Category Archives: Margaret River

2011 Evans & Tate Metricup Road Shiraz

Increasingly 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 … Continue reading

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2012 Evans & Tate Metricup Road Semillon Sauvignon Blanc

Interesting 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 … Continue reading

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2013 Evans & Tate Metricup Road Chardonnay

Regional 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 … Continue reading

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2010 Madfish Pinot Noir

Fruit 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 … Continue reading

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2011 Madfish Premium Red

A blend of 46% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot, 7% Tempranillo, 3% Pinot Noir, 2% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot sourced primarily from the Margaret River and the Great Southern regions And no, I did not successfully pick each of … Continue reading

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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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