O’Leary Walker Watervale Riesling 2021

Riesling fans – back up the truck as this is a gorgeous expression of Watervale and the 2021 vintage which represents superb value. Pale straw in colour with green tinges, it has the classic delicacy and fruit brightness of a serious wine from Watervale. There are piercing aromas of wet stones, citrus peel and white flowers with the

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Hoosegg Magic Monkey Shiraz 2017

A beautiful example of cool climate shiraz here with a touch of cabernet sauvignon, just 3%, which adds another level of complexity. Superb colour before very attractive and enticing aromas – white pepper, charcuterie and fleshy mulberries all wrapped up in a cloak of high quality oak with fantastic detail all round. The palate takes a more serious turn with its excellent fruit precision underpinned by firm acidity and mouthcoating tannins which come together to drive a long but measured finish. Still a little closed, this is a wine that will be at its best over the medium term.

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Hoosegg Magic Monkey Shiraz 2017

A beautiful example of cool climate shiraz here with a touch of cabernet sauvignon, just 3%, which adds another level of complexity. Superb colour before very attractive and enticing aromas – white pepper, charcuterie and fleshy mulberries all wrapped up in a cloak of high quality oak with fantastic detail all round. The palate takes a more serious turn with its excellent fruit precision underpinned by firm acidity and mouthcoating tannins which come together to drive a long but measured finish. Still a little closed, this is a wine that will be at its best over the medium term.

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Mitchell Wines Peppertree Vineyard Shiraz 2017

It’s strange to describe a four-year-old red as a work in progress but that’s how Peppertree Vineyard shiraz feels. Maybe it’s the sinewy tannins that meld so nicely, but continue to hold the wine oh so tight and firm. Maybe it’s the sense of refinement and reserve. It’s not singing full throttle, just yet. But the stage is set. Plum, raspberry, mulberry (more so than bold, blackberries) and gentle spice contribute to a feeling of elegance. A sweet core of fruit joins with earth, briar and a light dusting of toast, vanilla oak: controlled and respectful of the fruit. It’s

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Hoosegg Jade Moon Cabernet Franc 2017

Not many winemakers around Australia have got their heads around cabernet franc. But when done right this is a grape variety that can be every bit as good as cabernet sauvignon, if in a more elegant style. This version, with 7% merlot and 5% cabernet sauvignon, is the complete package with its deep colour followed by a beautifully complex and fragrant bouquet – leaf, graphite and violets over a rich bed of blackberries. Dry and only mid weight but it displays a powerful core of dark yet subtle fruits with a surprisingly firm structure before a long and impressive finish.

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Catalina Sounds Sound of White Barrel Fermented Sauvignon Blanc 2019

Super wine this and a great example of how well handed oak treatment can add so much interest to sauvignon blanc. You can see plenty of winemaking effort as it opens up with guava and floral aromatics well supported by powerful oatmeal barrel ferment and vanilla bean oak. There is plenty of oak here but it sits nicely in the wine. The palate is then dry and rich – exotic tropical fruits and oak again giving great impact which is then lifted by touches of leesy gunflint. It’s a serious food wine too for fancy veal or scallops.

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Catalina Sounds Sound of White Barrel Fermented Sauvignon Blanc 2019

Super wine this and a great example of how well handed oak treatment can add so much interest to sauvignon blanc. You can see plenty of winemaking effort as it opens up with guava and floral aromatics well supported by powerful oatmeal barrel ferment and vanilla bean oak. There is plenty of oak here but it sits nicely in the wine. The palate is then dry and rich – exotic tropical fruits and oak again giving great impact which is then lifted by touches of leesy gunflint. It’s a serious food wine too for fancy veal or scallops.

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Sordo Rocche di Castiglione Riserva Barolo, Italy 2008

A fine and savoury, now nicely mature Nebbiolo in a rather traditional style from Rocche di Castiglione, one of the most exceptional vineyards in Barolo. Classic Barolo aromas of dark cherry, cranberry, desiccated roses, tar, dried blood and leather – almost like a piece of well-preserved antique furniture!  The focused, balsamic-driven palate is complete with leathery and tarry red fruit, rose water, river mint, liquorice alongside dense but ripe tannins, fresh acidity and a lingering amaro-like finish. Layered and complex, it just keeps showing and giving. Polished and ethereal!

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Sordo Rocche di Castiglione Riserva Barolo, Italy 2008

A fine and savoury, now nicely mature Nebbiolo in a rather traditional style from Rocche di Castiglione, one of the most exceptional vineyards in Barolo. Classic Barolo aromas of dark cherry, cranberry, desiccated roses, tar, dried blood and leather – almost like a piece of well-preserved antique furniture!  The focused, balsamic-driven palate is complete with leathery and tarry red fruit, rose water, river mint, liquorice alongside dense but ripe tannins, fresh acidity and a lingering amaro-like finish. Layered and complex, it just keeps showing and giving. Polished and ethereal!

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