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February 2018 - Australia

February 2018 - Australia
This month's Wine feature is Australian Wines

Australia Reviews

Taylors 2015 St Andrews Cabernet Sauvignon
94 points
$50
Indigo color. Aromas and flavors of chocolate craisin, mocha, grilled green pepper, and pepper spices with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a polished, engaging, medium-long dried cherries, blackberry pie a la mode, and cola float finish. A robustly flavorful, age-worthy red that is drinking brilliantly now.
Taylors 2016  Cabernet Sauvignon
93 points
$18
Best Buy
Deep purple color. Fruity aromas and flavors of cassis pie, roasted pepper relish, pencil shavings, and chocolate with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and an amusing, medium-long boysenberries, cedar bark, and dried eucalyptus finish with fine, dusty tannins and no oak. A rich, herbal cabernet for rich, spicy meals or a nice rest in the cellar.
93 points $18 Best Buy
Taylors 2015 Jaraman Cabernet Sauvignon
93 points
$22
Deep purple color. Herbal aromas and flavors of eucalyptus honey on spice cake, turmeric tea, and mixed berry compote with a silky, tangy, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, complex, long pomegranate-tomato relish, cedar, and nuts finish with well-integrated, chewy tannins and moderate oak. A concentrated, brooding cabernet for a hearty steak now or a long slumber in the cellar.
Taylors 2015 St Andrews Shiraz
93 points
$50
Nearly opaque violet color. Fruity, savory aromas and flavors of chocolate orange peels and berries, leather and earth, vanilla buttercream and candy, and hint of sesame oil with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity full body and a tingling, complex, medium-long craisin, cedar, and nut finish with chewy, dusty tannins and moderate oak. A complex, layered shiraz that delights the senses.
Taylors 2014 The Pioneer Exceptional Parcel Release Shiraz
93 points
$140
Garnet black color. Fresh, earthy aromas and flavors of melted chocolate, clay and leather, and dried cherries with a satiny, bright, fruity sweet medium body and a smooth, complex, medium-long nutskin, earth, and oak finish with moderate oak. A concentrated, seriously structured shiraz with a long future ahead.
Zonte’s Footstep 2016 Love Symbol Grenache
92 points
$20
Best Buy
Pale garnet color. Aromas and flavors of white strawberry, pink pepper, baking spices, red clay, and purple flowers with a shy, bone-dry light-to-medium body and a terse raspberry layer bar and poured fondant finish with a suggestion of oak. A lovely grenache with sultry fruit and beautiful minerality.
92 points $20 Best Buy
Taylors 2016 Reserve Parcel Shiraz
92 points
$22
Dark violet color. Fruity, spicy aromas and flavors of berry pie, mocha toffee, and coffee cake with a satiny, tangy, fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, interesting, long vanilla custard, honeyed dried cherry, and spiced walnuts finish with well-integrated, fine tannins and light oak. A sumptuous, chewy shiraz with great fruit and structure.
Zonte’s Footstep 2017 Scarlet Ladybird Rosé Fleurieu Peninsula
92 points
$23
Salmon orange color. Interesting, fruity aromas and flavors of chocolate berry muffin, orange marmalade, and pepper dust with a silky, vibrant, fruity medium body and a sleek, amusing, medium-length cherry preserves, strawberry and watermelon sorbet, and nuts finish with a suggestion of oak. A bright, juicy, and savory rose with great style and a long finish.
Taylors 2017 Rosé Pinot Noir
91 points
$18
Best Buy
Rich pink coral color. Interesting, herbal aromas and flavors of white chocolate mint, berry chutney, and alpine herb lozenge with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an effortless, compelling, medium-long berry-eucalyptus ice tea and watermelon finish with chewy, crunchy tannins. A intriguingly exotic, herbal and savory rosé that opens up exciting pairing possibilities.
91 points $18 Best Buy
Zonte’s Footstep 2016 Violet Beauregard Malbec
91 points
$20
Black violet color. Aromas of fertile earth, polished wood, lemon oil, and berry patch with a slightly chewy, lively, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a sleek, engaging, medium-long tart blackberry and menthol-mint finish with chewy tannins and light oak. A cellar worthy Malbec that will soften with time; bright, fruity, and concentrated.
