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December 2015 - Australian Wines

December 2015 - Australian Wines
This month's Wine feature is Australian Wines

Australian Wines Reviews

Zonte’s Footstep 2014 "Lake Doctor" Shiraz
95 points
$25
Bright dark opaque black garnet color. Bright, fruity, medicinal aromas and flavors of blueberry gelato, alpine herb lozenge, and chocolate mint wafer with a silky, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a warming, long dried apricot, spiced nuts, and herbs finish with crunchy tannins and moderate oak. A deliciously zesty and mouthwatering shiraz.
Zonte’s Footstep 2014 "Avalon Tree" Cabernet Sauvignon
95 points
$25
Bright dark black garnet color. Delicate, toasty, spicy aromas and flavors of mocha, caramelized roasted nuts, and berry pie with a glycerous, vibrant, dryish medium-full body and a tingling, medium-long spiced craisins and blueberries, chocolate cherries, sundried tomato, and dried eucalyptus leaf finish with chewy, leafy tannins and moderate oak. A nice savory cabernet for the table.
Wakefield/Taylors 2014  Cabernet Sauvignon
94 points
$17.99
Best Buy
Nearly opaque black ruby color. Bright, spicy, herbal aromas and flavors of blueberry cobbler a la mode, toffee, and chocolate mint with a soft, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a tingling, medium-length honey buttered toast finish with chewy tannins and moderate oak. A zesty, nicely polished cabernet.
94 points $17.99 Best Buy
Wakefield/Taylors 2012 Taylors Winemakers Project Shiraz
94 points
$24.99
Black garnet color. Rich, fruity, spicy aromas and flavors of blueberry pie a la mode, toffee, and caramelized bacon with a satiny, lively, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, involved, medium-long creme brulee and brown and peppery spices finish with moderate oak. A silky, flavor-bomb of a shiraz that will surely entice and satisfy.
94 points $24.99
Wakefield/Taylors 2013 St. Andrews Shiraz
94 points
$49.99
Black garnet color. Lively, fruity, spicy aromas and flavors of dried berries, toasty meringue, toffee, and roasted chestnuts with a silky, tangy, fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, intricate, blueberry and cherry pies, spicy vanilla nougat, cedar, and mint finish with silky, fine tannins and moderate oak. A complex and rewarding shiraz with cascading waves of flavor.
94 points $49.99
Sidewood 2014 Estate Bottled Shiraz
93 points
$18.99
Best Buy
Black ruby color. Bold, spicy, herbal aromas and flavors of fresh eucalyptus, spiced blueberries, and chocolate mint with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium body and a smooth, elegant, medium-long orange blossom honey, blackberry creme brulee, and toffee finish with crunchy, dusty tannins and moderate oak. A wonderfully spicy and well balanced shiraz.
93 points $18.99 Best Buy
Wakefield/Taylors 2013 Cellar Door Exclusive Cabernet Sauvignon
93 points
$24.99
Nearly opaque black garnet color. Bright, complex, spicy aromas and flavors of cranberry chutney, chocolate pomegranates, menthol-mint, and sweet bbq rub with an oily, vibrant, dryish medium-full body and a tingling, medium-long spiced blueberries and cassis, creme brulee, and eucalyptus honey finish with chewy, leafy tannins and moderate oak. A wonderfully smooth, spicy and engaging cabernet.
93 points $24.99
Ferngrove 2012 Dragon Shiraz
93 points
$29.99
Black garnet color. Muted, roasted aromas and flavors of mocha cream and chocolate nuts with a silky, tangy, body and a smooth, involved, medium-long blueberry pie and blood orange sorbet finish with silky, chewy tannins and light oak. A bouncy, flavor-packed shiraz with great racy acidity.
93 points $29.99
Zonte’s Footstep 2013 "Z Force" Syrah-Petite Sirah
93 points
$49.95
Black garnet color. Lively, savory aromas and flavors of roasted peppers, dried mulberries, leather, and hung game with a satiny, lively, dryish medium-to-full body and a smooth, complex, long pomegranates, over dried tomato, creme brulee, and nuts and cedar finish with well-integrated, chewy, earthy tannins and moderate oak. A seriously poise and structured shiraz blend that drinks like a old world Rhone wine.
