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Concha Y Toro Terrunyo Riesling 2013

Torres Terrunyo-Riesling

The fruit for this wine comes off the coastal Block 6, Los Boldos Vineyard in Chile’s Casablanca Valley. Even though it is coastal, the mild summer days are tempered by very cool nights down to 2oC. Last year, this Riesling won the Best Riesling in a wine competition just for the new world, the Six Nation Wine Challenge, a new world wine competition.

There is no doubt that this is a classic Riesling and is Kabinett-like. Zesty, sherberty lime and perfumed spicy blossom rise from the glass. Sweet fruit is balanced impeccably with a backbone fresh acid and that lime deepens into grapefruit and stonefruit on the palate. The flush of flavour lingers as the texture soothes. Drink in that freshness now or hold for a few years to let that honey develop.

Date:  9th October 2014   Price:     Value: $   Drink: Now – 3 years

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Zontes 2013 Violet Beauregard Malbec

 In celebration of World Malbec Day ….

Zontes MalbecAs the name suggests, the Violet Beauregard is a youthful vibrant purple hued wine. It also has some attractive floral notes to pretty up the more savoury aspects of earth, dried herb and sweet liquorice and cherry fruit. Peppery, spicy fruit lands in the mouth and makes itself known. While the powdery tannins do their thing and the warm alcohol provides that added lift, it is the juicy squishy Malbec fruit that really is the queen here. The Violet Beauregard has ahh! factor and is one classy chic.

Date:  February 2015   Price:  $25    Value: $$   Drink: Now – 5+ years

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Rymill mc2 2012

Rymill2009mc2landThis wine is one of the Rymill Coonawarra Companions range and is a Bordeaux blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc made for enjoyment, made for food. Winemaker Sandrine Gimon turns her deft hand to ensuring that the fruit in the bottle remains the hero. Not only expressing sweet ripe, peppery black fruit, but some added complexity of savoury mint, cigar and chocolate.

Elegantly built with silky tannins on entry finishing with some grip. Brown spice and dried herbs meld with fresh berry fruit leave a lasting impression. The mc2 is gluggable now but is built for a mid term sojourn in the cellar.

Date:  August 2014   Price:  $20    Value: $$$   Drink: Now – 7+ years

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Domaine Serge Dagueneau & Filles ‘Tradition’ 2012 AOC Pouilly Fume

sDagueneauTraditionIf you are splashing out on Sauvignon Blanc and not thinking of Pouilly Fume, you are missing out. It has the personality to make it a very fun dinner companion for starters and there is nothing hard or brash about it. Additionally, it has that extra facet of light flinty smokiness that Pouilly Fume is known for.

Pretty floral, ripe grapefruit and nectarine fruit are softened by creamy spices from resting ‘sur lie’ for a few months. That time on lees gives a fullness to the body as well as a roundness to the acid. On the palate, the vibrant fruit takes on a herbaceous nuance but it is the silk and floral fruit that leaves a lasting impression.

Doesn’t need food, but it is a versatile wine and seafood or fish will be a good match.

Date:  7th March 2015   Price: $35+    Value: $$   Drink: Now – 3 years

visit: http://www.s-dagueneau-filles.fr for more information

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Rob Dolan True Colours Dry Rose 2013

roseIf you love pale dry rose, then you will have probably come across Rob Dolan from the Yarra Valley. The team have chosen Cabernet Sauvignon as the dominant grape here while many Australian rose winemakers choose shiraz or pinot as their grape of choice. Yarra Cabernet is known for its elegance and this is very apparent in this rose.

Fragrant and spicy raspberry, strawberry fruit is perfumed by some rose petal on the nose. Even though it is a pale rose, it falls into the fuller, not full, body realm. Ripe tannins give a slight grip on the otherwise smooth as silk polish and support the concentrated fruit weight. With a savoury spice and floral finish, the flavours hang around well into the next sip. An excellent choice for drinking with food although it certainly does not need it.

Date:  March 2015   Price:  $24    Value: $$   Drink: Now

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