Expert articles and wine tasting videos profiling wines from Margaret River, the Margaret River wine region in Australia, & more.

1999 Metier Pinot Noir Schoolhouse Vineyard, Australia, Yarra Valley, Wine Review

Vintage: 
1999
Score: 
91
Grade: 
A-

This was a new one for me.  Pop and pour, it is a very nice Pinot drinking well right now.  Ruby in color with purple swirls.  The nose is very tight.  With air some black cherries and dust come out.  With a bit more air, cherries and a bit of woodiness (not oak) show up.  On the palate, this is medium bodied.  Cherry fruit with some depth.  Not as much as I might have expected at age 20 but not really showing age either.  Not sure where this goes from here, but there seems to be time.  It is very enjoyable.  Not as big as many Aussie wines from this time period can be.  It will go well wit

1985 Wolf Blass Black Label, Australia,

Vintage: 
1985
Score: 
93
Grade: 
A

75% Langhorne Creek, McLaren Vale & Eden Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - 20% Langhorne Creek Merlot - 5% Eden Valley Shiraz.  This is the flagship wine of this property.  The bottle was gifted to me a couple of years ago, and it got opened at the end of a 1980's Bordeaux tasting which seemed appropriate.  It did not disappoint and held its own in the tasting.  Purple with ruby swirls, ruby at the rim, not much bricking.  On the nose, this is dusty with black cherry fruit and a bit of black pepper.  On the palate, this has some depth with nice layering that is immediately apparent.  Good aci

2014 Mollydooker Shiraz Velvet Glove, Australia, McLaren Vale, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2014
Score: 
94
Grade: 
A
Current Price: 
$185.00USD

This is a big, sweet wine.  It will likely be love it or hate it for most people.  For my tastes, it is good but a little goes a long way.  Inky purple in color.  The nose is blackberry pie with some cherries, cedar, and chocolate.  On the palate, this is full bodied.  Sweet with blackberry pie, cherry pie, some dark chocolate and just a bit of spice.  This lists 16.5% ABV on the label and though it tastes it, and feels it texturaly (is that a word?), there isn't any heat.  Long, sweet finish.  So, basically, this should be consumed as though one was drinking port.  It will overpower most f

2017 McPherson Wine Company MWC Pinot Noir, Australia, Victoria, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2017
Score: 
88
Grade: 
B+
Current Price: 
$17.00USD

This is a Pinot Noir from Australia that retails for $17.  Very pale ruby in color, clear and bright.  Maybe a slight orange hue to it.  On the nose it has a cherry cotton candy quality.  Sweet and candied.  The palate is softly textured.  Sour cherry fruit that is also candied.  Not much acidity to it.  Simple.  This is made to drink alone and with out food.  It will be nice at a party or wedding as it has a good price point, drinks easy, and does not need food.  Probably should be consumed in the next year or two.  One of those wines that is what it is and does what it does for a fair pri

2017 19 Crimes Red Wine, Australia, South Eastern, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2017
Score: 
75
Grade: 
C
Current Price: 
$8.00USD

This is an inexpensive bottle from Australia that is a blend of Shiraz, Cabernet and Grenache.  It is the kind of wine that made Australia famous in the 1990's and soon fell out of favor.  This is a very sweet wine that will be popular with people who like that style.  Purple/ruby in color.  The nose has confectionery sugar, raspberry fruit and red candies.  On the palate, this is candied raspberries.  A bit bitter on the palate.  It is not about depth but rather fruit and imbibing.  Drink now.  

2016 Domaine Naturaliste Chardonnay Discovery, Australia, Margaret River, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2016
Score: 
88
Grade: 
B+
Current Price: 
$19.00USD

Well, the label says they apply sustainable and holistic Grape growing and winemaking techniques to craft perfumed wines with sympathetic textures.  So, there's that.  In spite of that gibberish, I tried the wine and it's a good wine and a nice enough price point under $20.  Light golden in color.  The nose shows some sawdust and butter but also some nice grapefruit fruit.  Even a bit of a floral note.  On the palate, the oak is not so pronounced.  The grapefruit comes thru with a decent acidity.  Nice finish.  This will work nicely on its own or with some lighter foods.  Probably needs to

2006 Hundred Acre Vineyard Shiraz Summer's Block Ancient Way, Australia, Barossa, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2006
Score: 
95
Grade: 
A

One of the better Shiraz out there.  At 12 years from vintage, this was in a beautiful place.  It is still youthful and will easily go another decade or more.  Inky purple in color. The nose has black raspberries, iodine, black pepper, violets and slight grilled meats. On the palate, this has a lovely texture; glycerin and full bodied but with good acidity that cuts through.  Lots of black raspberry fruit, light tannins and underlying minerality.  Worked well with food.  Nice finish.  Proof that at least some of the huge Shiraz bombs will stand the test of time.  

2015 Bird in Hand Shiraz, Australia, Adelaide Hills, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2015
Score: 
91
Grade: 
A-

Inky purple in color.  The nose has black raspberries and black olives.  On the palate, this is very Northern Rhonish.  Black raspberry, nice depth.  Some complexity.  Medium tannins.  Good balance.  Long finish.  This needs time and there is a chance for upside improvement.  Right now it is a big, energetic young wine.  It will need bigger (meaty) to pair with.

2009 Clarendon Hills Syrah Piggott Range Vineyard, Australia, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2018
Score: 
90
Grade: 
A-

Purple in color.  The nose is very tight.  With air, black raspberry jam and some spice.  On the palate, this has a lot of black raspberry fruit but the finish is a bit clipped.  Soft texture.  OK finish.  This is a very solid wine, but it is having some trouble ageing.  It retailed for $70 on release and was probably a bit better back then.  Perhaps some slow airing will give it some time to come together.  It needs big meat dishes for food pairings.  

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