93 points $49.95
Wakefield/Taylors 2014 St. Andrews Chardonnay
93 points
$49.99
Bright medium golden straw color. Rich, buttery, toasty aromas and flavors of buttery praline, caramelized pineapples and apples, and coconut frosting with a soft, lively, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a silky, complex, medium-length green apple, lemon-vanilla custard, and brown spices finish with silky tannins and moderate oak. A delicious and beautifully oaked show-style chardonnay.
93 points $49.99
Wakefield/Taylors 2013 St. Andrews Cabernet Sauvignon
93 points
$49.99
Bright dark garnet black color. Lively, complex, spicy aromas and flavors of eucalyptus, peppermint patty, and spiced blueberries with a glycerous, lively, dryish medium-to-full body and a tingling, complex, medium-length chocolate cassis, roasted nuts, minerals, and marinated beets finish with well-integrated, crunchy tannins and moderate oak. An elegant, seriously structured cabernet that will shine at the table.
93 points $49.99
Wakefield/Taylors 2015  Tempranillo
92 points
$17.99
Best Buy
Dark violet color. Spicy, fruity aromas and flavors of spicy berry pie a la mode and vanilla toffee with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a seamless, amusing, medium-length beet relish, creme brulee, roasted nuts, and mocha finish with well-integrated, chewy tannins and moderate oak. A juicy, very attractive, fruit driven tempranillo.
92 points $17.99 Best Buy
Mr. Riggs 2013 "The Magnet" Grenache
92 points
$20
Best Buy
Ruby black color. Citrusy, fruity aromas and flavors of lemon powder, dried lavender, and pomegranate chutney with a satiny, tangy, fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, interesting, craisin, herbed nuts, and spiced apples finish with crunchy, dusty tannins. A robust, racy, spicy grenache.
92 points $20 Best Buy
Sidewood 2014 Mappinga Reserve Sauvignon Blanc
92 points
$23.99
Yellow color. Aromas and flavors of coconut cream pie and spicy mango tart with a satiny, bright, fruity medium body and a silky, interesting, medium-length nougat and lemon curd finish with soft, fruit tannins and a suggestion of oak. A silky, toasty sauvignon blanc with lots of tropical fruit.
92 points $23.99
Wakefield/Taylors 2014 Reserve Parcel Shiraz
92 points
$23.99
Nearly opaque black violet color. Bright, fruity, creamy aromas and flavors of blackberry creme brulee, chocolate graham crackers, buttercream, and floral tea and spice with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a graceful, complex, medium-long spiced dried cherries and nougat finish with crunchy tannins and light oak. A delicious, chewy shiraz that is sure to satisfy.
92 points $23.99
Wakefield/Taylors 2013 Cellar Door Exclusive Merlot
92 points
$24.99
Deep purple color. Lively, spicy, herbal aromas and flavors of chocolate mint, alpine herbs, and blueberry cobbler with a silky, vibrant, fruity medium body and a tingling, distinctive, medium-long mocha gelato and spiced cranberries finish with well-integrated, chewy tannins and moderate oak. A toothsome, spicy merlot that drinks beautifully.
92 points $24.99
Zonte’s Footstep 2014 "Violet Beauregard" Malbec
92 points
$25
Black garnet color. Bright aromas and flavors of dill pickle, blackberry pie, pistachio nougat, and powdered lime with a satiny, lively, fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, complex, long blueberry cobbler, minty spices, and chocolate finish with chewy tannins and moderate oak. A delicious, zesty, spicy malbec.
Zonte’s Footstep 2015 "Doctoressa di Lago" Pinot Grigio
91 points
$18
Best Buy
Bright light yellow straw color. Delicate, fruity aromas and flavors of peaches, lime, and plantain with a soft, vibrant, dryish medium-to-full body and a smooth, medium-length Meyer lemon and minerals finish with crunchy, fruit tannins and no oak. A mouthwatering pinot grigio with refreshing acidity and an elegant style.
