February 2019 - Australia

February 2019 - Australia
This month's Wine feature is Australian Wines

Australia Reviews

Monterra 2016  Cabernet Sauvignon
94 points
$25
Black garnet color. Aromas and flavors of black cassis, autumn leaves, eucalyptus, paprika, black licorice, and warm tobacco with a silky, vibrant, dry medium-full body and a tingling, layered, long finish with chewy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A warm and spicy cabernet with a Bordeaux-like presence; will be a delight with grilled meats and celebrations.
Monterra 2016 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
94 points
$40
Black garnet color. Aromas of ripe plum, ground ginger, eucalyptus, and rosemary with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, complex, long dark chocolate, pomegranate, toasted baguette, butter, and fleur de sel finish with well-integrated, chewy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A delicious, well-structured Cabernet with heaps of spice; drink now or cellar.
Colab & Bloom 2017  Shiraz
93 points
$25
Black ruby color. Complex, spicy aromas of fresh cracked black pepper, dried lavender, blueberry, anise, and grilled meats with a satiny, lively, fruity medium-full body and a peppery, complex, medium-long rosemary, roasted nuts, and cacao nibs finish with well-integrated tannins and moderate oak flavor. A zesty, complex shiraz for decadent meals.
Elysian Springs 2018 Pennies From Heaven Sauvignon Blanc
93 points
$27.50
Golden straw color. Aromas of juicy gooseberry, passionfruit custard, turmeric, and wet grass with a satiny, vibrant, fruity light body and a graceful, interesting, medium-length cardamom and starfruit finish with no oak flavor. An outgoing Sauvignon Blanc with big personality; exuberantly fruity.
93 points $27.50
Wakefield/Taylors 2017 St. Andrews Riesling
93 points
$35
Emerald straw color. Perfumed aromas of honeycomb, fresh gooseberry, apricot, yuzu, ripe heirloom apple, lily, and pineapple with a satiny, racy, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a silky, nuanced, medium-long fleur de sel and fresh sage finish with no oak flavor. This mouthwatering riesling will continue to add to its array of complex aromas as it ages; lively and fresh.
Zonte’s Footstep 2017 Dawn Patrol Pinot Noir
93 points
$35
Dusty ruby color. Herbal aromas and flavors of alpine menthol mint, spicy blueberry chutney, and sarsaparilla with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, complex, medium-long finish imparting notes of honey roasted beets and nuts and chai. A complex and herbal pinot noir with enticing strokes of flavor nuances in a balanced approachable frame.
Farmilo 2016  Shiraz
93 points
$50
Black violet color. Aromas of ripe cherry, cedar, and eucalyptus with a vibrant, dryish full body and a polished, complex, medium-long blueberry, chocolate pastry, cinnamon, and red velvet cake finish with firm tannins and moderate oak flavor. A mouthwatering Shiraz with big character for indulgent meals.
Zonte’s Footstep 2016 Z Force Shiraz
93 points
$55
Black violet color. Perfumed aromas of macerated strawberries, jasmine, coconut, and vanilla-sandalwood with a velvety, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a warming, complex, long pickled melon and black pepper finish with well-integrated, firm tannins and moderate oak flavor. An intensely perfumed and complex Shiraz that will delight your guest’s palates.
Maverick 2017 Twins Barrel Select Barossa Valley
92 points
$22.99
Black garnet color. Aromas of sticky date pudding, roasted apple, eucalyptus, and blueberry syrup with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a peppery, intricate, long cranberry chutney, tamarind, dark chocolate, and ginger finish with moderate oak flavor. A concentrated, vivid red blend with alluring aromas and flavors.
92 points $22.99
Taylor Made 2017  Malbec
92 points
$25
Garnet black color. Aromas and flavors of huckleberry jam, chocolate orange peels, and orange blossoms with an bright, fruity medium-to-full body and an engaging, medium-long finish revealing overtones of raspberry and lemon sorbets, hint of Pez candy, and eucalyptus honey with well-integrated, chewy, fine tannins and no oak flavor. A delicious and inviting malbec that entices with every sip.
Wakefield/Taylors 2017 Reserve Parcel Shiraz
92 points
$25
Garnet black color. Fruity, spicy aromas of blueberry pie a la mode and chocolate mint cookie with a satiny, tangy, fruity medium-to-full body and a silky, elegant, medium-long orange marmalade on rye, cranberry chutney, eucalyptus honeycomb, and yams finish with well-integrated, chewy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A vivacious, spicy, herbal shiraz with plenty of wow factor.
