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May 2015 - Australia

May 2015 - Australia
This month's Wine feature is Australian Wines

Australia Reviews

Wakefield/Taylors 2014  Shiraz
94 points
$19
Best Buy
Dark violet color. Bright, interesting aromas of berry tart, violets, spiced chocolate, and dried apricot with a glycerous, vibrant, dryish medium-to-full body and a tingling, medium-long marinated beets, blood orange custard, and spiced nuts finish with crunchy tannins and moderate oak. A scrumptious shiraz that is sure to please.
94 points $19 Best Buy
Wakefield/Taylors 2014  Merlot
94 points
$19
Best Buy
Dark violet color. Delicate, fruity, creamy aromas of berry custard pie and toast with a supple, tangy, dryish medium-to-full body and a tingling, complex, carefree buttercream, spiced plums, eucalyptus, and caramelized carrot finish with silky tannins and moderate oak. A delicious and a mouthwatering merlot that is sure to please.
94 points $19 Best Buy
Mitchelton 2013 Victoria Series Riesling
93 points
$20
Best Buy
Brilliant medium yellow straw color. Rich, earthy, fruity aromas of prom corsage and earth with a vibrant, dry light-to-medium body and a smooth, charming, medium-length lemon curd and toast finish with fruit tannins and light oak. Complex and slightly astringent on the finish.
93 points $20 Best Buy
Jaraman 2013  Cabernet Sauvignon
93 points
$29.50
Opaque violet color. Lively, fruity, minty spicy aromas of chocolate mint cookie, blueberry cobbler, and rich brown spices with a satiny, lively, dry medium-to-full body and a warming, intricate, medium-long açai, nutskin, and mocha cream finish with grippy tannins and moderate oak. An exotically spicy and minty cabernet.
93 points $29.50
Gemtree 2013 Bloodstone Shiraz
92 points
$15.62
Best Buy
Nearly opaque violet color. Rich, attractive, fruity creamy aromas of huckleberry pie a la mode, mocha, fig newton, and peppered nuts with a oily, lively, dryish medium-full body and a tingling, distinctive, medium-long candied violet, eucalyptus, and pickling spices finish with crunchy tannins and moderate oak. A zesty and vibrant shiraz that will cover a lot of bases.
92 points $15.62 Best Buy
Insurrection 2013  South Eastern Australia
91 points
$17
Best Buy
Medium clear deep purple color. Mild, fruity, toasty peppery aromas of blueberry jam on light toast, eucalyptus, and chocolate mint with a crisp, dry medium body and a warming, engaging, medium-length cassis, plum butter, and cedar finish with medium tannins and moderate oak. Nice spice with a bite, a Saturday night wine.
91 points $17 Best Buy
Mitchelton 2012 Crescent Central Victoria
91 points
$35
Violet color. Bright, attractive aromas of candied lavender, blueberry cobbler, vanilla cream puff, and pistachio gelato with a silky, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length sour cherry, nougat, cedar, and pepper finish with chewy dusty tannins and moderate oak. A spicy, juicy red Rhone blend that will be great at the table.
Mitchelton 2010 Heathcote Shiraz
91 points
$60
Dark violet color. Bright, creamy aromas of boysenberry custard pie, mexican chocolate, and pink pepper with a soft, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, medium-long vanilla cream, pickling spices, and nuts finish with earthy tannins and moderate oak. A nice juicy shiraz that will cover a lot of bases.
Gemtree 2013 Uncut Shiraz
90 points
$19.53
Dark opaque violet color. Lively, toasty, creamy aromas of dark berry pie and coconut buttercream with a satiny, vibrant, dryish medium-full body and a warming, complex, medium-length black raspberry, roasted nuts, delicate spices, and pencil shaving finish with chewy tannins and moderate oak. A nicely structured shiraz for the table.
90 points $19.53
Mitchelton 2012 Victoria Series Cabernet-Merlot
90 points
$20
Dark garnet color. Bright, fruity, spicy aromas of cassis tart, cinnamon roll, and coconut praline with a satiny, vibrant, dry medium-to-full body and a warming, interesting, medium-long almond skin, pomegranate ice, and delicate spice finish with well integrated tannins and moderate oak. A lively cabernet with bright, singing acidity.
Mitchelton 2013 Victoria Series Sauvignon Blanc
90 points
$20
Yellow color. Aromas of citrus-peach chiffon pie, vanilla custard, and chili pepper with a silky, bright, fruity medium body and a graceful, amusing, medium-length orange, apple, cream, and mint finish with no oak. A delicate and nuanced sauvignon blanc.
Jaraman 2014  Chardonnay
90 points
$24.50
Clear medium bright golden straw color. Bright, fruity, oaky nutty aromas of yellow apples, roasted hazelnuts, butter cream, and pears with a supple, crisp, medium-full body and a silky, medium-long finish with well integrated tannins and light oak. Well balanced subtle "old world" flavors.
90 points $24.50
Mitchelton 2010 Print Shiraz
90 points
$80
Dark violet color. Bright, fruity, spicy aromas of floral cherries, honeycomb, and sesame candy with a soft, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, complex, medium-long raspberry, nuts, and earth finish with dusty chewy tannins and moderate oak. A bright, nicely structured shiraz that will go well with meats.
Wakefield/Taylors 2014  Chardonnay
89 points
$19
Bright medium clear yellow straw color. Delicate, fruity, toasty aromas of yellow apples, bread crust, lemon bars, and buttercream with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and an even, nuanced, medium-long finish with well integrated tannins and light oak. Well balanced, elegantly restrained chardonnay.
Mitchelton 2012 Victoria Series Chardonnay
89 points
$20
