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December 2014 - Australia - All Wines

December 2014 - Australia - All Wines
This month's Wine feature is Australian - All Wines

Australia - All Wines Reviews

Zonte’s Footstep 2013 "Doctoressa di Lago" Pinot Grigio
96 points
$18
Best Buy
Yellow color. Aromas and flavors of creamy nougat, kiwi, and banana custard with a vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a polished, complex, long finish with overtones of nectarine, key lime, minerals, and delicate spice. Exquisite balance, subtlety and depth of flavor; a world class pinot grigio.
96 points $18 Best Buy
Zonte’s Footstep 2013 "Sea Mist" Verdelho
93 points
$18
Best Buy
Golden straw color. Interesting aromas and flavors of pickling spices, kaffir lime, passionfruit, and curry leaf with a supple, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-long finish with impressions of lemon sorbet and earth. An exotic white wine treat.
93 points $18 Best Buy
Mr. Riggs 2012  Shiraz
93 points
$50
Violet color. Aromas and flavors of chocolate mousse, toffee, and raspberry tart with a satiny, lively, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, complex, medium-long finish displaying nuances of menthol mint, spiced apple, earth, and nuts with well-integrated tannins. A big, delicious and layered shiraz.
Zonte’s Footstep 2013 "Scarlet Ladybird", Rosé South Australia
92 points
$18
Best Buy
Light ruby color. Delicate aromas and flavors of praline and baked strawberries with a supple, bright, fruity medium body and a smooth, delightful, medium-length finish that shows overtones of honeyed spiced pear and ripe cherry. A seriously tasty, adult rose.
92 points $18 Best Buy
Mr. Riggs 2013 "The Gaffer" Shiraz
92 points
$22
Violet black color. Toasty aromas and flavors of chocolate mint, eucalyptus, and blackberry jam with a satiny, tangy, medium-to-full body and a graceful, amusing, medium-length finish with notes of nougat, peppery spice, and beet with silky tannins. A rich savory shiraz that will be great with food.
Sibling Rivalry 2012  Pinot Gris
92 points
$22
Golden yellow color. Rich aromas and flavors of baked mango, toasted coconut, papaya jam toast, and rubber sap with a supple, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, delightful, medium-length finish with touches of grilled Meyer lemon and green apple. A nice mature-styled pinot gris that seems very Alsatian.
Wakefield/Taylors 2013 Taylors Winemakers Project, Cabernet Sauvignon-Merlot-Malbec-Cabernet Franc Clare Valley
92 points
$25
Violet black color. Lively aromas and flavors of spiced berries and cherries, chocolate mint, and vanilla toffee with a chewy, lively, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length finish revealing shades of cedar, herbs, peppery spices, and minerals with dusty tannins and moderate oak. A robust and balanced red blend.
Mr. Riggs 2013 "The Truant" Shiraz
91 points
$19.95
Violet black color. Aromas and flavors of chocolate nuts, espresso, and dried cherries with a silky, lively, fruity medium-to-full body and an effortless, complex, medium-length finish that exhibits notes of vanilla, caramel, and slate with light oak. A tasty, voluptuous red that is sure to please.
91 points $19.95
Wakefield/Taylors 2013 Reserve Parcel Cabernet Sauvignon
91 points
$25
Ruby color. Lively, interesting aromas and flavors of toffee, dried cherry, and salted cod with a silky, vibrant, fruity medium body and a smooth, captivating, crisp finish displaying accents of blackberry jam on raisin toast with well-integrated tannins and light oak. A delicious, easy-drinking cabernet that will cover a lot of bases.
Zonte’s Footstep 2010 "Z Force", Shiraz-Petite Sirah McLaren Vale
91 points
$49.95
Bright dark garnet color. Inviting, attractive aromas and flavors of black currants, toasted coconuts, cream, and soft pepper with a supple, lively, dry full body and a graceful, complex, long finish with firm tannins and moderate oak.
91 points $49.95
Zonte’s Footstep 2012 "Lake Doctor", Shiraz-Viognier Langhorne Creek
90 points
$20
Bright garnet dark blue violet color. Complex, attractive aromas and flavors of ripe blackberries, dried twigs, peach pits, and cream with a satiny, bright, dry full body and a warming, very complex, long finish with firm tannins and moderate oak.
Sibling Rivalry 2012  Pinot Noir
90 points
$22
Ruby color. Delicate aromas and flavors of chocolate nuts, cherry, roasted beet, and faint dried eucalyptus with a supple, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a interesting, breezy finish with suggestions of earth and hint of menthol mint with crunchy tannins and light oak. A lovely, savory, herbal pinot that will shine at the table.
