it’s not difficult to see why.

Creamy clove spiked oak, rounded mouthfeel. ‘Smooth’ in the parlance of the people. Plums, dark fruits and chocolate. Grainy, nutty tannin. Sweet and giving with a grind of pepper and a sprinkle of rock salt. Not a great deal in the way of form, decent length. Warming. As always, will make many people happy. 90

Region: Barossa Valley
Alcohol: 14.5%
Closure: Screwcap
Price: $22
Tasted: April 2014

http://www.teusner.com.au

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2012 Dalla Mia Finestra Yarra Valley Pinot Noir

imageDalla Mia Finestra are a new producer to me. The Finestra vines were planted in 1989 with the sum of Bruce and Jo-Anne Lang’s fruit sold to others until the first release under their own label in 2003. I like both of these 2012s with the Pinot being my pick. Well priced too.

Has some intensity which may be a result of low cropping. Raspberry and loganberries with florals, forest litter and blood orange-tinted acidity. Something which reminds me of rhubarb cookies. Plenty of energy in the mouth. Only just medium-bodied and heavily seasoned with Asian spice. A decent rub of sappy, tea-leaf tannin. Gamine Pinot with precocious length. Cheekbones, short hair and narrow hips. Endearing. 92

Region: Yarra Valley
Alcohol: 13.5%
Closure: Screwcap
Price: $22
Tasted: April 2014

http://www.finestrawines.com

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2012 Dalla Mia Finestra Yarra Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

Elegant, Yarra Valley Cabernet in the luncheon claret mode. An earlier pick was necessitated by significant bird strikes on the grapes in 2012.

Has that cherry over blackberry fruit profile that attracts me to many Yarra Valley Cabernets. Certainly on the lighter side. The level of ripeness will work for some and drive away others. Leaf, herbs and a hint of cabbage. Touch of dark chocolate oak flavour. Enticingly textured tannin and just enough length. 89

Region: Yarra Valley
Closure: Screwcap
Price: $22
Tasted: April 2014

http://www.finestrawines.com

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2010 Madfish Pinot Noir

imageFruit is sourced from the Great Southern, Pemberton and the Margaret River. I must admit I’ve only ever enjoyed one Pinot Noir from any of those regions and that was made at Picardy. Early days for the Great Southern though

We’re straying into dry-red territory here. Dense and meaty aromatics. Brambly fruits, sap and brown leaf. Limited spice. The tannin is on the astringent side. Having said that it works alright in a generic kind of way. 87

Region: Great Sourhern, Pemberton, Margaret River
Alcohol: 13.5%
Closure: Screwcap
Price: $18
Tasted: April 2014

http://www.burchfamilywines.com.au .

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