2014 Miles from Nowhere Rose
Sourced from vineyards around Cowaramup (my early boyhood home) this is a blend of Cabernet, Shiraz, Merlot, Malbec, with a little Petit Verdot for good measure. Soft salmon in colour, it shows pronounced cherry and raspberry aromas, with a hint of confectionary and roses. On the palate strawberry and raspberry notes abound; it is fresh, light, and finishes quite dry. It is a good easy drinking style. (89)
2010 Black Swan Estate CSFM
This is a lovely wine, probably the best I have had from this rapidly improving winery. A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot it exhibits lifted blackcurrant, chocolate and plum aromas on the nose, with more black fruit, mulberry, sour cherry and liquorice on the palate; the tannins are smooth, and the oak treatment leads the wine to a long, full finish. It would certainly cellar well over the next 5-7 years and is a great accompaniment to food. (91).
2013 Faber Dwellingup Mourvedre
John Griffiths has been turning out excellent wines from his vineyard in the Swan Valley for some years now (coincidentally he also made the CSFM from Black Swan) and with this wine, with grapes sourced from the cooler climate of Dwellingup, he continues this course. An aromatic wine it exhibits blackberry and chocolate notes, with background hints of dried herbs, thyme, tarragon and violets. A medium bodied wine, it has good tannins, attractive herbal and savoury elements, and finishes on a dry, dusty note. (93).
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