Murphy-Goode Liar’s Dice Zinfandel, Sonoma County 2009 $30 This is a great example of how tasty Californian zin can be. The spicy, raspberry, blackberry aromas are quite distinctive and the palate is sweet and juicy – not sugar-sweet but fruit-sweet. Tannins are light and soft
Domaine William Fevre Chablis Grand Cru Vaudesir, France 2011 $131 A very delicate, restrained style of Chablis with attractive spice and floral aromas without obvious sign of oak. Refreshing lightness as well as intensity of flavour, smooth and clean finishing. It’s deceptively delicate and the
Finca Flichman Paisaje de Tupungato Cabernet Malbec Merlot, Mendoza 2008 $48 A big, powerful, quite tannic red blend from one of Argentina’s top producers. There are minty, floral and squashed raspberry aromas giving it a lifted bouquet. A hint of walnut, too. The palate is
Isabel Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough 2013 $29 Isabel has for years been one of the better Marlborough savvies, concentrated and ripe, with stone-fruit and tropical aromas, passionfruit and pineapple as well as peach and grapefruit. It’s very fragrant and alluring, a delicious wine which is clean
Domaine William Fèvre Chablis AC, France 2012 $37 This classic unwooded Chablis is a light, bright shade of yellow and loaded with chalky, tangy mineral aromas, turning crisp and delicate in the mouth with mineral purity and no sign of oak or other artifact. It’s dry and
Christian Moueix Bordeaux AC, France 2010 $15 Pure merlot at an amazing price from one of Bordeaux’s most famous winemakers, owner of Chateau Petrus. Steely mineral bouquet with savoury barrel-matured (but not oaky) aromas, full in the mouth with a big, chewy tannin grip, lots
Forrest Pinot Noir, Marlborough 2012 $28 This is one of New Zealand’s best value pinots: nice and ripe, clean and expressing plenty of appealing primary fruit. High notes of spices and dried herbs; medium-full bodied without great extract but with energy and intensity. Very good
Bodegas Trapiche Finca Las Palmas Gran Reserva Malbec, Mendoza 2010 $38 This is a crackerjack malbec at a very reasonable price considering the quality. Impressively deep colour and a powerful bouquet featuring smoky charred oak and black fruits. Full-bodied and powerful, with concentration and extract.
Domaine La Vitalis Cairanne Cotes-du-Rhone-Villages 2011 $27-$30 Cairanne is a specific appellation within Cotes-du-Rhone. This is a very good, slightly rustic red, with savoury dried-herb and licorice aromas, and a rich taste with superripe blackberry-jam notes and assertive tannins. There’s a touch of alcohol heat.
Fattoria La Rivolta Taburno Sannio Greco, Campania 2012 $42.50 The colour is full yellow and the bouquet is likewise developed and forward, with lightly spiced poached-peach and apricot aromas. The palate is medium to full-bodied, soft and ripely round, with a touch of grip to