This juicy and bright blended white really punches out plenty of zippy flavour from thee two varieties. Has a crunchy minerality with good tropical fruit and a splash of lemon. It’s a real crowd pleaser with all those flavours. Ideal for summer drinking.
Here is a cabernet franc which is more than simple a lighter bodied aromatic perfume bomb. There’s substance in the medium bodied palate with good fruit concentration. It is smoothly textured with a seamless weave of tannin and oak. Fine chalky tannins complete the picture for a beautifully drinkable wine.
An elegantly presented merlot displaying deep fruit and excellent structure. Plummy fruit with the addition of spices and light cedar make for a lovely combination. Sweet fruit in the middle palate balanced by subtle sinewy tannins. There’s a neat balance of meatiness and primary pure fruit. Works well.
Impressive tempranillo that has a bit of European-like character to it. It has that savoury sinewy feel in the mouth to balance the fleshy primary fruit. Balanced with good tannin infusion and cleverly weighted oak. The sweet plumpish middle palate finishes with a nice dry dustiness. Obviously, ideal with feed.
Outstanding shiraz, here. It sort of bridges thee divide between traditional robust Aussie wines and lighter cool climate styles by taking the best bits of each. Aromas of peppery spicy plum with a little coffee licorice character. Medium bodied palate with the sweet fruit balanced by a spicy savouriness. Excellent mouth feel and a most poised wine.
Woodgate Reserve Vintage carnelian 2009 ($35)
A wine that moves more into the liqueur style of vintage fortified with quite luscious fruit characters balanced by excellent spirit. Lots of caramel and subtle boot polish and leather characters. Beautiful spirit delivery. Excellent fortified style, which we really should be drinking more of.
SCORE 93/100 CELLAR 15 years
Woodgate chardonnay 2014 ($25)
A beautifully fine and refined chardonnay from this cooler climate region. Stone fruit and light butterscotch with some subtle toasty savoury oak influence. There’s admirable generosity here but it’s held with deft control to a focused long finish. Nice wine in the short term.
SCORE 92/100 CELLAR 5 years
Woodgate viognier 2014 ($25)
Such a distinctive and unmistakable aroma of apricots and musk of this excellent young viognier. After fermentation it gets nine months on lees in French oak, which just tidies it up and brings it together into a tighter structure. On the palate the richer honey and apricot nectar start to emerge. Terrific example of the variety.
SCORE 93/100 CELLAR 5 years
Woodgate pinot noir 2014 ($25)
Medium-bodied pinot with substance and presence. Bouquet of raspberry and sweeter strawberry. The palate is quite robust with firm tannins tending to dominate at the moment. Oak and fruit weave together with that chalky tannin adding to the finish.
SCORE 89/100 CELLAR 5 years
Woodgate shiraz cabernet sauvignon 2014 ($25)
Delicious and most appealing red blend with shiraz the dominant variety but the linear lines of cabernet most important. Bouquet is highly scented with cherry and plum aromas while on the soft and supple mediumbodied palate lovely sweet, slightly confectionery-like, fruit take over. Silky and smooth with plenty of good fruit concentration. Like it.
SCORE 92/100 CELLAR 5 years
Woodgate Reserve Two Tribes merlot cabernet sauvignon 2013 ($30)
This is an excellent blend of Pemberton merlot and Frankland River cabernet. So soft and generous with plenty of blackcurrant and fruitcake characters in evidence on the nose and the palate. Chalky tannins and fine grained oak help create that smooth textural feel on the palate but there is a stack of structural substance to handle medium-term cellaring.
SCORE 93/100 CELLAR 8 years
© Copyright to Ray Jordan