December 2014 - Australia - All Wines

This month's Wine feature is Australian - All Wines
Australia - All Wines Reviews
208711
Zonte’s Footstep
2013 "Doctoressa di Lago" Pinot Grigio
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208710
Zonte’s Footstep
2013 "Sea Mist" Verdelho
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208802
Mr. Riggs
2012 Shiraz
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208712
Zonte’s Footstep
2013 "Scarlet Ladybird", Rosé South Australia
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208805
Mr. Riggs
2013 "The Gaffer" Shiraz
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208121
Sibling Rivalry
2012 Pinot Gris
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208360
Wakefield/Taylors
2013 Taylors Winemaker's Project, Cabernet Sauvignon-Merlot-Malbec-Cabernet Franc Clare Valley
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208803
Mr. Riggs
2013 "The Truant" Shiraz
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208359
Wakefield/Taylors
2013 Reserve Parcel Cabernet Sauvignon
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208719
Zonte’s Footstep
2010 "Z Force", Shiraz-Petite Sirah McLaren Vale
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208714
Zonte’s Footstep
2012 "Lake Doctor", Shiraz-Viognier Langhorne Creek
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208122
Sibling Rivalry
2012 Pinot Noir
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208124
Tahbilk
2010 Shiraz
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208716
Zonte’s Footstep
2012 "Avalon Tree" Cabernet Sauvignon
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208713
Zonte’s Footstep
2013 "Chocolate Factory" Shiraz
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208358
Wakefield/Taylors
2013 Reserve Parcel Shiraz
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208709
Zonte’s Footstep
2013 "Excalibur" Sauvignon Blanc
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208804
Mr. Riggs
2012 "Three Corner Jack" McLaren Vale
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208718
Zonte’s Footstep
2012 "Canto di Lago", Sangiovese-Barbera Adelaide Hills
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208715
Zonte’s Footstep
2012 "Baron Von Nemesis" Shiraz
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208806
Mr. Riggs
2013 "Watervale" Riesling
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208123
Tahbilk
2010 Cabernet Sauvignon
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208801
Mr. Riggs
2012 "Piebald" Syrah
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208126
Four Sisters
2013 Merlot
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208126
Four Sisters
2013 Merlot
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208717
Zonte’s Footstep
2012 "Violet Beauregard" Malbec
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208125
Four Sisters
2011 Cabernet Sauvignon
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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