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Bazal

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Jim Barry "The Nurse Series" Cab Sauv 2020. Without any evidence, I am assuming that this is a charitable version of "The Cover Drive" as $1 per sale goes to the McGrath Foundation.

Very grippy, particularly since this is Clare Valley Cabernet and not Coonawarra. Though this wine doesn't have Brett it does have a "9V battery" flavour to it which is very offputting. Graphite and liquorice make up the rest of the flavour notes with a very long finish.

Thank goodness this has a charitable portion to it, otherwise there would be no redeeming feature to it.

Have always hated the Cover Drive cab

Tbh I'm no fan of Clare Reds in general but for an objectively good winery AND my favourite cricket shot the Cover Drive has never been an enjoyable wine for mine.

I came in here to post about another wine but I'd already reviewed it. But can double down on the Roxanne the Razor Negro/Nero blend. Brilliant little wine
 

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St Hallett Blockhead Shiraz Nouveau 2021.

Felt like something easy and yum and this fits the bill. Classic Barossa Shiraz colour, but the nose is much more restrained and pretty. Blue flowers, wild berries ripe on the bush, just a hint of black spices.

Tastes pretty much how it smells. It won't be for everyone - I can see the old heads who want a Barossa Red to be so big and sweet you have to chew it saying it tastes watered down, but I actually like that. It's got all the right flavours but done with some restraint. Jammy and fruit driven but not heavy.

I guess if you've ever wanted a Barossa Shiraz that was more like some of those absolutely neckable red varietals, this is the one. I rate it.

Personally I think this is a great marketing move for the future too. With so many great varietals out there now, and so many different styles, I feel like people have steadily been moving away from huge jammy old school reds.

They say it works with a couple of ice cubes in summer as well. Might be a bridge too far but I can definitely see it handling a good chill by the BBQ
 

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2013 Pooley Cooinda Vale Pinot - Coal River Valley, Tassie.

Smells like hibiscus tea, or maybe dried rose petal and black tea, slightly sappy cherry from the small percentage of whole bunches, a little bit of mossy earth.

It's just. So. Silky. Good pinot has a sense of purity in the mouth, and this definitely hits that mark. Clean, bright cherry, dark and almost sweet. Rose water, but as an aromatic high note, not in a cloying sense. A little clove, Szechuan pepper, and a savoury tea acidity on the finish.

Unlikely to be able to find the 2013 but I highly recommend grabbing a current vintage if you see it around (albeit over $50)
 

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@Drew-Sta 's Monty. Which I think is the last of the mixed six pack? Have lost count.

I like it. It's just really easy, but it's also not basic or boring. Some red fruits, slightly tart rather than sweet. Starts to lean a little darker as it goes down. Cocoa powder, a clean little savoury line that feels a little herby and meaty. For almost all of these I think the tannic structure has been really good.

If I was to be critical I'd say that it's probably slightly over the odds cost wise for similar examples, but honestly I'm lucky enough that I don't care so much about 5 bucks here and there if I enjoy the wine, and it does have a character of its' own so it wouldn't stop me buying again
Yeah, the prices were set with the idea of discounting down.

We're making some changes for next vintage but its been a steep learning curve.
 

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1847 Vineyards Grand Pappy Shiraz 2017.

Was a VinoMofo black market deal that I guessed wrong. Again. Lol. 45 bucks a bottle instead of 320 allegedly (winery website does say 320 to be fair). Tasted over two days to do it justice.

Day one it was very closed, obviously. Cooler vintage Barossa as well as being built for the cellar. After 6 hours or so it starts to open up. Big fruit even for a cool vintage, but crunchier tart cherry and damson rather than jammy. It's still very tight, strong acid and tannins. Clearly cellar worthy.

Day two is probably showing properly. The fruit is more relaxed and a little jammier, but still crunchy. Joined by some earthy leather and sandalwood notes. Pepper, clove, allspice. Tannin and acid is still powerful.

Would I pay $320 for it? Heck no. But if I was back in a shop and a rep was flogging it in the 200s I wouldn't question it so for 50 bucks a pop I'm very happy. The black market deals haven't ever disappointed me tbh
 
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And at the other end of the price scale:

Teusner "The Riebke" Shiraz 2019. As all of us who have worked in retail know, when a winery changes their labels the wine automatically turns to shit; just ask any customer. This however, seems to have managed to buck the trend...

Classic Barossa Shiraz that just screams to be drunk over and over. Very approachable, not overpowering/heavyweight like some Barossa Shiraz can be (I did have a glass poured for about an hour before drinking). Dark currants, black peppercorns, sage & rosemary, good tannin structure and with a nice long finish. I would not want to lie this down though, I think it's drinking well now and additional cellaring would not be of much benefit.
 
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Scala Ciro Rosso 2019. Italian wine from the Calabria region using 100% Gaglioppo, a grape I had never heard of before. Doing some research (Wikipedia), it is a cross between Sangiovese and a grape called Mantonico Bianco (another grape I've never heard of before).

You can tell the Sangiovese parentage, pours out the colour of red brick and has a solid sour cherry hit. Much more grippy than Sangiovese yet with a faster finish. Very herbatious, particularly sage and parsley, and even a lick of aluminium. Solid drinker, though I'm sure back in Calabria it isn't the equivelant of $30.
 
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