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the wine, allowing the ripe, fresh
fruit flavours to shine through. Lifted
aromas of mulberries and blackberries
lead to a supple and textured palate
with good line and beautiful clarity of
fruit. The wine is medium bodied, with
a refreshing lack of obvious oak.
XANADU 2008 Mourvedre, $26
This wine shows how well this variety
can perform when treated well in the
vineyard and winery. Bursting with
fresh spice, the wine offers plenty of
subtle berry tones and complex tones
from some very smart oak handling.
Vibrancy and freshness is the key here.
Nothing is overdone, yet the wine
bursts with elegance and refinement
which make this such a wonderful
example of the variety. Well worth
seeking out and a perfect match with
FORESTER ESTATE 2008 Alicante, $35
A beautiful, pretty wine style. The
colour is quite striking, being a very
rich deep red and vibrant hue. What's
great about it is its drinkability. It
oozes fresh red berry fruits and juicy
mid-palate weight, yet has an overall
softness that makes it appealing to
those chasing something soft, as well
as an alternative to Merlot as an easy
drinking style. The oak is in harmony
with the fruit and the flavours linger.
CAPEL VALE 2008 Regional Series
Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon, $25
This is another great effort, it has a nose
of blackcurrant, dark chocolate and
subtle oak nuances, and the palate has
good concentration and smoothness
underpinned by finely balanced tannins
and lovely dark fruit intensity. This wine
over-delivers at the price point.
CAPEL VALE 2007 The Scholar
Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon, $75
A deeply coloured Cabernet that
smells ripe and appetising. There are
scents of blackberries and chocolate
and lightly applied oak. The supple
mouth-feel and succulent flavour
make it good right now. Persistently
flavoured with a lip-smacking character
and attractively fine tannins.
HAY SHED HILL 2008 Cabernet
This wine is well concentrated, fully
ripe and packs quite a punch. The
bouquet suggests it's soaked up by
quite a lot of oak, and the wine is dense
and thickly textured on the palate. This
gives a somewhat chunky structure
with a lot of fleshy extract and a chewy
mouth-feel. It's packed with flavour and
texture and just needs time.
BUNKERS 2009 Windmills Rose, $18
A delicate rose, it has an amazing rich
crimson tone and shows fresh rose
petal notes, sweet jubes and lifted
perfume on the nose. Freshness and
vibrancy makes this such a lovely wine.
The flavours are full and persistent right
through to the end palate. A great easy
drinking style with beautiful sugar-acid
balance which makes it a great drink
on its own or perfect with a salmon
and asparagus risotto.
LAURANCE OF MARGARET RIVER
2009 White, $31
Fresh with vibrant green-laced fruit
and a suggestion of quality oak.
Slightly fuller style with some weight
to the herbal, tropical flavours, yet
retaining a linear, tangy expression.
The oak influence is cleverly integrated
-- subtle rather than obtrusive --
supporting the fruit and adding to
the finish and length of the wine.
SANDALFORD ESTATE Reserve
2009 Margaret River Chardonnay, $27
Another fresh, youthful chardonnay
with excellent potential. Oak is a
little prominent at this stage, but the
intense grapefruit and tropical fruit
aromas and flavours are positive. The
palate is smooth and concentrated
with excellent length and finesse. It
should gain as each month goes by.
Watch this one too.
SANDALFORD 2009 Prendiville
Reserve Chardonnay, $60
This is fresh with powerful, varietal
melon/peach chardonnay fruit and
charry, barrel-ferment oak influences.
Lots of winemaking artifice involved
here -- needs time, but this should be
fascinating to watch as it evolves.
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