Melbourne, Australia. Trying to get to know Aussie red.
Beautiful black/red fruit mix. Medium to full bodied with an amazing chocolate that cycles through in waves. Lightly spiced/herbs, each taste brings something different forward. The tannin is gorgeous - fine but well-defined. Great density across the lot but still light, fresh and balanced. Would love to have tried this over a few nights - but it was gone in a couple of hours. — 5 months ago
In the UK, so thought I would actually try the Yellow Tail phenomenon. What a fruit bomb! Way too sweet. With air it became strongly medicinal with aniseed, blackberry and clovey spice. Can’t help but feel if the sweetness was dialled back, it might actually be ok for its price. — 6 months ago
After some travel and euro wines, the Aussie menthol / eucalypt in this jumped out at me. Love it. Earthy, savoury, less red fruited than I remember, ripe but balanced, fine tannin leaving a dry finish. After 3 or 4 hours the leatheriness had developed nicely, my last glass was the best, although not quite the heights of the prior vintage. — 5 months ago
What a smell. 4 hour decant but fruit filled perfume still leaps from the very last glass. Black fruited with raspberry highlights, full bodied but fresh with thick soft tannin that frames everything perfectly. Earthy, with a herbal, leafy presence and ripe fruits but savoury finish. One bottle left :(
— 4 months ago
Just outside Barcelona, Catalan country - Denominació d'Origen Montsant. Grenache/Carignan blend. This was a bottle shop recommendation - trying to find something dry. Thought I’d go with it. Very dark with a purple hue, deep dark raspberry, with dark cherry and blueberry hints, earthy, mild spice, ripe but savoury with focused fruit, grunty tannin and tending-to dry finish. 10€, great value. Trying to avoid rioja at the moment, and this did the job nicely. — 6 months ago