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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

dArenberg 2012 Ironstone Pressings: Wine Review

For many winemakers and many regions of South Australia 2012 vintage was a relief.  Ideal ripening conditions, on top of the previous wet winter meant vines were healthy and fruit in top quality. So expectations are pretty high for the 2012 releases, let alone those icon wines from top producers like d’Arenberg. Ironstone Pressings

The  d’Arenberg Ironstone Pressings as always impressed me as a blend.  The 2010 Ironstone Pressings was memorable. The 2012 release is a blend of 70% Grenache, 25% Shiraz and 5% Mourvedre. The Grenache dominance brings with it gorgeous floral and violet lightness, followed by a gamey meat savouriness.  Its very complex with many layers developing and showing itself.

On the palate definitely at the savoury end of the spectrum; warm sun-baked McLaren Vale earth, fresh sour cherry. The complex flavours linger and continue to unfold. The tannins are fine and somewhat drying, but the wine is still soft and lively.  Very enjoyable drinking now and as with all their icon releases will develop over the next decade. The d’Arenberg Ironstone Pressings is good value at $65.

RRP $65
Alc 14.4%
Region: McLaren Vale
Source: Provided by producer

dArenberg 2012 Derelict Vineyard Grenache: Wine Review

McLaren Vale has been a great proponent of the Grenache variety.  Its suits the warmer climate of the Mediterranean region. While it can be at risk of over yielding, and higher sugar and therefore alcohol, careful vineyard management can produce stunning examples.  d’Arenberg have been advocates of Grenache and especially older vine Grenache.darenberg Derelict Vineyard Grenache

The 2012 Derelict Vineyard Grenache, comes from a resurrected bush-vine vineyard. Restoring these vineyards has been a time consuming labour of love for the d’Arenberg team. The result is a wine with aromas of warmed earth, cola, spices and white pepper. No hints of confectionery, but plenty of fruit.  Ripe raspberries, and plenty of ripe darker fruit leap about.  It looks almost Shiraz like in colour.

On the palate its definitely bigger bodied than some Grenache’s, with more tannin and intensity – again making me think of Shiraz. Flavours of sour cherries, white pepper and warm spices. Nice fresh acidity balances the ripeness. Finishing with more savoury edge. Some may choose to cellar for a few years for the tannin to soften, but it could also be a gateway drug for those Shiraz lovers wanting to explore the Grenache style more.

Alcohol: 14.2%
RRP: $29
Region: McLaren Vale, SA
Source: Provided by producer

Elderton 2012 Greenock One Shiraz: Tasting Note

Elderton greenock-oneThe newish Elderton vineyard located in the Barossa Valley’s western side of Greenock was purchased in 2010. It makes a great contribution to the existing Barossa vineyards, and has established vines from ranging 20 – 35 years of age. Within the Greenock range there is the Shiraz “Greenock One”, a GSM “Greenock Two”, and interestingly the “Western Ridge” composed of Grenache and Carignan.

The Elderton Greenock One Shiraz is a sensational value modern style of Barossa Shiraz. On the nose there is fresh red berries, dark plums, subtle cedary oak in the background. Hints of earth and roasted meats.

On the palate its fresh and lively – medium to full bodied. Dark boysenberry and dark plum. Sweet spices (cinnamon, vanilla, star anise), charred meats, with a soy edge. Alluring. Easily matched with charred lamb with a touch of fat, and a tomato relish.

Alcohol: 14.5%
RRP: $28
Region: Barossa
Source: Provided by producer

Primo Estate 2012 Zamberlan Cabernet Sangiovese: Tasting Note

The Primo Estate 2012 Zamberlan (Cabernet Sangiovese) is made using the Primo Estate Zamberlan Italian ripasso technique. Newly fermented young Sangiovese and Cabernet Sauvignon is pumped over the dried grape skins from the JOSEPH Moda for additional fermentation. The wine is then pressed and barrel aged.

Lusciously herbaceous Cabernet aromas lead out from the front, hints of dark chocolate adding to the intensity. On the palate the herbaceousness continues, along with the chocolate. Ripe dark fruit, some dried fig and a savoury edge, add to the complexity.  Grippy drying tannins call out for food to provide a counterpoint.  Oak is noticeable at the end, but time will integrate things more.

Alcohol: 14.5%
RRP: $35.00
Region: McLaren Vale
Source : Sample

2012 Wirra Wirra Angelus Cabernet Sauvignon: Tasting Note

Given the substantial proportion of Shiraz planted in McLaren Vale (approximately 51% of 2013 vintage), I’m pleasantly surprised when I rediscover Cabernet in the region.  McLaren Vale is a great region for showing off the vast array of subregional variation – a combination of different climates, altitudes, and about 19 different soil types.  Consequently, picking out the cooler spots in McLaren Vale can yield some sensational parcels of Cabernet.

2012 Wirra Wirra Angelus

Wirra Wirra Angelus

Earlier I looked at the perennial favourite Wirra Wirra Church Block, which has a good dollop of Cabernet Sauvignon in there.  While at the other end of the portfolio price list, the Wirra Wirra 2012 Angelus again shows that McLaren Vale can do Cabernet Sauvignon very well.  The perfume was quite apparent in the room without overwhelming. And I use the term perfume in particular, as the Angelus was distinctly floral (old fashioned rose), complemented by dark ripe fruit, warm spices, and hints of chocolate/choc-mint.

On the palate the  2012 Wirra Wirra Angelus Cabernet Sauvignon was super fine, with slowing building adhesive tannins.  Precisely balanced, mid to full body, with no noticeable alcohol heat. While not a massive wine, but with persistence of flavour that lingers with great poise.  Showing the usual suspects of dark fruit, blueberries, ripe black cherry. Suggestions of herbaceousness, and a subtle herbal sage character.  With 15 months in French oak and only 20% new, the oak character is definitely in the background. Probably explaining the silky smooth mouthfeel.

Food match: roast lamb studded with rosemary and roasted garlic.

RRP $70
Alc 14.0%
Region: McLaren Vale
Source: Provided by producer