A terrific example of Australian Chardonnay, the 2003 Tiers offers mature aromas of truffles, orange marmalade and peach preserves. It’s full-bodied and rich, yet retains a sense of freshness on the long, anise-tinged finish. Drink now–2012.
From an area better known for its cool-climate white wines, this is a full-bodied, voluptuous Shiraz that shows ample complexity and length. Cola and blackberry notes lead the way, amplified by peppery spice. Soft tannins and harmonious spice and berry notes linger on the finish. Drink now–2015, possibly longer.
One of this tasting’s top performers—Adelaide Hills shines again. This is an elegant, harmonious Chardonnay, with white stone fruit at the core, and hazelnuts, vanilla and talc flavors that accent rather than overwhelm the fruit. In the mouth it’s round and pillowy; a hint of nut on the long finish is a satisfying close, just the mint on the pillow at turndown.
Medium-bodied with chewy tannins, this 50-50 Cab-Merlot blend offers a sturdy foundation of plum and black cherry fruit. Anise, tree bark and spearmint accent the palate; spice, caramel and grilled meat aromas play on the nose. Excellent and very enjoyable. Imported by Paterno Wines International.
Simultaneously floral and minerally on the nose, the 2006 Hanlin Hill Riesling is an all-around delight. Filled with apple, nectarine, melon and lime fruit, it manages to conceal the Clare Valley’s sometimes hard edges with ripe fruit. Finishes dusty, minerally and long; this should have a long, positive evolution.
From founder/ winemaker Brian Croser’s last vintage, this is an excellent wine, balancing ripe peach and nectarine flavors with hints of vanilla and toasted hazelnuts. It’s richly textured and full-bodied, with a long finish redolent of custard and citrus. Drink now–2011.
At this price, it would be hard for this wine to live up to expectations—which is why we taste blind. But without any preconceptions, this wine was still delicious. The promising oaky aromas of honey drizzled over toast, coconut and vanilla are backed by white peach. It’s tightly wound and less giving on the palate.
Pretty brick/purple in color. Mixed plum aromas are accented with anise and cola notes. This is one nice Shiraz, of manageable size—just right for the dinner table. There's a base of red plum fruit with smoky, meaty nuances that roll straight through the finish.