91 points $18 Best Buy
Zonte’s Footstep 2015 "Scarlet Ladybird" Rosé Fleurieu Peninsula
91 points
$18
Best Buy
Pale light ruby color. Interesting aromas of dried strawberry, graham cracker, and cornichon with a silky, lively, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a seamless, interesting, medium-length blood orange, melon, and reduced lemon finish with no oak. A nice dry adult rose.
91 points $18 Best Buy
Sidewood 2013 Mappinga Reserve Sauvignon Blanc
91 points
$23.99
Yellow color. Aromas and flavors of nut brittle, mincemeat, and lemon-pear tart with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity body and a smooth, engaging, breezy vanilla nuts, lemon spritzed melon, and passion fruit finish with fine, fruit tannins and a suggestion of oak. A round appealing, delicately oaked sauvignon blanc.
91 points $23.99
Mr. Riggs 2014 "The Truant" Shiraz
90 points
$12
Best Buy
Black garnet color. Lively aromas of creme brulee, melted toffee, and sour cherry tart with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a graceful, compelling, medium-length chocolate graham cracker, vanilla yogurt craisins, blood orange, and sandalwood finish with well-integrated, chewy tannins and light oak. A nice juicy, appetizing shiraz.
90 points $12 Best Buy
Jacob’s Creek 2015 Two Lands Pinot Grigio
90 points
$13.99
Best Buy
Brilliant pale white gold color. Tropical aromas and flavors of exotic citrus, bubblegum, and vanilla pudding with a soft, crisp, dryish medium body and a smooth, complex, medium-length melon, green apple, and minerals finish with fine, crunchy, fruit tannins and no oak. A refreshing, nicely layered pinot grigio.
90 points $13.99 Best Buy
Wakefield/Taylors 2015  Sauvignon Blanc
90 points
$17.99
Best Buy
Yellow color. Aromas and flavors of grapefruit, grilled pepper, and pine needle with a silky, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-long kiwi, honeyed lemon, melon, and herbs finish with fine, fruit tannins and no oak. A nicely balanced, zesty sauvignon blanc.
90 points $17.99 Best Buy
Mr. Riggs 2013 "Piebald" Syrah
90 points
$20
Opaque black violet color. Lively, attractive, spicy aromas and flavors of menthol-mint, chocolate berries, and spicy dill pickle with a satiny, tangy, fruity body and a smooth, delightful, medium-length tangerine, mocha, creme brulee, and nutskin finish with well-integrated, crunchy tannins and moderate oak. An attractive, juicy, fruity well balanced shiraz pleaser.
Sidewood 2013 Mappinga Reserve Chardonnay
90 points
$23.99
Golden straw color. Bright, toasty aromas of grilled pineapple and coconut cream with a bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, stimulating, medium-length spiced apples, roasted nuts, and cornichon finish with crunchy tannins and moderate oak. A fine oaky chardonnay.
90 points $23.99
Zonte’s Footstep 2014 "Canto di Lago" Sangiovese-Barbera
90 points
$25
Black ruby color. Bright, attractive aromas and flavors of chocolate fondue, honeyed cherries, and vanilla toffee with a satiny, lively, petillant, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length spiced nuts, dried berries, sundried tomato, and cedar finish with crunchy, dusty tannins and moderate oak. A nicely structured and nuanced Australian red blend.
Mr. Riggs 2014 "Three Corner Jack" Red Blend McLaren Vale
89 points
$12
Best Buy
Ruby black color. Bright, fruity aromas and flavors of black raspberry a la mode, eucalyptus honey, and chocolate craisin with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length exotic spice, dried cherries and pomegranates, nuts, and cedar finish with well-integrated, chewy tannins and moderate oak. A versatile, spicy and lively red for everyday enjoyment.
89 points $12 Best Buy
Beastly 2013 Red Blend South Australia
89 points
$14.99
Best Buy
Deep purple color. Fruity, spicy aromas and flavors of blueberry chutney, menthol-mint, and chocolate with a supple, crisp, fruity medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length creme brulee, nuts, spiced beets, and cedar finish with well-integrated, chewy tannins. A very nice and spicy red blend.
89 points $14.99 Best Buy
Ferngrove 2015 Off Dry Riesling
89 points
$16.99
Clear silvery straw color. Bright, citrusy, rubbery fruity floral aromas and flavors of Meyer lemon, balloon, starfruit, and jasmine with a soft, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, delightful, breezy mango, lime, apple, and earth finish with fine, fruit tannins and no oak. A lovely, fruity, appetizing riesling.
