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Stonecroft Reserve 2014 Syrah, Hawke’s Bay NZD$65 I recently opened a bottle of Stonecroft 2006 Syrah. It was terrific. I expect this wine to be even better. It’s wonderfully dense with a genuine “old vine” texture. Packed with dark berry, plum, black pepper, chocolate/mocha, liquorice
Di Lusso Estate Appassimento, Mudgee 2010 AUD$65 (375ml) This unusual ‘meditation wine’ is modelled on Italian Vin Santo. Imagine an unfortified amontillado sherry and you’ll be close. With a full amber colour, it displays complex wood-matured characters including malt, toffee and rancio. Sweet in the
Balgownie Estate Chardonnay, Yarra Valley 2014 AUD$45 The colour is light to medium straw and the bouquet contains nutty and almond meal nuances. It’s very intense and concentrated in the mouth with a core of ripe fruit sweetness and a long, long finish. A very
Nicholas Thomas Nobilo 2007 Jubilee Reserve Pinotage NZD$69.99 Rich, smooth and rather tasty red from a grape variety that accounts for a very small percentage of the national vineyard. Nicely mature, with a suggestion of Oxo cube adding complexity to the red berry and spicy oak
Stoney Rise Pinot Noir, Tasmania 2015 AUD$30 A fruit-driven, raspberry, red cherry-scented wine with subtle oak handling, the palate light to medium weight with a gentle sheen of tannin completing its accessible, supple texture. It’s a very good early-drinking style of pinot offering more than
Stonecroft 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, Hawke’s Bay NZD$47 Dense, ripe Cabernet Sauvignon with classic blackberry, cedar wood, cigar box, dried herb and spicy oak flavours. A deep, brooding wine, it will be many years before its full potential is revealed. This is elegance on a grand
Pitchfork Cabernet Merlot, Margaret River 2013 AUD$16 Deep red-purple colour, raspberry and crushed herb aromas, a hint of tomato leaf. It’s medium-bodied and straightforward, with bright varietal fruit and finishing with a decisive, typical cabernet grip. Remarkable value. (Screw cap; 14.5 per cent alcohol.) Score: