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White
2014 Tantalus Vineyards Riesling Old Vines Okanagan Valley VQA
4/29/2019 - KillerJones Likes this wine:
93 points
This is big, powerful Riesling from a great B.C. producer - it is riveting stuff!

Aromas leap from the glass! Complex mineral, petrol, spice, nougat & baked pear fruit.

On the palate, it is powerful, very tart, stony & dry - with mouthwatering acidity. Fans of classic Mosel Riesling (M. Molitor) will be impressed by the chalky, wet-stone character found on the mid-palate.

The finish has a very interesting, albeit slightly oxidative, white mushroom note. Excellent length.

It may not be everyone’s cuppa, but it has great depth & complexity.
  • Cabernetdialectic commented:

    10/17/20, 2:33 PM - You do a brilliant job capturing my experience with this!

Red
2014 Fairview Pinotage Primo Paarl
3/26/2020 - Cabernetdialectic Likes this wine:
90 points
The nose initially punches out with ripe opulent blackberry and black cherry fruit (fresh and jam), Mission fig, sweet and sour sauce, and black currant wine gums, and although all this is to be expected, hold fast because this is not a simple wine. A cherry lozenge note curls in around the edges, like a mentholated fruit roll-up, and pouches of sweet tobacco start to pile up amidst subtle twinges of candy cap mushroom, fresh asphalt, rooibos, tamarind pods, and flourishes of red fruits poking up from amongst the black bedrock (red cherry, cranberry even). The volatile acidity is there, yet it’s not shrieking but rather calm on a rather tight leash. This does not get tiresome for me. It’s flashing enough freshness to stifle any fatigue that could set in, yet no one will mistake this for cool climate. The spike of cherry NyQuil and chocolate/açai berry right down the middle provides a stable base from which to explore the tarry, dates and raisins in a bazaar, honeybush, and just flat out quirky aspects of what Pinotage has to offer.
  • Cabernetdialectic commented:

    3/27/20, 6:01 PM - Those notes are excellent too my friend.

Red
2015 Adelina Mataro Clare Valley
10/24/2018 - Cabernetdialectic Likes this wine:
90 points
Major points for the label. This is a 2015 Adelina Wines Mataro, the name used in Portugal for Mourvèdre... So naturally this hails from the Clare Valley, Australia, a region much better known for Riesling. This is quite nuts: Mourvèdre is notorious for needing a lot of heat to ripen, and Clare is known for aromatic whites precisely because of its cooler weather (at least in the Aussie context). How can this work? Well, it does. The style is lighter, almost a Beaujolais-like hue with a bright fruity nose to match. The vines are 80 years old, and the grapes spend 97 days on skins! The wine sees neutral wood for 12 months. The wine is not particularly meaty, as are many classic hot climate Mourvèdres. However, the varietal character is a slam dunk: blackberry, blueberry, black plums, bramble/dewberry, and some herbal notes that recall pipe tobacco and black liquorice. Although the wine is fruity, the black liquorice note, somewhere between anise seeds and salted Dutch candy, is hugely prominent and makes you realize that you are NOT in fact drinking Beaujolais. There is some red fruit in here too, again plums and maybe a whisper of pie cherry. As I keep sniffing I get more violets, a pinch of black pepper, potting soil, a curious and increasingly salient confected cacao note like instant hot chocolate mix. Medium acidity with round, powdery, ripe tannins. This is not underripe like you might worry. In fact, I feel the fruits are flashing some Mediterranean flair. Hey, Clare can do Shiraz rather well, and apparently this style of Mourvèdre ain’t such a stretch.
  • Cabernetdialectic commented:

    10/27/18, 3:25 PM - Great point! Should have done a better job conveying the diurnal variation notion! That probably explains why Mourvèdre has a fighting chance here.

White
2016 Gramercy Cellars Viognier Columbia Valley
5/27/2018 - Cabernetdialectic Likes this wine:
90 points
This is a Viognier?! There is some floral honeysuckle and fresh orange peel on the nose. But the wine is lean and mean on the palate, with high acidity for this grape and flavours of Asian and green pears, Navel orange, sour tangerine, green banana, orange blossom, honeydew melon, nectarine, pineapple skin, green mango, Rockets candy. What the heck is going on here? The fruits are underripe and the wine is taut, rather nervy. Powdery mouthfeel on a Viognier? Now I’ve seen it all.
  • Cabernetdialectic commented:

    5/28/18, 5:54 PM - Mission accomplished! I very much enjoyed such a unique take on this grape.

Red
2017 BK Wines Cabernet Sauvignon Weikay Blewitt Springs McLaren Vale
3/10/2018 - Cabernetdialectic wrote:
92 points
Back of the bottle says “please decant me”. Nah. Oh, OK, fine. What a juicy, bright, laser beam of a Cab. Nose has that classic blackcurrant thing going on, with accents of balsamic, pencil wood/lead, violets, vanilla, lily of the valley, menthol, creme brûlée, wet gravel, and well-hung venison/jerky. On the palate this is fruit-toward, approachable, and largely devoid of pungent pyrazine-driven “bell pepper” notes, although there’s a whisper of that if you go looking. My initial thought is “where are the tannins?”... But they show up in the form of a few brambly pokes, a pleasant tickle of a thicket, and then you are through and greeted with lush blackberries, currants, black cherries, and blueberries, all drizzled with cream. Cherries reign supreme, trumping the other fruits (pardon the expression). The resinous and game notes make a reappearance but rapidly meld with the fruit to yield a buzz of tobacco and homemade preserves. This is an intriguing juxtaposition of rusticity and accessibility, fruit and (tasteful) oak, domestic and wild.
  • Cabernetdialectic commented:

    3/28/18, 8:01 PM - Yes, good catch. It’s totally butchered on here. :p

  • Cabernetdialectic commented:

    3/29/18, 1:18 PM - Correction submitted.

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