February 2017 - Australia

This month's Wine feature is Australian Wines
Australia Reviews
218155
Mr. Riggs
2014 The Magnet Grenache
Garnet black color. Spicy, fruity aromas and flavors of berry chutney, chocolate mint, and menthol lozenge with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium body and a complex, long huckleberry jam on toast, exotic spices, and nut brittle finish with fine, silky tannins and light oak. A sensationally spicy and flavorful grenache that hits all of the high notes.
96 points $21.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217940
Wakefield
2015 Shiraz
Dark violet color. Fruity, attractive aromas and flavors of melted chocolate toffee and blueberry and banana cream pies with graham cracker crusts with a supple, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, layered, long candied orange and lime peels, baking spices, and nuts finish with well-integrated, chewy tannins and moderate oak. A spot on example of concentrated Clare Valley shiraz.
93 points $18 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218153
Mr. Riggs
2015 The Gaffer Shiraz
Nearly opaque violet color. Roasted aromas and flavors of creamy mocha and dark roasted pecans with a satiny, tangy, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length blueberry chutney, spiced apples and craisins, and nut brittle finish with chewy, crunchy tannins and moderate oak. A robust, toasty shiraz with a sinewy core of ripe fruit.
93 points $18.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218197
Monterra
2015 Merlot
Garnet black color. Spicy, attractive aromas and flavors of black raspberry pie a la mode, toffee, and floral honey with a silky, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, complex, pickled blueberries and golden beets, blood orange and plum, and ground nuts finish with fine, chewy tannins and moderate oak. A rich, chewy, spicy merlot with enthralling varietal character and balance.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218152
Mr. Riggs
2013 Shiraz
Dark garnet black color. Spicy, herbal aromas and flavors of spicy berry and tomato chutneys, chocolate mint, and eucalyptus with a satiny, tangy, fruity medium-to-full body and a seamless, interesting, medium-length spiced cherries and grapefruit, menthol mint lozenge, and creamy vanilla nougat finish with fine, chewy tannins and light oak. A delightfully chewy and creamy shiraz pleaser.
93 points $35.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218390
The Bryson
2010 Barrel Select Red Blend Padthaway
Bright ruby black color. Aromas and flavors of ripe mulberries and black berries, leather and clay, baked oak, and tellicherry peppers with an lively, dry full body and an interesting, short finish with earthy tannins and moderate oak. An excellent example.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217937
Taylors
2015 Jaraman Shiraz
Violet color. Toasty aromas and flavors of butterscotch, toffee, and berry pie crust with a silky, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, refreshing, medium-long spiced orange, pomegranate, and menthol and eucalyptus finish with chewy, crunchy tannins and moderate oak. A delicious, savory and herbal shiraz with lots of appeal.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217938
Taylors
2014 Jaraman Cabernet Sauvignon
Nearly opaque dusty garnet violet color. Aromas and flavors of chocolate mint, spiced cassis, menthol, and cherry cola with a satiny, tangy, fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, nuanced, medium-long candied citrus peels, green plum, sandalwood, and Arnold Palmer finish with well-integrated, dusty, chewy tannins and moderate oak. A robust, spicy cabernet that will stand up to the heartiest of dishes.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218189
Elysian Springs
2015 Spring Lamb Syrah
Opaque dark violet color. Complex, inviting aromas and flavors of spiced berries, herbal honey, menthol tobacco, and dried lavender with a supple, tangy, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, compelling, medium-long craisin and cassis liqueur, reduced tangerine, nutskin, and peppery spice finish with fine, chewy tannins and light oak. A supple, artfully balanced syrah with nice depth and breadth of flavor.
