Sunbury, Victoria, Australia. 13.8%
Handcrafted wine. But dilute and rather uninteresting. Savoury style at least.
Rhone, France. 13%
Practically every bottle of this wine has been fine. Yet it was bought from retail shelves where it has been standing for several years. Sometimes you just get lucky.
Lightish, with moderate concentration yet solid flavour and weight all the way through the palate. Perfect table wine that seduces rather than bowling over.
Grampians, Victoria. 14.5%
I had very high expectations for this wine after reading many glowing reviews. And because of the great progress in Australia with cool climate elegant Shiraz.
It’s a good wine that shows plenty of regional character. But it didn’t bowl me over, it could have been more exciting. I have plenty more bottles and will udate this review later with 2nd opinions.
Piedmont, Italy. 13.5%
Very developed for its eight years, although it was bought off retail shelves, or maybe Nebbiolo browns quickly and picks up oxygen. Anyway it was still enjoyable, quite fascinating. Soft yet with very interesting summer fruit-like acid finish. Quite complex. I have had very little Barolo in my life – I’m now motivated to buy more.