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July 2016 - Australia

July 2016 - Australia
This month's Wine feature is Australian Wines

Australia Reviews

Aficionado 2015  Cabernet Sauvignon
93 points
$15
Best Buy
Dark bright opaque violet color. Bright, fruity aromas and flavors of fruit custard, toffee, orange blossoms, and cigar tobacco with a soft, lively, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, layered, carefree creme brulee, spiced cherries and apples, herbed nuts, and earth finish with well-integrated, chewy tannins and moderate oak. A nicely nuanced, tangy shiraz that will play nicely with a wide variety of foods.
93 points $15 Best Buy
Jaraman 2014 Wakefield Shiraz
93 points
$19.99
Best Buy
Opaque black garnet color. Rich, jammy aromas and flavors of black raspberry jam on cranberry toast, honeyed nuts, and cherry cola with a supple, tangy, fruity medium-full body and a warming, complex, medium-length blueberry pie a la mode, marinated blood oranges, nutskins, and baking spices finish with chewy, crunchy tannins and moderate oak. A chewy, spicy shiraz with great pleasure production potential.
93 points $19.99 Best Buy
Insurrection 2015 Red Blend South-Eastern Australia
92 points
$16.99
Best Buy
Deep purple color. Creamy, fruity aromas of blueberry pie a la mode, vanilla toffee, sweet spices, and honey toasted sage with a satiny, tangy, fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, refreshing, medium-long menthol, chocolate mint, and nutskin finish with well-integrated, chewy tannins and moderate oak. A very fruity and attractive crowd-pleasing red blend.
92 points $16.99 Best Buy
Jacob’s Creek NV "Double Barrel" Cabernet Sauvignon
92 points
$24.99
Garnet black color. Fruity, spicy aromas of chocolate mint, berry tart, eucalyptus, and menthol with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, delightful, medium-long blueberries, Asian spices, and oak finish with moderate oak. A nice spicy, fruity cabernet.
92 points $24.99
Wakefield/Taylors 2015  Shiraz
90 points
$17.99
Best Buy
Nearly opaque black violet color. Rich, fruity aromas and flavors of fresh baked blueberry cobbler, macadamia nut gelato, and chocolate mint with an oily, tangy, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a warming, distinctive, medium-length huckleberry jam, toffee, and honeyed peppercorns finish with chewy, earthy tannins and moderate oak. A nice jammy shiraz to kick back with.
90 points $17.99 Best Buy
Wakefield 2015 "Promised Land" Shiraz
89 points
$14.99
Best Buy
Nearly opaque deep purple color. Lively, fruity, spicy aromas and flavors of blueberry pie a la mode, toffee, and roasted pepper with a soft, lively, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a warming, intriguing, carefree black cherries, vanilla nuts, and sweet spices finish with silky tannins and moderate oak. A juicy, spicy, easy-drinking shiraz.
89 points $14.99 Best Buy
Wakefield/Taylors 2015  Merlot
89 points
$17.99
Bright black ruby color. Rich, fruity, toasty aromas and flavors of blueberry tart and mocha toffee with a soft, tangy, dryish medium-full body and a warming, distinctive, medium-length boysenberry jam on raisin toast, cedar bark, brown spices, and violet candy finish with dusty tannins and moderate oak. A nice crunchy merlot that will pair nicely.
89 points $17.99
Aficionado 2015  Shiraz
88 points
$15
Best Buy
Opaque black ruby color. Bright, nutty aromas and flavors of butter roasted nuts, blueberry pie crust, and blooming forest floor with an even, tangy, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a warming, complex, medium-length peppercorn, vanilla praline, cedar, and hint of caramelized bacon finish with crunchy, woody tannins and moderate oak. A mellow, crunchy shiraz for carefree enjoyment.
88 points $15 Best Buy
Jacob’s Creek NV "Double Barrel" Shiraz
88 points
$19.95
Opaque dark deep purple color. Bright, creamy, fruity aromas of blueberry muffin, creme brulee, and floral spice with a soft, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a warming, compelling, breezy black raspberry jam on cranberry toast, honeyed nuts, cocoa-dusted apple, and lime zest finish with crunchy, fine tannins and light oak. A juicy, fruity-forward shiraz with nice crunchy tannins.
88 points $19.95
Jewelry Box 2015  Pinot Grigio
87 points
$18.99
Bright light straw color. Bright, fruity aromas and flavors of peach yogurt and baklava with a soft, vibrant, dryish medium-to-full body and a tingling, interesting, breezy nectarine skin, nougat, pineapple cake, and orange blossom finish with fine, fruit tannins and no oak. A delightful, delicately fruity summer sipper.
87 points $18.99
Aficionado 2015 Red Blend McLaren Vale
86 points
$15
Best Buy
Dark violet color. Lively, sweet aromas of blackberry tart, butter roasted nuts, sweet spices, and dark chocolate orange peels with a silky, bright, fruity medium body and a smooth, medium-length black forest cake and apple sauce finish with chewy, dusty tannins and light oak. A nice everyday red for casual enjoyment.
86 points $15 Best Buy
Jewelry Box 2015  Chardonnay
86 points
$18.99
Bright medium light golden silver color. Bright, fruity aromas and flavors of whole pineapple, apple sauce, and banana taffy with an even, vibrant, fruity medium-full body and a tingling, refreshing, breezy coconut milk and nougat finish with soft, crunchy, fruit tannins and moderate oak. A smooth and very fruit chardonnay crowd pleaser.
86 points $18.99
Wakefield 2015 "Promised Land" Cabernet Sauvignon
85 points
$14.99
Bright dark medium deep purple color. Bright, fruity, grainy toasty aromas and flavors of pickle and dried berries with a soft, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a tingling, compelling, snappy raspberries and melon, spiced nuts, and cedar finish with crunchy, dusty tannins and moderate oak. A solid cab for everyday meals.
85 points $14.99
Jewelry Box 2014  Cabernet Sauvignon
84 points
$18.99
Bright medium dark dark garnet color. Bright, rubbery, funky fruity aromas and flavors of cherry sauce on waffle cones, raisins, and roasted pistachios with an even, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, quick cherry pits and nutskin finish with earthy, chewy tannins and moderate oak. A simple quaffer.
84 points $18.99
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