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Reviews for 2020

November 2020 - Australia

November 2020 - Australia
This month's Wine feature is Australian Wines

Australia Reviews

Jip Jip Rocks 2019 Shiraz Cabernet Padthaway
93 points
$19
Best Buy
Black ruby color. Interesting aromas of cured meats, intense berry concentrate, oregano, ginger-honey-lemon lozenge, eucalyptus, hints of bacon, and raspberry cake with a round, crisp, fruity medium-full body and a warming, intriguing, medium-long ripe plum, blistered berries, rooibos tea, and hint of tropical fruit finish with moderate oak flavor. A bold and balanced Australian red that’s drinking beautifully now.
93 points $19 Best Buy
Thorn-Clarke 2018 Shotfire GSM Red Blend Barossa Valley
92 points
$27
Black violet color. Aromas of blistered blackberry, sweet tea, carnation, and smoked meats with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a seamless, amusing, medium-long cinna-mint finish with well-integrated, crunchy tannins and moderate oak flavor. An inky GSM from Down Under with bold flavors and well-integrated tannins.
Morambro Creek 2018  Shiraz
91 points
$24
Garnet black color. Aromas of raspberry compote, black licorice, dark chocolate, purple flowers, and hint of banana with a velvety, vibrant, dryish medium-full body and a peppery, charming, medium-long salted plum, blackberry preserves, coconut, wintergreen, and cacao nibs finish with well-integrated, crunchy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A full-throttle Shiraz that offers a journey of flavors on the palate.
Thorn-Clarke 2018 Shotfire Shiraz
89 points
$25
Black violet color. Aromas and flavors of lingonberry preserves, rooibos tea, candied citrus, violet, and hints of mint with a slightly chewy, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a warming, charming, medium-length finish with suggestions of blackberry cobbler with chewy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A bold and fruity Shiraz that will surely complement lamb.
Grace Town 2020  Chardonnay
88 points
$16
Pale straw color. Aromas and flavors of apple butter, grapefruit, white flowers, and hints of basil with a velvety, vibrant, dryish light-to-medium body and a smooth, medium-length finish displaying notes of hints of apricot, pineapple preserves, and wet stone with no oak flavor. An elegant, smooth-sipping unoaked Chardonnay with gentle fruit and lovely acidity.
Jip Jip Rocks 2020  Chardonnay
88 points
$16
Pale golden green color. Herbal aromas of eucalyptus, peppermint tea, fresh golden apples, and mango with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a graceful, interesting, medium-length tropical fruit tart, baked peach, and butter finish. A buttery, tropical, herbal wine that fits the bill for Australian Chardonnay.
Jip Jip Rocks 2019  Shiraz
88 points
$19
Ruby black color. Aromas of eucalyptus, dark chocolate, black fruit, and earl grey tea with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dry medium-full body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length candied lime peel, pomegranate, and black toast finish with moderate oak flavor. A brash and spicy Shiraz made for the table.
Morambro Creek 2019  Cabernet Sauvignon
88 points
$25
Black garnet color. Spicy aromas and flavors of cinnamon pastry, black plum, cassis pie, eucalyptus, candied fennel, and black tea with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, charming, medium-long finish evoking nuances of cafe au lait with moderate oak flavor. A flavorful, spicy Aussie Cabernet that delivers!
Jip Jip Rocks 2019  Shiraz
87 points
$16
Black ruby color. Aromas of licorice, plum preserves, black toast, and eucalyptus with a lightly tannic, vibrant, dry full body and a peppery, complex, long blistered cherries, black tea, honeyed biscuit, and black pepper finish with firm tannins and moderate oak flavor. A bold, spicy Shiraz with firm tannins; great for grilled meats now or after a few years of cellar time.
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