92 points $27.50
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217930
Taylors
2014 St. Andrews Shiraz
Violet color. Spicy, creamy, fruity aromas and flavors of berry custard pie, vanilla nougat, and baking spices with a satiny, bright, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, interesting, medium-long dried cherries, chestnuts, and roasted carrots finish with chewy, dusty tannins and moderate oak. A rich chewy, rather brooding shiraz that will improve with age.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218151
Mr. Riggs
2015 Piebald Syrah
Opaque deep purple color. Spicy, herbal, complex aromas and flavors of toffee, blueberry chutney, eucalyptus and menthol, and floral tea leaves with a satiny, tangy, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, interesting, medium-long pomegranate, nuts, and dusty earth finish with well-integrated, chewy tannins and light oak. A vibrant, round syrah with flavors that pop.
91 points $21.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217929
Taylors
2015 Reserve Parcel Shiraz
Violet color. Fruity, spicy aromas and flavors of vanilla mint, blueberry tart, chocolate, and clay with a round, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and an even, appealing, medium-long spiced dried cherries and pomegranates and roasted chestnuts finish with well-integrated, chewy tannins and moderate oak. A great, chewy, spicy Shiraz.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217961
Sidewood
2015 "MAPPINGA" Chardonnay
Pale yellow straw color. Toasty, tropical aromas and flavors of young coconut custard, pineapple, and guanabana with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, interesting, medium-long lemon spritzed apple and nuts finish with a suggestion of oak. A rock solid Australian chardonnay that will be versatile.
91 points $24.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218196
Monterra
2016 Fleurieu Peninsula
Sunburst amber color. Fruity aromas of white strawberry and toasted nuts with a silky, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a silky, stimulating, medium-long vanilla nut brittle, cherry, kiwi, and honey finish with no oak. A very smooth, flavorful and admirably restrained rose.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217932
Taylors
2015 St. Andrews Chardonnay
Brilliant golden emerald straw color. Fruity, creamy aromas and flavors of vanilla-coconut custard, pineapple-mango relish, and caramel apple with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, appealing, medium-long spiced nuts finish with fruit tannins and light oak. A flavorful and nicely balanced chardonnay with fine oak an bright fruit.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217960
Sidewood
2015 Chardonnay
Pale golden yellow color. Interesting aromas and flavors of lemongrass, pine blossom, exotic tropical citrus, and nougat with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, delightful, medium-long reduced lime, mango, and tart Saturn peach finish with soft, fruit tannins and a suggestion of oak. A very distinctive chardonnay with an nice mix of exotic tropical fruits and herbal high notes.
90 points $17.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217933
Taylors
2016 Pinot Gris
Pale straw color. Fruity, inviting aromas and flavors of honeycomb, Asian pear, and nectarine with a supple, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a polished, refreshing, medium-long lemon sorbet and green apple finish with no oak. A rich, vibrant pinot grigio that invigorates the palate.
90 points $18 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218366
Ozzie Ba Ru
2006 Shiraz
Dark ruby black color. Earthy, mature aromas and flavors of wet clay and cedar, buttery nougat, craisin, and berry vinaigrette with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, interesting, medium-long raisin chutney, spiced plums, and nutskin finish with crunchy, earthy tannins and moderate oak. A plush, mature syrah with a very Old World style.
