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July 2018 - Australia

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

Australia Reviews

Shottesbrooke 2013 Reserve Series Eliza Shiraz
97 points
$45.99
Cloudy indigo color. Attractive, roasted, meaty aromas and flavors of mocha maple fudge, smoked nuts, jerky, and toasty cedar and clay with a satiny, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a tingling, involved, long finish that exhibits suggestions of blackberry creme brulee, pomegranate-tomato chutney on rye raisin toast, beef consommé, and tamari with moderate oak flavor. A decadently delicious and savory shiraz that will stimulate and satisfy.
97 points $45.99
Zonte’s Footstep 2016 Canto Di Lago Sangiovese-Barbera-Lagrein
96 points
$25
Nearly opaque garnet black color. Spicy, exotic aromas and flavors of spicy fennel relish, pomegranate chutney, and eucalyptus with a supple, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, appealing, medium-long finish with suggestions of spiced nuts, tomato-citrus compote, peppered amaro, and saffron and alpine herbs with dusty, fine tannins and moderate oak flavor. A lovely, spicy and herbaceous red blend that screams for herbed grilled meat.
Zonte’s Footstep 2016 Chocolate Factory Shiraz
95 points
$25
Dark black ruby color. Toasty aromas and flavors of s’mores, blueberry pie, praline, and anise spiced meat with a supple, bright, fruity medium body and a tingling, interesting, very long finish with accents of spiced sour cherry, fig jam on herb carrot muffin, and hint of eucalyptus with light oak flavor. A chewy and appetizing syrah with everything in fine balance.
Levantine Hill 2015  Cabernet Sauvignon
95 points
$64.95
Dusty ruby black color. Curious aromas and flavors of dried stone fruits and potpourri flowers, tomato beet-pickle relish, spicy pomegranate pastry, and beef stock with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity fat body and a graceful, interesting, medium-long finish displaying overtones of marinated root vegetables, honeyed nuts and herbs, and earth with fine, chewy tannins and light oak flavor. A rich meaty, herbal red that will shine at the table.
95 points $64.95
Shottesbrooke 2015 Single Vineyard Series Bush Vine Grenache
94 points
$32.99
Medium dusty ruby color. Aromas of red plum, warm asphalt, and date with an vibrant, dry medium body and a delightful, medium-length over ripe strawberry, watermelon fruit leather, creme Anglaise, and cedar finish with well-integrated, dusty tannins and light oak flavor. A surprisingly robust expression of confected fruit and smoky cedar. richness that isn’t cloying.
94 points $32.99
Sidewood 2015 Mappinga Shiraz
94 points
$42.50
Opaque ruby black color. Spicy, woody aromas and flavors of crispy blueberry cobbler, dark roasted nuts and tomatoes, eucalyptus and pine, and dark chocolate drizzled bacon with a silky, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, distinctive, long finish evoking accents of pickled cranberry-cucumber relish, blueberry-tangerine chutney, spiced nuts, and cedar with crunchy, chewy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A powerfully delicious, evergreen and spicy shiraz tailor made for spicy barbecue.
94 points $42.50
Levantine Hill 2015 Melissas Paddock Syrah
94 points
$120
Medium dusty ruby color. Spicy aromas and flavors of fresh cracked pepper, cedar and sandalwood, spiced dark berries and beets, and parmesan herb bread with a satiny, vibrant, fruity full body and a warming, distinctive, long finish with overtones of chocolate drizzled pomegranates, fruit leather, and toffeed nuts with chewy, crunchy tannins and light oak flavor. A spicy, mouthwatering syrah with deeply delightful flavors and pure varietal character.
Shottesbrooke 2016 Discovery Series Cabernet Sauvignon
93 points
$16.99
Best Buy
Dark dusty garnet color. Aromas of blackberry jam, black plum, juniper berry, and wet slate with a tart, dry full body and an interesting, very long ripe blackberry, black plum, bergamot, and dates finish with woody tannins and heavy oak flavor. Robust and aggressively structured cab for similarly inclined fare.
