July 2016 - Australia

This month's Wine feature is Australian Wines
Australia Reviews
215845
Aficionado
2015 Cabernet Sauvignon
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215288
Jaraman
2014 Wakefield Shiraz
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215858
Insurrection
2015 Red Blend South-Eastern Australia
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215813
Jacob’s Creek
NV "Double Barrel" Cabernet Sauvignon
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215286
Wakefield/Taylors
2015 Shiraz
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215289
Wakefield
2015 "Promised Land" Shiraz
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215287
Wakefield/Taylors
2015 Merlot
Dark bright opaque 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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215844
Aficionado
2015 Shiraz
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215812
Jacob’s Creek
NV "Double Barrel" Shiraz
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215860
Jewelry Box
2015 Pinot Grigio
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215846
Aficionado
2015 Red Blend McLaren Vale
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215859
Jewelry Box
2015 Chardonnay
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215290
Wakefield
2015 "Promised Land" Cabernet Sauvignon
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215861
Jewelry Box
2014 Cabernet Sauvignon
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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