Howard Park Cabernet Sauvignon 2002 (Magnum)
Smells like peppermint chocolate and old cedar chests stuffed with camphor. Blackberry and blackcurrant, some tobacco and the like, grainy tannin, quite tangy acidity, and dry tannin on the finish. It’s still quite rich, but certainly it’s an unusual flavour profile. There’s some cooler, spice and capsicum flavours in the mix too. It’s not going to fall over anytime soon, though I’m not sure it’s going to get any better either. Not the easiest wine to love either. Idiosyncratic, for sure. Gary Walsh-Wine Front
Wynns 'John Riddoch' Cabernet Sauvignon 1993
First made in 1982, the John Riddoch Cabernet Sauvignon was conceived as a flagship wine for the Wynns portfolio. The wine honours pasturalist and parliamentarian John Riddoch, who was the largest land-owner in South Australia’s south-east corner. With his brother George, the two owned the freehold to more than 70,000 acres.
John Riddoch Cabernet Sauvignon is made in small quantities from the best available fruit grown on the estate’s extensive Cabernet plantings. It has become the definitive Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon, and is arguably richer and more concentrated than any other wine in the region.
Made only in years when grapes of extraordinarily high quality are available; less than one per cent of the top Cabernet grapes are used to make it.
Coriole 'Lloyd Reserve' Shiraz 1996
Lloyd Reserve is produced from the oldest Shiraz vineyard at Coriole, planted in 1919, and was first retained as a separate wine in 1989. Very complex aromas of blackberry, plums, spice and chocolate. A rich very succulent palate and gentle tannins. This wine shows great attraction to consume when young or can be cellared for many years.
Brokenwood 'Graveyard' Shiraz 2001
From its first release in 1991, the Graveyard Vineyard Shiraz was listed by the Langton’s Classification of Australian Wine as ‘Outstanding’ on every release until 2010, when it was elevated to the highest category of ‘Exceptional’ and has remained for each release since. The wines are ripe yet elegant on release with the use of large format oak helping to integrate tannin and fruit sweetness. Medium bodied with great sturecture, Graveyard is a wine that shows its best from 10 years of age onwards.
The Graveyard Vineyard Shiraz was named after original plans for the site which was to be a cemetery within Pokolbin, however it was never used as such. The first single vineyard selection for the Graveyard Vineyard was in 1983. Originally planted with Shiraz and Cabernet, the heavy clay soil resulted in vintages of low yield but with extraordinary concentration of flavour in the berries, providing a distinctive and premium wine style. Today the 15 hectare Graveyard Vineyard comprises solely of Shiraz and is broken up into a number of blocks named in good Brokenwood fun; Pa’s, 7 Acre, Bush, Duck’s, Road, Middle, End, Kat’s and Dog’s, State of Origin, Vegas and Trees.
Pizzini Brachetto 2016
Pink, fizzy and refreshingly sweet.
Eloquesta Shiraz Petit Verdot 2014
The colour is a core of purple and dark cherry red. The nose expresses violets, cherry blossom, roses and blueberry confection. The palate has a ripe blue and blackberry-ness along with dark plums and cranberry. It has a juicy soft mid-palate and richness that is slippery and balanced but also has oil-slicing-acid on the length just to show you "I'm here for a long time .. and a good time as well"....
Chateau de Brigue Rose 2016
Modern in packaging and clean in style, this is the estate's excellent entry wine. A juicy and fruit forward release, it's crisp with red currant and strawberry fruit, a gentle saline tang, easy to drink as ever, and builds complexity once in the mouth. Certainly refreshing, though fans out on the palate with a surprisingly detailed finish of mineral salts. 55% Grenache, 45% Cinsault.
Envinate 'Taganan' Tinto 2014
Envinate 'Taganan' Blanco 2015
Taganan Blanco is a village wine from the island of Tenerife, a field blend including Listan Blanco, Albillo Criollo, Marmajuelo, Gual, Malvasia, Vijariego Blanco and Bastardo Blanco. Taganan is the historic name for the rugged mountainous area on the North Eastern edge of Tenerife
Stella Bella Semillon Sauvignon Blanc 2016
Fresh, fruit forward character bursting with crushed citrus and nectarine, this is supported by musk and nutty aromatics with a savoury yet subtle biscuit character. Medium bodied and nicely weighted in the mouth, the palate is mouth filling and textural, the mid palate has the flesh and generosity of semillon with sauvignon blanc providing aromatics.63% Semillon and 37% Sauvignon Blanc.
Krinklewood Wild Red 2016
This wild red is a lovely deep cherry red & displays dried spice with lifted notes of black plums and violets. These characters are underpinned by classic earthy characters of the savoury oak.