93 points $16.99 Best Buy
Shottesbrooke 2015 Estate Series Shiraz
93 points
$19.99
Best Buy
Medium ruby black color. Aromas and flavors of black raspberry cranberry chutney, chocolate mint cookie, butterscotch, and herb rub in a wax bowl with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, intricate, long finish with touches of blueberry cobbler a la mode, tres leche cake, spiced apples and cherries, and mint green tea with crunchy tannins and light oak flavor. A very tasty, scrumptious, fruity and herbal shiraz that is certain to gratify.
93 points $19.99 Best Buy
Shottesbrooke 2015 Estate Series GSM Red Blend McLaren Vale
93 points
$19.99
Best Buy
Medium dark garnet color. Aromas of black plum, dehydrated raspberry, wet rose petal, violet, resin, and damp earth with an dry medium body and a delightful, long cherry skin, cranberry, white pepper, clove, and graphite finish with dusty tannins and moderate oak flavor. A bold expressive blend, spice and strength.
93 points $19.99 Best Buy
Sidewood 2017 Estate Pinot Noir
93 points
$21
Light garnet color. Aromas of strawberry and dill, red plum, smoke, and balsamic with a vibrant, dry light-to-medium body and an interesting, medium-length tart cherry, pomegranate, and flinty finish with fruit, fine tannins and no oak flavor. A delicate marriage of smoke, fruit and herbs. can be enjoyed alone and offers endless pairing possibilities.
Zonte’s Footstep 2017 Baron Von Nemesis Shiraz
93 points
$35
Medium dusty ruby color. Aromas of ripe strawberry, black raspberry, violet, eucalyptus, and flint with an tart, dry medium-full body and a stimulating, long ripe plum, rubber band, black pepper, clove, and alpine herb finish. Robust and reliable Barossa shiraz offering firm structure and spiced fruit.
Zonte’s Footstep 2017 Hills Are Alive Shiraz
93 points
$35
Dull dusty garnet color. Aromas and flavors of wax and sesame oil, spiced dark berries, toffee, and mint with a satiny, tangy, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, captivating, long finish manifesting notes of blueberry tart, citrus marmalade, vanilla custard, and pepper with light oak flavor. A richly flavorful, slightly brooding shiraz that delivers great pleasure now and will will reward patience with even more in the future.
Levantine Hill 2014 Samanthas Paddock Mélange Traditionnel Red Blend Yarra Valley
93 points
$120
Medium dusty garnet color. Spicy aromas and flavors of bread and butter and dill pickles, sundried tomato tartlet, spiced prunes dried berries, and olive tapenade with a satiny, vibrant, fruity full body and a warming, delightful, long finish with notes of blueberry cobbler, dark honey roasted nuts, herbal tea, and hint of menthol lozenge with silky, crunchy tannins and light oak flavor. A powerful, yet surprisingly spry Bordeaux varietal blend with pleasing pickle barrel personality.
Mt. Monster 2016  Shiraz
92 points
$15
Best Buy
Deep purple color. Aromas and flavors of chocolate cherries, carob nut bar, and hint of beef stock with a supple, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, interesting, medium-long finish with notes of chocolate espresso beans and craisins, mocha custard, peppery spiced nuts, and eucalyptus honey with dusty, crunchy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A complex, meaty, spicy, lightly herbal shiraz that will provide a colorful swath of flavor to a spicy meal.
92 points $15 Best Buy
Shottesbrooke 2016 Discovery Series Sauvignon Blanc
92 points
$16.99
Best Buy
Pale silvery emerald straw color. Aromas of grapefruit and green pepper and jalapeño relish with a supple, fruity light-to-medium body and a graceful, amusing, medium-long green apple-kumquat marmalade, ripe melon with cayenne, and sage finish with no oak flavor. A ripe and flavor-packed warm climate sauvignon blanc that is sure to please.
