Deluxe Red Dozen
3 bottles each of:
2017 Tempranillo, Beechworth, VICAs expected of a red wine bottled after 6 months, the colour is deep red with purple hues. Aromas of pastille blue fruits and some spice. A generous palate with cherry ripe flavours from the start to finish. Definitely low astringency, but the tannins are ripe giving great ‘carry’ and finish. An easy drinking wine to enjoy with friends or at a Sunday BBQ.
2013 Friends' Selection Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz, Central Ranges, NSW, Beechworth, VIC & Hunter Valley, NSW
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 Cabernet Sauvignon that will reward with short term cellaring.
2 bottles each of:
2015 Indigo Pinot Noir, Beechworth, VIC
Quite pale in colour with youthful purple edges on release at 18 months of age. Lifted red fruit notes and ginger spice aromas plus ‘forestry bramble’ characters. These follow to the palate, which in keeping with the colour is mid-weight. Earthy red spice flavours and background vanillin oak give the palate plenty of depth. A very good structure, fruit and acid balance will see this develop complex tertiary characters with bottle age.
2016 Hunter Valley Shiraz, Hunter Valley NSW
Soft vanillin and tannins on entry, almost floral like aromas and slightly sweet earth, pastille, lolly Shiraz flavours. The French oak is very much in the background, however adds enough flavour to give a great complexity and length. A medium bodied Shiraz with lovely bright youthful colour on release at 18 months.
2014 Wade Block 2 Vineyard Shiraz, McLaren Vale, SA
Vibrant youthful colour on release as a two year old wine. Medium density and lovely purple tints. Aromas of dark cherry through to dark chocolate with a slight mint background. The oak, all French, is there as a vanillin note. These follow through to the mid weight palate. Flavours of red spice, ginger and five spice, typical of Christmas cake are also on the palate. Dusty ripe tannins add to the complexity and balance the ripe fruit nicely. Beautiful drink as a youngster but will also age for a long time.
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