Radford Wines Eden Valley Shiraz 2004, SA

Radford Wines 2004 Eden Valley Shiraz SA Simple Palates Seriously

This is a bottle I found while organising my collection last week. From memory this was purchased on one of my first forays into the Barossa Valley, and has been kept very well in my stores. Sharp-eyed wineos will note the change in label design since then. What used to be called Radford Dale is simply Radford these days. This 2004 vintage might even have been the first shiraz release if I’ve got my notes correct.

The point of sharing this note is not a history lesson, but to give support to the longevity of the Radford wines. It’s a label I have no qualms recommending if you’re looking for a South Australian shiraz that isn’t ‘hot’, a wine which shows restraint, complexity, is well-priced and can be cellared for the long-term.

Still pouring a dark crimson colour, it has a fragrance of blackcurrant liquor, mulled with spices like aniseed, cloves and cinnamon. It’s fresh, but I know it’s developed beyond the opulent dark fruit which was in abundance early on. A silky texture, the acidity is still lively and vivid, and the tannins are so soft and comfortable now. There’s seamless dark berry fruit flavours with a sweet savoury raspberry coulis-sorta finish. Drinking brilliantly now, this wine could confidently take for another 7+ years. Amazing with a soft, tender steak. 95.

Looking at the Radford range, they have two shirazes: the Spice Bush Eden Valley Shiraz and the slightly more expensive Eden Valley Biodynamic shiraz. Well worth a try!

Radford Dale Wines Eden Valley Shiraz SA Simple Palates Seriously

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Torzi Matthews Frost Dodger Shiraz 2013, Eden Valley, SA

Torzi Matthews Frost Dodger shiraz 2013 Eden Valley SA Simple Palates Seriously

The brusk Domenic Torzi has done it again (everyone seems to keep repeating this line!) with yet another stellar Frost Dodger offering from the 2013 vintage. This is the 11th release of a wine which represents the best of the Eden Valley combined with excellent winemaking skills. The wine originates from a single vineyard in Mt McKenzie residing at 380m altitude. The 2013 vintage started with very average winter conditions followed by spring frosts which resulted in a reduced crop. The summer ripening conditions were relatively consistent and this allowed the fruit to develop more complex characteristics. The harvest was dry racked to concentrate the sugars and flavours in the fruit, then 35% whole bunch pressed into open top milk vats for warm natural fermentation. Matured for 20 months in 25% new French puncheons and the rest in seasoned French oak barrels.

$40 direct from winery. The wine pours an impenetrable black blood ruby. Its youthfulness is obvious, the aromas are compacted into a concentrate of prune, anise, toasted sesame, blackberry liquor and violets. It’ll be very interesting to see how this evolves over the next 5-7 years. A silky mouthfeel, intense fruit flavours with pulsing waves of rich acidity. It’s loaded with dark weighty flavours, prune and blackberry fruit, anise, fennel, the savoury pull of tannins provide an appropriate backbone. And it certainly doesn’t relax on the finish. 14.5% alc. A production of 4600 bottles, there will be no 2014 and 2015 releases so grab a couple of these 2013s to last you through the dry spell. Enjoy this with dessert, some dark chocolate or strong aged cheese like reggiano Parmesan or Gorgonzola. 95-96/100.

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Duemani Altrovino 2011, Toscana, Italy

Duemani Altrovino 2011 Merlot Cabernet Franc IGT Toscano Tuscany Italy

AUD$65 from Prince Wine Store. Duemani is owned by a husband and wife duo of Luca D’Attoma and Elena Celli on the coast of Tuscany. Their Cabernet Franc, Syrah and Merlot vines reside on land with unhindered picturesque views of the Mediterranean Sea. A biodynamic operation producing wines of freshness tangled with very fine use of new oak, it reminds me of Vanya Cullen’s Margaret River Bordeaux blends, but the concentrated power swapped out for finesse. Duemani produces three other labels, the Duemani (Cabernet Franc), Suisassi (Syrah) and CiFRA (Cabernet Franc). The Altrovino is a blend of Merlot and Cabernet Franc, similar to the Right Bank. Pouring an intense purple ruby colour, scents of warmed blackberry liquor, cherry syrup with a hint of black olive and pinch of dried herbs. Smooth velvet texture, fine cushion of tannins, the acidity kicks in to freshen the palate revealing rich dark berry and cherry flavours. A comfortable finish leaves me wanting the next gulp and the next and the next…! Drink now – 2025. 93.

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Frankland Estate Isolation Ridge Riesling 2010, Frankland River, WA

Frankland Estate Isolation Ridge Riesling 2010 Margaret River Tim Adams Pinot Gris 2013 Clare Valley Simple Palates Seriously

AUD$35. I pulled this one out after having left it pick up a bit of age. I had hoped for some character development, but I feel that its rate of progression suggests this is a 2-3 year drinking wine. Or maybe past 10-years, I don’t know. Pours a lovely light yellow gold colour, looks young. But a well-developed nose with that characteristic kerosene TDN aroma, blows off to reveal sweet citrus floral and lime grassiness. A medium+ bodied wine, great clean acidity balanced by a slight perceived sweetness. Good intensity of citrus fruit, majority fades out quickly now leaving linger notes of lemon fruit. Current vintage 2014. Drink now. 88.

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Tim Adams Pinot Gris 2013, Clare Valley, SA

Frankland Estate Isolation Ridge Riesling 2010 Margaret River Tim Adams Pinot Gris 2013 Clare Valley Simple Palates Seriously

AUD$19. One of Australia’s best Pinot Gris, Tim Adams’ brilliant lychee syrup, nashi pear flesh laden offering is still drinking wonderfully despite the current vintage being the 2014 bottling. Light yellow-gold colour, a fresh nose which tends to last 2 years at least, it’s got lovely richness in that orange-peach and ripe pear flavours. These wines always tend to pick up a touch of savouriness with time, transforming into a slight Marsanne without the weight. It’s the perfect wine for Asian food – think Assam king prawns, Thai noodle salads with that final squeeze of lime. Drink now. 89.

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