Wines of the week


2010 Galafrey Mount Barker Dry Land Reserve Riesling

While the 2014 vintage of this wine won gold at the last Qantas Wine Show, I had the pleasure of opening a bottle of the 2010 the other night. What a great wine and it shows the cellaring potential of the Rieslings of the Great Southern. It was still as fresh and flavoursome as when I first tasted it around three years ago.

The wine has distinctive spicy aromas, underlying the lifted citrus notes. On the palate the acid is still lively, the intense lime and lemon elements have mellowed a little but are still present in abundance. On the mid palate there is a hint of honey, perhaps marmalade, indicating how the wine will develop in coming years – if only I had any more!

This is a beauty (95)


Myattsfield 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Petit Verdot Merlot

Myattsfield in the Carmel Valley consistently produce outstanding wines and this blend is no exception.

It is vibrant red with blackcurrant aromas predominating on the nose, and a hint of violets. The palate is an amalgam of spice, particularly cloves, plummy black fruit, dark cherries with undertones of mint. The tannins are smooth and silky, the merlot softening the mid palate, and the cabernet producing a long, strong finish. It is a lovely wine which should age well over the next 8 or so years. (93)

Myattsfield CSpVM

Millbrook 2014 Pemberton Arneis

Arneis, a white Italian variety, is not a widely grown grape in WA – it is more prevalent in Victoria and South Australia where it is grown in the King Valley, Mornington Peninsula and the Riverlands.

This wine is produced from vineyards in Pemberton and is a pale straw colour. Distinctive apple and pear aromas are accompanied by a touch of star anise with some citrus notes producing a very aromatic wine. On the palate the zesty acid supports lemon and apricot flavours, with some underlying nutty notes. It is a very good food wine, and would be a good companion to spicy Asian food. (90)


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