92 points $16.99 Best Buy
Sidewood 2017 Estate Chardonnay
92 points
$19
Best Buy
Emerald straw color. Earthy, savory aromas and flavors of overripe yellow apple and mango, melon in cream, and coconut yogurt and vinegar with a silky, bright, medium body and a tingling, interesting, long finish displaying suggestions of honey roasted pineapple with white balsamic, kiwi strawberry and mango relish, and nuts with a suggestion of oak flavor. A vibrant chardonnay bursting with tropical fruit flavor.
92 points $19 Best Buy
Zonte’s Footstep 2016 Violet Beauregard Malbec
92 points
$25
Nearly opaque deep purple color. Toasty, fruity aromas of boysenberry pie a la mode, spiced toffee, hint of alpine herbs, and candied sage and gherkin with a satiny, bright, fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, involved, long creme brulee, white chocolate craisins, pickled beets and melon, and dusty minerals and slate finish with fine, silky tannins and moderate oak flavor. A juicy, spicy palate-pleasing malbec from down under.
Zonte’s Footstep 2017 Love Symbol Grenache
92 points
$25
Medium garnet color. Aromas and flavors of berry custard pie, cherry shrub, and chocolate cola float with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, refreshing, long finish displaying overtones of chocolate nuts and cherries, creme brulee, and delicate spice. A wonderfully rich and chewy grenache with loads of attractive fruit and oak flavors.
Shottesbrooke 2013 Single Vineyard Series Jenkins Vineyard Shiraz
92 points
$32.99
Rich dusty garnet color. Aromas of ripe blueberry, vanilla filled black cherry, cedar, and fig with an lively, dry full body and an engaging, long black berry, pepper crusted salumi, and green peppercorn finish with woody, firm tannins and moderate oak flavor. Plush smoked fig with balsamic glazed ripe fruit.
92 points $32.99
Zonte’s Footstep 2015 Z Force McLaren Vale
92 points
$55
Opaque deep purple color. Aromas and flavors of chocolate nuts, berries and halva, coconut cream pie, and blueberry custard with a supple, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and an effortless, engaging, medium-long finish manifesting notes of orange marmalade on raisin toast, buttery spiced toffee, topical fruit punch, and peppery crystallized ginger with fine tannins and light oak flavor. A juicy, spicy palate-stimulating red blend destined to please.
Levantine Hill 2015 Colleens Paddock Pinot Noir
92 points
$120
Light ruby color. Attractive, savory aromas and flavors of pickled beets and cucumbers, cherry butter on toasted baguette, toasted meringue, and cracked pepper with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, appealing, medium-length finish with touches of toasted coconut, creme brulee, and nuts with light oak flavor. A nice, bright, savory Burgundian-styled pinot noir with great versatility.
Mt. Monster 2017  Shiraz
91 points
$15
Best Buy
Violet color. Creamy, fruity aromas and flavors of warm vanilla tapioca pudding and fresh crusty blueberry cobbler with a satiny, bright, fruity medium body and an even, refreshing, long finish with notes of spiced cherries, apples and melons, toffee, and mocha cream with fine, chewy tannins and a suggestion of oak flavor. A juicy, spicy, crowd-pleasing shiraz with gobs of fruit and long finish.
91 points $15 Best Buy
Jip Jip Rocks 2017  Shiraz-Cabernet
90 points
$19
Garnet black color. Exotic, attractive aromas and flavors of chocolate mint, black raspberry tart a la mode, and basil and curry leaves with a silky, bright, fruity medium body and a compelling, medium-length finish with elements of spiced nuts, chocolate herb muffin, hint of marinated peppers, and vanilla pod with fine, chewy tannins. A exotically spicy and herbal shiraz with a great style and sense of place.
