New tasting notes
This month sees a major tasting of cabernet sauvignon, cabernet blends and merlots, with a welter of great Aussie cabernets to choose from.
Blinders from Plantagenet (tasting), Flametree SRS (tasting), Evans & Tate Redbrook (tasting), Castelli (tasting), Penfolds Bin 8 Cabernet Shiraz (tasting – great value discovery), Laurance Icon (tasting), Xanadu Reserve (tasting) and Stevens Road (tasting), Leeuwin Estate Prelude (tasting), and Brown Brothers Patricia (tasting).
There’s a lot of good-value drinking in the semillon sauvignon blanc blends, and also the semillons and straight sauvignons.
If you want the best from New Zealand, the latest Greywacke Wild Sauvignon Blanc (tasting) should amply satisfy, as should the new one from Brancott Estate, Chosen Rows (tasting) – priced at (sharp intake of breath) $70.
There’s also an interest-packed array of imported reds, with a great-value $20 Cotes-du-Rhone, Les Courtilles 2011 (tasting); superb Chablis from Louis Moreau (tastings) and Olivier Tricon (tasting), and some lovely dolcettos and barberas from Azelia (tastings) and Brovia (tasting).
There’s also a heap of Australian alternative varieties, with Yalumba’s Virgilius (tasting) and Clonakilla (tasting) being the outstanding viogniers, Delatite’s beautiful gewürztraminer (tasting), a smart new rondinella corvina from Freeman (tasting), and two ripping zinfandels from Kangarilla Road (tasting) and Cape Mentelle (tasting).
Go get ‘em!