90 points $24.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218198
Monterra
2015 Cabernet - Tempranillo
Bright ruby black color. Aromas and flavors of ripe mulberries and gelato, spiced plums, potters clay and dried herbs and mint, and white peppercorns with a lively, dry full body and a distinctive, easy finish with earthy tannins and moderate oak. An excellent example.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217936
Taylors
2015 Shiraz
Nearly opaque dark violet color. Fruity aromas and flavors of spiced berries, toffee, and mocha with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, intriguing, medium-length nuts and blood orange finish with well-integrated, chewy tannins and moderate oak. A very nice, delicately spicy shiraz.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218195
Monterra
2016 Pinot Gris
Light silvery emerald straw color. Tropical aromas and flavors of mango and papaya yogurt, banana, nougat, and tropical blossom with a supple, tart, dry-yet-fruity light body and a silky, easy lemon ice, nectarine skin, pickled melon and apple, and grass finish with fine, crunchy, fruit tannins and no oak. A refreshing, tropically tinged pinot gris.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218199
Monterra
2016 Pinot Noir
Clear dusty garnet color. Spicy, attractive aromas and flavors of brown spices, dried eucalyptus leaf, pomegranate chutney, and gingerbread spice cake with a supple, lively, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, stimulating, medium-long roasted beets and blood orange and earth finish with fine, chewy tannins and light oak. A wonderfully spicy and engaging pinot noir that will pair brilliantly with spicy meat dishes.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218200
Monterra
2016 Shiraz
Dark color. Aromas and flavors of dark berry, herbs, and black pepper with a vibrant, dryish medium body and a compelling, medium-length finish with well-integrated, medium tannins and a suggestion of oak. a nice juicy shiraz with blue and black fruits, mild tannins
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217931
Taylors
2014 St. Andrews Cabernet Sauvignon
Nearly opaque dark violet color. Inviting, spicy aromas and flavors of red and black fruit, mixed peppercorns, and chocolate mint with a supple, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, intricate, medium-long butter roasted walnuts, dried berries, milk chocolate mousse, and candied violet finish with well-integrated, chewy tannins and moderate oak. A vivacious and appetizing cabernet that is sure to please.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218156
McWilliams
2015 Hanwood Estate Chardonnay
Pale yellow straw color. Smoky, tropical aromas and flavors of grilled pineapple, roasted nuts, lemon yogurt, and dried banana with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, amusing, medium-length green apple finish with fine, fruit tannins and a suggestion of oak. A nice lightly toasty chardonnay with zippy acidity for the table.
88 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218158
McWilliams
2014 Hanwood Estate Shiraz
Nearly opaque violet color. Aromas and flavors of mocha, dark cranberry nut toast, and delicate spices with a supple, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a seamless, charming, medium-length spices berries and green apples, cocoa, pepper, and cedar finish with chewy, dusty tannins and light oak. A nice chewy, shiraz with dusty tannins for the table.
88 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217965
Sidewood
2016 Sauvignon Blanc
Bright straw green color. Aromas and flavors of honeyed grapefruit, passionfruit, and nectarine with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a sleek, compelling, breezy kiwi, apple, and mango finish with fine, fruit tannins and no oak. A smooth and easy sauvignon blanc sipper.
88 points $17.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217966
Sidewood
2015 Pinot Gris
Pale straw color. Interesting aromas and flavors of peanut and cashew butter and dried peach and pear with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity body and a silky, interesting, cheery lemon spritzed apple and nectarine skin finish with fine, fruit tannins and no oak. A very crisp and refreshing pinot grigio.
88 points $17.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217928
Taylors
2016 Tempranillo
Dark color. Aromas and flavors of sweet black fruit and floral notes with a vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an intriguing, medium-length finish with medium tannins and a suggestion of oak. A nice Aussie red with dark fruit, that will work with hearty dishes.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218154
Mr. Riggs
2016 Watervale Riesling
Pale emerald straw color. Aromas and flavors of fallen green apple, dried lemon, and lemongrass with a supple, tangy, dryish light-to-medium body and a sleek, medium-length lime spritzed melon and straw finish with fine, crunchy, fruit tannins and no oak. A crisp, savory riesling for seafood.
88 points $18.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217939
Taylors
2015 Jaraman Chardonnay
Pale color. Earthy aromas and flavors of dried citrus, overripe apple, and pressed flowers with a supple, crisp, dryish light-to-medium body and a smooth, breezy green pineapple, nutskin, and earth finish with fine, crunchy tannins and a suggestion of oak. A sturdy, earthy chardonnay for the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218188
Elysian Springs
2015 Silent Waters Pinot Noir
Clear dusty garnet color. Aromas and flavors of cranberry tart, menthol mint, eucalyptus honey, and tea with a supple, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and an engaging, pickled beets, roasted cherries, and nuts finish with silky tannins and light oak. A delightfully spicy and supple pinot noir.
