May 2015 - Australia

This month's Wine feature is Australian Wines
Australia Reviews
209886
Wakefield/Taylors
2014 Shiraz
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209884
Wakefield/Taylors
2014 Merlot
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209884
Wakefield/Taylors
2014 Merlot
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210194
Mitchelton
2013 Victoria Series Riesling
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209887
Jaraman
2013 Cabernet Sauvignon
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210207
Gemtree
2013 Bloodstone Shiraz
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210345
Insurrection
2013 South Eastern Australia
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210233
Mitchelton
2012 Crescent Central Victoria
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210234
Mitchelton
2010 Heathcote Shiraz
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210208
Gemtree
2013 Uncut Shiraz
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210193
Mitchelton
2012 Victoria Series Cabernet-Merlot
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210190
Mitchelton
2013 Victoria Series Sauvignon Blanc
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209888
Jaraman
2014 Chardonnay
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210232
Mitchelton
2010 Print Shiraz
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209885
Wakefield/Taylors
2014 Chardonnay
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210189
Mitchelton
2012 Victoria Series Chardonnay
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210224
The Bend
2012 Cabernet-Merlot
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210236
Blackwood Park
2013 Botrytis Riesling
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210235
Blackwood Park
2013 Riesling
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210212
Gemtree
2014 Cinnabar GSM McLaren Vale
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210222
The Bend
2014 Sauvignon Blanc
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210225
The Bend
2012 Shiraz
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210227
Mitchelton
2012 Marsanne
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210228
Mitchelton
2011 Cabernet Sauvignon
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210229
Mitchelton
2011 Shiraz
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210211
Gemtree
2013 Ernest Allan Shiraz
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210210
Gemtree
2012 Obsidian Shiraz
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210191
Mitchelton
2012 Victoria Series Shiraz
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210192
Mitchelton
2012 Victoria Series Cabernet Sauvignon
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210226
Mitchelton
2013 Chardonnay
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210223
The Bend
2012 Chardonnay
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210209
Gemtree
2012 Phantom Red Blend Four McLaren Vale
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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