Mixed Red Dozen
3 bottles each of:
2014 Cricket Pitch Red, South Eastern Australia
Vibrant colour and mid density. Cabernet Sauvignon/Shiraz blends and vice versa, are often referred to as the great Australian blend, although the Bordelaise would disagree seeing it was common in Bordeaux in the 1800s. Best of both varieties with red fruit Cabernet and fine tannins with the Shiraz providing mouth feel and palate length. A style all about fruit, some oak background but soft tannins and an easy drinkability.
2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz, Central Ranges, NSW & Beechworth, VIC
Mid to deep colour and density with youthful purple tints. Lifted cassis and leafy fruit with cedar/vanillin oak background. Very sweet entry to the palate and quite firm (but not aggressive) ripe tannins. Good alcohol weight. Dusty tobacco Cabernet Sauvignon flavours on the finish. A classic red that will reward with short term cellaring.
2015 Pinot Noir, Beechworth, VIC
This Pinot Noir is full of red cherry and ripe fruit tannins. Limpid light density Pinot colour with distinct maraschino cherry, almost Campari like aromas which follow to the palate. This wine will continue to mature, but on release at 2 years old it is a very enjoyable and vibrant Pinot Noir.
2013 Area Blend Shiraz, McLaren Vale, SA, Hunter Valley, NSW & Beechworth, VIC
Dense colour with deep purple hues. Complex aromas of dark chocolate and vanillin oak lift. The Hunter Valley component adds a savoury spice element but the dominant feature is the black fruit pastille of McLaren Vale. Ripe dusty tannins that will benefit the wine over the next 10 years or so.
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