Wakefield/Taylors 2016 St. Andrews Shiraz
92 points
$80
Black violet color. Aromas of spiced plum, sweet pea blossom, and carnation with a satiny, lively, fruity medium-full body and a graceful, distinctive, long red and black licorice, roasted peach cobbler, suede, and bacon wrapped dates finish with silky tannins and moderate oak flavor. Racy, mouthwatering acidity keeps one heading back for another sip of this graceful Clare Valley Shiraz.
Wakefield/Taylors 2017  Cabernet Sauvignon
91 points
$20.99
Ruby color. Herbal aromas of eucalyptus, dark chocolate, and geranium with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and an interesting, medium-long blackberry jam, anise, allspice, and pickled ginger finish with moderate oak flavor. A spicy, lively Aussie Cabernet with a silky mouthfeel.
91 points $20.99
Wakefield/Taylors 2017  Merlot
91 points
$20.99
Deep purple color. Spicy aromas of ivory, charcoal briquettes, eucalyptus, juniper, fine soap, and cracked pepper with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and an effortless, refreshing, medium-long raspberry macaron, black cassis, allspice, and black mint finish with well-integrated tannins and moderate oak flavor. An exotically herbal, fantastically balanced merlot that is at once approachable and serious.
91 points $20.99
Zonte’s Footstep 2018 Shades of Gris Pinot Grigio
91 points
$22
Emerald straw color. Aromas of lemongrass, white flowers, yuzu, and melon with a lively, dry light-to-medium body and a medium-length lemon curd, key lime, and honeysuckle finish. A heady pinot grigio that delivers heaps of exotic flavor.
Wakefield/Taylors 2017 Jaraman Shiraz
91 points
$30
Violet color. Herbal, spicy aromas of raspberry and raspberry leaf, vanilla creme Anglaise, ripe plum, and herbal tea with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium-full body and a warming, elegant, long hoisin sauce and leather finish with well-integrated tannins and moderate oak flavor. A craveable Clare Valley red; balanced, juicy, with savory herbaceous edge.
Maverick 2015 Trial Hill Riesling
90 points
$22.99
Yellow color. Aromas of bruleed lemon, grilled pineapple, and spray roses with a round, crisp, fruity medium body and a sleek, delightful, medium-long butter, lavender, and poached pear finish with a suggestion of oak flavor. A summertime riesling that bathes the palate in fruit, sunlight, and wild florals.
90 points $22.99
Monterra 2017  Shiraz
90 points
$25
Black violet color. Toasty aromas and flavors of blackberry cobbler, peppermint, toasted herb scone, leather, and caramel with a slightly chewy, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and an even, delightful, medium-long finish evoking suggestions of blueberry coulis and eucalyptus with well-integrated tannins and light oak flavor. A juicy, silky, crowd-pleasing shiraz that doesn’t skimp on fruit.
Zonte’s Footstep 2017 Blackberry Patch Cabernet Sauvignon
90 points
$27.50
Dusty garnet color. Attractive aromas and flavors of berry custard pie, toffee, spiced cherries, and eucalyptus honey with a supple, vibrant, fruity medium body and a tingling, captivating, medium-long finish with overtones of chocolate mint, spiced nuts, and cedar with chewy, dusty tannins and light oak flavor. A crunchy, spicy cabernet pleaser.
90 points $27.50
Zonte’s Footstep 2017 Canto Red Blend Sangiovese-Lagrein
90 points
$27.50
Deep purple color. Fruity aromas of blueberry gelato, buttery pie crust, and juniper with a satiny, lively, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a seamless, captivating, medium-length grilled nuts, preserved lime, and limestone finish. A lively Italian varietal blend bursting with blue fruit, racy acidity, and charming minerality; drink now or cellar.
90 points $27.50
Wakefield/Taylors 2017 St. Andrews Chardonnay
90 points
$35
Yellow straw color. Aromas of almond biscotti, candied pear and apricot, and lemon cream pie with a satiny, crisp, fruity medium body and an even, interesting, medium-long toasted crumpet, spiced apple butter, and candied pecan finish with light oak flavor. A bright and cheerful wine; a great warm-weather chardonnay.
Zonte’s Footstep 2017 Dusk til Dawn Chardonnay
90 points
$35
Brilliant straw color. Fruity aromas and flavors of spiced apples and praline with a silky, bright, fruity medium body and a seamless, captivating, medium-long finish imparting notes of lemon-kiwi relish and green apple skin with fine, fruit tannins and no oak flavor. A bright and zesty chardonnay.