Tahbilk 2010  Shiraz
90 points
$23
Violet color. Aromas and flavors of chocolate raspberries, grilled pepper, and eucalyptus with a chewy, lively, dry-yet-fruity body and a tingling, distinctive finish with notes of craisin, green tomato, pepper, and earth with crunchy tannins and moderate oak. A vibrant, herbaceous shiraz with nice table appeal.
Zonte’s Footstep 2012 "Avalon Tree" Cabernet Sauvignon
89 points
$20
Ruby color. Bright aromas and flavors of chocolate coffee bean, roasted nuts, and singed berry pie with a silky, vibrant, fruity medium body and a compelling, medium-length finish displaying nuances of melon, cedar, and pepper with woody tannins. A nice chewy cab that will be great with a well marbled steak
Zonte’s Footstep 2013 "Chocolate Factory" Shiraz
89 points
$20
Violet color. Delicate aromas and flavors of toffee, caramel rice cake, and berry-mango chutney with a silky, lively, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, interesting, cheery finish imparting impressions of mint, spiced nuts, and earth with crunchy tannins and light oak. A nice everyday sipper.
Wakefield/Taylors 2013 Reserve Parcel Shiraz
89 points
$25
Bright dark blue violet garnet color. Attractive, complex aromas and flavors of blackberries, toasted coconut, and white pepper with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity full body and a warming, nuanced, long finish with notes of roasted beets with silky tannins and light oak. A nice earthy shiraz for the table.
Zonte’s Footstep 2013 "Excalibur" Sauvignon Blanc
88 points
$18
Silvery straw color. Lively aromas and flavors of floral honey, guava, and mango salsa with a silky, vibrant, fruity medium body and a tingling, interesting, breezy finish that exhibits accents of honeyed melon. A lively sauvignon blanc sipper.
Mr. Riggs 2012 "Three Corner Jack" McLaren Vale
88 points
$19.95
Garnet dark bright blue violet color. Complex aromas and flavors of tree bark, blackberries, and turned earth with a chewy, dry full body and a warming, captivating, momentary finish with firm tannins and moderate oak.
88 points $19.95
Zonte’s Footstep 2012 "Canto di Lago", Sangiovese-Barbera Adelaide Hills
88 points
$20
Bright dark ruby color. Attractive, complex aromas and flavors of spiced black cherries, black currants, herbs, and roasted nuts with a lightly tannic, tangy, dry full body and a mildly astringent, nuanced, medium-length finish with firm tannins and light oak. Lovely food wine with tongue curling acidity.
Zonte’s Footstep 2012 "Baron Von Nemesis" Shiraz
88 points
$20
Violet color. Aromas and flavors of chocolate and coffee with a supple, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming finish manifesting notes of dried fruits, pepper, and roasted nuts with chewy tannins and moderate oak. A solid shiraz.
Mr. Riggs 2013 "Watervale" Riesling
88 points
$22
Silvery straw color. Aromas and flavors of green apple, lime, kiwi, and hint of rubber with a soft, racy, dry light body and a graceful, breezy finish that exhibits elements of minerals and melon rind with no oak. A very nice dry riesling for the table.
Tahbilk 2010  Cabernet Sauvignon
88 points
$23
Garnet black color. Lively aromas and flavors of cherry lozenge and chocolate mint with a silky, crisp, fruity medium body and a tingling, breezy finish displaying elements of melon, delicate spice, and pickled beet with well-integrated tannins. A nice savory cabernet.
Mr. Riggs 2012 "Piebald" Syrah
88 points
$27
Bright dark garnet blue violet color. Complex, attractive aromas and flavors of black currants, charcoal briquets, and black pepper with a chewy, bright, dry full body and a peppery, complex, medium-long finish with crunchy tannins and moderate oak.
Four Sisters 2013  Merlot
86 points
$14
Best Buy
Garnet violet color. Aromas of creme brulee, chocolate black raspberries, and menthol mint with a silky, tangy, fruity medium body and a warming, buoyant cedar, nutskin, and baking spices finish with papery tannins and moderate oak. A tasty table wine.
86 points $14 Best Buy
Zonte’s Footstep 2012 "Violet Beauregard" Malbec
85 points
$20
Opaque violet black color. Bright aromas and flavors of toffee, blackberry jam on toast, and prickly pear with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a breezy finish with accents of plum skin, cedar, and nut with dusty tannins and moderate oak. A brawny, tannic malbec that needs a good steak.
Four Sisters 2011  Cabernet Sauvignon
84 points
$14
Ruby color. Aromas and flavors of fried pickle and cherry sauce with a soft, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a buoyant finish imparting suggestions of roasted nuts with moderate oak. A pleasant cab.
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