Duke’s Vineyard in the Porongurups is one the best wineries in the Great Southern region; they produce excellent Cabernet and Shiraz and outstanding Riesling. The Magpie Hill Reserve range is particularly noteworthy. Duke has also instigated another line in recent years – his Invitation Winemaker series – and this week I opened a bottle of Riesling from this range which I bought when last down that way.
Dukes Invitation Riesling 2012 No.1
This wine was made by James Kellie of Harewood Estate (I reviewed their own Riesling recently when at Maya in Fremantle http://perthcafeculture.com.au/maya-indian-restaurant/.
Duke’s wine has lifted citrus aromas on the nose, with hints of nutmeg. The palate exhibits excellent acidity, green apple, lime and grapefruit notes, and finishes with startling dryness and intensity. It is a beautiful wine and should age, as do all of Duke’s Rieslings, with grace over a long period. (96)
When we were down Margaret River way earlier in the year we stopped for lunch at Woody Nook’s pretty little café http://perthcafeculture.com.au/the-nookery-cafe/ and while there picked up a few bottles of their wine. This week we tried a couple.
Woody Nook Gallagher’s Choice 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon
This dark wine has a restrained nose but with time opens up with aromas of black berries and plums. On the palate chocolate, dried fruit (currants, raisins) and prune notes are evident, with some minty tones on the mid palate. The tannins are grippy and intense, and the wine has a long mouth filling finish. It should age well over the next 10 years. (94)
Woody Nook 2012 Graciano and Tempranillo
A lighter red than its companion, this wine exhibits aromas of cloves, violets and tobacco on the nose. On the palate flavours of sour cherry and raspberry predominate, with an underlying hint of fenugreek – a nutty, slightly bitter spice. It is another good wine from this impressive vineyard. (91)
We have been drinking quite a bit of Myattsfield’s wines recently and had another this week. These guys produce top quality wine and this long weekend they have some of their Museum releases available for tasting and purchase at their Carmel Valley cellar door – well worth a visit.
Myattsfield 2012 Merlot
A rich dark red, this wine has raspberry aromas, with underlying spicy, floral notes. On the palate black berries, mulberries and jammy plum flavours are noticeable. It has smooth tannins, and a soft finish. It is drinking well and is probably best consumed over the next 3-5 years. (92)
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