There’s so much going on in the ’99 Salena Estate, that it can’t help but please everyone: Juicy blackberries are front and center on the nose and in the mouth; cedar, tobacco and dried herbs give the palate added complexity. Big, chewy mouthfeel? Check. Chocolate, vanilla and truffle aromas will throw you for a loop; even tannins, and licorice and mineral flavors…
Riverland is an appellation in South Australia known for inexpensive but quality wines and this is no exception. Aromas of raspberry are laced with cinnamon; bright cherry flavors accented with spice finish light and soft for a well-made, good-value Merlot.
This warm-climate Chard shows its origins in its ripe, sweet peach-nectar aromas, kissed with caramel and smoke. Weighty in the mouth—close to syrupy—then it finishes cleanly in a burst of tart, lime-like acidity.
Best for those who aren’t sensitive to oak, the Ellen Landing offers hefty samplings of wood from nose to finish. In supporting roles are red berries on the nose, and blackberries in the mouth. Its rustic tannins may inspire a Survivor-like camping expedition.
Like all of the Salena reds, this offers a plump, juicy mouthfeel and simple, varietally correct flavors. In this case, there are hints of cherry and mocha and some tart acids on the finish.