From a little-known region of Western Australia, this is a restrained, structured example of Chardonnay that may drink well for 5–6 years. Subtle vanilla and bacon shadings upfront add nuance to the melon and pear aromas. Flavors are of soft, fully ripe tree fruit and melon, but held in check by citrusy notes and crisp acids.
As you might surmise from the name, Merlot plays a dominant role in this reasonably priced blend from Western Australia. Cassis, tobacco and savory spice notes add up to an enjoyably complex wine that’s just a bit coarsely textured and probably not for long-term aging. The stats: 53% Merlot, 24% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Cabernet Franc.
Though there are moderate doses of toast and nut adding interest to yellow peach and pineapple flavors, the wood manifests itself differently on the nose and the finish. Smells like pine, dried spice and burned popcorn, with bacon, hickory and some lactic notes coming through on the finish. Goes down easily, but could have fared even better. Imported by The Country…
Has roasted, ripe flavors of prune or date, plus a hint of volatility on the nose. Has a dusty feel on the palate, with coffee, leather and blackberry flavors taking center stage. Finishes narrow and a little tart. Imported by The Country Vintner.