May 2013 - Australia - All Wines

This month's Wine feature is Australian - All Wines
Australia - All Wines Reviews
202155
Wyndham Estate
2010 Bin 555 Shiraz
Deep garnet black color. Aromas of dried berries, delicate eucalyptus, and toffee with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a zesty, honeyed orange, blueberry cobbler, cedar, and sweet pickled tomato accented finish. Very flavorful and fun.
92 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202107
Yalumba
2010 "Patchwork" Shiraz
Deep purple garnet color. Aromas of melted chocolate, nuts, herbs, and blueberry tart with a satiny, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a menthol, Asian spice, and craisin accented finish. A rich, flavorful shiraz that hits all the high notes.
92 points $18.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202105
Yalumba
2009 Shiraz-Viognier
Deep garnet black color. Bright aromas and flavors of blueberry and strawberry pastries, menthol candy, and peppery spice with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and rich, balanced finish with great purity of tangy fruit and subtle sweet nutty oak.
92 points $18.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201967
Taylors
2010 Cabernet Sauvignon
Ruby black color. Interesting aromas of pickled olives, toasty cassis pie, chocolate, and faint eucalyptus with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a juicy, cherry, strawberry and and spiced nut accented finish with powdery tannins in support. Delicious and rich.
92 points $19 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202162
Jacob’s Creek
2010 Reserve Pinot Noir
Ruby black color. Bold aromas and flavors of pomegranate liqueur, sassafras, and eucalyptus lozenge with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a layered finish with flavors of tomato relish, dried blueberry, and cola rounding out nicely. Very flavorful and distinctive.
91 points $13.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202106
Yalumba
2011 "Bush Vine" Grenache
Deep ruby color. Dense aromas of cracked exotic peppercorns and frosted strawberry cake with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a long, spiced apple and watermelon, sandalwood and nut accented finish. A spicy, flavorful grenache.
91 points $18.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201815
McWilliam’s Hanwood
2010 Shiraz
Chocolate smore, honeyed rye toast, and dark berry compote with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a strawberry with balsamic, roasted nut, plum, and peppery spice finish. A pleasant balance of fruit and wood.
90 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202160
Jacob’s Creek
2010 Reserve Shiraz
Deep garnet black color. Rich aromas and flavors of spicy blueberry custard pie, toasted meringue, and buttery praline with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tangy, baked citrus, cedar, and nut accented finish with gripping tannins. A rock solid shiraz that will be great with lamb.
90 points $13.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202098
Jim Barry
2012 "The Lodge Hill" Riesling
Silvery straw color. Aromas of lemon sorbet, honeydew and nectarine with a tangy, fruity medium body and a Meyer lemon, lime, and kiwi driven finish with nice fruit tannins and minerality holding everything together.
90 points $18.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202161
Jacob’s Creek
2010 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
Aromas of sweet menthol tobacco, currant tart, candied violet, and spicy pickles with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a long, tangy, earthy finish. Tasty and well balanced.
89 points $13.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202158
Jacob’s Creek
2012 Reserve Chardonnay
Golden yellow color. Aromas of lemon curd, pineapple cake, and apple pastry with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a graceful Meyer lemon sorbet, melon, and spicy kiwi tart accented finish. A tasty all-purpose chardonnay that is sure to please.
89 points $13.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202097
Pewsey Vale
2012 Riesling
Bright aromas of peach, lemon curd and kiwi tart with a crisp, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a very refreshing and long finish with notes of melon and earth. A great table companion to pair with grilled seafood.
89 points $17.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201968
Taylors
2012 Chardonnay
Golden yellow color. Aromas and flavor of fresh crusty apple pie and pineapple cake with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy, creme Anglaise, green apple, and mineral accented finish. Very precise and tasty.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202103
Yalumba
2012 "The Y Series" Viognier
Golden yellow color. Aromas of pineapple, apple, and peach with a fruity-yet-dry medium body and a very tangy finish with a touch of chalk. Really jazzy acidity is atypical but very well suited for the table.
88 points $11.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202035
Kalbarri
2012 Cabernet Sauvignon
Garnet color. Aromas of mocha buttercream, cranberry relish and stewed berries with a crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy caramelized nut and grassy earth finish with dusty tannins.
87 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201966
Taylors
2012 Riesling
Pale straw color. Aromas of apple, papaya custard, and faint beeswax with a crisp, fruity-yet-dry light-to-medium body and a tangy lemon sorbet like finish. Tasty and refreshing.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202038
Kalbarri
2012 Chardonnay
Golden yellow. Aromas of lemon chiffon, whipped cream, and delicate pickling spices with a soft, dryish medium body and a tangy praline, apple skin and nut accented finish.
86 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202099
Heggies
2011 Chardonnay
Pale golden yellow color. Creamy aromas suggest apple custard pie, grilled pineapple, and toasty oak spiciness with a soft, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and an horchata and nutskin like tannin finish. Very heavily oak influenced, but interesting.
86 points $24.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202104
Oxford Landing Estates
2011 Merlot
Garnet color. Bright aromas of berry compote, pickling spice, and cocoa with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a sour cherry, melon, and cedar accented finish. A nice everyday merlot.
85 points $8.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202104
Oxford Landing Estates
2011 Merlot
Garnet color. Bright aromas of berry compote, pickling spice, and cocoa with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a sour cherry, melon, and cedar accented finish. A nice everyday merlot.
85 points $8.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202037
Kalbarri
2012 Shiraz
Aromas of honeycomb, crushed berries, toffee, and toasty spice with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a zesty, earthy, and firmly tannic nutshell-like finish.
84 points $9.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202154
Wyndham Estate
2011 Bin 222 Chardonnay
Bright golden yellow color. Aromas of apple tart, banana custard pie, and dried pineapple display a hint of rubber with a soft, dryish medium body and a caramelized nut, lemon granita, and earth accented finish. A nice everyday sipper.
84 points $9.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201873
Foxhorn Vineyards
NV Chardonnay
Golden yellow color. Bright aromas of cedar dust, creme brulee, and spicy pineapple compote with a crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy, lemon tart and toasted birch bark finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202036
Kalbarri
2012 Merlot
Garnet color. Funky barnyard-like aromas of horse hay, chocolate, and wild berry jam with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body a tart plum, nut skin and spice accented finish with powdery tannins.
82 points $9.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202036
Kalbarri
2012 Merlot
Garnet color. Funky barnyard-like aromas of horse hay, chocolate, and wild berry jam with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body a tart plum, nut skin and spice accented finish with powdery tannins.
82 points $9.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202159
Jacob’s Creek
2011 Reserve Dry Riesling
Pale silvery straw color. Earthy, petrolly aromas lead with notes of jack fruit, bruised apples and peaches. Very crisp and tart with a light-to-medium body and a puckering, sour lemon and lime rind and chalk eraser driven finish. A bit austere and lean.
82 points $13.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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