Mulberry overlaid with a little chocolatey oak. Classic McLaren Vale Shiraz.
A bitterness on entry, a nice contrast to the smoothness of the palate and semblance of fruit. There's a slight raspberry hint, subtle, combined with the Plum and Mulberry aspects. Tannin is fine, substantive enough to leave an impressive, subtle enough to not dominate.
An acidic freshness gives length. 90
Tasted on: Monday 20th May, a Leaf day Source: Sample Price: $27.50 Alcohol: 14.5% Closure: Screwcap Website: www.zontesfootstep.com.au
Something akin to a block level wine off the Fleurieu's Foggy Hill Vineyard. The Definitus strip being a sub-Ridge formed where ferruginuous sandstone comes close to the surface. The strip also marks a delineation between two rows of two Bernard Clones (115 and 117, planted in 2003).
Highly perfumed, violets, sour cherry, slight spirited/lifted note. Starts segueing to black fruit hints, as though they're being summoned from the wine's depths.
Light, fine tannin, makes its presence known initially. Carries with it a dark presentation, earthy and coffee grounds like in profile.
Latterly it asserts itself, dark and pronounced, it's tight and closed at this juncture - cellar for a minimum of five years, drink over a further five to fifteen. 93
Tasted on: Tuesday 4th June, a Root to Flower day Source: Sample Price: $90 Alcohol: 13.5% Closure: Cork Website: https://tapanappa.com.au
Tropical imbued, green papaya and lime in the main. Slightly husky, pithy.
Lemons and Limes, simple in approach, certainly juicy and refreshing. Nice tang and a gentle ebbing flow along the palate. Decent Riesling for the ask, particularly given what it can be found for in the multiples. 88
Tasted on: Wednesday 22nd May, a Fruit day
Cool Hills Shiraz. Plummy, touch of pan juice, chocolate and wafer hints.
There's something like an orange juice freshness and acidity to the wine, certainly on initial entry. A blue/black fruit mix makes its presence known, fine and chewy tannins allow a consideration around the palate.