Foggy Hill Vineyard Definitus Pinot Noir 2021
The Vinsomniac - Stuart Robinson
by Stu.
4M ago
November 1st 2023 sees the release of this wine - along with the accompany Tapanappa Foggy Hill Pinot Noir 2021. On the occasion of the twentieth anniversary of the establishment of the Foggy Hill vineyard, winemaker Brian Croser - accompanied by wife Ann - embarked on a series of tasting and dinners to celebrate this milestone. Whilst the Definitus wasn't part of that tasting, opportunity afforded to review it post. The Definitus is akin to a block level wine, the Definitus strip being a sub-ridge formed where ferruginuous sandstone comes close to the surface. It also marks a d ..read more
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Tapanappa Foggy Hill Vineyard Pinot Noir 2022
The Vinsomniac - Stuart Robinson
by Stu.
4M ago
Foggy Hill is Brian Croser's latest (albeit one twenty years in the making) passion project, down on the Southern tip of the Fleurieu. Cool, maritime influenced, the site for this stunningly consistent Pinot.  Leads with a floral, rose-raspberry mix over Sage. Spice - pepper and Chinese five spice - linger in the background, supplementing the initial brighter aromatics with added depth. The palate is deep, rich - with a balance of tight and fine tannins, with a freshening acidity in the mix. Finishes long, with an appealing mineral like pucker. Offers finesse, elegance, yet wit ..read more
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Castel Firmian Teroldego Rotaliano Superiore Riserva 2019
The Vinsomniac - Stuart Robinson
by Stu.
4M ago
Black cherry, blackcurrant, touch of cocoa in the mix, with an underlying musky hint - a little like your favourite Uncle's after shave (don't mind me!). Delightful palate that all at once is tender, yet robust - offering both generosity of fruit, fine tannins and flashes of bright acidity. It's a well rounded package, versatile and comely, inviting and moreish - yet with enough structure to hold up to a broad range of foodstuffs. Good gear! 93 Tasted on: Tuesday 16th October Source: Sample Price: $45 Alcohol: 13% Closure: Cork Sample Courtesy of: https://www.singlevineyards.co ..read more
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St Hugo GSM 2022
The Vinsomniac - Stuart Robinson
by Stu.
4M ago
Black and red fruit against savoury, nutty oak. Some warmed earth in the frame. There's a freshness, both of fruit - with freshening acidity to cleanse across its length. A biscuity, roasted/ caramel edge adds an extra dimension to the final flourish. An excellent package overall. Drink to ten years. 92 Tasted on: Saturday 16th September Source: Sample Price: $54.99 Alcohol: 14% Closure: Screwcap Website: https://www.sthugo.com ..read more
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Cellier des Dauphins Val Soléu IGP Drôme Organic Rosé 2022
The Vinsomniac - Stuart Robinson
by Stu.
4M ago
Orange peel, strawberry, watermelon - evocative of summer, hot air on a breeze. Kiss of peachy stonefruit and kernel on the palate, drying phenolic coating the mouth; drying length with a pucker of acid. Flowing on a length. Evokes Summer in a glass. 92 Tasted on: Monday 9th October Source: Sample Price: $35 Alcohol: 12.5% Closure: Nomacorc PlantCorc™ Sample courtesy of:  https://www.singlevineyards.com/ Follow me: http://twitter.com/TheVinsomniac ..read more
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D'Arenberg d'Arry's Original Grenache Shiraz 2020
The Vinsomniac - Stuart Robinson
by Stu.
4M ago
(c) Courtesy of d'Arenberg Years ago, wine personality (I think that the right label) Matt Skinner published his book "Heard It Through the Grapevine" in which he gave a recommendation for bangers 'n' mash paired with d'Arry's Original. It's a pairing I've trusted in since. To this 2022, it's been a while between d'Arry's for me - and of course not forgetting we farewelled Frances d'Arenberg Osborne just last year - respect. The Grenache sings here, with that signature McLaren Vale deep set red fruit, over earthen chocolate notes. Mid to full weight on the palate, succulent f ..read more
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Feudo Arancio Quèto Nero d'Avola 2021
The Vinsomniac - Stuart Robinson
by Stu.
4M ago
Baked raspberry, warm earth, chocolate mud cake vibes. That's not intended to make it sound simple, rather convey the comely aromatics that emanate. Mid to full weight on the palate, touch of warmth, baking spices - palate presence building, the wine growing in stature. Fine grain of tannin set against the warming presence against the baked red fruit that re-emerges through the mid-final third. 91 Tasted on: Monday 9th October Source: Sample Price: $TBC Alcohol:TBC Closure: Cork Sample Courtesy of: https://www.singlevineyards.com/ Follow me: http://twitter.com/TheVinsomniac ..read more
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Berton Vineyard Alfresco Vermentino 2022
The Vinsomniac - Stuart Robinson
by Stu.
4M ago
Green apple, ripe pear, waxy citrus. There's a lovely texture on initial entry, but it soon yields to a minerally acid spread before a phenolic pucker. The acid might be a touch perky for some, but after its initial blaze is does gently ebb towards its conclusion. Lovely balance and length. Multi-faceted, of its many parts. 92 Tasted on: Thursday 29th June Source: Sample Price: $20 Alcohol: 12.5% Closure: Screwcap Website: https://www.bertonvineyards.com.au/ Follow me: http://twitter.com/TheVinsomniac ..read more
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Tapanappa Tiers Chardonnay 2022
The Vinsomniac - Stuart Robinson
by Stu.
8M ago
Another "near perfect" vintage remarks Brian Croser in the notes accompanying the release. Slightly warmer than 2021, but like that vintage it's considered spot on - compared to the run of warmer years in the decade from around the 2010s. Exquisite oak on presentation here, nougat and seasoning, a drizzle of honey, framing the introduction to the wine. There's an intensity to the wine on initial intro, grapefruity acidity that positively threads through the palate. Texture fills the cavity adding breadth to the exquisite length. Hints of lime, grapefruit add up to this excellent rele ..read more
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Saint & Scholar Graduates Collection Pinot Gris 2022
The Vinsomniac - Stuart Robinson
by Stu.
8M ago
Hills Gris here, exuding the hallmark qualities of the style at a textbook 13%. It's all poached pear, quince, with a trailing edge of patching spice. Faint textural edge, but I personally prefer to see more width and breadth in the style. Somewhat redeemed through a generous length to it. 89 Tasted on: Sunday 23rd April Source: Sample Price: $25 Alcohol: 13% Closure: Screwcap Website: https://saintandscholar.com.au/ Follow me: http://twitter.com/TheVinsomniac ..read more
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