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Seghesio, Sonoma County Zinfandel 2015, Sonoma County, California, USA

Gabriela Guedez, “Five of our favourite wines from Ireland’s California Wine Fair”, Thetaste.ie, 2 October 2017, http://thetaste.ie/wp/five-favourite-wines-irelands-california-wine-fair/

This wine reminded me of Batman, dark, powerful and intense. Said that, is has a depth to it not found in more fruity bottles. Expect ripe blackberries and pomegranate syrup, along with liquorice, cloves and black pepper.

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Shaw + Smith, `M3` Adelaide Hills Chardonnay 2015, South Australia

James Halliday, Halliday Wine Companion 2018, www.winecompanion.com.au, 1 September 2017

97 points
(Best of the best Chardonnay)


Pale strawgreen; it may be autosuggestion, but this has great freshness, vibrancy and finesse, the flavours pitched halfway between white peach/stone fruit on the one hand, grapefruit/citrus on the other. Obviously fermented in French oak, but is not obviously oaky.

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Willunga 100, McLaren Vale Shiraz/Viognier 2015, South Australia

James Halliday, Halliday Wine Companion 2018, www.winecompanion.com.au, 1 September 2017

92 points


This full-bodied, juicy expression boasts a deep crimson flare, segueing righteously into a morass of blueberry, black cherry and mulberry fruits, flecked with uplifting violet florals and anise bound to an undercarriage of peppery acidity and sinewy tannins. A scoop of vanilla pod oak provides a winning creaminess.

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Innocent Bystander, Yarra Valley Syrah 2015, Victoria, Australia

James Halliday, Halliday Wine Companion 2018, www.winecompanion.com.au, 1 September 2017

95 points


It gets your attention from the first whiff, the first sip. The black fruits have special texture and structure, demanding that you take the next mouthful before you have finished the first; the tannins also add to both flavour (spicy) and texture (fine, persistent).

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Tolpuddle Vineyard, Pinot Noir 2015, Tasmania

James Halliday, Halliday Wine Companion 2018, www.winecompanion.com.au, 1 September 2017

97 points
(Best of the best Pinot Noir)

Bright, clear crimson; this is right up there with the best of the best from a great Tasmanian vintage, sharing the alluring, perfumed fruits and the integrity of high quality tannins providing the structure for a long future. There is a purity to the red and black cherry/berry fruits that shines through the portals of the savoury/spicy tannins.

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