Oleary 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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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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St Hugo Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

When the planets align, not even a nasty black frost in November could impede what turned out to be an excellent vintage in Coonawarra. And of course, the benchmark expression from St Hugo pretty much says it all. I just loved this marvellous example of Coonawarra cabernet from the time I plonked my nose into those seductive alluring aromas. This is what the variety is all about in this famous cabernet region, with its brightness and pristine purity. The wine has that Coonawarra elegance and charm, but with power and intensity coursing through every sinew. Powdery tannins and silky fine

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Oleary 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 freshness and bite of a mountain stream. It is followed by a dry and taut palate, a picture of balance between pristine fruit and a core of fine yet firm acidity while retaining a delightfully silky texture. It’s a super wine, crowned

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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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