89 points $16.99
Mr. Riggs 2014 "The Gaffer" Shiraz
89 points
$17
Indigo color. Mild, toasty aromas of chocolate cake and cherry sauce with a silky, lively, fruity medium body and a smooth, brisk pomegranates, spiced blueberries, oak, and medicinal herbs finish with medium, woody tannins and heavy oak. A nicely structured shiraz that could use a bit of time.
Zonte’s Footstep 2015 "Excalibur" Sauvignon Blanc
89 points
$18
Bright light yellow straw color. Lively, inviting, citrusy fruity peppery aromas of lemon pepper, lemon salt water taffy, roasted yellow peppers, and roasted jalapeno with a vibrant, dryish full body and a peppery, medium-length finish with well-integrated tannins.
Zonte’s Footstep 2014 "Chocolate Factory" Shiraz
89 points
$25
Bright dark black garnet color. Lively, spicy aromas and flavors of blackberry pie a la mode, spicy praline, and mole with an oily, tangy, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a warming, subtle, breezy spiced cherries, chocolate mint and nuts, and cedar finish with firm, chewy tannins and moderate oak. A rich, zesty, and solidly structured shiraz.
Mr. Riggs 2014 "The Ring In" Shiraz
88 points
$12
Best Buy
Deep purple color. Delicate, attractive aromas of mocha cream and berry pie with a silky, lively, medium body and an appealing, breezy chocolate craisins and cherries, watermelon sorbet, nuts, and cedar finish with well-integrated, chewy tannins and light oak. An attractive, zesty, easy drinking shiraz that is sure to please.
88 points $12 Best Buy
Sidewood 2013 Estate Bottled Chardonnay
88 points
$16.99
Emerald straw color. Bright, fruity, creamy aromas of creme brulee, spiced apples, and pineapple tart with a silky, vibrant, fruity medium body and a tingling, stimulating, medium-length papaya-mango relish, nuts, and lemon cream finish with fine, crunchy tannins and light oak. A pleasant, well oaked chardonnay.
88 points $16.99
Sidewood 2015 Estate Bottled Pinot Gris
88 points
$16.99
Pale clear silvery pink coral color. Delicate, fruity aromas and flavors of peaches in cream, nougat, lime, and banana with a soft, crisp, petillant, dryish medium body and a tingling, captivating, easy spiced yellow apple, minerals, and earth finish with fine, crunchy, fruit tannins and no oak. A pretty pinot gris with a pleasing dryness.
88 points $16.99
Sidewood 2014 Estate Bottled Sauvignon Blanc
88 points
$16.99
Yellow color. Aromas and flavors of earth, nougat, and lemon pulp with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a sleek, intriguing, cheery mango, kiwi, and moss finish with fine, fruit tannins and no oak. A refreshing, even and appealing white wine.
88 points $16.99
Wakefield/Taylors 2015  Riesling
88 points
$17.99
Bright light medium silvery emerald color. Bright, citrusy, nutty aromas and flavors of baked lemon and peach, grass, and key lime with a tangy, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, layered, medium-length melon sorbet and green apple skin finish with fruit tannins and no oak. A supple, nicely dry structured riesling that is sure to please.
88 points $17.99
Wakefield/Taylors 2014 Taylors Winemakers Project Viognier
88 points
$24.99
Bright medium golden straw color. Lively, fruity aromas and flavors of dried apricot and honeyed toast with a soft, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a tingling, complex, breezy spiced apples and pickled peaches and lemon sorbet finish with fruit, leafy tannins and no oak. A solid, tasty viognier with pleasant oak.
88 points $24.99
Mr. Riggs 2013  Shiraz
88 points
$36
Nearly opaque indigo color. Bright, tropical aromas of coconut custard, blueberry pie a la mode, and chocolate mint with a supple, lively, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a delightful, medium-length craisins, spiced apples, nuts, and menthol-mint finish with firm, woody tannins and light oak. A firm, concentrated shiraz that needs some time.
