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July 2017 - Australia

July 2017 - Australia
This month's Wine feature is Australian Wines

Australia Reviews

Mr. Riggs 2014  Shiraz
93 points
$41.99
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
Zonte’s Footstep 2014 Z-Force Reserve McLaren Vale
92 points
$55
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.
Taylors 2014 The Visionary Cabernet Sauvignon
92 points
$140
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.
Zonte’s Footstep 2016 Lake Doctor Shiraz
91 points
$25
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.
Zonte’s Footstep 2016 Baron Von Nemesis Shiraz
91 points
$35
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.
Zonte’s Footstep 2016 Chocolate Factory Shiraz
90 points
$25
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.
Taylors 2016 St. Andrews Riesling
90 points
$32
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.
Taylors 2016  Riesling
88 points
$18
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.
Taylors 2016  Shiraz
88 points
$18
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.
Mr. Riggs 2015 The Magnet Grenache
88 points
$21.99
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
Smoky Bay NV  Pinot Grigio
87 points
$8.80
Best Buy
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
Taylors 2015 80 Acres Shiraz
87 points
$14
Best Buy
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
Taylors 2015 Special Release Shiraz
87 points
$15
Best Buy
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
Taylors 2016  Merlot
87 points
$18
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.
Mr. Riggs 2015 Piebald Shiraz
87 points
$21.99
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
Taylors 2015 Reserve Parcel Cabernet Sauvignon
87 points
$22
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.
Smoky Bay NV  Cabernet Sauvignon
86 points
$8.85
Best Buy
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
Smoky Bay NV Shiraz Rosé Australia
86 points
$11.05
Best Buy
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
Taylors 2015 80 Acres Shiraz-Cabernet-Merlot
86 points
$14
Best Buy
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
Yalumba 2014 Patchwork Shiraz
86 points
$19.99
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
Zonte’s Footstep 2016 Hills Are Alive Shiraz
86 points
$35
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.
Taylors 2016 Promised Land Shiraz
85 points
$13
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.
Mr. Riggs 2016 Watervale Riesling
85 points
$17.99
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
Zonte’s Footstep 2016 Love Symbol Grenache
85 points
$25
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.
Taylors 2015 Special Release Cabernet Sauvignon
84 points
$15
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.
Taylors 2016  Chardonnay
84 points
$18
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.
Taylors 2016 Jaraman Chardonnay
84 points
$22
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.
Smoky Bay NV  Chardonnay
83 points
$11.05
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
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