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Easy drinking McLaren Vale Shiraz.

A spicy sucker, peppered steak and dark plummy fruit light the way. A little more time in the glass sees blackberries loom up. The fruit drops away a little with the spice riding long flanked by bright acidity.

Drink now to six years.

87/100

Region: McLaren Vale
RRP: $25
Source: Sample

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Tip top Malbec from South Australia's Wrattonbully region.

Graceful and intent on gradually revealing its true persona, over a couple of days tasting this Malbec showed how time will only continue to bring out its best.

Filled with dark plummy fruit, blackcurrants and blackberries walk hand in hand with shards of dark chocolate and flashes of mint. An attractive bouquet of florals and deft touches of dried herb play a respectable supporting role. A smooth ride through the mouth, it's beautifully balanced with a tight grasp of cocoa like tannin with a long and stunningly moreish finish. Pour me another glass, please.

Drink to ten years+

94/100

Region: Wrattonbully
RRP: $60
Source: Sample

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A delicious Cabernet release from the good folk at Zema Estate.

Already with four years under its belt, isn't it great when a wine is released in the zone and some of the aging done for you? Better still, you aren't dropping a bomb to drink well.

All varietal characters are present and humming along in fine form. Etched with enticing complexity, the juicy yet soft fruit, boney tannins and engaging length are the game breakers for me. It lingers nicely now and will only improve with cellaring.

Drink now to ten years+

92/100

Region: Coonawarra
RRP: $30
Source: Sample

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Simple Shiraz from the 'Adelaide' region.

Sweet black fruit, mocha and char are the main players. A peppery spice lingers on close, much longer than expected admittedly. It's agoes okay.

Drink now to three years.

86/100

Region: Adelaide
RRP: $18
Source: Sample

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Jilyara are relatively new on the scene. This Williams' Block is the flagship range and comes from their best parcels of Margaret River fruit. There is a Cabernet Sauvignon in this range too.

Scents of brioche, fig, barbecued peach, struck match and almond meal get you in the mood. Grapefruit and white fleshed stonefruit come in generous handfuls. Lemon juice throws a lasso around the mouth with a touch of nuttiness and a lick of caramel for good measure filling the mouth. There's a tension evident via the grapefruit acidity ensuring it will develop beautifully over the medium term. A label to watch.

Drink to six years.

92/100

Region: Margaret River
RRP: $50
Source: Sample

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Barossa Shiraz to embrace with two hands. A fab drop.

You don't go wanting for depth with buckets of blue and dark fruits thrown your way. A consistent cedary oak vibe sits at the core with baking spices and lashings of pepper hanging long and moreish. The acid still shines on the bright side and will calm in time making this a handy medium-term aging prospect. A steak on the coals and a large pour for the win I say.

Drink to eight years.

91/100

Region: Barossa
RRP: $35
Source: Sample

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Bright, fresh and inviting are the words which pop into my head when pouring this wine and taking a whiff.

Scents of barbecued rissoles, fine pepper, dark berry fruit, sarsparilla and dark cherries - there's plenty going on that's for sure. Dried herbs scamper through before chalky tannins consume the mouth on a puckering and drying finish. Great for a plate of food be it tapas or a casual barbecue.

Drink now to five years.

90/100

Region: Margaret River
RRP: $27
Source: Sample

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A good GSM from McLaren Vale ticking the boxes.

Dark berry fruit, black earth and char the main players. Medium bodied, some fine peppery spices add warmth and linger on a persistent finish. It goes pretty well. The price is about right.

Drink now to five years.

88/100

Region: McLaren Vale
RRP: $25
Source: Sample

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The first 2019 red off the bottling line to come across this tasting bench. It's a Shiraz bursting with fruit.

The NOW range stands for Natural Organic Wine. With no added preservatives, the fruit comes off organic and biodynamic vineyards. A bright hue is a tempting intro for the eyes. Berry basket, raspberry rope, licorice and dried flowers leap from the glass. Dashes of earth and fine spices add to the width and length offered. Drying dusty and cocoa tannins to close. Nicely done.

Drink now to three years.

89/100

Region: McLaren Vale
RRP: $25
Source: Sample

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Stretch your horizons that little bit more and throw this refreshing Yarra Valley Savarro in your glass.


Citrus flower, white flowers and limes energise the senses. Partial barrel fermentation and aged on lees, the textural feels from this technique is clear. Old school lemonade leads to a chalky texture and a fine spiced finish which lingers enough to encourage another sip. Seafood and a glass or two of this would make a good afternoon in the sun.

Drink now.

92/100

Region: Yarra Valley
RRP: $30
Source: Sample

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