This new brand is the big brother of Starvedog Lane. This 80-20 Sauvignon-Semillon blend is zesty, wtih bright, interesting grass, lime and white stone fruit flavors that come to a limey-chalky point on the finish. It’s quite a fragrant wine as well, wtih pure peach, olive oil and citrus notes.
From the Adelaide Hills—a region not particularly known for Shiraz—this is a top-notch effort. The fruit is brighter and redder than many Aussie Shirazes, but those raspberry notes are given weight and smoothness from the oak aging, which has added hints of toast, vanilla, brown sugar and café au lait. The tannins are supple, imparting a creamy texture in the mouth…
This doesn’t have the sheer breadth of many Australian Viogniers, but it offers more structure and length on the palate. Vibrant lemon-lime and pineapple aromas set the stage for flavors of tropical fruit and lemon custard. There’s a slightly creamy texture and a lingering finish. Imported by Tom Eddy Wines.
A new premium brand from the Starvedog Lane folks, this wine opens with pleasing mineral, chalk and peach aromas. Close your eyes and you’re drinking fruit nectar—the mango and peach flavors are that pure, and that ripe. A bright, sunny wine but also a firm one with good viscosity. Finish is medium-long and juicy.
A Cab from an area better known for its white wines, the 19th Meeting has bacon, eucalyptus and cream on the nose. Similar oak and eucalyptus notes on the palate make the wine feel leaner than it is at first; with air, the moutfeel smooths out and the flavors unfold. Not what Americans have in mind when they think of Oz Cabs; worth a look for that very reason.
The nose offers permeating black-pepper aromas, and some maple sweetness. Black plum and cherry fruit on the palate is encased in a fairly dry, leathery mouthfeel; the finish brings more black cherry, leather and oak flavors. It’s very good, mouthcoating and big in size, but a little less so in richness.
This Pinot Grigio from a new producer in the cool Adelaide Hills starts off a little herbal—almost minty—then delivers a full-bodied, weighty palate experience. The flavors are fairly neutral, making it more about flesh and weight than well delineated flavors, but that should help make it more versatile with food. Drink now. Imported by Tom Eddy Wines.