Riddoch Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

Riddoch Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 tasting note by Wine Lady

Riddoch Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 is kind of ‘the essence of Coonawarra’ – shows the beauty of this Australian subregion, which produces outstanding Cabernet Sauvignon wines.   What is now Wynns Coonawarra Estate was founded by Scottish pioneer John Riddoch, who planted vineyards in 1891 and built the estate’s iconic triple-gabled winery called Chateau Comaum. (Wynns.com.au)       Riddoch Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 was a dark, clear purple coloured wine with dark red hues. The aroma was potent […]

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Penfolds Bin 311 Chardonnay 2013

Wine Lady Penfolds Bin 311 Chardonnay 2013

Penfolds Bin 311 Chardonnay 2013 is one of the wines from Penfolds Bin Collection that began in 1959 as a result of innovation and modern era in Penfolds.   “The Penfolds Collection displays the distinctive and recognisable Penfolds ‘House Style’ – the ultimate expression of Penfolds time-honoured tradition of sourcing the best fruit from the best regions. The wines ably demonstrate Penfolds expertise with single and multi-regional blending, making wines to style and pursuing the highest of […]

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Jeff Carrel Goldfisch 2015

Wine Lady Jeff Carrel Goldfisch 2015

I am a huge fan of bone dry Rieslings, especially those from Germany and Austria. Therefore, in general, I keep away from tasting new Rieslings as very often they are too sweet for me. This time, though, I decided to buy a bottle of Jeff Carrel Goldfisch 2015 as I’ve tasted many of Jeff Carrel’s wines before and they were exceptional. This way I found an outstanding French Riesling that I could fill my cellar with!   […]

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Joseph Angel Gully Shiraz 2012 (Primo Estate)

Joseph Angel Gully Shiraz 2012 was a deep ruby coloured wine with black hues. The aroma was very woody and earthy with a hint of black fruits. In the bouquet I found notes of the cigar box, forest floor, toast, some blackberry, spices and black pepper. In the mouth Joseph Angel Gully Shiraz 2012 was full bodied, powerful and rich. The palate was woody and spicy, also with just a hint of fruit flavours. There were intense […]

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Wirra Wirra The Angelus / Dead Ringer 2012

Wine Lady The Angelus Dead Ringer 2012

Dead Ringer 2012, also known as The Angelus, is not only great wine but there is a very interesting story behind the name of it. In Australia you can buy the wine under the name of The Angelus, but because of similarity to Chateau Angelus Saint Emilion Grand Cru Classe, the Australian producers had to change the name of the wine distributed to European market. Dead Ringer was, in my opinion, a beautiful choice. At the first […]

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Rosemount Estate Little Berry 2012


Little Berry 2012 was one of my two favourite wines from Rosemount Estate portfolio. Very fresh and fruity, harmonious and smooth. Little Berry 2012 is a dark red coloured, vivid wine. The aroma is complex and strong with intense fruit notes (blackberries, blueberries), delicate chocolate note and a hint of sandal wood. In the mouth Rosemount Estate Little Berry 2012 is dry, smooth, complex and well-balanced. The tannins are integrated, rounded and smooth. Nice full structure and […]

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Wirra Wirra Church Block 2012


One of the best known Wirra Wirra’s wines, Church Block, has been produced for last 40 years. The Church Block 2012 vintage has been made to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the blend. Also, what’s interesting, there is a big Church Block labeled bottle in from of Wirra Wirra’s cellars – it’s enormous and looks fabulous! “Church Block was the first wine the late Greg Trott produced under the Wirra Wirra label back in 1972. He took […]

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Joseph Moda Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2012


Joseph Moda 2012 is a well-known Australian wine produced using the traditional Italian ‘Amarone method’. After picking the grapes are air-dried for one to two weeks in order to concentrate the flavours. This was first produced in 1987. “For us great wine is a sublime paradox, where concentration and finesse co-exist. Since 1987 we have used the ancient method or ‘moda’ of drying the grapes before crushing to realize this vision. The Cabernet Sauvignon (80%) and Merlot […]

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Fox Creek Chardonnay 2013

Wine Lady Fox Creek Chardonnay

Looking for a fresh white with a good structure and rich palate? Try this Chardonnay from McLaren Vale, very refreshing wine with complex bouquet and full bodied fruity palate. “The Chardonnay vineyard was harvested in mid February after a warm post veraison ripening period. A portion of the juice (approximately 30%) was fermented in new and one year old French oak barrels. Approximately 30% of this blend was fermented in old oak as a wild yeast fermentation […]

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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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