Graham Stevens Vintage Fortified Shiraz 2014

Wine Lady tasting note and wine review of Graham Stevens Vintage Fortified Shiraz 2014

“Vintage Fortified Shiraz WOW! Following our luscious 2010 and 2012 Vintage Fortified Shiraz releases, the “wow” factor is again obvious in the 2014 vintage. The year was another outstanding one in the vineyard for producing quality McLaren Vale Shiraz. Rich with varietal characters and tremendous bottle age potential, I have done it again!” (Graham Stevens) I remember when Graham poured this wine to my glass and said “I’d like you to taste my WOW! wine, I think […]

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DogRidge Most Valuable Player Shiraz 2012

Wine Lady - DogRidge Most Valuable Player Shiraz tasting note and wine review

“The simple truth, this is our best Shiraz. It’s the Everest we try to climb each vintage to showcase McLaren Vale’s icon variety. It’s our Most Valued Shiraz Player. MVP’s are identified in youth and carefully nurtured. They show really promise and are given intense, individual tuition and the best environment to show their brilliance. They can be a bit awkward when young and occasionally intemperate but they soon fill out and grow into their skins and […]

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Graham Stevens Fleurieu Cabernet Sauvignon 2010

Wine Lady wine review and tasting note Graham Stevens Cabernet Sauvignon Fleurieu 2010

“Extreme summer temperatures in 2009 led us to source Cabernet Sauvignon grapes from the cooler climate of Mt Compass in the Southern Fleurieu Wine Region, 20 minutes South of McLaren Vale. Following the success of the 2009 vintage, we once again sourced grapes from the Morton Vineyards at Mt. Compass in 2010.” (back label of Fleurieu Cabernet Sauvignon 2010) When I looked into my glass I could hardly believe – the wine was black! Not red and […]

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Graham Stevens Reserve Shiraz 2008

Wine Lady wine review Graham Stevens Reserve Shiraz 2008

“This outstanding dry red wine is the product of quality estate grown grapes. With a lifetime of experience in the growing vines and wine making in McLaren Vale wine region I selected individual barrels to bring about a wine with majestic fruit /wood complexity. Aged for 15 months in new 300l French oak barrels, this wine has immediate palate acceptability that will be enhanced with further cellaring. Decanting recommended.” If I read this description in the internet, […]

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Vintage Fortified Shiraz 2006

Wine Lady dArenberg Vintage Fortified Shiraz 2006

“From the first declared vintage in 1928, our fortified wines have been Shiraz based, and the vines that produced the original vintage still provide the grapes for this wine. These old vines are stumpy, gnarled and deep rooted, distinguished by their small bunches of highly coloured and intensely flavoured grapes. Each year, they are heavily hand pruned during winter and subsequently hand-harvested at extreme ripeness in late summer. After being gently crushed, this wine then spends up […]

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Stevens Family Shiraz 2010

Wine Lady wine review Graham Stevens Family Shiraz 2010

“Shiraz grapes grown on the Stevens Estate Vineyards in the McLaren Vale wine region were used to produce this dry red wine of exceptional quality. 15 months maturation in new American oak hogsheads has enhanced the intense flavours & characteristics of this well balanced wine, giving it excellent cellaring potential, along with immediate drinkability.” It is difficult not to agree with this statement from the back label of this wine. I have a huge exclamation mark in […]

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d’Arenberg The Noble Mud Pie 2011

Wine Lady d'Arenberg The Noble Mud Pie

The Noble Mud Pie 2011, another wine from The Noble series of d’Arenberg sweet wines, is not as good as The Noble Wrinkled which I wrote about last week, but comparing to other botrytis wines I’ve tasted so far in Australia it is a very good wine and I think it is worth to share my tasting notes with you.     The colour of the wine in the glass is seducing – gold and yellow with […]

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The Unification Red Cuvee 2014 – Geisenheim University

Wine Lady Geisenheim University Unification Wines project

To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the fall of Berlin Wall (1989-2014) and the German reunification (1990-2015), Geisenheim University students managed to put together the entire spectrum of German quality wines represented by different grape varieties, 13 German quality wine regions (Ahr, Baden, Franken, Hessische Bergstrasse, Mittelrhein, Mosel, Nahe, Pfalz, Rheingau, Rheinhessen, Saale-Unstrut, Sachsen and Wurttemberg) and many different producers. Students closed the diversity of the German wine world into two bottles of wine – one red, […]

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The Unification White Cuvee 2014 – Geisenheim University

Wine Lady Geisenheim University Unification Wines project

Germany is celebrating its anniversary years – firstly it’s been 25 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall (1989-2014) and, secondly, it’s also been 25 years of official German reunification (1990-2015). To celebrate both anniversaries, the students from the Geisenheim University created the ‘unification wines’ in which the whole spectrum of German wine production is represented. As they wrote in a letter to me, “the wine symbolizes the unity of Germany through its varied wine cultures […]

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The Noble Wrinkled Riesling 2011

Wine Lady d'Arenberg The Noble Wrinkled Riesling

The Noble Wrinkled is the first sweet wine of the huge d’Arenberg portfolio I’ve had opportunity to taste and I am still impressed with its freshness and balance! The wine in the glass was gold and syrupy. The aroma was fresh and intense with green apple, sweet red apple, green pepper, matches and honey. In the mouth The Noble Wrinkled Riesling 2011 is viscous and sticky, but very fresh. The structure is solid and layered, the body […]

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The Amaranthine Single Vineyard Shiraz 2010

The Amaranthine is the last of three wines from ‘Amazing Sites’ line I’ve tasted while visiting d’Arenberg’s cellar door. There were only three of them available for tasting, so hopefully next time I will have opportunity to taste the entire range ;) The 2010 was a good year in McLaren Vale with wines showing varietal character and complexity. The Amaranthine Shiraz 2010 is a opaque ruby wine with bouquet full of sweet plums, cherries, blackberries and blueberries […]

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The Swinging Malaysian Single Vineyard Shiraz 2010

The Swinging Malaysian Single Vineyard Shiraz 2010 is another wine from the ‘Amazing-Sites’ line wines of portfolio of d’Arenberg. This is also the wine I loved the most of all of the d’Arenberg’s wines I’ve tasted during my trip to Australia earlier this year. It has everything I look in Australian Shiraz from McLaren Vale! Let’s take a look at my tasting note The wine in the glass was thick, oily and dark red coloured with some […]

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Visiting McLaren Flat: Graham Stevens, Parri Estate and Woodstock

McLaren Flat is located in the flatlands to the East of the town of McLaren Vale heading towards the Adelaide Hills. There are some of great cellar doors and I’ve visited almost all of them at the beginning of this year. I had a great time and I’ve tasted many beautiful wines! Last month I wrote about six cellar doors that form ‘Flatmates’ – now it’s time for the rest of cellar doors that are located in […]

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