Zonte’s Footstep 2016 Canto Di Lago Sangiovese-Barbera-Lagrein
91 points
$20
Ruby black color. Fruity, floral aromas and flavors of spicy black raspberry chutney, eucalyptus honey, and potpourri with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a seamless, interesting, medium-long vanilla nuts finish with chewy tannins and moderate oak. An attractively spicy and perfumed red blend that will be great with spicy meat dishes.
Taylor Made 2016  Malbec
91 points
$22
Black violet color. Fruity, herbal aromas and flavors of wildberries, eucalyptus, sweet peppermint, and raspberry tart with a round, crisp, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, interesting, medium-long star anise and cocoa butter finish with well-integrated, medium tannins and light oak. A juicy and intriguing malbec that charms with complexity and balance.
Taylors 2016 Jaraman Shiraz
91 points
$22
Nearly opaque deep purple color. Fruity, dusty aromas and flavors of dried berries, honey roasted nuts, and crayon with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a polished, subtle, long sour cherries, citrus marmalade, and vanilla yogurt nuts finish with chewy, crunchy tannins and moderate oak. A very appealing shiraz with tasty fruit and a zesty finish.
Zonte’s Footstep 2016 Hills Are Alive Shiraz
91 points
$25
Violet color. Fruity, minty aromas and flavors of floral honey, spicy boysenberry chutney, and chocolate mint cookie with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, delightful, medium-long spiced nuts, mocha, and mild eucalyptus finish with fine, chewy tannins and moderate oak. A lovely, fruity, herbal shiraz for all occasions.
Zonte’s Footstep 2015 Z Force Shiraz
91 points
$40
Black ruby color. Fruity aromas and flavors of chocolate nuts, mocha buttercream, and spicy berry pie with a satiny, bright, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, compelling, long eucalyptus honey, orange spice cake, berry tea, and pepper finish with fine, dusty tannins and moderate oak. A wonderfully zesty, spicy shiraz that wakes and shakes the palate.
Taylors 2017  Riesling
90 points
$18
Clear white gold color. Aromas of honey water, orange & pink flowers, and sidewalk chalk with a tangy, bone-dry light body and a brisk tart lemons, orange blossom water, and peach blossom finish with no oak. A floral & crisp dry riesling that craves food.
Zonte’s Footstep 2016 Lake Doctor Shiraz
90 points
$20
Dark deep purple color. Roasted, meaty aromas and flavors of dark roasted coffee and nuts, smoked bacon jerky, and chocolate covered berries with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, captivating, medium-long sour cherry compote and orange marmalade on dark toast finish with crunchy, fine tannins and heavy oak. A bold, smoky shiraz that will soar with grilled and smoked meats.
Taylor Made 2017 Rosé Pinot Noir
90 points
$22
Pink coral color. Interesting, fruity aromas and flavors of spicy cranberry pepper relish and mixed citrus marmalade with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, intriguing, medium-long honeyed biscuit, strawberry sorbet, and apple finish with no oak. A savory, juicy table-tuned rose that is sure to please.
Zonte’s Footstep 2016 Baron Von Nemesis Shiraz
90 points
$25
Dark garnet black color. Roasted aromas and flavors of spiced dark roasted nuts, caramel latte, pie crust, and peppercorn with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a sleek, interesting, medium-length cherry flavored craisins and chocolate orange peel finish with dusty, fine tannins and moderate oak. A tidy, tasty shiraz with an appealing mix of roasted and fruity flavors.
Taylors 2016 Special Release Shiraz
89 points
$15
Best Buy
Garnet black color. Fruity, floral aromas and flavors of sour cherry cake, mulberry, and orange blossom honey with a supple, tangy, fruity medium body and a sleek, stimulating, medium-long spiced nuts, caramel gelato, and cedar finish with well-integrated, chewy, crunchy tannins and light oak. A fruity, appealing shiraz with nice crunchy tannins.
89 points $15 Best Buy
Taylors 2017  Tempranillo
89 points
$18
Rich violet color. Attractive, fruity aromas and flavors of boysenberry pie and dulce du leche with a satiny, bright, fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, interesting, medium-long tropical citrus, hint of violet candy, and cedar finish with dusty, chewy tannins and light oak. A delightfully fruity and chewy tempranillo.
Zonte’s Footstep 2016 Chocolate Factory Shiraz
89 points
$20
Nearly opaque garnet black color. Toasty aromas and flavors of berry pie crust and chocolate toffee with a silky, crisp, fruity medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-long chocolate mint, hint of cherry menthol lozenge, and nuts finish with crunchy, chewy, medium tannins and moderate oak. A nice nutty shiraz sipper.