88 points $27.50
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217934
Taylors
2015 Cabernet Sauvignon
Dark deep purple color. Spicy, herbal, fruity aromas and flavors of blueberry chutney, eucalyptus, orange menthol mint, and toffee with a satiny, tangy, fruity medium-full body and a smooth, complex, medium-long spiced cassis compote, vanilla toffee, oak, and orange pekoe tea finish with well-integrated, crunchy tannins and moderate oak. A delicious, fruit forward cabernet with nice structure for now or the cellar.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217935
Taylors
2016 Pinot Noir
Dusty ruby color. Fruity, floral, herbal aromas and flavors of herbed berries and citrus, pressed flowers, and hint of Pez with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, appealing, medium-length vanilla mint and spiced nuts finish with fine, chewy tannins and light oak. A crisp, lightly herbal pinot that will shine at the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217959
Sidewood
2015 Pinot Noir
Light garnet color. Aromas and flavors of roasted nuts and cherries, fried pickle, and smoked nuts with a supple, bright, dry medium body and a smooth, marinated beets, nutskin, and earth finish with soft, chewy tannins and a suggestion of oak. A nice dry, savory, delicately spice pinot sipper.
86 points $19.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218190
Elysian Springs
2016 Honey Block Chardonnay
Clear straw green color. Earthy aromas and flavors of apple core and skin, earth, and nut shell with a silky, bright, medium body and a tingling, appealing, medium-length honey baked apple, lemon granita, and melon finish with fine, dusty, fruit tannins and a suggestion of oak. A nice dry earthy chardonnay.
86 points $27.50
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218157
McWilliams
2014 Hanwood Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
Dark ruby black color. Fruity, spicy aromas and flavors of dried berries, spiced plum and citrus, toasted oak and tea leaves, and cocoa with a supple, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, interesting, medium-long spiced apple and citrus, ripe blackberries, and vanilla nuts finish with well-integrated, crunchy tannins and light oak. A nice zesty, fruity cabernet with a nice hint of spice.
85 points $9.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217962
Stable Hill
2016 Palomino Pinot Grigio
Pale white gold color. Green, grassy aromas and flavors of wet lawn, dried citrus, melon rind, and turnip with a soft, tart, dry light body and a tingling, brisk lime pulp, green apple core, and nutskin finish with no oak. A tart, dry, earthy pinot grigio for the table.
85 points $16.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218194
Monterra
2016 Estate Sauvignon Blanc
Clear emerald straw color. Earthy, citrusy aromas of fresh and dried citrus and grass with a supple, bright, dryish light body and a smooth, relaxed passionfruit and clementine finish with no oak. A nice smooth, supple sipper.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217963
Stable Hill
2016 The Unicorn Sauvignon Blanc
Bright straw green color. Grassy, citrusy aromas of dusty grapefruit, gooseberry, and wheatgrass with a tart, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a graceful, interesting, medium-length lemon spritzed and pickled melon and lime finish with fine, crunchy, fruit tannins and no oak. A nice savory, quenching sauvignon blanc.
84 points $16.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218187
Elysian Springs
2016 Pennies from Heaven Sauvignon Blanc
Clear silvery emerald straw color. Dusty aromas and flavors of sliced green pepper and radish, brown grass, lemon pepper, and dried lime blossom with a supple, bright, dryish light-to-medium body and a smooth, cheery green apple skin and nutskin finish with fruit tannins. A mild, earthy sauvignon blanc sipper.
84 points $27.50
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217964
Stable Hill
2013 Little Villager Pinot Noir
Dusty burnt sienna color. Spicy, herbal, earthy aromas and flavors of berry vinaigrette on mesclun and dusty beets with a soft, dry light-to-medium body and an even, rapid nutskin and shell and grassy earth finish with crunchy, fine tannins and light oak. A dry, somewhat lean pinot noir.
83 points $17.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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