Wine enthusiasts are likely familiar with the GSMs and shiraz wines from the sun-drenched vineyards of the Barossa Valley. Western Australia's Margaret River is also a source for exceptional wines. Its sunny summers and trouble free growing seasons yield stunning chardonnays, sauvignon blancs, and cabernet sauvignons. Here are some highlights, from both the Barossa Valley and the Margaret River, all ready to enjoy tonight.
2013 Torbreck Juveniles
A cuvee inspired by a cult Parisian wine bar known for its extensive list of reds from the Rhone Valley. Comprised of old vine grenache, syrah, and mataro, this Barossa Valley blend is a darker yet fresh take on the gutsy reds of the Southern Rhone. Black cherries, black pepper, and potpourri - all you will find in this bottle.
2013 Two Hands Shiraz Bella's Garden
From the hands of proprietor Michael Twelftree, a shiraz that highlights the virtues of Australia's most famous wine growing region. In the Barossa Valley, old vines of shiraz reign supreme, yielding wines with a concentration and intensity matched by few others. Fresh blackberries and cherries, exotic Asian spices, with lavender and violets in the finish - the Bella's Garden is a sumptuous shiraz.
2014 Cape Mentelle Sauvignon Blanc Semillon
The Margaret River and its wines have long enjoyed a high regard. Its cabernet sauvignon wines lead the way, but its sauvignon blanc and Bordeaux blanc-inspired wines are the real value. Cape Mentelle's sauvignon blanc/semillon blend is an especially impressive example, not only for its broad range of flavors but also for its modest price.
Robert Oatley Signature Cabernet Sauvignon
Like Bordeaux, the vineyard soils enjoy gravel beds. But what Australia's Margaret River enjoys more than Bordeaux is more healthy and blight free fruit. Energetic blackberries and red cherries, which chocolate hints and savory suggestions - all you will find in the Robert Oatley. And at an oh so friendly price!
Cullen Diana Madeline
From one of Margaret River's pioneering producers, an iconic red Bordeaux blend by which all other Margaret River red blends are judged. Ripe yet fresh blackberries and cassis on the attack, with fresh/savory herbs and fine pipe tobacco with time in the glass. Chocolate and spice notes emerge in the long finish. This would be twice the cost were it from Bordeaux or the Napa Valley. A cellar treasure.
Cullen Kevin John Chardonnay
That's right - Cullen also crafts a world class chardonnay. As good as the Margaret River climate is for reds, it is especially favorable for white wines. There, the dry and blight-free conditions yield especially pure expressions of white wine. For the Kevin John, the fruit is not only fermented in wood barrels, as is done in Burgundy and in California. It is also basket pressed, a distinctively Aussie practice that yields less but more flavorful juice for fermentation. The Kevin John is full-bodied, densely flavored, and iconic.
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