This is Clonakilla’s signature Shiraz Viognier blend. Very peppery from a lighter year in the Canberra district. Barb thought aromas of a spice drawer (nutmeg) and I have seen Halliday use the term “Arabian Nights” in similar vein. Light to medium bodied. Love the style but this is more elegant than usual. — 14 days ago
Aromas of Spice Pepper Cherry and Mineral (Ironstone soils). Medium to full bodied with an elegant tannin structure. Lacking the ripe fruit flavours of a Barossa Shiraz because of its cool climate continental origins. From Gundagai in Southern NSW near the Canberra District. — 22 days ago
The funny thing is that you aspect a crisp vertical wine and I dare to say this label is exceptionally well made every vintage I have tasted. Potential to age unlimited
You get so much flesh with chablis like minerality which you very rarely meet
Yes still super young but also very enjoyable already — 19 hours ago
Magnum, blind tasted
At first it resembled a white Burgundy, a Chateaunnef-du-Pape blanc or a Gruner Smaragd from the Wachau
So toasty it was hard to tell that it was only a 12yo Semillon and I dare anyone to guess this wine didn't touch oak
Very elegant, super easy drinking
It went down too quickly, maybe we were too many — 10 days ago
This is very good. Restrained class. Pure, concentrated but not heavy. Plumb, brambles, and some spice on the nose. Quite rich and sweet on the front palate - plumb, black fruit, savoury spice. But then a sour peppery element kicks in which carries the pure fruit through to a long finish. — 21 days ago
I nice level of tartness. Pretty smooth — 4 days ago
🇦🇺 here we go.
Red Ozzie with the expected young & lively label. A Shiraz & durif blend.
My weekend red had some petit syrah (=durif) in it so this is supposedly known territories.
Blackish and dense red 👁️
Dried dark fruit with some mint and smoke and tree leaves on the background 👃
Full body with smooth silkness - the boldness Ozzie wine is known for.
Ripe Raspberry and cherry, coffee, vanilla and hints of tobbaco 👄
Light and pleasant dry 🎯 Tannins are there but are very soft.
A well made one.
Paired surprisingly well with Roma style pizza, one with artichoke and the second with spicy (supposedly) pepperoni. Adding some chipotle Tabasco or sriracha to the slice made the wine hotter but still nice.
Very good vfm (about 60 nis as part of half case of a world variety I got delivered)
Next up is a 100% durif. I'm curious. — 4 days ago
2013 Sami-Odi Syrah DW-OLD
Thought I’d open something from my favorite Australian producer, @fraser_mckinley, in honor of the start of the Formula 1 Season in Melbourne. (Nice start for my man Max Verstappen and the new Red Bull partnership with Honda). My first and only bottle of the 2013, decanted for 3 hours. 14.4% alcohol. It appears a deep, dark, black hole in the Zalto stem. Nose of dark berries, clove-and-cinnamon and dried fruits, with some forest floor and floral notes in the background. On the palate, rich dark fruits with a cedary tannin. Wonderful acidity. Full-bodied, fresh, rich and complex. Lengthy finish. My recollection is that Fraser told me that 2013 was a difficult year with the entire first fruit being destroyed by frost, and then there was a second set. Always amazes me that these challenging years always seem to produce the most memorable vintages. I’m a big fan of Fraser’s work. — 4 days ago