Cheviot Bridge 2000 Chardonnay (Victoria)
Reminiscent of good white Burgundy, this atypically (for Australia) flinty Chard has notes of gunmetal, intricately intertwined with white peach and toasted oatmeal. Finishes soft and round but long, with hints of lemon.
Cheviot Bridge 2001 Pinot Noir (Yea Valley)
Tastes commercial in the “being all things to all people” way, but it’s still a well-made Pinot. Chalk envelops cherries and plums; there’s a nice weight on the palate, where smoke and pine notes step in. The same pine-cone note comes through on the nose.
Cheviot Bridge 1999 Cabernet Sauvignon-Merlot (Yea Valley)
More and more Cab-Merlot blends from down under are hitting our shores. This tasty example shows good palate feel and an above average balance of fruit, wood, acidity and tannins. Stylish almost all the way through, it turns just a bit tart and lemony on the finish. Should improve, evening out further over the next…
Cheviot Bridge 2001 Merlot (Yea Valley)
The nose offers lots of black pepper, and less cream; it's smooth in the mouth, with drying, oaky tannins that persist through the finish. Red plum is the main player on the palate. Good, but nothing out of the ordinary.
Cheviot Bridge 2000 Cabernet Sauvignon-Merlot (South Eastern Australia)
Juicy fruit and tasty, overt American oak mark this lithe red. Like inexpensive Aussie Shiraz, this is about upfront flavor and smooth texture. Though comprised of the two major Bordeaux grapes, this is not complex or for cellaring, but will provide good easy drinking over the next year or two.
Cheviot Bridge 2000 Shiraz (South Eastern Australia)
Less overtly sweet than much modest Aussie Shiraz, this shows good fruit with a touch of earthiness and a hint of structure. The fairly high acidity and angular character makes this more food-friendly than many. It even shows some back-end edge. Drink now, with food rather than as a glugger.
Cheviot Bridge 2001 Chardonnay (South Eastern Australia)
Bouncy and full of ripe mixed fruit—mainly peaches and pears (think fruit cocktail)—this wine also has a creamy lactic note that doesn’t quite mesh with the other elements.