2007 Mon Redon CdR, $A20, Rhone, France. www.boccaccio.com.au

Good little Rhone wine from the highly lauded 2007 vintage. On par with Guigal and Delas Freres from the same vintage, great value drinking at $20 and spoilt for choice again with the wave of 09’s hitting our shores…. Didn’t say much about the wine I know, those who know will already know and those who don’t should go out and sample these offerings from abroad

2007 Mon Redon CdR, $A20, Rhone, France. www.boccaccio.com.au

Good little Rhone wine from the highly lauded 2007 vintage. On par with Guigal and Delas Freres from the same vintage, great value drinking at $20 and spoilt for choice again with the wave of 09’s hitting our shores…. Didn’t say much about the wine I know, those who know will already know and those who don’t should go out and sample these offerings from abroad

$25 @ thewinestore, George St, East Fremantle.

from Adelaide Hills, SA

I like Fiano. Along with Arneis, I think these european white varietals do really well here in our soils. 
Passionfruit and peaches. It’s somewhat reminiscent of a white rhone in texture, but has a fresh sort of vibe about it, and was just the ticket with thai beef salad and prawn curry.

solid.

$25 @ thewinestore, George St, East Fremantle.

from Adelaide Hills, SA

I like Fiano. Along with Arneis, I think these european white varietals do really well here in our soils. 

Passionfruit and peaches. It’s somewhat reminiscent of a white rhone in texture, but has a fresh sort of vibe about it, and was just the ticket with thai beef salad and prawn curry.

solid.

2010 Shobbrook Mourvedre, Ebenezer/Barossa Valley, SA; $62 @ Beaufort St Merchant, Mt Lawley.  A burst of fresh berries, soy, fresh shaved nutmeg and cinnamon. Has a bouncy, natural vigor to it.. Has quite a racy finish, flavorful lengthy tannins only emerge after swallowing. A+

2010 Shobbrook Mourvedre, Ebenezer/Barossa Valley, SA; $62 @ Beaufort St Merchant, Mt Lawley. A burst of fresh berries, soy, fresh shaved nutmeg and cinnamon. Has a bouncy, natural vigor to it.. Has quite a racy finish, flavorful lengthy tannins only emerge after swallowing. A+

2007 Tyrrell’s Steven’s Shiraz, $A27, Hunter Valley

Jumps and jabs at you with a heap of young plums, cedar and spices.. Olfactory assault of the pleasant forest kind. Evenly spread sandy tannins enveloping the fruit then somewhat of an acid spike on the exit. Fresh, yes.

2007 Tyrrell’s Steven’s Shiraz, $A27, Hunter Valley

Jumps and jabs at you with a heap of young plums, cedar and spices.. Olfactory assault of the pleasant forest kind. Evenly spread sandy tannins enveloping the fruit then somewhat of an acid spike on the exit. Fresh, yes.

2004 Bremerton Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon $A60, Langhorne Creek SA
"and on the third day.. "
From what I’ve read of this wine, it has quite strong varietal cabernet greens running through it, but all in all an excellent wine.
And quite right.
On the first day the fruit lacked definition, kind of clunked with the tannins and it had an undercurrent of strong mint taking it right through to the thick oak on the finish. 
2nd day open; could barely drink a glass of this. Volatile green bean blackcurrant mush.
and now, day 3.
rich black fruit, fragrant spice, coffee and tobacco notes. a lovely, lush texture but cleans up on the finish. Very balanced wine, full and satisfying, complex and interesting. 
On release this had a 2 bottle limit, so now I am only left with a single bottle. Re-visit in three to five years.

2004 Bremerton Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon $A60, Langhorne Creek SA

"and on the third day.. "

From what I’ve read of this wine, it has quite strong varietal cabernet greens running through it, but all in all an excellent wine.

And quite right.

On the first day the fruit lacked definition, kind of clunked with the tannins and it had an undercurrent of strong mint taking it right through to the thick oak on the finish. 

