Alkoomi's White Label range offers some of the best value wines amongst their respective varieties. This Sauvignon Blanc no exception, offering what the variety does from the cool Frankland River region in Western Australia's South-East corner.
Exuding the grassy, herbaceous notes for which the variety is oft associated. The pungency is not lost on the palate, subtle tropical nuances aid that further, on the back of a pleasing acidic length. 88
Tasted on: Saturday 2nd March, a Fruit to Root day
From 6th generation winemaker Trent Burge, honouring the region and the variety for which it's renowned.
Deep set, plum, evocative, richly expressive. Hints of nut, coconut even - not so much swathed or swaddled in oak, but that's there too with its come hither coffee and vanilla ways. Framed, perhaps is how one sees it.
Thick, rich, upfront fruit presence, before fine - yet firm - tannins sweep across the palate. Has a presence, length, and certainly possess the presence and structure to suggest it will age well. Length is flowing, the gentle ebb of spice across the palate. 94
Tasted on: Sunday 10th February, a Leaf Day
Killerby is owned by Ferngrove winery, and whereas the owner produces great wines down in Great Southern, Killerby is a Margaret River focussed producer with a cellar door in Wilyabrup on the prime Caves Road.
Stonefruit, wafer oak, fig, somewhat delicate aromas - no bad thing in Chardonnay!
Spiced, creamy French oak, elements of Vanilla. Fine-bone acidity with a suggestion of textural width through lees stirring. Complexity here, contrast to the aromatic delicacy: stonefruit, lime, perhaps some ginger spice indicative of some barrel ferment character. 90
Rich, chocolatey, a malty edge framing the wine. Oak on display, handled somewhat sensitively.
Unwilling to release the wine that it has nurtured through its formative years. A powerhouse, having a compelling presence: oak, spice - pepper in the main.
Its tannin structure is forceful, the sudden onset reminding this is a wine of substance - and not for now. Possessing the structure to last, there's a slight flash of warmth, minor, from a generous vintage. The finish though, seemingly perpetual. 93