July 2017 - Australia

This month's Wine feature is Australian Wines
Australia Reviews
220194
Mr. Riggs
2014 Shiraz
Nearly opaque black ruby color. Earthy aromas of dusty earth, dried herbs and tea, grilled plum, and chocolate and caramel with a lightly tannic, crisp, fruity full body and an interesting, medium-length ripe dark fruits, salami, cinnamon and clove, and coffee cake finish with well-integrated tannins and moderate oak. A satisfying and versatile youthful Shiraz.
93 points $41.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220423
Zonte’s Footstep
2014 Z-Force Reserve McLaren Vale
Violet color. Creamy, funky aromas and flavors of berry creme brulee and chocolate mint and toffee with a silky, bright, fruity medium-to-full body and a graceful, delightful, medium-long berry jam on cinnamon toast, pepper, and nuts finish with well-integrated, silky tannins and moderate oak. A sensuously sumptuous Shiraz that is sure to satisfy.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219992
Taylors
2014 The Visionary Cabernet Sauvignon
Black ruby color. Aromas and flavors of eucalyptus and menthol, fine furniture, fresh radish with dill, and dark chocolate covered cherry with a chewy, lively, dry-yet-fruity full body and a peppery, nuanced, long cassis confit, chocolate candy, and herbal honey finish with well-integrated, chewy tannins and heavy oak. A rich, savory, mouthwatering cabernet with gobs of sweet fruit, spice, and herb flavors.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220424
Zonte’s Footstep
2016 Lake Doctor Shiraz
Ruby black color. Fruity aromas and flavors of chestnut nougat, jam on sesame toast, chocolate mint, and clay with a supple, bright, fruity medium-to-full body and an amusing, medium-length spiced sour cherries, ground nuts, pepper, and oak finish with chewy, dusty tannins and moderate oak. A nice chewy, oak accented Shiraz that will sing with meats.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220425
Zonte’s Footstep
2016 Baron Von Nemesis Shiraz
Opaque black garnet color. Earthy, spicy aromas and flavors of stable floor, grilled plum and Hungarian wax peppers, cherry mocha trifle, and rooibos tea and Chinese 5 spice with a round, vibrant, fruity full body and a medium-long finish with medium, chewy tannins. A bold and spicy wine for rich and exotic meals.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220428
Zonte’s Footstep
2016 Chocolate Factory Shiraz
Garnet black color. Aromas and flavors of candied violets, pomegranate chutney, chocolate toffee, and honeycomb with a satiny, bright, fruity medium-to-full body and an interesting, medium-long honeyed apples and boysenberries, sweet spices, earth, and nutskin- finish with chewy, earthy tannins. A rich Shiraz with chewy chocolatey oak.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219998
Taylors
2016 St. Andrews Riesling
Pale golden straw color. Minerally aromas and flavors of riverbed, apricot skin, cherry blossoms, and mandarin orange and rubber eraser with a round, tart, petillant, dryish light body and a medium-length marcona almond, petrol, meringue, and stainless steel and lime peel finish with silky, fruit tannins. A vibrant scintillating Riesling that invigorates the palate.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219997
Taylors
2016 Riesling
Pale yellow straw color. Clean, citrusy aromas and flavors of fresh lemon rind, marshmallow, lily, and macadamia nut with a round, lively, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a sleek, breezy powdery chalk and peach cobbler finish with fine, fruit tannins and no oak. A crisp, tangy Riesling with vibrant fruit and mouthwatering acidity.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219991
Taylors
2016 Shiraz
Opaque black violet color. Earthy aromas and flavors of stewed plum and cherry, smoked meat, and charcoal with a chewy, vibrant, fruity medium-full body and a medium-length bramble, peppercorn medley, and blistered grapes finish with well-integrated, medium tannins and moderate oak. A zesty and savory wine for lamb.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220196
Mr. Riggs
2015 The Magnet Grenache
Dusty brick red color. Fresh, fruity aromas and flavors of fresh blackberry jam, ripe strawberry, violet, and mocha with a velvety, crisp, fruity medium body and an effortless, carefree vanilla yogurt glaze finish. A plush and crushable Grenache charmer.
88 points $21.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220212
Smoky Bay
NV Pinot Grigio
Pale yellow straw color. Minerally, fruity aromas and flavors of brook stone, fresh lime, lime leaf, and kiwi with a satiny, bright, dry light body and a medium-length straw and marcona almond finish with fine tannins. A nice dry yet tropical Pinot Grigio.
87 points $8.80 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219994
Taylors
2015 80 Acres Shiraz
Bright garnet black color. Earthy, rustic, jammy aromas and flavors of animal hide, overripe berry, fertile earth, and fallen leaf with a slightly chewy, bright, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, breezy finish with clunky tannins and moderate oak. A rustic and fruity red for the table.
87 points $14 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219989
Taylors
2015 Special Release Shiraz
Dusty garnet black color. Jammy aromas and flavors of stewed red fruit, chocolate nuts, and sweet spices with a supple, tangy, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a graceful, charming, medium-long blackberries, green apples, nuts, and pepper finish with crunchy, chewy tannins and light oak. A rock solid Shiraz for casual sipping or burgers.
87 points $15 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219990
Taylors
2016 Merlot
Nearly opaque deep purple color. Earthy, fruity, funky aromas and flavors of stable floor, baked plum, allspice, and freshly foraged mushrooms with a velvety, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a smooth, complex, medium-long cinnamon spiced cranberry, eucalyptus, and smoky barbecue sauce finish with earthy, woody tannins and moderate oak. A rustic charmer, full of lush fruits and barnyard funk; yummy and intriguing.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220193
Mr. Riggs
2015 Piebald Shiraz
Opaque black garnet color. Earthy aromas of stable, huckleberry, leather, and mint with a chewy, crisp, fruity full body and a crisp sun dried tomato, cherry, sweet herbs, and eucalyptus finish with medium, chewy tannins and moderate oak. An earthy wine that will shine with game.
87 points $21.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219987
Taylors
2015 Reserve Parcel Cabernet Sauvignon
Opaque black garnet color. Aromas of chocolate covered dried cassis, leather, and polished wood with a chewy, lively, dry-yet-fruity full body and an interesting, medium-length pickled beets, bark, and barbecue sauce finish with woody, barky tannins and moderate oak. A sturdy red for beef.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220211
Smoky Bay
NV Cabernet Sauvignon
Bright garnet black color. Sweet, spicy aromas of sweet grass, ripe red fruit, eucalyptus, and black licorice with a velvety, crisp, fruity full body and an engaging, medium-long blueberry preserve, maple syrup, vanilla crepe with creme fraiche, and chocolate ganache with mint finish with well-integrated, medium tannins. A big and complex cab with a pleasant creamy mouthfeel.
86 points $8.85 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220214
Smoky Bay
NV Shiraz Rosé Australia
Topaz color. Aromas and flavors of wool, lipstick, and red candy with an oily, shy, dryish light-to-medium body and a brisk cherry and blueberry jelly, rhubarb compote, beeswax, and vanilla toffee finish with coating tannins and no oak. A interesting wine with great viscosity.
86 points $11.05 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219995
Taylors
2015 80 Acres Shiraz-Cabernet-Merlot
Opaque black garnet color. Elegant aromas of cassis, plum, chocolate covered licorice, and fresh leather and game with a satiny, bright, fruity full body and a smooth, appealing, swift vanilla, pickled jalepeno, cedar box, and malabar pepper finish with papery tannins and moderate oak. Revel in the elegant nose of this rich wine.
86 points $14 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220155
Yalumba
2014 Patchwork Shiraz
Opaque black garnet color. Aromas of freshly tilled earth, dried fig, and black pepper with a slightly chewy, vibrant, fruity medium-full body and a easy berry vinaigrette and cherry candy finish with medium tannins and moderate oak. An easy-going Shiraz for weeknight meals.
86 points $19.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220426
Zonte’s Footstep
2016 Hills Are Alive Shiraz
Opaque black violet color. Floral, elegant aromas and flavors of violet and mulberry jam, cherry blossom, charred oak, and ripe plum with a velvety, lively, fruity full body and an appealing, medium-length roasted beet salad with pistachios, fine leather, and black pepper sauce finish with chewy, coating tannins and moderate oak. A super pleasing Shiraz full of purple fruits and flowers.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219986
Taylors
2016 Promised Land Shiraz
Ruby black color. Jammy aromas and flavors of overripe berries, velum, grape jelly, and mint with a supple, soft, fruity medium-to-full body and a peppery, brisk bacon drippings and braised celery finish with medium tannins. A juicy, jammy Shiraz for the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220195
Mr. Riggs
2016 Watervale Riesling
Pale yellow straw color. Fruity aromas and flavors of asian pear, citrus melange, sweet herbs, and exotic blossoms with a round, racy, dry light-to-medium body and a delightful, medium-long ground nuts, citrus pith, salted herbs, and cabbage finish with fine, fruit tannins. A pleasant Riesling sipper.
85 points $17.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220427
Zonte’s Footstep
2016 Love Symbol Grenache
Dusty ruby color. Aromas of cherry aigre-doux and tarragon with a supple, soft, fruity medium body and a smooth, medium-length strawberry, peach, gravel, and white chocolate finish with soft, silky tannins and a suggestion of oak. An easy-going Grenache for casual dinners.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219988
Taylors
2015 Special Release Cabernet Sauvignon
Nearly opaque garnet black color. Spicy aromas and flavors of jalepeno pepper, raspberry sauce, olive tapenade, and pickled vegetables with a slightly chewy, dry-yet-fruity full body and a breezy mocha, pickled cherries, mint tea, and cedar finish with moderate oak. A savory and green Cab for Mexican cuisine.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219996
Taylors
2016 Chardonnay
Bright yellow straw color. Toasty aromas of fresh yellow apple, vanilla fondant, and toasted marshmallow with a supple, bright, fruity medium body and a medium-length honeyed almonds finish with medium, fruit tannins and moderate oak. A nice wine for weeknight meals.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219993
Taylors
2016 Jaraman Chardonnay
Bright golden straw color. Fruity, buttery aromas and flavors of green apples, butterscotch, pear, and cinnamon and anise with a slightly chewy, crisp, fruity medium body and a tingling, breezy orange coulis, summer squash, and green almond finish with soft tannins and a suggestion of oak. Ripe fruit flavors pair with spice in this food-friendly wine.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220213
Smoky Bay
NV Chardonnay
Medium straw color. Aromas and flavors of vanilla salt water taffy, plantain, bran muffin, and lemon custard with a soft, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a momentary green apple finish. An easy quaffer.
83 points $11.05
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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