Kansas Trademark


Shiraz 2011

In the Wendouree hierarchy of Cuvées the straight Shiraz is generally considered the premium with some of the vines dating back to the 1880s in age. Aromas of blackberry and aniseed with touches of mint. Not too much of the trademark Menthol/Eucalyptus found in most Wendouree Reds. Palate is a mixture of black and red fruits with a savouriness - earthy iron notes. 2011 was not a good vintage in South Australia as vintage conditions were very wet. I would normally not approach Wendouree reds under 15 years of age but because of the vintage I decided to open this. It still has another 10 years of life in front of it. The old vine material proves its worth even in poor vintages. Wendouree Shiraz is in the top Langtons Classification of Exceptional along with Grange and Hill of Grace. — 2 years ago

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Leeuwin Estate

Art Series Margaret River Chardonnay 2009

Mid yellow in colour. Nose of really ripe grapefruit and that trademark dried pear character. Good to see the oak dialled back in this Art series from their previous big style. This is an excellent new world Chardonnay (more Stone fruit than citrus/grapefruit) drinking at its peak. Wonderful Balance- medium minus acid with medium plus intensity. Consistent with previous notes from October 2019 and also 86 weeks ago. — 4 years ago

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Winderlea Vineyard and Winery

Pinot Noir 2017

Purchased this little gem while traveling and I'm thoroughly enjoying it.

Bright with fresh berries on the pallet. The finish is slightly bitter.

I must admit that I'm in a hotel room during an early snow in Kansas, listening to Edith Piaf on my bluetooth speaker. Thus, the only glassware available is your typical thin plastic hotel cup.

But, I cannot complain. I truly cannot complain.

— 4 years ago


Little Wine # 5 Red Blend

Prior notes apply. Always a pleasure to drink a Sami-Odi red wine - great as the weather cools down in Autumn. Plum and chocolate with those trademark silky tannins from mainly old vine fruit. An assemblage of casks from 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 - all good years. — 3 years ago

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Bob McDonald

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@Scott Rowe Hi Scott - I made a tasting booking for 2 At 11am on Wednesday 31st March at Shaw and Smith. Hope to catch up if you are around.
Scott Rowe

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No worries Bob. I shall cancel your previous 12 o’clock sitting. Cheers.


Hill of Grace Vineyard Shiraz 1992

Dark Ruby with a tawny rim. Savoury plum with earthy dusty notes on the nose. Trademark H of G silky palate with sweetness and a little barnyard - medium weight but with M plus intensity. Still on the plateau in its 27th year verging on its 28th. Easily Australia’s best single vineyard Shiraz bearing in mind that Penfolds Grange is multi regional. A lovely old Australian Shiraz with its ancient old vines - always delivers. I will drink my last one in the next 6 to 12 months. — 4 years ago

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Dunn Vineyards

Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 1991

This hasn’t yet shed its trademark austerity even at 30 years. It was actually better day 2(!) This was built to last to put it mildly and has a gruff, craggy nobility befitting its mountainous origins. Dried black fruits (plums and currants), pepper, leather, graphite, violets, chocolate, cloves — 3 years ago

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Matt Duncan

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Fabulous! 🍇


Yogi-Berry Blackberry 2019

Yogi-Berry is a great sweet blackberry wine. Not near as acidic as many other black berries we have tried. — 3 years ago

NightHawk Winery

Reserve Red Dry Red Blend

A little bit behind but wanted to get this KS wine listed. Enjoyed this while watching the KC Chiefs win their first Super Bowl in 50 yrs!! Great victory and great KS wine to enjoy. — 4 years ago

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Azienda Agricola Le Ragnaie

Brunello di Montalcino Sangiovese 2013

Quality check on Le Raganie Brunello di Montalcino 2013 and what a showstopper, starting off a bit shy but evolves into a layered complexity with plenty of finesse, with four hours in the decanter its hard to raise your nose from the glass. Red, very vibrant fruit is backed up by dried spices and pronounced but balanced savoury complexity of forrest floor and crushed stones. A subtle volatile lift brings further complexity. Fresh palate with, fine grained tannins and a tactile sensation that brings the wine throughout its long finish. Not Brunello, its a trademark Ragnaie! — 4 years ago

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