Archive for the Australia Category

Yalumba, The Y Series Shiraz Viognier 2009, Southern Australia, Australia

The Yalumba Y Series Shiraz Viognier form 2009 has an interesting marketing feature on it's label, a removable tab that you can stick in your wallet and pull out the next time you are at the wine store to remind you to buy the same bottle, just in case you loved it so much.  Ingenious marketing ploy or a simple admission that this unusual marriage of Shiraz and Viognier just isn't that memorable on its own merit? Viognier which is used to make white wine is occasionally added to give the bold Read more [...]

St. Hallett Blackwell Shiraz 2008, Barossa, Australia

So what do you get what you pay three times the price of a Little Penguin for an Aussie Shiraz? If you get the 2008 St. Hallett Blackwell Shiraz you get your money's worth. Where the the low-end shiraz are strong they seem unbridled and even falsely concentrated – this wine has the strength and control of an Olympic gymnast performing on the still rings. When I poured the wine and saw the dark colour, I was afraid that it would be more of concentrated low-end stuff. I was wrong. The wine was Read more [...]

Jacob’s Creek Shiraz 2008, Australia.

When I smelled and tasted this wine, music wasn't necessarily the first sound that came to mind. It was the sound of some guy named Jacob walking across some “creaky” wood flooring – the same kind of planks that barrels are made of and added into certain wines to give them that wood barrel taste. The back of the bottle quotes Jacob's Creek winemaker Philip Laffer's product description as “Plum, pepper and spicy fruit flavours with subtle toasted oak.” and the front of the bottle states Read more [...]

Lindemans Bin 99 Pinot Noir 2009, South Eastern Australia

The first thing that strikes you about the Lindemans Pinot Noir is the colour. It's really dark. Approaching Malbec dark. With some reasonable oak on the nose, the wine does not smell any significant grape derived fragrances. The wine is refreshingly juicy and the raspberry is very easy to pick out – it doesn't take long for that flavour develop in the mouth and it makes you gulp it down because it might outstay it's welcome if you swish it around. This is definitely a Pinot Noir for folks that Read more [...]

Lindemans Bin 65 Chardonnay, Australia

Billboard magazine lists British singer songwriter David Gray on their Tastemaker album chart. This is a chart reserved for artists that don't get the big, big radio and TV hype, but make solid music regardless of the popular musical sub-genre the artist may find himself. Lindemans is a very successful wine maker from Australia. With a global reach, their wines, like Mr. Gray's music could be described as adult contemporary. Musically, Gray rarely holds things back. His sound is all about crisp clean, Read more [...]

Rosemount Estate Shiraz 2008, Australia

Remember Pete Sampras? Statiscally the best male tennis player of his time, powerful with a light touch, agile, efficient, proficient and consistently consistent? And yet, he never became a darling of the fans – not that he was snarly and snarky, he was just a tad bit boring. Rosemount Estate produces the Pete Sampras of Shiraz. A grand slam champion on multiple continents, this Australian manages to produce a great wine, without fanfare – and frankly it needs a little rounding out, much like Read more [...]
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