April 24, 2012

Five Wines Reviewed by Award Winning Sommelier

It's always interesting to read about wines, its history, the latest, the finest, the sweetest and so... I read an article last night, I thought would be nice to share... I like learning about new wines and what others, especially professionals think of the market out there... Award winning sommelier and wine educator review six wines...  

JUICY DARK FRUITS - $15 2010 Houghton Classic Cabernet Shiraz Merlot Western Australia houghton-wines.com.au HOUGHTON have a long-standing and well-earned reputation of approachable, attractive and well-made wines. This red blend certainly doesn't let that reputation down. A deep, rich colour, juicy dark fruits and leather give the wine a level of complexity more associated with wines twice the price. The palate is rich and warm, fruit and spice filled and wrapped with fine grained tannin. Perfect for autumn and slow-cooked yummy things. Value: Excellent Food: Lamb Shanks Rating: 4/5 --

FINE BOUQUET - $16 2011 Chapel Hill Chardonnay McLaren Vale/Adelaide Hills, SA chapelhillwine.com.au AFTER the boom of sauvignon blanc, this is an interesting reintroduction to modern Australian chardonnay. White peach, nectarine and flowers lift from the glass in subtle waves. Stone fruits, fresh acid and delicate oak wrap together on the palate, leaving a lovely fine finish. Value: Great Food: Snapper Rating: 3.5/5 --

POISED CHARM - $20 2009 Veronique G.S.M. Barossa Valley, SA www.veroniquewines.com.au WHAT a little charmer this is! Red fruits, wild flowers and spices on the nose, with wet stone, subtle oak and lipstick-like perfume. The palate is all juicy and brightness, yet this wine is very poised and balanced. It has weight and charm, and is ideal for food. Utterly delicious and very more please, for autumn. Value: Hunt it down Food: Beef hotpot Rating: 4/5 --

SEDUCTIVE AROMAS - $23 2010 Punt Road Viognier Yarra Valley, Victoria www.puntroadwines.com.au FEATURING perfume of honeysuckle and stonefruits, the aromas of this wine really are seductive. What a great alternative to our most requested and consumed white varietals. A well-balanced palate has musk and apricot as the dominant flavours. Add minerally undertones and fresh, bright acid and this is a wine to look out for. Value: Bullseye Food: Indian curry Rating: 4/5 --

CURIOUSLY ELEGANT - $35 2009 Toppers Mountain Wild Ferment Pinotage Viognier New England, NSW THE South African wine regions made Pinotage a cross-pollination of pinot noir and cinsault world renowned. This wine uses that red hybrid as its main grape. also blending in the white grape viognier. It starts with alluring perfumes of strawberry wine gums, stewed apricot, roses and musk. On the palate, it's musky, wild red fruits and layers of spice and soft tannin. This is a very seductive, curiously elegant red wine. Definitely worth finding. Value: Something different Food: Pheasant Rating: 4/5 --

ATTRACTIVE BLEND - $45 2009 Krinklewood Biodynamic Vineyard Spider Run White Hunter Valley, NSW A CURIOUS but very attractive blend of semillon, chardonnay and verdelho, this is complexity at its finest. Stone fruits, blossom, smoke and minerals are dancing together as you swirl your glass. Smooth, rich texture, layers of complex flavours due to co-fermentation and wild yeast. It possesses a very long finish. Enticing wine. Value: Good Food: Baked fish Rating: 4/5

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