Zonte’s Footstep 2018 Shades of Gris Pinot Grigio
90 points
$20
Brilliant straw color. Aromas of dried peach, sandalwood, cantaloupe, and lemon blossom with a silky, crisp, dryish light-to-medium body and a tingling, appealing, medium-length bitter lemon, curacao oranges, and papaya finish. A dry and serious pinot grigio from adelaide hills.
Barramundi 2017  Pinot Grigio
89 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Light straw green color. Aromas and flavors of honeyed dried apple and pear and fig jam on pumpernickel nut toast with a silky, soft, fruity medium body and a sleek, delightful, breezy finish manifesting notes of apple sauce, ripe nectarine, and nut brittle with fine, dusty, fruit tannins and a suggestion of oak flavor. A round, robust and appetizing pinot grigio with juicy fruit and pin point balance.
89 points $9.99 Best Buy
Barramundi 2017  Chardonnay
89 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Light straw green color. Aromas and flavors of waxy apple, baked lemon and quince, raisin bread, and delicate honeycomb and dandelion with a silky, bright, fruity medium body and an effortless, interesting, medium-long finish manifesting notes of pineapple custard, coconut milk, spiced nut brittle, and melon rind with fine, fruit tannins and light oak flavor. A lovely fruit-forward charmer for the patio.
89 points $9.99 Best Buy
Shottesbrooke 2014 Discovery Series Shiraz
89 points
$16.99
Medium dusty ruby color. Savory aromas and flavors of herbed baked cherries, parsnips and tomatoes, cornichons, artichoke hearts, and blacked bacon jerky with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, engaging, medium-long finish that exhibits accents of sour cherry relish, menthol mint, nuts, and radish with crunchy, chewy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A warming, savory shiraz.
89 points $16.99
Jip Jip Rocks 2017  Shiraz
89 points
$19
Violet color. Spicy aromas and flavors of chocolate mint bar, spiced blueberries, toffee, and honeycomb with a silky, bright, fruity medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length finish that presents notes of creme brulee, herbs, and pepper with silky tannins and light oak flavor. A juicy, easy drinking shiraz with nice varietal character.
Zonte’s Footstep 2018 Excalibur Sauvignon Blanc
89 points
$20
Brilliant straw green color. Interesting aromas and flavors of fresh nougat and meringue, poached pear, grapefruit and yellow pepper skins, and herbed peas with a supple, bright, dryish light-to-medium body and a smooth, snappy finish displaying elements of green apple, Meyer lemon and cucumber relish, gherkin and artichoke, and hint of green pepper with no oak flavor. A nice dry, soft and savory sauvignon blanc for carefree sipping or the table.
Sidewood 2016 Mappinga Chardonnay
89 points
$25
Light silvery emerald straw color. Aromas and flavors of butter roasted nuts, toasted meringue, and pineapple coconut custard tart with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a polished, engaging, medium-length finish evoking elements of honeyed pineapple and yellow apple, nut skin, and lemon zest with fine, fruit tannins and light oak flavor. A tasty marriage of ripe fruit, zesty acidity, and supportive buttery oak.
Shottesbrooke NV 1337 Heritage Series Blanc de Blancs Sparkling Adelaide Hills
89 points
$27.99
Brilliant yellow straw color. Citrusy aromas and flavors of lemon curd, peach skin, nougat, and honey cream on apple with a supple, vibrant, finely carbonated, fruity medium-to-full body and a polished, interesting, medium-long finish with accents of apricot, lime, and raisin toast with fine, fruit tannins and no oak flavor. A vibrant blanc de blanc shimmering with ripe fruit and mouthwatering acidity.
89 points $27.99
Levantine Hill 2015  Pinot Noir
89 points
$64.95
Light dark ruby color. Savory aromas and flavors of marinated beets, dried cherries, and chestnut honey on pumpernickel toast with a supple, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, intriguing, long finish with accents of creamy vanilla, praline, nutskin, and peppered arugula with fine, well-integrated tannins. A nicely balanced and restrained pinot with a fine savory core of fruit and beet root dusted with peppery spices.
