A well-made Cab without frills: Plum dominates on the nose, but there's also a hint of herb. Plum and cherry fruit in the mouth has a slightly taut pucker, and brown earthy accents.
A spare, austere, lemony sort of Sauvignon.It is almost unforgiving at first, but after a few sips, you get used to the style and begin to appreciate the minerally, chalky feel. A natural with white fish, or any rich sauces that beg to be cut with a laser-edged white. Imported by Empson (USA) Ltd.
This is a pretty solid Cab, crisp and smooth on the palate, with black cherry fruit at the fore. On the nose, it offers more black cherry, plus unusual rice-cracker and marinade aromas. Imported by Empson (USA) Ltd.
A blend of wines from two separate vineyards, this Chardonnay features nutty, toasty oak, buttery notes from malolactic fermentation and plenty of tropical and citrus fruit. It’s crisp for an Australian Chardonnay, with a buttery reprise on the long finish.
From a very late vintage that suffered from low yields, this 2,000-case cuvée of Cabernet Sauvignon offers plenty of Coonawarra character: dried herbs, mint and a bit of green pepper add a slightly medicinal edge to the cassis flavors. Finishes dusty, dry and herbal; try in 2009.
This starts off great with gobs of melon and other tropical fruits. The palate has refreshing acidity, a medium to full body and an unctuous mouthfeel. The close, however, comes too quickly.
We don’t usually think of Cabernet as a pizza-pasta sort of wine, but this one would do that job admirably. It has a lean, Chianti-like feel to it, along with tart cherry, milk chocolate and leather flavors, finishing with a burst of lemony acidity. Best Buy.
That it’s neither sweet nor flabby is what I most appreciate about this value-priced white. Yellow fruit (peach, pear and banana, mostly) is the key player here, though there are mineral accents here and there. Fun, forward and very drinkable.