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Touring New South Wales from the comfort of a wine glass

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It’s the battle of New South Wales this month. From the well-known (Hunter) to the region with a cult following (Mudgee) to the up-and-coming (Orange).

Touring New South Wales from the comfort of a wine glass

 

Tamburlaine Organic Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

Tamburlaine Organic Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

Style: Full-bodied Red.

Region: Orange, NSW

Overview: Let’s not tip toe here. Whenever a judge or wine critic sees the word ‘Organic’ on a label, we all give a little inward groan. The problem is that wine is becoming like fruit and vegetables in this respect. Some producers use the term ‘organic’ as marketing spin to sell their wine, rather than focusing on quality. Don’t get me wrong; there are more than a few producers who are making cracking wines that happen to be organic but more often than not, it’s not the term ‘organic’ that will sell those wines. This wine falls into the latter category, a cracking wine that just happens to be organic. Will there ever be a time that I can say the same for Natural Wines? (Bring on the haters).

Tasting Note: An elusive nose, it gives nothing but the palate is generous and ripe with characters of plum and blackberry. This wine shows the hallmarks of Cabernet Sauvignon structure and big, chewy tannins. After this onslaught there are lingering notes of cedar oak and mocha.

Final Say: And the price! What a bargain. $14.99 a bottle.

Score: 18 out of 20

De Iuliis Semillon 2013

De Iuliis Semillon 2013

Style: Dry white

Region: Hunter Valley, NSW

Tasting Note: Typical Hunter Valley Semillon nose of straw and lemon. The palate is richer than expected with nice citrus notes. A lighter, more delicate style of Hunter Valley Semillon that is crisp, fresh and clean with a salty edge.

Final Say: Drink it with fresh prawns, on the coast, without a care in the world. $18.99 a bottle.

16.5 out of 20

Queens Pinch Vineyard Chardonnay 2011

Queens Pinch Vineyard Chardonnay 2011

Style: Oaked, dry white

Region: Mudgee, NSW

Tasting Note: Super toasty oak on the nose that pushes the subtle, fresh citrus back to the palate. Fresh and clean but needs a bit more time for the new oak characters to integrate with the fruit.

Final Say: If you love your oak get on it! $14.99 a bottle.

Score: 15.5 out of 20

Philip Shaw The Conductor Merlot 2012

Philip Shaw The Conductor Merlot 2012

Style: Mid-full bodied red.

Region: Orange, NSW

Tasting Note: This isn’t your quaffing style of Merlot, this wine is serious stuff. Rich red berries on the nose, dusty with just a hint of menthol. Blueberry and peppery spice on the palate with grainy tannins and a tiny herbal edge.

Final Say: Don’t slurp, savour. $18.99 a bottle.

Score: 17 out of 20

Robert Stein Shiraz 2012

Robert Stein Shiraz 2012

Style: Mid-full bodied red.

Region: Mudgee, NSW

Tasting Note: Muted mulberry aromas with hints of savoury oak. The palate is lean and spicy, some fleshy plum with pepper notes, earthy with chalky/grainy tannins.

Final Say: A more elegant style of Shiraz. $21.99 a bottle.

Score: 16 out of 20

For any questions or feedback feel free to leave a comment or email me at spittingoptional@gmail.com

With a background in viticulture and four years as a buyer for The Wine Society, Jack Davis is the voice behind spittingoptional.com. He's tasted with The Wine Society Tasting Panel and National Liqour News Tasting Panel and he holds a WSET diploma. Jack now works in the Rutherglen wine region and describes himself as "just another wine wanker".

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