“There are a lot of people crowing about the quality of the 2015 Yarra Valley vintage and when you taste this, it’s not hard to tell why.

This is an absolute belter. Hello sailor. It’s rich and deep and powerful: it’s spicy and fragrant and alive. The red cherries come drenched in plums: the tannin comes splashed with herbs. Gunmetal and smoke notes play such key roles it feels like an ensemble. $22. Buy. Drink. Rejoice.” – Campbell Mattinson

Rated: 93+ Points

Tasted: April 16

Alcohol: 13%

Price: $22

Closure: Screwcap

Drink: 2017 – 2022+

 

15 AB Pinot A4

 

“Amusing narrative on the back labels of these wines. You’ll have to read them to find out: I don’t feel much like typing. This is Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris (30%). Raised in old wood, with perky faced winemaker Tim Shand offering “No finings, no acid adds, coarse filtered, SO2 only pre-bottling. Bone dry, high pH (therefore best to drink cold)”. I drank it fairly warm.

I do enjoy a rosé that’s not too acidic and lays on the powdery textural stuff. This is that. Has a little funkiness, brine, subtle spice, fresh strawberry, maybe some rosy perfume. Feels smooth and fleshy, despite being a light bodied wine, with interesting flavours and texture, and maybe not the most convincing finish, but gee it makes you go back to the glass pretty quickly. Super to drink. Feels and tastes great.”

Rated 91 points – www.winefront.com.au

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