Henschke's Lenswood vineyard in the Adelaide Hills

Wednesday 28 March 2012

Tamburlaine, Reserve Semillon (2010)

Hunter Valley, New South Wales
10.8%, screwcap, Certified Organic, $25

Light straw in colour. A classic Hunter Semillon with subdued and delicate lemon and lime blossom flavours. It has good line and length. Impressive structure, it has been crafted for the long hall - 93.

Monday 12 March 2012

Vasse Felix, Classic Dry White Semillon Sauvignon Blanc (2010)

Margaret River, Western Australia
12.5%, screwcap, around $18

The bouquet was tropical with passion fruit and melon. On the palate the Semillon opened the show with grassy and herbaceous notes, and Sauvignon Blanc was the closing act with flavours of tropical fruit salad. A crisp and refreshing wine - 90.  

Tuesday 6 March 2012

Hamiltons Bluff, Sangiovese (2007)

Cowra, New South Wales
15.4%, around $28

With a slightly volatile nose, this wine packed a punch with a full bodied palate of intense fruit. Time in bottle had probably been quite favourable to the tannins, which were unobtrusive and supported by medium acidity. The palate was dry and had good length - 93.

Thursday 1 March 2012

Chalkers Crossing, Hilltops Shiraz (2009)

Hilltops, New South Wales
14%, screwcap, around $33

This wine's identity was revealed at the first whiff, with a bouquet of vibrant cool climate red fruit. The palate was medium bodied and delivered an array of intense fruit, along with spice and vanilla oak in support. With impressive structure, this dry red wine was a delight and demonstrated the classic skill of French born and trained winemaker, Ms Celine Rousseau - 94.