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Hearty Californian and Australian Reds from Procure

04 May,2017
As the colder months approach, hearty reds become more favoured in the market. Procure Liquor has a strong portfolio of imported reds that are well-suited to the job. Their range of Californian and Australian reds have proven to be very popular and are seen widely in traditional liquor channels as well as in supermarkets. Chosen by owners Jonty Hamer and Misha Taylor for their ability to deliver flavour, they also faithfully represent their origins and also offer very good value. Here, I review a selection of new Californian and Australian red releases.


McManis California Petit Verdot 2015

Other Red from USA

Very dark, black-hued ruby-red colour with youthful purple hues, a little lighter on the rim. The nose is full, up-front and accessibly fruity with concentrated aromas of blackberries and boysenberries, entwined with a fine line of blackcurrants and herb, along with earth, unfolding cedary and toast oak. Medium-full bodied, the palate has a rich, sweet core of blackberries and blackcurrant fruit along with cassis liqueur and nuances of herbs. The fruit sweetness is balanced by fine, grainy, tannin extraction and fresh, underlying acidity. Toasty and cedary oak flavours unfold and meld with the fruit, carrying to a long, sweet, lingering finish of black fruits and toasty oak. This is a rich, sweet and well-concentrated Petit Verdot with ripe blackberry and blackcurrant fruit layered with cedary, toasty oak on a well-balanced, structured palate with good vitality. Match with barbecued lamb, beef and venison dishes over the next 4-5 years. California fruit fermented to 13.5% alc., the wine aged 4-6 months in new and seasoned French and American oak. 17.5+/20 May 2017 RRP $25.00

Artezin Mendocino County Zinfandel 2015

Zinfandel from USA

Very full, dark, black-hued purple-red colour, a little lighter on the edge, and youthful in appearance. The nose is softly full with up-front, easy and accessible aromas of ripe blackberries, boysenberries and dark raspberries. This highlight ripeness, accessibility and opens in volume with aeration. Full-bodied, the palate has bold and accessible, sweetly luscious and juicy flavours of raspberries and blackberries, along with boysenberry notes. The palate has fresh acidity lending vibrancy, and some alcoholic power adds drive and warmth to the palate. This builds in depth, forming a positive core, with balanced, grainy tannin extraction that carries the wine to a moderately long finish. This is an up-front, accessibly juicy Zinfandel with raspberry and black fruit flavours on a vibrant palate with alcohol heat and drive and plenty of grip at the core. Match with Mediterranean and Middle Eastern lamb dishes over the next 4 years. A blend of 80% Zinfandel, 15% Petite Sirah and 5% Carignan from the Ukiah Valley, fermented to 14.7% alc., the wine aged predominantly in French oak. 17.5/20 May 2017 RRP $30.00

Hogshead ‘Old Vine’ South Australia Shiraz 2016

Syrah from Australia – South Australia

Dark, deep, black-hued ruby-red colour with slight purple hues. The nose is softly full with ripe fruit aromas of dark raspberries and blackberry fruit with notes of plum and liquorice, unveiling black pepper and nutty nuances. The fruit is bright and primary in expression and shows moderate depth with aeration. Full-bodied, the palate is lusciously juicy with bright, sweetly ripened fruit flavours of dark raspberries, blackberries and boysenberries, along with notes of plum jam, nutty and black pepper suggestions. The fruit forms an elegantly concentrated core, supported by fine, grainy tannins with balanced acidity. The flavour are carried a little by the alcoholic power, leading to a sweet and warm finish of dark raspberries and blackberries. This is a rich, plush, juicy, well-ripened Shiraz with dark raspberry, blackberry and boysenberry fruit, on a fine, grainy palate with some alcohol drive. Match with barbecued and roasted red meats over the next years. South Australian fruit, 44% from Lower Murray, 28% McLaren Vale, 15% Langhorne Creek and 13% Barossa Valley, fermented to 14.9% alc., the wine matured in tank and 3 months in seasoned oak including 300 L French hogsheads. Winemakers: Jim Zerella and Nicholas Crampton. 17.5-/20 Apr 2017 RRP $20.00

Henry’s Drive ‘Pillar Box Red’ Padthaway Shiraz/Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

Blended Red from Australia – South Australia

Saturated black-red colour, a little lighter on the rim. The nose is softly packed and densely concentrated with aromas of ripe black plums and blackberry fruit along with nuances of currants and cassis, spices, earth and cedar. This has very good vinous presence and unfolds to show some cedary oak volume. Full-bodied, the palate is rich and sweet with flavours of ripe blackberries, boysenberries and black plum jam, along with nuances of liquorice and curranty notes. The fruit is layered with spicy, cedary oak and underlined by grainy tannin extraction and structure, with integrated acidity. The palate flows with vigour to a dry-textured, lingering finish of black fruits, liquorice and cedar. This is a rich, sweet, black-fruited Shiraz/Cabernet with layers of spicy, cedary oak on a grainy structured, vigorous palate. Match with slow-cooked game meat and casseroles over the next 4-5 years. A blend of 76% Shiraz and 24% Cabernet Sauvignon from Padthaway, fermented to 14.5% alc., the wine given 6-8 months oaking, 60% French and 40% American. 17.5+/20 May 2017 RRP $20.00

Sister’s Run ‘Epiphany’ McLaren Vale Shiraz 2015

Syrah from Australia – South Australia

Full, very dark, black-red colour with slight purple hues, lighter on the rim. This has an elegantly concentrated nose with firm and intense aromas of blackberry fruit along with nutty oak, suggestions of black pepper and a little minerally reduction providing interest and detail. Full-bodied, the palate has powerfully intense and deep, rich flavours of ripe blackberries along with liquorice, nutty oak, black pepper and complexing reductive nuances. The fruit is supported by fine-grained tannin extraction and the acidity is integrated. The wine flows with energy and linearity, leading to a fine, firmly concentrated, elegantly proportioned finish of black fruits, liquorice and minerals. This is a powerfully driven Shiraz with black fruits, liquorice, pepper and subtle reductive mineral detail on a fine-grained, firm palate. Match with roast lamb, beef and venison, and semi hard cheeses over the next 6-8 years. Shiraz from Anthony John Parkinson’s ‘Epiphany’ vineyard, McLaren Vale, fermented to 14.5% alc., the wine aged in oak. 4,126 dozen made. 18.0-/20 May 2017 RRP $25.00
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