WINE NOTES Ė July 2007

By Franz Scheurer


Poverty Hill Riesling 2006

Colin Forbes makes this fresh, citrus-forward Riesling from mainly Eden Valley fruit, thatís obviously fairly ripe. Strong honey and heather aromas transform to honey suckle on the palate with citrus undertones and a touch of residual sweetness balancing the acid. This is a food wine and it loves simple, deep-fried flavours and textures. Try it with fish and chips.

For more information go to:



Major Wine Tasting

To get through a backlog of tasting samples efficiently and fairly, I put together a panel of 9 judges to look at 30 white wines and 50 red wines. We sorted them by variety and by weight and I asked the judges to rank them rather than rate them. Here are the results:


White Wines that stood out:

De Bortoli, Chardonnay (reserve), 2004, Yarra Valley

De Bortoli (Deen), Chardonnay (vat 7), 2006, SE Australia

Lillydale Estate, Chardonnay, 2006, Yarra Valley

Yalumba, Chardonnay (wild ferment), 2006, Eden Valley

Primo Estate, Colombard/Sauvignon Blanc (la biondina), 2007, Australia

De Bortoli (Windy Peak), Pinot Grigio, 2007, Australia

Printhie, Sauvignon Blanc, 2006, Orange

Lillydale Estate, Sauvignon Blanc, 2006, Yarra Valley

Moss Brothers, Semillon, 2007, Margaret River

And the favourite of the panel:

Mount Pleasant, Semillon (museum Elisabeth), 1998, Hunter Valley


Red Wines that stood out:

Allira, Cabernet Merlot, 2006, Strathbogie Ranges

Beelgara, Cabernet Merlot Petit Verdot, 2005, SE Australia

Fox Creek, Cabernet Sauvignon (reserve), 2005, McLaren Vale

Jim Barry, Cabernet Sauvignon (the cover drive), 2005, Clare/Coonawarra

Ferngrove, Merlot, 2006, Frankland River

Lillydale Estate, Pinot Noir, 2006, Yarra Valley

Ferngrove (symbols), Shiraz Viognier, 2006, Frankland River

Haselgrove (MVS), Shiraz, 2004, McLaren Vale

Mount Langi Ghiran, Shiraz (nowhere creek), 2004, Grampians

Pennyís Hill, Shiraz, 2005, McLaren Vale

Phillip Shaw, Shiraz Viognier (#89), 2005, Orange

And the favourite of the panel:

The Ghan, Shiraz (sleeper reserve), 2003, Southern Flinders Ranges

We congratulate all the people involved in the making of these wines!


Itís All About Passion

Today I had the pleasure to sit down with Con Moshos, chief winemaker at Mountadam, one of the most treasured vineyards in Australia. Con comes from Petaluma and passion carries him like an eagle in the wind! Heís knowledgeable, infectiously enthusiastic, a great guy and talks convincingly about investing his soul into the wines at Mountadam. I tried his first range of wines, a couple due for release now, another three to tease my palate. Iím happy to report that Mountadam is back on track, bolder, more gracious and better than ever, if the wines I sampled are any indication of the blood, sweat and tears that went into making them. Today I tried the best Australian Chardonnay I have ever had the joy to sample, the 2006 Marble Hill, alas this will not be ready for release for at least another year. Be patient, it will be worthwhile! I also tried the 2006 Mountadam High Eden Estate Chardonnay and itís a cracker. A perfect blend of aromas, flavours, depth and textures. Moshos loves malo and makes no excuse for producing a wine that might not sound so sexy, but is sublime. In the end, the test is in the tasting. High Eden is ranging in elevation up to 550m a/sea level, and the grapes are planted on a cool, rocky outcrop, commanding an easterly aspect over the Eden Valley. The wine is made from a number of clones and shows all the rich, stone fruit aromas you would expect from a Chardonnay but itís the astounding texture on the palate that sets this apart. Flavours of nutty, toasty elements battle it out with underlying spice only to be surpassed by a long, citrus-laden finish. This is a fabulous wine. Look out for it!

For more information go to: