wine review: Clonkilla Hilltops Shiraz, Victoria, 2009.

Boquet: Dark fruit, dark spice. Palate: Tanins, dark fruits and spice. Medium finish. This has the zing that I think of, when I think of shiraz. But that tannin action doesn’t distract from the other characters of this wine.The bottle says it could be cellared for a while to tame it, but goes well now….

Wine Review: Obikwa Cabernet Sauvignon South Africa 2009

Appearance: Plummy! Boquet: Stone, spice Palate: Sweet spice, warm berry at the front of the mouth, berry aromas. Calm, short finish leaving warmth. This looks like South Africa’s answer to Yellow Tail. If so, it’s got more presence and character than it’s New World companion. It’s got body but it’s fairly fleeting which in a…

Wine Review: Castella Wines Yellow Tail Cabernet Sauvignon 2009

Appearance: Light red. Boquet: Pepper, sweet berry, vanilla (marshmallow??) Palate: Sweet berry, but followed by tanin, very short finish. Often found for $10AUD I’m lead to believe that the Yellow Tail is one of the major Australian brands in the USA, popular due to the price point and reasonable taste. This is easy drinking wine,…