Pale light golden straw color. Delicate, creamy aromas of papaya custard and coconut cream with a supple, lively, dryish medium body and a tingling, appealing, medium-length peach skin, apple, and citrus finish with fine tannins and light oak. A nicely layered and flavorful chardonnay that is sure to please.
The Bend 2012  Cabernet-Merlot
89 points
$20
Nearly opaque garnet color. Bright, toasty, spicy funky aromas of spiced praline, blackberry custard pie, and sandalwood with a velvety, lively, dryish medium body and a tingling, amusing, medium-length craisin and creme brulee finish with fine tannins and moderate oak. A tasty, lively, easy drinking cabernet that is sure to please.
Blackwood Park 2013 Botrytis Riesling
89 points
$25
Brilliant golden yellow color. Delicate aromas of nut brittle, honey cream, and hint of diesel with a silky, lively, off-dry body and a smooth, compelling, golden raisin, honeycomb, and candied citrus peel finish.
Blackwood Park 2013  Riesling
89 points
$30
Clear straw color. Mild, interesting aromas of old wood and dust with a lean, tart, dry thin body and a tingling, refreshing, quick grapefruit rind finish with no tannins and no oak. A hot weather quaffer, just right for lunch on the water.
Gemtree 2014 Cinnabar GSM McLaren Vale
88 points
$15.62
Medium clear violet color. Fruity aromas of bright fruit with a glycerous, crisp, dry medium body and a tingling, brisk strawberry jam finish with silky tannins and light oak. An easy does it everyday red.
88 points $15.62
The Bend 2014  Sauvignon Blanc
88 points
$20
Yellow color. Aromas of grapefruit, honey, and yellow pepper with a supple, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a sleek, crisp lemon, green apple, and melon finish with crunchy fruit tannins and no oak. A nice zesty white with a soft texture.
The Bend 2012  Shiraz
88 points
$20
Nearly opaque violet color. Bright, creamy, floral aromas of candied violets, boysenberry tart, and yams with a soft, tangy, dryish medium-to-full body and a warming, engaging, medium-length blackberry, apple, and nuts finish with chewy tannins and moderate oak. A rock solid shiraz.
Mitchelton 2012  Marsanne
88 points
$30
Bright medium yellow straw color. Lively, fruity aromas of nougat, papaya, melon, and rubber sap with a soft, tart, dryish medium body and an engaging, breezy kiwi, Meyer lemon, and nutskin finish. A lively marsanne that drinks a bit like a riesling.
Mitchelton 2011  Cabernet Sauvignon
88 points
$30
Nearly opaque dark violet color. Bright, fruity, creamy aromas of dark berry pie, creme brulee, and toffee with a supple, crisp, dryish medium-to-full body and a warming, medium-long cranberry, nutskin, and minerals finish with dusty coating tannins and heavy oak. A rock solid, versatile cabernet for everyday enjoyment.
Mitchelton 2011  Shiraz
88 points
$30
Dark garnet color. Bright, creamy, nutty aromas of cherries, pencil shavings, creamy nougat, and lemon pepper with a soft, bright, dryish medium-full body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length finish with chewy tannins and light oak. A pleasant, crisp shiraz for everyday enjoyment.
Gemtree 2013 Ernest Allan Shiraz
88 points
$31.25
Opaque violet color. Lively, buttery, nutty aromas of honey baked berries, walnut brittle, and chocolate coconut bar with a velvety, lively, dry medium-full body and a warming, medium-long reduced lemon, pomegranate, nutshell, and menthol mint finish with barky tannins and moderate oak. This will be even better with a little bottle age.
88 points $31.25
Gemtree 2012 Obsidian Shiraz
88 points
$54.68
Opaque dark violet color. Bright, fruity, spicy aromas of berry compote, peppery spices, dried herbs, and oak with a satiny, vibrant, dry medium-to-full body and a warming, stimulating, medium-length cedar, gherkin, and plum skin finish with chewy tannins and moderate oak. A big shouldered, savory, oaky shiraz with firm tannins; decant.
88 points $54.68
Mitchelton 2012 Victoria Series Shiraz
87 points
$20
Dark violet color. Bright, toasty, fruity aromas of lilacs, pickles, and cherries with a glycerous, crisp, dryish medium body and a warming, intricate, medium-length nutskins and earth finish with crunchy tannins and moderate oak. A nice everyday red that will be versatile.
Mitchelton 2012 Victoria Series Cabernet Sauvignon
87 points
$20
Nearly opaque garnet color. Bright, fruity, toasty aromas of dried berries, cracked pepper, dark chocolate, and oak with a satiny, bright, dry medium-to-full body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length parchment finish with papery tannins and moderate oak. A pleasant everyday red.
Mitchelton 2013  Chardonnay
86 points
$30
Medium clear gold color. Lively, toasty, oaky aromas of pencil shavings, pineapple, and coconut milk with a supple, tangy, dryish medium body and a tingling, interesting, breezy roasted nuts and grilled lemons and apples finish with medium tannins and moderate oak. A very nice oaky chardonnay.
The Bend 2012  Chardonnay
85 points
$20
Pale light golden straw color. Bright, toasty, creamy aromas of pineapple cake, coconut cookie, and apple with a silky, lively, dryish medium body and a warming, refreshing, relaxed Meyer lemon, cedar bark, cream, and mineral finish with fruit firm tannins and moderate oak. A solid chardonnay.
Gemtree 2012 Phantom Red Blend Four McLaren Vale
85 points
$31.25
Dark black garnet color. Delicate aromas of dark fruit leather and nuts with a lively, dry medium body and a warming, refreshing, medium-length black raspberry, vanilla nuts, cedar mulch, and dusty beets finish with chewy firm tannins and moderate oak. A nice chewy table wine, give this a bit of time.
85 points $31.25
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