Larry Cherubino 2006 The Yard Acacia Vineyard Shiraz (Western Australia)
With its pungent scents of cracked pepper and potent berry aromas, this is not a shy Shiraz. On the palate, it delivers an intriguing blend of vanilla and berries, marked by more sauvage elements of peppercorn and grilled beef, all wrapped in a sturdy, well built package of ample weight, adequate acidity and dusty…
Larry Cherubino 2008 Ad Lib Mix Master Cabernet Sauvignon-Merlot (Margaret River)
At 15% alcohol, it does show a trace of warmth on the finish, but this is a full-bodied, richly textured wine of great appeal. Cassis fruit dominates, with hints of cherry, camphor and asphalt adding nuance. Best from 2012–2018.
Larry Cherubino 2008 Ad Lib Wall Flower Riesling (Mount Barker)
The uncharacteristically quiet nose, with subtle mineral and quince hints, make this a good choice for those looking for a more subdued style of Australian Riesling. The palate continues this stony austerity and adds some lemon rind tones which fade into lime on the medium finish. Admirable for its restraint. May…
Larry Cherubino 2008 Ad Lib Straw Man Sauvignon Blanc (Pemberton)
An interesting combination of lean cut grass aromas and riper tones of candied apple and watermelon. There’s good intensity in the mouth and lingering notes of passion fruit and citrus on the medium finish. Drink up.
Larry Cherubino 2008 Ad Lib Hen & Chicken Oaked Chardonnay (Pemberton)
A good choice for fans of a generously oaked style, this is a weighty white with complex notes of caramel and vanilla that pick up a papaya undertone on the finish. Too powerful for most fish dishes but fine with cheese. Drink now to 2012.
Larry Cherubino 2007 The Yard Whispering Hill Vineyard Riesling (Western Australia)
High ambitions are evident in the lovely mineral and citric nose of this new entry from the former winemaker of Houghton Wines. Unfortunately, the palate does not quite make the grade, turning in an overly light impression and a short finish. Drink up.
Larry Cherubino 2008 Ad Lib Tree hugger No Oak Chardonnay (Pemberton)
The unoaked nature of this wine, as advertised by its amusing name, shows through in the unadulterated melon, cantaloupe and mineral tones. It’s a bit hollow in the mouth, but has a sweet, round texture and pretty cherry and candied orange notes on the brief finish. Drink up.
Larry Cherubino 2007 The Yard Pedestal Vineyard Semillon-Sauvignon Blanc (Western Australia)
This pale white offers up an irresistable nose grass and lanolin. Unfortunately, the full-bodied palate is a bit watery, with simple grapefruit flavors that die on the short finish.