Two new wines under the McGuigan “Expressions” label show very good taste profiles and are well worth a look. The other two Australian listings are from Kilikanoon in South Australia’s Clare Valley. Clare Rieslings are among Australia’s best and this one is no exception.
Duckhorn Decoy Cabernet Sauvignon is a stylish, silky wine that will please most palates and is reasonably priced as well.
McGuigan Expressions Pinot Grigio 2013, Victoria, Australia 12.5% $18.99 NSLC General List Fresh aromatic, green fruit with a light floral overtone opens the way for crisply fresh green apple and citrus flavours in the mouth. Zesty acidity and dryness on the finish, together with light body and moderate alcohol, make this an ideal aperitif or to pair with hors d’oeuvres and lighter seafoods. ***
McGuigan Expressions Shiraz 2012, Langhorne Creek, Australia 14% $18.99 NSLC General List Fleshy ripe berry fruit with light peppery spicy notes on the nose. Blackberry flavour leads off on the palate with some blackcurrant, supported by velvety tannic structure and a touch of dark chocolate. Balanced full-flavoured wine, drinking very well now. ***
Kilikanoon Killerman’s Run Riesling 2012, Clare Valley, South Australia 12.5% $19.99 NSLC General List Classic Riesling aromatic lime, floral, mineral and a light whiff of petrol on the nose. Lemon and lime citrus fills the mouth, with zingy acidity, great grippy mineral and lingering floral and citrus notes on the finish. A stylish example of Clare Valley Riesling. ***
Kilikanoon Killerman’s Run Shiraz 2012, Clare Valley, South Australia 14.5% $22.99 NSLC General List Developed deep red fruit with definite raspberry and supporting peppery spice shifting to concentrated dark berry and black chocolate themes on the palate. Shows a touch of licorice on the slightly bitter tannic finish. Drink his one with robust spicy red meat dishes. Will be better with 2-3 years additional ageing. **
Duckhorn Wine Company Decoy Cabernet Sauvignon 2012, Sonoma County 13.5% $31.79 NSLC Port of Wines Selection Attractive varietal Cab with blackcurrant, blackberry, vanilla, clove whiff of green herb. Fresh blackberry and blackcurrant, silky tannins medium weight and good overall balance finishing with long dark fruit, light splash of dark chocolate.