Reilly’s 2015 Watervale Riesling: Wine Review

Riesling is one of the classic varieties which I adore.  Drink them young and fresh or let them develop into something altogether different with 15-20 years of bottle age.Reillys Riesling

This Reilly’s Watervale Riesling is from 2015, so obviously tasted as a young and fresh style. But with the bursting fruit, lots of freshness and a very persistent flavour definitely has me thinking this would be even more sensational in 10-15 years time.

On the nose there are beautiful floral notes, freshly squeezed citrus and a slight spicy edge. On the palate, the Reillys Riesling is packed full of fresh tropical fruit, unripe pineapple and lime juice.  A touch of citrus pith adds a bit of grip. The flavours (and acidity) linger for a longer than I can hold my concentration. At a recommended retail price of $22 its very good value.

Also read our reviews of the Reillys Sangiovese and Reillys Tempranillo.

Alcohol: 12.5%
Price: $22
Region: Clare Valley, SA
Source: Provided by producer

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‘Old Tom’ – A Champion Spirit

A traditional gin flavoured with native plants and distilled in the wilds of South Australia’s Kangaroo Island has taken out the Champion’s Trophy in the Australian Distilled Spirits Awards handed out by the Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria in Melbourne overnight. KIS Old Tom

Old Tom’ – crafted by Kangaroo Island Spirits at its Cygnet River distillery near Kingscote – boasts a distinctly Australian flavor enhanced by the inclusion of foliage from the coastal Daisy bush, native Juniper and locally grown Lemon Myrtle and Aniseed Myrtle leaves.  Its makers then doff their hats to tradition by ageing the unique gin in French oak for a short time in the spirit of early London expressions.

The Champion Gin Trophy is a major accolade for Kangaroo Island Spirits (KIS) owners Jon and Sarah Lark, who have been pursuing their dream of creating a uniquely Australian, world class gin seven days a week for just over a decade.

“As passionate Australian craft distillers and committed food and wine ambassadors for Brand Kangaroo Island, we are delighted to celebrate this win and our product’s success,” the Larks said.

“We like to think that Old Tom represents the unique attributes of the place it stems from and reflects the personalities of Kangaroo Islanders – wild, fun, sensitive, rural, ecological, old, new, caring, special, true to their history and roots and above all, great value!

“Visitors to Kangaroo Island can experience those characteristics first hand – and those who can’t visit can taste it every time they sip a glass of Old Tom because the flavours and freshness of Kangaroo Island live in every bottle.”

Supplies of Old Tom are limited and only available by phone on 08 8553 9211.  Other Kangaroo Island Spirits products and further information is available by visiting www.kispirits.com.au

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Reillys 2013 Sangiovese: Wine Review

Its always good to see a wine that tastes like the variety is supposed to. Not just some wishy-wash dry red from the South-eastern part of a continent. The Reilly’s Dry Land Sangiovese is true to label.  Reillys Sangiovese

On the nose there ripe dark fruit, but supported by hints of savoury black tea and a herbal sage edge. On the palate lots of acidity, and lovely sour cherries. Again more savoury black tea characters.  Tannins are textural but don’t dominate. While its a medium bodied Sangiovese, it does have a touch 5% of Cabernet Sauvignon to probably give it a little more body. But you know its a Sangiovese with the usual characteristics there.

The freshness of the wine (and probably a good dose of Italian wine sterotypes) would suggest tomato based pasta dishes, or something a little more hearty and slow cooked.

 

Alcohol: 14.5%
Price: $25
Region: Clare Valley, SA
Source: Provided by producer

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Singlefile 2015 Pinot Gris: Wine Review

Pemberton in Western Australia is probably not as well known as it should be. While only a mere 400km from Perth, its a region which is essentially still emerging, despite the first initial vines being planted in 1977.

Singlefile Wines, based in Denmark, Western Australia, has been producing since 2007 from previously established vineyards. They source some fruit from the Pemberton region as well as a number of others in the area. Singlefile Pinot Gris

The 2015 Pinot Gris shows complex aromas of lemon curd, subtle spice, and musky fruit. On the palate its refreshing and fuller in style with a hint of richness. Lots of lovely acidity. Flavours of fresh pomelo citrus, and poached spiced pear. Packed full of texture and complexity. It could suit a richer seafood dish with a beurre blanc sauce.

Alcohol: 12.7%
Price: $30
Region: Pemberton, WA
Source: Provided by producer

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Reillys 2012 Tempranillo: Wine Review

Clare Valley is often in the shadow of its nearby cousin, Barossa. There is a vast range of varieties, besides the sensational Rieslings. Everything from Sangiovese, and Tempranillo through to more ‘alternative’ varieties like Barbera and Gruner Veltliner.

The Reillys Tempranillo has that soft and supple easy drinking attitude which could easily get you into trouble. On the nose there are gentle aromas of black Reillys Temptea, roast meats and a floral sweetness. On the palate there is more restraint: ripe dark berries, dark cherries, with subtle vanilla spice. The oak is unobtrusive, despite being in French oak for 18 months. Tannins are soft and dusty.

Its an easy drinking, medium bodied wine which would work well with roast Saltbush Clare Valley lamb studded with rosemary.

Alcohol: 14.5%
Price: $25
Region: Clare Valley, SA
Source: Provided by producer

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Wirra Wirra 2013 RSW Shiraz: Wine Review

The Wirra Wirra RSW Shiraz is wine is named after Robert Strangways Wigley, a noted South Australian eccentric and cricketer who established Wirra Wirra back in 1894. Its seems that McLaren Vale is particularly good at producing ‘interesting’ characters, as well as great Shiraz even to this day.

Wirra Wirra RSW

Wirra Wirra RSW

On the nose there a complex array of fruit, ranging from lighter red berries to dark ripe plums.  Some powder cocoa aromas as well as dusty earth.

On the palate its rich and ripe, but nothing over extracted. Dark berries, ripe plums, and some hints of mocca or dark chocolate. Not really showing the typical McLaren Vale olive character which is sometimes found in wines of the region. Its shows both power and restraint simultaneously.  The RSW Shiraz would complement slow cooked meat dished, preferable in the middle of winter, with or without friends.

Needless to say the Wirra Wirra RSW will easily cellar for 10-15 years, with substantial tannins supporting it for the long haul.

RRP $70
Alc 14.5%
Region: McLaren Vale
Source: Provided by producer

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