Wine of Australia
John McDonnell, Australian Wine Bureau
1. Riesling 2002, Plantagenet, Mt. Barker, Western Australia
Lemon, zingy, not a lot of
petrol. Very tight. Nice fruit, chewy. Nice, well-made, but
didn't grab me as much as it did many others.
2. Semillon South Ridge, Ross Estate, Barossa Valley, S. Australia,
Spicy, floral. In the
mouth a big, unusual mid-palate; some weight, lack personality; a bit
flat, somewhat waxy, slightly bitter. 12.5%
€ Not yet available.
3. Pyramid Hill Unwooded Chardonnay, Hunter Valley, NSW, 2003
Mineral nose. Tropical
fruit but not over much. Fresh, nice and light, with a good, clean
acidity and a long finish. More than a lightweight; not big and
luscious; a good wine. 13.5%.
4. Verdelho, Peel Estate, W. Australia, 2003
really interesting in the mouth, hard to describe. Bit of burn (14%)
but not overpowering, a hint of residual sugar and some leather. Different
5. Chateau Tahbilk, Marsanne, Goulburn Valley, Victoria
'Savoury' nose. Quite a
lot of acidity. Very rich, not a lot of fruit, needs food.
Grows on you though. An old winery, old style, no new oak.
6. Seville Estate, Pinot Noir, Yarra Valley, Victoria, Australia, 2001
Weird nose! Quite
aromatic, sweet . Good fruit. Lots of sweet oak. Dark cherry,
quite green; a bit gritty. Could become very good. Not sure.. 14.5%
€15 - 17
7. Keystone Grenache Shiraz, Tatachilla, McLaren Vale, South
A hint of Negroamaro, even on
the nose. Slightly burnt aroma. Smooth, big mouthful of dark
berries. Long finish. Very good at the price. 14%
8. The Fugue, Nepenthe, Adelaide Hills, South Australia
Dark and clean. Wine
gums on the nose and in the mouth. Fruity, sour milk, leafy.
After an initial 'so what?' you realise that it is a complex, great,
fruity wine with maybe five years to go. A Bordeaux blend,
this would be great with lamb. Ends with a fine tannic grip. 13.5%
€25 in 2002
9. Bin 128 Shiraz, Penfolds, Coonawarra, South Australia, 1999
Deep, dark. Nose a bit
flat, some burnt currants. Quite austere; the fruit is there,
though, matched with good, supple tannins. Slightly minty.
Keep it at least five years. 13.5%
10. Rutherglen Muscat, Campbells, Victoria
Orange toffee. Heavy
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