Jacob’s Creek 2015 Classic Pinot Grigio
87 points
$6.99
Best Buy
Pale straw green color. Bright, clean, citrusy aromas and flavors of nectarine, apple, and bubblegum dust with a soft, crisp, dryish medium body and a tingling, interesting, relaxed citrus rind, leaves, and minerals finish with fruit tannins and no oak. A dry crisp pinot grigio.
87 points $6.99 Best Buy
Ferngrove 2014  Cabernet Sauvignon
87 points
$16.99
Bright dark black ruby color. Lively, fruity, earthy aromas of chocolate dried berries, soil in a clay pot, peppery spices, and fresh eucalyptus leaf with a glycerous, lively, sweet medium-full body and a tingling, medium-length grilled cranberries, coffee grounds, cacao nibs, and gravel finish with clunky, barky tannins and moderate oak. A firm and somewhat challenging red.
87 points $16.99
Ferngrove 2012  Shiraz
87 points
$16.99
Indigo color. Delicate aromas and flavors of mocha buttercream, chocolate berries, and melted toffee with a silky, crisp, fruity medium body and a smooth, interesting, easy pomegranate, blood orange, and nuts finish with crunchy, chewy tannins and moderate oak.
87 points $16.99
Sidewood 2014 Estate Bottled Pinot Gris
87 points
$16.99
Bright medium golden straw color. Bright, fruity, smoky aromas and flavors of toasted herbs, grilled peaches, pickled melon, and rubber sap with an even, vibrant, dryish medium body and a tingling, engaging, brisk apple, citrus, and nuts finish with fruit, soft tannins and no oak. A very nice and savory pinot gris.
87 points $16.99
Wakefield/Taylors 2015  Pinot Gris
87 points
$17.99
Bright pale silvery emerald straw color. Bright, fruity aromas and flavors of warm peach cobbler and lemon chiffon with a soft, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length cream, nougat, and nectarine skin finish with fine, crunchy, fruit tannins and no oak. A very pure and lively pinot gris that is sure to please.
87 points $17.99
Mr. Riggs 2014 "The Deliquent" Shiraz
86 points
$12
Best Buy
Deep purple color. Bright, attractive aromas of chocolate covered berries and graham crackers and spiced nuts with an tangy, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, delightful, medium-length menthol mint, nougat, and marinated beets finish with chewy, firm tannins. A bright attractive shiraz with lots of zesty spice.
86 points $12 Best Buy
Ferngrove 2014  Sauvignon Blanc
86 points
$16.99
Yellow color. Aromas and flavors of roasted nuts and peppers, grilled fruits, and matchstick with a supple, crisp, dryish light-to-medium body and a silky, interesting, relaxed lemon, kiwi tart, and melon sorbet finish with silky tannins and a suggestion of oak. A smoky, savory sauvignon blanc.
86 points $16.99
Mr. Riggs 2014 "Watervale" Riesling
86 points
$17
Bright light golden yellow color. Bright, fruity, rubbery minerally aromas of ripe green apples, petrol - kerosine, lime pith, and gravel with a lively, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, interesting, breezy finish with fruit tannins.
Wakefield/Taylors 2015  Chardonnay
86 points
$17.99
Brilliant yellow straw color. Delicate, woody aromas and flavors of toasted balsa, smoked nuts, and pickled melon with a supple, crisp, dryish medium body and a tingling, interesting, easy pear, grilled lemon, and singed wood finish with chewy tannins and light oak.
86 points $17.99
Sidewood 2013 Estate Bottled Pinot Noir
86 points
$18.99
Bright medium burnt sienna color. Delicate, earthy, fruity rubbery inviting aromas of spiced cherries, cherry taffy, green twigs, and dried leaves - turned earth with a crisp, dry full body and a peppery, delightful, brisk finish with fine, fruit, firm tannins and light oak.
86 points $18.99
Wakefield/Taylors 2015 St. Andrews Riesling
86 points
$49.99
Pale emerald straw color. Bright, citrusy aromas and flavors of lemon custard, green apple, and nougat with a soft, tart, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, interesting, breezy nectarine skin, lime, chalk, and gum finish with fruit tannins and no oak. A nicely structured riesling that will shine with seafood.
86 points $49.99
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