Category Archives: Margaret River

2011 Howard Park Leston Margaret River Shiraz

Far plumper and juicier than its Great Southern sibling. It’s a fascinating exercise to taste the two single vineyard wines side by side. Cuddly plums and blackberry, licorice and a hint of vanilla with regional gum and bay leaf in … Continue reading

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2012 Evans & Tate Metricup Road Cabernet Merlot

Soft, regional Margaret River Cabernet Merlot that you’ll probably be able to track down at a less expensive price than the one listed below. Smells and tastes of roasted capsicum, redcurrants and blackberries with some minty refreshment and olive tapanade … Continue reading

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2010 Blue Poles Allouran

Australia’s best Merlot Cabernet Franc blend has never looked better. It’s 70%/30% for those interested in the numbers. If you aren’t already all over this wine then you should be. More elegant and vibrant than previous releases; although it’s never … Continue reading

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2013 Forester Estate Margaret River Semillon Sauvignon Blanc

The blend is 53% Semillon, 45% Sauvignon Blanc and a splash of Chardonnay. 3% of the wine is matured in 1-3 year-old French barriques. It’s certainly not backward in coming forward. Initially grassy and lemony on the nose but soon … Continue reading

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2012 Forester Estate Margaret River Chardonnay

Tasted blind in a bracket of mostly 2012 Chardonnays. I got a shock when I saw the RRP. A Baudrillardian wine – all surface. Two dimensional. Pear, pineapple, white peach. Sweet nougat oak. Syrupy as much as creamy. Fades on … Continue reading

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2012 McHenry Hohnen Rocky Road Vineyard Chardonnay

Perhaps the Chardonnay that exhibits the most detail in the McHenry Hohnen stable. Regional yet restrained. Smoke and pebbles as much as fruit intensity. Line, length and subtlety. Nectarines and limes, roasted hazelnuts and cashews. For all the purity and … Continue reading

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2012 McHenry Hohnen Burnside Vineyard Chardonnay

The only single vineyard McHenry Hohnen Chardonnay that comes from a site that doesn’t lie in the southern parts of the Margaret River. It comes as no surprise that it is more brash and fuller than the other two wines. … Continue reading

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2012 McHenry Hohnen Calgardup Brook Vineyard Chardonnay

This is the second year I’ve been gifted the opportunity to taste the McHenry Hohnen single vineyard Chardonnays together. I’m not as familiar with these sites and names as I am with say, the Giant Steps models in the Yarra … Continue reading

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2011 Voyager Esate Girt by Sea Cabernet Merlot

An affable, early drinking Cabernet Merlot blend executed well. BlackBerry, mulberries, bay leaf, chocolate milkshake oak. Some eucalypt and pencil shavings with a suggestion of Kalamata olives. Fleshy enough in the mouth. The tannin lacks a little sophistication but overall the wine … Continue reading

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2013 Voyager Estate Sauvignon Blanc Semillon

Sees a small amount of oak and some lees contact. I’m unsure of the exact make-up of the blend. Lacks some intensity. Musky, salty aromas mingle with gooseberry, mashed banana, pear and herbs. It goes ok. 88 Region: Margaret River … Continue reading

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