Category Archives: Adelaide Hills

2009 S.C. Pannell Adelaide Hills Nebbiolo

Stephen Pannell’s high regard for tannin must make Nebbiolo a rewarding variety to work with. Plenty of ripeness and density here but an earthen and savoury dimension lies buried at its core. Dark, sweet brambly fruit over cherries and tar … Continue reading

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2013 Bleeding Heart Adelaide Hills Sauvignon Blanc

I’m curious as to why Adelaide Hills Sauvignon Blanc isn’t more popular. Not that I’m enamoured by the regional expression myself but the primary fruited inoffensiveness it generally offers would seem to me to be exactly what many consumers are … Continue reading

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2012 Hill-Smith Estate Adelaide Hills Chardonnay

The kind of Chardonnay that will make a lot of consumers happy without being flabby or formless. Slightly buttery but has the requisite acid/mineral definition to prevent the flavours from going off the rails. White peach, apple and praline with … Continue reading

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2011 Mr Riggs Yacca Paddock Tempranillo

Tempranillo from the Adelaide Hills. There may be a certain synergy between the grape and the region but this isn’t the best example. Some florals and red cherries but also a barnyard note. The back palate is all rusty nails. Hard and … Continue reading

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2013 Michael Hall Adelaide Hills Sauvignon Blanc

Not of the same standard as the excellent 2012 but a good wine nonetheless. Sixteen hours skin contact, wild yeast fermented with 70% in French barriques and the remainder in stainless steel. Three months on lees. Lemons, gooseberry, nettles, herbs … Continue reading

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2012 Longview Adelaide Hills Cabernet Shiraz

A blend of 65% Cabernet and 35% Shiraz. Has won a bit of bling in Australia and abroad, most notably a gold at the 2013 Royal National Wine Show of Australia Blackcurrant, raspberry, mint and herbs. Rugged tannin and shrill, … Continue reading

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2013 Jacob’s Creek Adelaide Hills Reserve Chardonnay

Jacob’s Creek’s Reserve Chardonnay has been battling it out with the Penfolds Thomas Hyland Chardonnay in the widely available, high value stakes for the last few years. I haven’t tasted the 2013 Thomas Hyland yet but this is a touch … Continue reading

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2012 Mike Press Cabernet Sauvignon

Well, I’ve spent three days with it and the awkward, sour and pointy acidity has remained steadfast throughout that time. Otherwise it’s mulberry and blackberry flavoured with a good chunk of clove and choc-vanilla oak. Some mint too. Sweet and … Continue reading

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2012 La Linea Tempranillo

My relationship with Australian Tempranillo has been uneasy at times but I’m beginning to warm to some of the examples that are crossing my path. This 2012 La Linea from the Adelaide Hills is a case in point. It’s quite … Continue reading

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2013 La Linea Tempranillo Rosé

Easily the most accomplished of a bracket of Rosé tasted single blind over Xmas. Widely available too. Paler in hue than the bottle image suggests. Aromas of red cherry, roses and apples. The palate adds a fine line of citrus-tinged acidity that runs through … Continue reading

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