In a very different format than normal I thought I'd try a more direct and, for me and you, less time consuming way of giving my thoughts on a collection of wines I recently bought. When time permits I'll often grab a trolley at my local Dan Murphy's and wander the aisles looking for wines I haven't tried before. On a recent occasion I walked away with the nine wines listed below. Having gotten through them all over the past few weeks here are my thoughts:
Pewsey Vale 2012 Riesling - Eden Valley - $14.96
Never bad but I must say this vintage didn't impress me as much as past vintages have. I probably haven't had one since 2009 or so and would be unlikely to pick this vintage up again.
Tim Adams 2006 Cabernet Malbec - Clare Valley - $22.79
I expected more with 6 years bottle age and I could take it or leave it to be honest.
Some Young Punks 2012 Passion Has Red Lips Shiraz Cabernet - South Australia - $20.89
Thankfully it is not just a fantastic label and for what is probably the 1st 2012 red I've had it didn't disappoint. Great Pizza and Pasta wine, also great for gifts and could use a quick decant.
Villa Maria 2011 Private Bin Pinot Gris - East Coast New Zealand - $18.05
For under $20 this was very good and definitely worth trying. Paired really nicely with some pan fried fish in butter, garlic and parsley.
Pallister Pencarrow 2011 Pinot Noir - Martinborough, New Zealand - $17.09
Another solid performer for a New Zealand wine for under $20. However, I'd be more inclined to spend less and get De Bortoli's Windy Peak Pinot, or, spend more are get the Two Paddocks Picnic Pinot.
Zonin 2010 Ripasso Valpolicella - Veneto, North East Italy - $16.15
This was recommended by an employee of Dan Murphy's and having never had a Valpolicella before this one I am very thankful for that recommendation. This is a great wine, a tad light in style and very tasty indeed! This actually does deserve a more detailed review and I will get one up in the near future.
Shingleback 2010 Black Prince Shiraz Cabernet - McLaren Vale - $15.19
Great value here and loved every drop! Just goes to show that Barossa Valley wasn't the only region that had a stellar 2010 vintage! Well worth buying.
Henschke Tilly's Vineyard - Barossa & Adelaide Hills - $14.25
Dan Murphy's website now shows this at $12.90 in any six pack so I feel a tiny bit ripped off. No complaints though as Henschke don't really make any bad wines in my opinion. Having said that this ain't the best white wine blend I've had for under $20 either but I feel better about myself drinking a Henschke label than many other sub $15 brands! Like driving a Porsche Boxster, you're in the cheapest thing they make but you still say you drive a Porsche :)
Kay Brothers 2010 Basket Pressed Grenache - Barossa Valley - $26.65
Amazingly good wine for the money thanks to a great vintage for Barossa Valley and my favourite from the lot! Will buy again no question!