89 points $64.95
Levantine Hill 2016 Katherines Paddock Chardonnay
89 points
$112
Medium yellow straw color. Smoky aromas and flavors of dark roasted nuts, grilled pineapples and apples, and elote with a supple, bright, fruity medium body and a warming, medium-long finish that exhibits accents of tropical fruits in vanilla cream, spiced nuts, and praline with fine, crunchy, fruit tannins and a suggestion of oak flavor. A juicy, tropical, well-oaked chardonnay sipper.
Barramundi 2017  Pinot Noir
88 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Pale ruby garnet color. Aromas and flavors of sour cherry tart and mango compote with a supple, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, charming, breezy finish conveying notes of white strawberry, melon, and spiced nut brittle with silky, dusty tannins and a suggestion of oak flavor. A solid pinot that delivers the tasty goods.
88 points $9.99 Best Buy
Mt. Monster 2016  Cabernet Sauvignon
88 points
$15
Best Buy
Opaque ruby black color. Fruity aromas and flavors of berry compote, vanilla toffee, and hint of sandalwood with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and an effortless, interesting, breezy finish with shades of chocolate berries, spiced roasted nuts, creme brulee crust, and hint of pepper with crunchy, chewy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A juicy, invigorating cabernet with ripe fruit and a lively finish.
88 points $15 Best Buy
Jip Jip Rocks 2017  Chardonnay
88 points
$19
Golden straw color. Aromas and flavors of spiced apples and pineapples and praline with a supple, bright, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, captivating, medium-length finish evoking accents of vanilla custard, tropical fruit compote, and nuts with well-integrated, silky tannins and light oak flavor. A round and snappy chardonnay sipper with a warming, lightly peppery finish.
Sidewood 2016 Estate Shiraz
88 points
$19.50
Dusty deep purple color. Earthy, rustic aromas and flavors of fully-loaded wood barn, chocolate nuts, and berry pie crust with a satiny, bright, dryish medium-full body and a tingling, refreshing, medium-to-long finish displaying notes of roasted root vegetables and braised meats and greens with earthy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A nice rustic red for the table.
88 points $19.50
Zonte’s Footstep 2016 Blackberry Patch Cabernet Sauvignon
88 points
$25
Black garnet color. Aromas and flavors of toasty tobacco, dried fig, leather, and earth with a satiny, lively, dryish medium body and a silky, breezy finish revealing suggestions of wild strawberry and earl grey tea with light oak flavor. A great pairable cab with table-tuned acidity.
Zonte’s Footstep 2017 Dawn Patrol Pinot Noir
88 points
$30
Pale light garnet color. Aromas and flavors of dried mulberry, eucalyptus, matcha, jasmine tea, ivory, and italian hand soap with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an interesting, medium-to-long finish conveying suggestions of molasses switchel and blackberry leaf. An unmistakably Australian pinot noir that rustles the hedge grove.
Levantine Hill 2015 Estate Chardonnay
88 points
$64.95
Light yellow straw color. Aromas and flavors of baked apple pie, dark roasted brazil nuts, and hint of rubber leaf and sap with a crisp, fruity medium-to-full body and a seamless, medium-length finish that shows notes of papaya and guanabana, crushed apples, and green pineapple with a suggestion of oak flavor. A solid, well balanced chardonnay.
88 points $64.95
Levantine Hill 2015  Syrah
88 points
$64.95
Medium violet color. Floral aromas and flavors of scented candle, freshly washed linen, dried berries, and jasmine tea with cream with a silky, crisp, fruity medium body and a tingling, delightful, medium-long finish that exhibits notes of black raspberry-pomegranate jam, spiced apple and black cherry, hint of peppery spice, and cedar paper with fine, dusty tannins and a suggestion of oak flavor. A charming and lively syrah that will compliment a meal.