Cordelia 2014  Shiraz
90 points
$50
Black garnet color. Complex aromas of toasted coconut, cherry coulis, saffron, and bubblegum with a round, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, layered, long dried fruits, blackberry tart, shitake, candied almond, and leather finish with well-integrated, medium tannins and moderate oak flavor. A drink-it-now Shiraz with piles of complexities.
Cordelia 2016  Shiraz
90 points
$50
Opaque black garnet color. Aromas of milk chocolate coated toffee, pickled berries, rose hips, and pencil shavings with a round, vibrant, dryish full body and a smooth, captivating, medium-length mint-chip gelato finish with well-integrated, firm tannins and moderate oak flavor. A big and bold Shiraz with a creamy center.
Wakefield/Taylors 2017  Shiraz
89 points
$20.99
Deep purple color. Aromas of wildberry, dark chocolate bar, ripe peach, and eucalyptus with a satiny, crisp, fruity medium body and a tingling, delightful, medium-length buttery chocolate croissant, rosemary-blackberry jam, and menthol finish with silky tannins and moderate oak flavor. Classic Australian Shiraz flavors reign in this vibrant go-to.
89 points $20.99
Maverick 2017 Twins Grenache-Shiraz-Mourverdre
89 points
$22.99
Deep purple color. Aromas and flavors of wild berries, sweet pea blossom, rosemary, and black olive with a medium-to-full body and a medium-to-long finish. A very Aussie GSM with ripe juicy berry flavors.
89 points $22.99
Marley Farm 2018  Pinot Gris
89 points
$25
Straw color. Aromas of lemon shortbread, ripe melon, and orange blossom with a satiny, crisp, fruity light body and a smooth, intriguing, medium-length lime and freesia finish with no oak flavor. An aromatic and cheerful pinot gris that will be a well-received aperitif.
Elysian Springs 2018 Silent Waters Pinot Noir
89 points
$27.50
Dusty violet color. Aromas of cranberry sorbet, eucalyptus, almond cookies, and compressed watermelon with a satiny, crisp, fruity medium body and a smooth, compelling, medium-length cherry and berry compote finish. A fruit-forward Pinot laden with Australian herbal charm.
89 points $27.50
Zonte’s Footstep 2017 Violet Beauregard Malbec
89 points
$27.50
Garnet black color. Aromas and flavors of alpine menthol mint, baked berries, chocolate mint, and hint of white ash with a vibrant, fruity medium body and a charming, medium-long finish with nuances of pomegranate, eucalyptus honey on walnuts, sandalwood, and iodine with well-integrated, chewy, crunchy tannins and light oak flavor. A tangy malbec with a savory, slightly medicinal twist.
89 points $27.50
Zonte’s Footstep 2017 Hills Are Alive Shiraz
89 points
$35
Black violet color. Herbal aromas of ripe blackberries, menthol, and eucalyptus with a slightly chewy, crisp, fruity full body and a smooth, appealing, medium-long cola, plum, rosemary, thyme, and black tea finish with moderate oak flavor. An herbaceous and animated shiraz that offers a stimulating lamb pairing.
Zonte’s Footstep 2018 Excalibur Sauvignon Blanc
88 points
$22
Emerald straw color. Aromas and flavors of caramelized peach and citrus, honeyed nut brittle, and sourdough English muffin with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a buoyant finish with accents of spiced green apple and apricot, lemon sorbet, and melon balls with fine, fruit tannins and no oak flavor. A tasty sauvignon sipper for fans of pinot grigio.
Zonte’s Footstep 2018 Lady Marmalade Vermentino
88 points
$22
White gold color. Aromas of lemon pith, geranium, and chalk dust with a racy, bone-dry light-to-medium body and an interesting, medium-length lemon juice, underripe pineapple, and dandelion finish. A mouthwatering Vermentino for the Sauv Blanc lover looking to expand their horizons.
Marley Farm 2018  Pinot Noir
88 points
$25
Violet color. Aromas and flavors of crushed blackberry, blackberry leaf tea, peppermint, and sweet pea blossom with a satiny, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, delightful, cheery finish with accents of blueberry cobbler with a suggestion of oak flavor. Perk up pork with this craveable Pinot Noir that delights the senses.
Monterra 2017  Pinot Noir
88 points
$25
Garnet color. Aromas of cherry, cinnamon-eucalyptus potpourri, and flamed orange with a satiny, bright, fruity light body and an effortless, breezy cherry creme, pastry crust, and tea finish with a suggestion of oak flavor. A juicy Pinot Noir with Australian flare.