Taylors 2016 Jaraman Pinot Noir
89 points
$22
Pale burnt sienna color. Aromas and flavors of raspberry thicket, pink peppercorn, and candy shell with a crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an engaging, medium-long wildberry bramble, eucalyptus, mustard seed, and coriander finish with fruit, silky tannins and a suggestion of oak. A layered and nuanced Pinot with enough angles to please the whole table.
Taylors 2016 One Giant Leap Shiraz
89 points
$24
Garnet black color. Fruity aromas and flavors of dried berries and cherries, toffee, and peppery spice and herbs with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, engaging, medium-length nuts and hint of cedar finish with fine, dusty, woody tannins and moderate oak. A nicely structured shiraz for the table that has a promising future.
Taylors 2017 Promised Land Shiraz
88 points
$13
Best Buy
Dusty garnet color. Fruity, floral, savory aromas and flavors of raspberry cobbler, crispy bacon, and dried flowers with a silky, tangy, fruity medium-to-full body and a silky, charming, medium-long cherry gelato, creme brulee, and nut brittle finish with soft, chewy tannins and light oak. A ripe juicy, crowd pleasing shiraz.
88 points $13 Best Buy
Zonte’s Footstep 2017 Doctoress di Lago Pinot Grigio
88 points
$18
Clear emerald straw color. Aromas of orange peel, vanilla bean, and peach tart with almonds with a bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a medium-length tangerine, vanilla creme, and slate finish with no oak. A very friendly and fruity pinot grigio that’s got something for everyone.
Zonte’s Footstep 2016 Blackberry Patch Cabernet Sauvignon
88 points
$20
Deep purple color. Attractive aromas and flavors of lemon-lavender talc, cassis-apricot jam, and chocolate nuts with a supple, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and an interesting, medium-length roasted nuts, minerals, and cedar mulch finish with chewy, firm tannins and heavy oak. A very chewy oaky cabernet with big flavors and tannins.
Peekaboo 2016  Chardonnay
87 points
$15.99
Brilliant emerald straw color. Aromas of jerky, smoked yellow tomatoes, and canary melon with an bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and an amusing, medium-length bruised red apple, French vanilla, rubber, and slate finish with moderate oak. A fascinating, smoky chardonnay for those seeking somethings different; will be very fun to pair with.
87 points $15.99
Zonte’s Footstep 2016 Dawn Patrol Pinot Noir
87 points
$25
Clear light garnet color. Aromas of ripe cranberries, cherry candy, and eucalyptus with a crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a breezy macerated strawberries, white pepper, and button mushrooms finish with fruit tannins and no oak. A fruity and approachable Pinot fit for a variety of dishes at the table.
Taylors 2017 St Andrews Riesling
87 points
$32
Clear silver color. Aromas of lemon pith, white flowers, and ripe peach with a crisp, dry thin body and a cheery lemon drop candies and powdered sugar finish with no oak. A Germanic Riesling for grilled fish.
Zonte’s Footstep 2017 Excalibur Sauvignon Blanc
86 points
$18
Clear silvery emerald straw color. Aroma of white asparagus with a dry light-to-medium body and a carefree green apple skins and lemon oil finish. An easy-drinking Sauvignon Blanc.
Taylors Winemakers Project 2017 Cellar Door Exclusive Fiano
86 points
$22
Brilliant straw color. Aromas and flavors of green apple, garlic scapes, mixed fruit candies, and yellow tomato with a shy, dryish light-to-medium body and an interesting, medium-length finish with no oak. A unique and unabashed white.
Taylors Winemakers Project 2016  Pinot Noir
85 points
$32
Clear light garnet color. Aromas and flavors of underripe cherry, sliced mushrooms, slate, and serrano ham with a bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and an interesting, swift fondant and fine tobacco finish with dusty tannins and a suggestion of oak. A mouth-coating and sophisticated Pinot.
Zonte’s Footstep 2017 Lady Marmalade Vermentino
82 points
$18
Bright silvery straw color. Aromas of red apple skins, chives, green almond, and green apple with a soft, bone-dry light body and a relaxed Lemon water finish with chalky, fruit tannins and no oak. A food friendly white for your quirkier wine friends.
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