88 points $64.95
Barramundi 2017  Shiraz-Petit Verdot
87 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Dark deep purple color. Aromas and flavors of chocolate nuts and coconut and crusty berry tart with an tangy, fruity medium body and a tingling, subtle, long finish with notes of honeyed craisin and white strawberry, cherry-pomegranate chutney, spiced nougat, and pepper with chewy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A nice chewy, fruity red to wash down a meaty meal.
87 points $9.99 Best Buy
Zonte’s Footstep 2018 Lady Marmalade Vermentino
87 points
$20
Pale silvery emerald straw color. Aromas and flavors of apple and pear custard tart, dried flowers, and melon and cucumber with a silky, bright, dryish light-to-medium body and a refreshing, medium-length finish displaying accents of quince and persimmon, pickled Meyer lemon, and minerals and grass with soft tannins. An elusive and engaging Australian white that will shine at the table.
Zonte’s Footstep 2016 Lake Doctor Shiraz
87 points
$25
Dark deep purple color. Aromas and flavors of chocolate nuts and berries, marinated tomatoes and root vegetables, hint of charcoal cooked meat, and turned earth and cocoa powder with a supple, tangy, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length finish that shows elements of grilled beets, pomegranate, and soaked apple wood with moderate oak flavor. A fine for offering the bbq party.
Barramundi 2017  Shiraz
86 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Clear brick red color. Aromas and flavors of chocolate nuts and gummy bears with a silky, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, breezy finish conveying nuances of citrus powder candy and cranberry green apple relish with dusty, firm tannins. An easy, breezy Aussie quaffer.
86 points $9.99 Best Buy
Barramundi 2017  Chardonnay-Viognier
86 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Pale yellow straw color. Aromas and flavors of roasted apricot and pineapple, creme fraiche, and brazil nut with a satiny, soft, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, breezy finish displaying notes of spiced apple and pear and plantain chip. A pleasant fruity quaffer with a nice savory streak.
86 points $9.99 Best Buy
Mt. Monster 2017  Cabernet Sauvignon
86 points
$15
Best Buy
Garnet black color. Toasty aromas and flavors of chocolate berries and toffee with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and an even, brisk finish that shows nuances of dried cherries and cranberries, peppered pomegranate, roasted nuts, and mossy earth with well-integrated, chewy tannins and light oak flavor. A nice peppery, earthy red for the table.
86 points $15 Best Buy
Mt. Monster 2017  Chardonnay
85 points
$15
Straw green color. Toasty, earthy aromas and flavors of vanilla mint cookie, lemon poppyseed muffin, caramelized fruits and nuts, and bamboo leaves with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, breezy finish manifesting notes of grassy herbs, spiced apple, sweet cream, and lemon marinated mushrooms. An earthy chardonnay for the table.
Zonte’s Footstep 2018 Scarlet Ladybird Rosé Fleurieu Peninsula
85 points
$20
Pale khaki orange color. Aromas and flavors of ground nuts, dried strawberries, lanolin lotion, and wet bamboo and doused candle with a silky, tangy, dryish medium body and a silky, charming, crisp finish evoking notes of sour cherries, kumquat, and wheat grass. A tart and tangy rose to add a squeeze of acidity to a light meal.
Stable Hill 2016 Cremello Chardonnay
84 points
$16.50
Light emerald straw color. Aromas and flavors of warm country biscuit, butter, pear tart, and kernel with an vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and an interesting, medium-long finish that exhibits overtones of ripe yellow apple, buttered pastry, slivered almonds, and campfire popcorn with fruit tannins and moderate oak flavor. Delicate buttery layers, a croissant.
84 points $16.50
Zonte’s Footstep 2017 Dusk til Dawn Chardonnay
84 points
$30
Bright golden straw color. Aromas of omelet, elotes, ginger, apple soufflé, and poached pear with a supple, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a seamless, medium-length bruleed lemons, buttercream frosting, and soy sauce finish. A buttery chardonnay for weeknight pairings.
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