Talagandra 2001 Chardonnay (Australia)
Pure sweet fruit stars in this show. Peaches and pears, mainly, with just a hint of vanilla and toast. Some clove and butter notes sneak in on the finish. It’s a light, fruity wine to drink over the next few months.
Talagandra 2000 Canberra District Shiraz (Australia)
Aromas of sarsaparilla soda and dill hardly qualify as ordinary. Then the flavors don’t much match the bouquet; they are tangy and sharp, veering toward cherry and sugared citrus rind. Below the surface there is some quality cherry fruit, but overall it seems to lack plushness. —M.S.