Tag: Margaret River

  • Leeuwin Estate Art Series Margaret River Riesling, 2016

    Drinking wine in Australia 2: Generally, LE churns out a huge swath of drinkable and sometimes especially eloquent wines.  The Art Series is their upper echelon and, if you can find it in Canada, will set you back significantly.  In Australia you can source the various bottles and a dry WA Riesling spoke to us.  […]

  • Two Wonderful Chards: Devil’s Lair Margaret River Chardonnay & Frogmore Creek Chardonnay, 2016

    Drinking wine in Australia 1: We bought the Devil’s Lair because Decanter lauded it with a huge amount of points; we wanted to see what the fuss was.  For us, there wasn’t too much fuss. This is a wonderful Chardonnay, crisp and fruity and with muted oak; it has a decent finish but it wasn’t […]

  • Vasse Felix Chardonnay, 2014

    Spectacular.  And dear.   A perfect straddling of the butterscotch with citrus acidity, no oomph of oak, just daubs of wood like a Doppler effect.  Gorgeous to sip, a most lovely pair with halibut, and very hard not to swill the bottle.  I could drink it by the vat if I could afford it.  Not […]

  • Xanadu Cabernet Sauvignon, 2011

    From the cellar: What’s your desert island wine appellation?  I mean if you had to drink, for the rest of your life, one appellation?  My hunch is most people will pick Bordeaux or Burgundy or Champagne.  For me, it would be a close call between Alsace and Margaret River.  I mean imagine having Leeuwin Estate […]

  • Ring Bolt Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon, 2013

    If you’ve never had a Cab Sauv from Western Australia, I bet you could fool your pseudo vino friends by telling them it’s a California Pinot on a blind test.  There is something light, ethereal, charmingly fruity, and without the “impressiveness” of, say, Caymus.  I’ve only drunk a doz or so, but I find they […]

  • Xanadu Next of Kin Margaret River Chardonnay, 2013

    Too much of everything, not enough of nothing, by which I mean a wine without grace.  Assertive, acidic, oaken, crisp, forgettable.   Despite the rather generic profile, there is a light butterscotch finish that’s pleasant enough.  There, I found something redeeming.   That all sounds negative.  It is.  But more important, this wine is affordable.  […]