It’s been four years since I had a drop of Mothers Milk, I was super excited to see it in my local wine shop. I’m cooking Venison Tenderloins in a mushroom sauce and think this might be the perfect match. It’s about 80% opaque and a medium shade of murky purple. On the nose it is spicy, peppery and has notes of licorice, blackberry and charred oak. On the palate it is really smooth and flavorful. Blackberry, anise and cola flavors shine through alongside some juicy acid. The mid palate is very fruity and has gobs of acidity to go along with lithe tannins. The fruit is working hard at this point to remain center stage. The finish is quite tart from the structural components but I do get more flavors right at the end. Black fruit melange, that licorice note and the acidity go on for ages. This is a very fresh wine that is drinking nicely and will do so till 2025. I’m going with 89 points and for $20 it gets 4 stars. (Ps. one of the pros went as high as 96!). Glad I re-discovered it! Salut….
This Shiraz is a rich purple and is nearly opaque. On the nose I get plum extract, blackberry and espresso. It’s very fruit driven but there is a touch of oak as well. On the palate is shows tar, plum and raspberry jam. It’s very tasty with a very nice balance. The tannins are present but are very fine grained and unobtrusive. The acidity on the other hand is quite pronounced leaving my jaw dripping. The mid palate has a vanilla component as well as the black fruits. The finish turns slightly dry from the crescendo of tannins that finally grip. It’s not a typical Aussie Shiraz, it’s more restrained yet still fruit forward. I like it. 89 points and 4 stars for this $21 effort. Drink till 2024. Salut….
This blend of Cab Sav, Shiraz and Malbec is particularly dark and brooding in the glass. On the nose I get black currant, rose water and spice. The palate is much more focused on darker fruits, mainly blackberry with anise and coffee bean. The mid palate continues the theme with more black licorice poking through. There’s a gentle dose of tannins that give the wine structure but are not obtrusive. The finish is decent in length and tasty with more of the same. The balance in this wine is good and the fruit lingers along with the acidity and tannins. I am enjoying it for what it is- not overly complex but extremely drinkable with nice flavors, good backbone and medium term cellaring potential. Drink till 2025. 88 points and 3 stars for this $28 effort. Salut….
Inky and opaque is this Bordeaux blend. On the nose I am treated to a melange of cassis, plums, blackberry and delicious oak. The palate is exactly what I was hoping for- rich, warm and layered with all those black fruits, very integrated tannins and a mound of acidity. This wine is very powerful and thick with fruit flavors, balancing doses of tannin and acidity and just the right amount of wood to make it very pleasing. The mid palate gets quite a bit more focused on the structure of the wine- the acidity really playing hell with my jaw and the tannins really starting to grip. If you’re looking for an unabashed wine that will pair well with game, grilled Ribeyes or a heavy pasta dish- this is it. The finish reminds me of young Claret, the fruit being masked by the power of the structural components. It will cellar nicely till 2030. 92 points from me for this $22 stunner that gets 5 stars. Salut….
Dark purple and fully opaque in the glass. The nose is rich with jammy blackberry, black licorice and toasty oak. On the palate I get what I was expecting from this Aussie Shiraz- rich, layered black fruit with some black tea and more licorice. The tannins are definitely present, but not overpowering. There is a nice dryness to the mid palate and some juicy acidity- very balanced. The finish is very fruit driven with thick, jammy black berries, nuances of oak and that tannic thrust that has been present all along. A delightful, full bodied wine that is hitting the spot on this chilly Fall evening where I am serving up a Rib Roast with Yorkshire puddings and horseradish. Drink till 2027. 90 points and 4 stars for this $30 stunna from downunda. Salut….
I was super excited to see this wine for sale being a huge fan of their Shiraz lineup. This one is more on the budget side and includes a dollop (31%) of Cabernet Sauvignon and a hint(4%) of Malbec- here goes.
Dark purple, opaque but not showing legs in the glass. The nose is briary with some poached plums, a touch of charred wood and coffee bean. The palate is very rich with black fruits, cedar box, leather and espresso. There is a hint of tannins, but loads of acidity. Very tart on the mid palate but refreshing. I start to get sour blueberry as well as the black fruit compote, leading to a bit of mouth watering. A very interesting melange of flavors and mouthfeel. The finish is medium length, tasty and really juicy. The black fruit theme continues as does that charred note. It’s a very fruit forward wine meant to enjoyed in the short term. It’s no Armagh or MacRae Wood- but it has evidence of deft winemaking and decent fruit. Enjoy till 2023 with grilled steaks. 89 points from me and 5 stars for this $15 effort. Salut….
I love this winery, they make very Old World style Syrah in Australia that is very rich, extracted but not jammy. This one happens to be a younger version of the 2006 Syrah.
It’s very inky and opaque in the glass. The nose is brooding, and the 14.5% alcohol is evident. Black plums, dark fruit melange and spicy oak are all present. With a good deal more swirling I get violets, Boysenberry and a charred note. On the palate it is very juicy right off the bat. Figs, blackberry and espresso hit my palate alongside some slightly green tannins and a nice acidic cut. The mid palate is quite focused on that tartness alongside a blueberry meets plum note. Tannins take a step back while the acidity plays lead. The finish is long, mouthwatering and modestly dry. Black fruits dominate the back end with some Mocha, licorice and that burnt wood note. I think I preferred the 2006, but this is a very tasty wine that I feel is acid dominated and slightly off balance. Drink till 2026. For $100, it’s quite pricy which gets 92 points and 4 stars from me. Salut….
Bright purple in the glass. The nose is smoky, laden with iodine and laced with blackcurrant jam. The palate is austere with a minerality starting us off. It opens up to the rich black fruits, and very lithe tannins. The wine is tasty once that austere punch fades, it’s a bit off-putting. The mid palate has nice cedar and black currant notes alongside some well integrated acidity. The finish is more black fruit that transitions to an oaky, tasty, mineral driven note. I kinda like it. I’m going to reserve a point for the austerity that hits at the beginning with a recommendation to cellar this one for a year or two and perhaps decant it. 89 points, which shocks me for this $45 wine. 2 stars unfortunately. Salut….
Bright purple. On the nose I get blueberry, vanilla, wafers and sweet oak. On the palate it is fresh, with gobs of sour cherry, rhubarb and blueberry. There is a nice tannic bite that starts off gently and reaches a decent level of dryness without being overly astringent. The sour cherry component really takes charge on the midpalate and the acidity peaks. The finish is quite sour yet refreshing. The oak has long disappeared, the ending being red fruits galore with rooibos tea and crunchy tannins. It’s a decent wine that is a touch out of balance with the heavy handed acidity. It may smooth out after a while. 88 points and 3 stars- $18. Salut….
If you look at my previous reviews of this amazing Bella’s Garden, you will see some differences, and some similarities over the years. This wine has evolved beautifully and the fact that I picked up extras is awesome, for me!
Nearly black in the glass and somewhat surprising with it’s lack of legs considering the monster 15.5% alcohol. On the nose it’s very rich with dark plums, black berries, cinnamon stick. The palate is lush, rich, layered and delightful. Dark fruits meld with extremely well integrated tannins, deft oak and syrupy cassis. The mid palate is gorgeous, bright dashes of those black fruits with a great mouthfeel which balances the tannins with a touch of acidity. This wine is young at 9 years. Primal fruit is still in full force with a great structure which will assure a long cellaring potential and the possibility of tertiary flavors evolving. The finish is long, filled with blackberry reduction and black tea. There’s a nice hint of vanilla on the back end. Great wine. 95 points. 5 stars for this $75 jewel. Drink till 2035. Salut….