May 2014 - Australia - All Wines

This month's Wine feature is Australian - All Wines
Australia - All Wines Reviews
206115
Rubus
2012 Shiraz
Deep purple color. Rich aromas of ripe blueberries, pink peppercorn, and vanilla cream with a silky fruity medium-to-full body and tangy sweet tangerine, spice cake, eucalyptus mint and mineral finish. A vibrantly delicious shiraz that stands out from the crowd.
95 points $18.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206341
Sea Salt
NV Sparkling Moscato Australia
Golden yellow color. Exotic citrus and flower aromas with an interesting herbal note. Crisp and lightly carbonated on the palate with a fruity sweet medium body and a tangy spiced peach and pear skin finish. Very tasty and appetizing on its own or with cheeses.
92 points $14 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206167
Wakefield/Taylors
2013 Merlot
Garnet violet. Attractive aromas of spicy berry pie, vanilla caramel gelato, and chocolate mint with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a tangy, blood orange, herb, and spiced apple finish with chewy, appetizing tannins. Very flavorful and stylish.
92 points $19 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206167
Wakefield/Taylors
2013 Merlot
Garnet violet. Attractive aromas of spicy berry pie, vanilla caramel gelato, and chocolate mint with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a tangy, blood orange, herb, and spiced apple finish with chewy, appetizing tannins. Very flavorful and stylish.
92 points $19 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206164
Wakefield/Taylors
2013 Shiraz
Deep violet color. Attractive aromas of huckleberry jam and chocolate toffee bar with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a graceful, creamy vanilla, eucalyptus and peppery spice finish with plush tannins. Artfully composed flavors and texture.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206266
Taltarni
2010 Shiraz
Ruby black color. Aromas and flavors of black raspberries, menthol mint, cinnamon and clove with a satiny, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a beet, sandalwood and mineral accented finish. A serious, savory shiraz that will shine at the table.
91 points $21.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206168
Wakefield/Taylors
2013 "St. Andrews" Chardonnay
Straw yellow color. Aromas of toasted coconut, pineapple, and white toffee with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a tangy, lemon curd, lime, passionfruit, and green apple finish. Very good length and depth.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206165
Wakefield/Taylors
2012 Cabernet Sauvignon
Garnet purple color. Rich aromas of cassis pie a la mode, herbal pickled peppers and beets, and sandalwood with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tangy, spiced apple and melon accented finish with powdery tannins.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206342
Contempo
NV Shiraz
Aromas of dried sour cherries, orange blossom honey, violet water, and cocoa with silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a nougat, tangerine, and cream accented finish. A nice everyday sipper that is sure to please.
89 points $10 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206140
Fish Eye
2013 Cabernet Sauvignon
Garnet purple color. Aromas of dried currants, spice, and delicate peppercorn with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a whole nut, tobacco, and sour cherry finish with chewy tannins. A nice relaxed sipper.
87 points $7 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206265
Notting Hill
2012 Bin 404 Shiraz-Cabernet Sauvignon
Garnet color. Aromas of chocolate cherries, waxy honeycomb, and sweet spices and herbs with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a toffee, pepper and cream accented finish. A smooth, pleasant, everyday sipper or pizza wine.
87 points $10 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206261
Settler’s Cove
2012 Shiraz-Cabernet Sauvignon
Ruby color. Aromas of cinnamon spiced raspberries, cassis, and melon with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a tangy, green apple and smoky mineral finish. A nice sipper or table wine.
86 points $12 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206166
Wakefield/Taylors
2013 Chardonnay
Yellow. Somewhat meaty aromas suggest elephant hay, nuts, apple tart, and dried pineapple with a dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tangy grilled apple and nut brittle finish. A nice table wine.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206262
Settler’s Cove
2012 Semillon-Chardonnay
Golden straw color. Aromas of dried pineapple, nutshells, and apple core with a silky, dryish medium body and a tangy orange pith, brown sugar, and grass finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206139
Fish Eye
2013 Pinot Grigio
Pale silvery straw color. Aromas of baked peach and molasses with a crisp, dry light body and a melon and citrus rind accented finish.
81 points $5.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206141
Fish Eye
2013 Chardonnay
Yellow color. Curious aromas of molasses, nutshell, and smoky grilled pineapple with a supple, dryish light-to-medium body and a lemon sorbet and singed parchment accented finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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