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Mount Langi Ghiran, Xanadu and Moss Wood Reds from Macvine

30 October,2018

Macvine International is a specialist fine wine importer and distributor established by wine lover Michael Jemison in 1999. His defined tastes for quality and uniqueness has led to an eclectic portfolio of imported and local wines that are extremely interesting for the wine enthusiast to follow. But not to be too high-brow, Macvine International has ensured there are wines that are accessible in style and price available. Here, I review four Australian reds from producers of high repute, but are good at introducing the consumer to the brand at an approachable level. www.macvine.co.nz


Mount Langi Ghiran ‘Billi Billi’ Victoria Shiraz 2016

Syrah from Australia – Victoria


Dark, deep, ruby-red with black hues, a little lighter on the edge. The nose is firm and densely packed with seep and solid aromas of ripe blackberry fruit in an amalgam with boysenberries and notes of eucalyptus, spice and black pepper. The aromatics are harmoniously interwoven. Medium-bodied, the palate has a well-packed, rounded heart of ripe blackberries and boysenberry fruit with hints of eucalyptus, jam and spices. The flavours are well integrated and flow smoothly with soft, fine extraction in support. The acidity is balanced and soft, and the wine carries to a lighter, elegant finish. This is a well-packed Shiraz with flavours of ripe blackberries, boysenberries, eucalyptus and jam with a rounded heart and accessible palate. Serve with barbecued and roasted red meats over the next 3-4 years. 100% Shiraz from the Grampians, Swan Hill and Beechworth, vines 27 y.o. on average, fermented to 13.1% alc., the wine aged in French oak, a small portion new. 17.5-/20 Oct 2018 RRP $28.00

Xanadu ‘Exmoor’ Margaret River Shiraz 2015

Syrah from Australia – Western Australia


Dark, deep, black-hued ruby-red colour with slight purple hues, lighter on the rim. The nose is full and up-front with fragrant aromas of ripe blackberries and boysenberry fruit along with an aromatic lift, unfolding a little eucalyptus and spice with black pepper nuances. The nose is very approachable. Medium-full bodied, the palate is rich, sweet and juicy with lush flavours of ripe blackberries and boysenberries, a little eucalyptus and lifted fruits. The mouthfeel is bright and lively and the fruit is supported by light, supple tannin structure, providing a fine line. Underlying acidity lends some energy, and the wine carries to a sweet, elegant finish. This is a sweet-fruited, juicy Shiraz with blackberry and boysenberry fruit, notes of eucalypt and jam with fragrance, on a supple, fine-grained palate. Serve with Middle Easter lamb dishes over the next 3-4 years. A blend of 98% Shiraz and 2% Viognier, predominantly from the ‘Boodjudup’ vineyard in Margaret River with a small portion from Frankland, co-fermented with whole berries to 14.0% alc., the wine aged 14 months in 25% new French oak barriques. 17.5/20 Oct 2018 RRP $28.00

Xanadu ‘Exmoor’ Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

Cabernet Sauvignon from Australia – Western Australia


Even, dark ruby-red colour, a little lighter on the rim. The nose is elegant in proportion with finely concentrated and softly packed aromas of ripe blackcurrants with some mint herb and cassis notes. This has good intensity and varietal expression. Medium-bodied, the palate has a rich and well-packed core with solid flavours of ripe blackcurrants along with nuances of mint and cassis, unfolding a little eucalyptus. The fruit is rich and lively, and underlined by fine-grained tannin structure and grip, and the mouthfeel has fresh acidity lending good energy. The wine carries to a lingering finish. This is a bright, vibrant, rich-fruited Cabernet Sauvignon with soft blackcurrant and cassis fruit with fine tannin structure. Serve with roast lamb over the next 4-5 years. A blend of 92% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Petit Verdot and 3% Malbec, the fruit 70% from the ‘Boodjudup’ vineyard and the remainder other sites, all Margaret River, fermented to 14.0% alc., the wine aged 14 months in 20% new French oak barriques. 17.5+/20 Oct 2018 RRP $28.00

Moss Wood ‘Amy’s’ Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot/Malbec/Petit Verdot 2017

Blended Red from Australia – Western Australia


Dark, deep, ruby-red colour with slight purple hues. The nose is elegant in presentation with a tight, fine core of pure blackcurrant fruit, revealing cassis liqueur, herb and blackberry notes and some nutty oak. The aromatics are softly fresh and show Cabernet Sauvignon varietal clarity. Medium-full bodied, the palate has vibrant and lively flavours of blackcurrant fruit expressed with vigour, clarity and definition, unfolding cassis, herb and blackberry elements, and subtle nutty oak. The fruit forms an elegantly concentrated core and is supported by fine-grained tannin structure and grip with balanced acidity. The wine carries with good linearity to a long, taut finish. This is a vibrant, lively and finely concentrated Cabernet Sauvignon blend with fine structure and vitality. Match with roast lamb and semi-hard cheeses over the next 5-6+ years. A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec and Petit Verdot from the ‘Glenmore’ vineyard, fermented to 13.5% alc., the wine aged 16 months in French oak. 18.0-/20 Oct 2018 RRP $48.00

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