A creamy fruit driven young Margaret River chardonnay made for drinking over the next year. Light stone fruit and subtle roasted cashew characters. A little oak weaves into the mix. Balanced and flavoursome on a light body makes for a delightful summer drink.
Well-crafted cab merlot offering quality drinking at a good price. Plummy dark chocolate and blackcurrant stake their claims on a lush fruity palate. Ripe firmish tannins and a dollop oak provides some necessary structure and control. Works for me in the short term.
Fresh crunchy and loaded with a bowl full of tropical fruits. A splash of passionfruit pulp and plenty of lemon zest and there you have it – great current drinking for a classic blend.
Opens with a lightly toasty aroma showing a hint of mandarin and orange marmalade. There’s a lift of light nutty oak in there too. The palate is textured with excellent mouthfeel to highlight the lovely fruit characters. Crisp and fine through to a long finish. Will be good over the next few years.
Expertly crafted cabernet, here. Leafy tobacco characters with an edge of black olive on the nose. The flavors of blackcurrant and dark chocolate build through the palate with a firm tannin and oak core driving through to a finish that punches long.
Flying Fish The Italian Job 2014 ($25)
This is made from the Italian variety vermentino which I have always believed to be an ideal white variety for Australian cuisines. This is typical of the variety with a lean structure, light but distinctive flavour of spices and dried herbs. It’s crisp and fresh with a hint of pear on the finish. Nice drinking.
SCORE 91/100 CELLAR 3 years
Flying Fish cabernet merlot 2013 ($22)
A silky smooth and flavoursome offering of this blend. Black fruits with a little mint and leafiness on the nose. The palate has some firmish tannin support with a little toasty oak that brings added complexity. A solid wine for drinking over the next few years.
SCORE 90/100 CELLAR 4 years
Flying Fish Cove The Wildberry Reserve cabernet sauvignon 2012 ($40)
An excellent wine from a very good vintage. A wave of intense mulberry and blackberry fruit hits from the first sniff. The palate is concentrated and opulent with lush and plush black fruits, a dollop of chocolate and molasses and prune. Ripe tannins and fine oak work to build a velvety smooth palate.
SCORE 93/100 CELLAR 8 years
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