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Freycinet Vineyards Tasmania Cabernet Merlot 2013

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The back label of this wine says it goes with “roast lamb, BBQ steak, hearty casseroles and strong cheeses”.

I had it last night with home made pizza (our home made pizza is about as healthy as kaya toast, only there’s more of it) and the cab merlot was a great match. It’s full-bodied enough to cope.

Depending on who you follow, it should be drunk now, right now, or before 2027. Hmm.

Richard Hemming of jancisrobinson.com says drink it now…

He also shows it as 50% Cabernet / 50% Merlot which is what it says on the Freycinet Vineyards website.

I’m sticking with the 84/16% that it says on the back label. I’ll be seeing Claudio in a couple of weeks so I’ll get the good oil then.

Halliday says drink it by 2028 (as does Claudio Radenti) and Huon Hooke by 2027. You’ll have to be your own judge.

See below for the Halliday and Huon Hooke ratings.

Cheers!

David Boxall

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KATE HILL Tasmania Sparkling 2011 – 12 btls – S$60 – not yet rated

LA VIOLETTA “Almirante y Obispo” Great Southern Grenache/Mataro/Tempranillo 2015 – 18 btls – $82 – not yet rated
LA VIOLETTA “Bilingue” Great Southern Grenache/Mataro/Shiraz 2015 – 12 btls – $59 – Mike Bennie 93+
LA VIOLETTA “La Ciornia” Great Southern Shiraz 2010 – 12 btls – $75 – Jancis Robinson 18, restocked
LA VIOLETTA “La Ciornia” Great Southern Shiraz 2011 – 12 btls – $75 – Mike Bennie 93
LA VIOLETTA “Le Rayon V” Great Southern Cabernet Malbec 2013 – 18 btls – S$77 – Mike Bennie 93, restocked

STARGAZER Tasmania Pinot Noir 2016 – 12 btls – $70 – not yet rated

SERRAT Yarra Valley Chardonnay 2016 – plenty – $68 – not yet rated
SERRAT Yarra Valley Pinot Noir 2016 – plenty – $68 – Halliday 95
SERRAT Yarra Valley Shiraz Viognier 2016 – plenty – $68 – Halliday 97
SERRAT Yarra Valley Grenache Noir 2016 – limit 1 per customer – $68 – Halliday 95

CHANDON Yarra Valley Sparkling Pinot Noir Shiraz NV – 6 btls – $59 – Halliday 91
LEASINGHAM “Classic Clare” Sparkling Shiraz 1998 – 6 btls – $129 – Jeremy Oliver 96
RUMBALL “SB19″ Sparkling Shiraz NV – 6 btls – $49 – not rated
SEPPELT “Original” Sparkling Shiraz 2014 – 6 btls – $48 – Mike Bennie 90

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2013 Cabernet Merlot

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Gala Estate Tasmania “Late Harvest” Riesling 2014

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During my many trips to the East Coast of Tasmania, I’d driven past Gala Estate without giving it a second thought. I was usually on my way to catch up with Freycinet Vineyards further down the road or Apsley Gorge at Bicheno. Gala Estate is in the town of Cranbrook which literally lives up to the old saying “blink and you’ll miss it”.

What caught my attention, and prompted a visit in April, was the awards that Gala Estate had started winning, especially Trophy Gold and Best Red Wine of the Show for their 2013 Gala Estate “Constable Amos” Pinot Noir at the 2016 Tassie Wine Show. I met with Adam and Grainne at the cottage cellar door, and was very impressed but slightly worried by their strategy. Impressed, because they have a very clear plan that they want to sell as much of their wine as possible direct to the end consumer. That means cellar door and wine club members, and very little left over for trade. Worried, because I thought I might not get any wine for my Singapore customers.

In the end, Adam & Grainne concluded that my approach is strongly aligned with theirs, so I was able to secure 2 cases of the Constable Amos (now all gone), and a tiny batch of this and another Riesling. It’s becoming increasingly clear that if one wants wines from boutique, and even mid-size producers in Tasmania, one has to visit them. Oh well, I’ll just have to keep doing that!

This 2014 Late Harvest Riesling scored a Gold medal at the 2016 Tasmanian Wine Show. It’s a 375ml bottle.

I may be able to get more, but right now, this is all I’ve got.

For the record, the alcohol is 9.4%

Cheers,

David Boxall

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