Rosily Vineyard The Cartographer 2012, Margaret River, AUD $23
During a comprehensive tour of the wine regions of Spain in 1996, I tasted a wine that I will never forget. It was while visiting the famous sherry firm Gonzalez Byass in Jerez that I tasted their 1964 Anada Oloroso.
Kingston Estate Merlot, Limestone Coast 2013 $15-$16 Value: very good The colour is deep and bright, the aromas are clean, fresh and berry-like. A medium-bodied, fruit-driven, easy-drinking merlot which finishes with a gentle but firm tannin grip. A bargain at the price. Now to five
Hungerford Hill Pinot Gris, Tumbarumba 2013 $28 This wine has uncommon intensity and palate length for a pinot gris, its tropical fruit enhanced by some barrel-ferment and subtle sulfide overtones. It’s soft and rounded in the mouth with nectarine, honey and passionfruit notes, and a
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.
Protos Gran Reserva Tempranillo, Ribera del Duero 2005 $98 Made from vines over 80 years old, this has a complex mellow bouquet of coffee, chocolate, vanilla and roasted nuts, and a terrifically concentrated flavour of power, elegance and length. It’s a grand wine indeed, youthful
Preveli Wild Thing Pinot Noir Rosé, Margaret River 2013 $23 The colour is full purple-pink and it has an aroma of ripe dark-cherry to blackberry. It’s soft and round, full and quite rich in the mouth, loaded with flavour, and finishes clean and dry on