6th Dec 2010
With warm balmy days ahead, nothing like sitting out on the deck
anticipating the cooling winds of the thunderstorm whilst cracking open
these full-bodied whites. Enjoy!
||The Colonial Estate
Sauvignon Blanc 2010, Adelaide Hills, SA
$1$13 from getwinesdirect. Almost clear with a green-gold tinge.
Youthful fussy talc-like perfume of passionfruit, dew-drenched old
lychee flesh crushed with sapling grass. Dry, full-bodied white with
high acidity. Grapefruit flavours dominate with grassy gravel
minerality on the mid-palate. At 13% alc, this is a well-balanced
wine with a rounded texture in the mouth and has a long fruity
finish. A very smart wine at the discounted price. Drink now.
||Tscharke Girl Talk Savagnin
2010, Barossa Valley, SA
$21 direct from Damien Tscharke. Pale yellow lemon colour. Coy
youthful nose, diffuse aromas of pear lignin, a creamy sensation of
soaking wolfsberry with Swedish alps river pebbles. Clean refreshing
acidity on the palate, this is a dry, fuller bodied white wine with
nectarine and apricot skin bitterness and a peachy finish. 12.5%
alc. A steely tanginess on the finish makes this ideal with stewed
chilli meat balls in tomato sauce. Drink now. 91/100.
7th Dec 2010
||The Colonial Estate
Expatrie Reserve Semillon 2007, Barossa Valley, SA
$1$15 from getwinesdirect. Lovely pale lemon gold colour with a tinge
of green. Ripe fruity aromas leap from the glass. Aromas of
buttery white cream sauce with a generous splash of lemon juice,
hint of white pepper and dried
parsley. There is a touch of French oak too. Dry, full-bodied old
vine Semillon with an incredible amount of ripe acidity. Intense
lemon, green peel and crushed pith flavours contained in a waxy,
expansive mouth-feel with steely grassy hints. The fresh finish
lingers on the tip of your tongue for a long, long time. Brilliant
paired with Mother Meg's almond butter balls, give it a go! Drink now - 2020.
Tscharke 'Eva' Savagnin 2010, Barossa Valley, SA
$15 direct from Damien Tscharke. Pale grassy yellow in colour. A
very coy, tissue-wrapped aroma profile of rose florals, white guava
scents, drop of crushed cranberry and hint of dusty quartz. Spritely
flavours of baking spice, green pear flesh and guava with a touch of
zip on the palate. Not overly sweet, only 8.5% alc and balanced out
by an appropriate level of acidity. The label indicates 'Frizzante'
but I would have enjoyed even more spritz in this. I'm really
enjoying this while I await the next spell of December rain. Drink
8th Dec 2010
Barry Jud's Hill Riesling 2010, Clare Valley, SA
Brian Barry OAM is a renown veteran of the SA wine circuit having
done the yards as Jimmy Watson winning winemaker and as a respected
wine judge. Nowadays, the wine making responsibilities lie with his
son, Judson, after who this label has been named. Clear, pale lemon
colour. Clean, youthful nose of sweet lemon citrus sugar, lemon
slate and a hint of curry leaf. Dry, medium-bodied wine with 12.5%
alc and med+ acidity. A soothing, broad mouth feel, flavours of
lemon, hints of orange citrus and honeydew. A nice finish but the
fruit drops off a little too quick in the lower front palate. Only
$11 from getwinesdirect, worth getting a 6-pack. Drink now - 2015.
10th Dec 2010
Dan Eggleton's Yet-To-Be-Named Riesling 2010,
Eden Valley, SA
Clear pale lemon gold colour with fine legs. Clean youthful aromas
of lemon, lemon rind and crushed slate rock, twist of lime citrus. Dry,
full-bodied wine with high acidity. Intense flavours of lemon, lemon pith
and ripe lime juice on the tip of the tongue, waxy texture on the mid-palate
with a finish of grapefruit. Easy fruity finish. Drink now - 2022+. 92+/100.
Rieslingfreak No.3 2010, Clare Valley, SA
$25 direct from John Hughes. Clear pale lemon colour with fine legs.
A blast of clean, intense and youthful aromas of cold lime talc,
crushed limestone slate rock, kaffir lime leaf and rind, hint of
sesame seed in the back. Dry, full-bodied wine with 12% alc and an
initial rich, ripe lime citrus then lemon pith and sugars kick in.
An easy long finish as the fruity flavours fade out. Pure riesling.
Drink now - 2025+. 94/100.
15th Dec 2010
Bridge Wines Riesling 2010, Clare Valley, SA
Very pale gold with green tinge.
Youthful green lime and waxy lemon rind aromas. Dry, full-bodied
wine with high level of lemony acidity on the back palate. 12.2%
alc. The lime citrus and lemon rind flavours are developed, and
should drink well over the next 5 years. 89/100.
Garden Path 2006 Shiraz Cabernet, Langhorne Creek, SA
14.5% alc, black ruby colour with
garnet rim. Heated aromas of plum, black cherry with a hint of aged
oak. Very spicy blackcurrant and ripe plum flavours. A basic wine.