2nd day open; could barely drink a glass of this. Volatile green bean blackcurrant mush.

and now, day 3.

rich black fruit, fragrant spice, coffee and tobacco notes. a lovely, lush texture but cleans up on the finish. Very balanced wine, full and satisfying, complex and interesting. 

On release this had a 2 bottle limit, so now I am only left with a single bottle. Re-visit in three to five years.

2010 Casa Freschi Ragazzi Nebbiolo $A53 @ Cantina, Mount Lawley.

Sweet red cherry, marmalade.. Has a
Fig-like sweetness up front then quickly moves to citrussy tang on the exit. Ethanol lingers in the mouth a little bit more than I would expect for a 13.5% wine but it matched the duck parfait a little too well for me to care.

2010 Casa Freschi Ragazzi Nebbiolo $A53 @ Cantina, Mount Lawley.

Sweet red cherry, marmalade.. Has a
Fig-like sweetness up front then quickly moves to citrussy tang on the exit. Ethanol lingers in the mouth a little bit more than I would expect for a 13.5% wine but it matched the duck parfait a little too well for me to care.

2010 Jamie & Charli “Fusion Blanc” : this is kind of like the fried rice you make using leftovers and it turns out pretty damn tasty. A blend of 5 whites, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Verdehlo, Semillon and viogner. Medium bodied, Fresh, Stonefruit, nice with lunch.

2010 Jamie & Charli “Fusion Blanc” : this is kind of like the fried rice you make using leftovers and it turns out pretty damn tasty. A blend of 5 whites, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Verdehlo, Semillon and viogner. Medium bodied, Fresh, Stonefruit, nice with lunch.

“The biggest plague is our misperception of what happiness actually is”
Barossa 07: Ben versus Bob, their best Shiraz from a bitch of a vintage…
2007 Glaetzer Amon-Ra Shiraz $A80, Barossa Valley, SA
Thick and inky, sweet spice and star anise, dark chocolate and some attractive blueberry fruit. A good drink for those who like the big barossa style, only let down by a somewhat clumsy finish. It tasted better on release, hopefully the tannins are just in an awkward phase at the minute and will resolve with a bit more time.
2007 Rockford Basket Press Shiraz $A50, Barossa Valley SA
Relatively straightforward wine, plums and coffee were the first 2 things which entered my mind when upon smelling and tasting it. Not a particularly interesting wine, but not a bad wine either. The expectation of something special due the wine’s iconic nature is probably dulling my experience of it. 
Thought it would be interesting to see an old school icon go up against a modern cult hero given the tough vintage (2007) to see if one approach would fare better than the other.
The only thing that was clear to me is that both Ben Glaetzer and Rob O’Callaghan successfully convey their style consistently through their wines, in good times and in bad. 
This post came out more nerdy and boring than I hoped. It’s been a long day.

Barossa 07: Ben versus Bob, their best Shiraz from a bitch of a vintage…

2007 Glaetzer Amon-Ra Shiraz $A80, Barossa Valley, SA

Thick and inky, sweet spice and star anise, dark chocolate and some attractive blueberry fruit. A good drink for those who like the big barossa style, only let down by a somewhat clumsy finish. It tasted better on release, hopefully the tannins are just in an awkward phase at the minute and will resolve with a bit more time.

2007 Rockford Basket Press Shiraz $A50, Barossa Valley SA

Relatively straightforward wine, plums and coffee were the first 2 things which entered my mind when upon smelling and tasting it. Not a particularly interesting wine, but not a bad wine either. The expectation of something special due the wine’s iconic nature is probably dulling my experience of it. 

Thought it would be interesting to see an old school icon go up against a modern cult hero given the tough vintage (2007) to see if one approach would fare better than the other.

The only thing that was clear to me is that both Ben Glaetzer and Rob O’Callaghan successfully convey their style consistently through their wines, in good times and in bad. 

This post came out more nerdy and boring than I hoped. It’s been a long day.