Author Archives: Jeremy Pringle

2012 Chapel Hill The Chosen Road Block Shiraz

Many differences in relation to the House block. It’s simultaneously bigger and bolder yet more softly fruited. Mulberry, plums and raspberry coulis. Tighter tannin. Not as much length. Splays on entry but those tannins restrict and give form. I prefer … Continue reading

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2012 Chapel Hill The Chosen House Block Shiraz

I popped these Scarce Earth wines (two from Chapel Hill, two from Coriole) in with a number of other 2012 Vale Shiraz for (blind) tasting purposes. The lesser influence of oak was easily identifiable yet not always a plus as … Continue reading

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2012 Lethbridge Pinot Noir

Grapes are sourced from the estate-owned Suma Park Vineyard in Geelong. 30% whole bunches, indigenous yeast ferment, maturation in 30% new French oak. Really liked the look of this and I’ve no qualms letting you know the bottle was drained … Continue reading

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2012 Punt Road Yarra Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

It’s sometimes difficult to rate these lighter Yarra Valley Cabernets…and the value judgements you make can come back to bite you on the arse. This smells and tastes of blackberries, olive tapanade and rosemary with suggestions of capsicum and chocolate. … Continue reading

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2012 Punt Road Yarra Valley Merlot

The Yarra Valley appears to have a number of sites suited to Merlot yet I don’t sense a lot of enthusiasm for the variety within the region. This would be one of the last Punt Road wines Kate Goodman played … Continue reading

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2013 Mr Riggs Ein Riese Riesling

The second off-dry Riesling I’ve tasted from the Adelaide Hills. Neither have done much for me. Very round in the mouth. The fruit feels flaccid and formless. A bit of friction at the end. Paw Paw, baked apple and lime … Continue reading

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2013 Chapel Hill The Chosen Gorge Block Chardonnay

Not a lot of worthy Chardonnay coming out of McLaren Vale. Battle of Bosworth have managed to make a success of it in good years as have Chapel Hill. By and large the region is simply to warm. Preserved lemons … Continue reading

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2012 Dexter Pinot Noir

Loved the 2012 Dexter Chardonnay but I’m less enamoured with this Mornington Peninsula Pinot Noir. Part of the reason for that is no doubt attributable to stylistic preference. Expressively perfumed with ripe maraschino cherries, plums and distinctive blueberries accompanied by … Continue reading

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2013 Teusner The Gentleman Eden Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

Now resplendent with a shiny and accurate bottle shot. May well be the first on the interwebs, although I can’t be certain. Cassis, truffle, cedar and shaving foam with raspberry peaks. Poise and balance. Very minty. Nowhere near as big … Continue reading

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2013 McWilliam’s Hanwood Estate Semillon Sayvignon Banc

Recommended retail price is listed but you’ll be able to find it for less without any effort. Dilute and without much length but citrusy, fresh and clean. Easy to slug back. Echoes of unripe passionfruit, lemongrass and herbs. Very refreshing … Continue reading

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