Zonte’s Footstep 2017 Chocolate Factory Shiraz
88 points
$27.50
Black violet color. Aromas and flavors of cinnamon, cola, black pepper, butter cookies, and ripe dates with a velvety, vibrant, fruity medium-full body and a sleek, interesting, medium-length finish revealing suggestions of milk chocolate with medium, well-integrated tannins and moderate oak flavor. A peppery, juicy Shiraz that will be a great companion to a variety of steaks and get-togethers.
88 points $27.50
Zonte’s Footstep 2017 Love Symbol Grenache
88 points
$27.50
Dark violet color. Sweet aromas of pomegranate, black cherry, orange confection, and violet with a slightly chewy, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, engaging, relaxed graphite and charred nuts finish with light oak flavor. A juicy grenache with a nice pop of fruity-floral flavor.
88 points $27.50
Wakefield/Taylors 2016 St. Andrews Cabernet Sauvignon
88 points
$80
Black garnet color. Herbal aromas of eucalyptus, prune, black cassis, and black tea with mint with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, refreshing, medium-length vanilla tea cakes, cherry coulis, and leather finish with chewy tannins and moderate oak flavor. An herbal and spicy Cabernet with a nice sense of place.
Zonte’s Footstep 2018 Scarlet Ladybird Rosé Fleurieu Peninsula
87 points
$22
Bright pink coral color. Aromas of marshmallow creme and strawberry jam with a medium body and a medium yogurt finish. A juicy and simply appealing rose.
Monterra 2018 Estate Sauvignon Blanc
87 points
$25
Straw green color. Fruity aromas and flavors of gooseberry, musk, ripe pineapple, and grilled pear with a supple, crisp, dryish light body and a silky, buoyant finish with overtones of mango with no oak flavor. A polite Sauvignon Blanc for everyday enjoyment.
Monterra 2016 Reserve Shiraz
87 points
$40
Opaque black violet color. Smoky aromas of charred nuts, custard, and blackberry chutney with a lightly tannic, crisp, full body and a peppery, charming, cheery sweet tobacco and plum butter finish with moderate oak flavor. An inky shiraz with lots of smoky oak.
Monterra 2018 Rosé Sangiovese
86 points
$25
Pale coral orange color. Aromas and flavors of strawberry, peach, and lavender with a supple, soft, dry-yet-fruity light body and a smooth, quick finish manifesting touches of tomato water and chalk with no oak flavor. A interesting, slightly demure rose for anytime sipping.
Zonte’s Footstep 2017 Lake Doctor Shiraz
86 points
$27.50
Dusty black ruby color. Aromas and flavors of blackberry, lingonberry chutney, genache, and black licorice with a crisp, dryish medium-full body and a smooth, breezy finish with notes of coriander with medium tannins and moderate oak flavor. A dry and table-friendly Shiraz that will pair well with grilled meats.
86 points $27.50
Zonte’s Footstep 2017 Baron Von Nemesis Shiraz
86 points
$35
Dusty deep purple color. Smoky aromas of well-browned chocolate cookies, earth, and sautéed mushrooms with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a peppery, brisk baked blackberry finish with moderate oak flavor. A peppery Shiraz with a super-pairable earthy character.
St. Andrews 2018  Riesling
85 points
$35
Emerald straw color. Fruity aromas of cantaloupe, fruit cup, and pickled watermelon rind with a satiny, tangy, light body and a smooth, brisk sweet tart candies and black lime finish with no oak flavor. A crisp and zingy riesling to awaken the palate.
Elysian Springs 2018 Apple Cart Rosé Pinot Noir
84 points
$27.50
Bright pink coral color. Earthy aromas of raspberry leaf and parsnip with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity light body and a smooth, quick raspberry vinaigrette and mineral water finish with no oak flavor. A crushable rose for the patio.
84 points $27.50
Never Have I Ever 2017  Pinot Noir
83 points
$16.99
Garnet color. Confected, fruity aromas and flavors of watermelon candy and berry powder candy with a supple, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, brisk finish revealing accents of nuts and candied citrus peels with fine, dusty tannins and a suggestion of oak flavor. A zippy pinot sipper for carefree enjoyment.
83 points $16.99
Peekaboo 2017  Chardonnay
82 points
$15.99
Golden straw color. Aromas and flavors of box of apple taffy, toasted meringue, and papaya custard with a supple, crisp, dry light-to-medium body and a somewhat odd, brisk finish conveying touches of mango pit and moss. An earthy, tangy chardonnay for the table.
82 points $15.99
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