Kungfu Girl Riesling Charles Smith Wines 2009

80 points

Evergreen Vineyard, Columbia Valley, Washington. 12.5%

Great label.

Pale colour. Dilute nose. Just a touch of sweetness. Good sweetness acid balance. Lacks flavour and character.

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Orlando BJT Barossa Valley basket pressed Shiraz 2005

91 points

Barossa Valley, South Australia. 13.5%

An unusual wine which I enjoyed. The oak aroma is rather unique, this wine would stump me in a blind tasting (smelling). It doesn’t seem to be French or American oak, whatever it actually is it isn’t sweet or over-the-top just different.

The palate is ripe and flavoursome with a touch of fruit sweetness on the forefront. It’s quite elegant with well restrained alcohol and excellent balancing acidity (not forced).

This is a non-showy Barossa Shiraz, low octane. Beautifully ripe without syrupy extract and alcohol. Bravo.

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