Reviews by The Innocent Dingo

Cofield Wines Cabernet Sauvignon 2005

Lacking something.

Reviewed by The Innocent Dingo - Wednesday 16 May 2012 06:46 PM

Opaque dark purple with a medium to heavy body this is a pleasant fruit driven wine that lacks a certain pizzaz. Not over-extracted or Jammy, just a tad dull. I think that some more interesting flavours could develop with time but Victoria has yet to win me over with their Cabernets. Good BBQ Option.

  • Rating: 86 (Average for all reviewers 86)
  • Drink: Drink in the next 1 to 5 years

Mouthpiece Peter Howland Hunter Valley Shiraz 2003

Sassy Number

Reviewed by The Innocent Dingo - Sunday 22 April 2012 07:23 PM

Mouthpiece trademark fruit driven style, yes. Strong presence of oak, yes. Excellent vintage in the Hunter, yes. End result is a medium bodied wine dominated by dark fruits but not as Jammy as some similar themed Barossa offerings. Tannins softening nicely but would still suggest a hearty meal to accompany this sassy number.

  • Rating: 90 (Average for all reviewers 85)
  • Drink: Drink in the next 1 to 5 years

Mitchelton Preece Cabernet Sauvignon 1996

Fully Mature Cabernet

Reviewed by The Innocent Dingo - Tuesday 17 April 2012 08:23 PM

Fully mature cabernet. Infectious secondary aromas of coffee, toffee and christmas pudding lead to a well balanced palate of dark fruits with good natural acidity and a medium length finish. The freshness of the fruit perhaps starting to fade but a nice accompaniment to slow cooked meats/ casserole dishes

  • Rating: 90 (Average for all reviewers 90)
  • Drink: Drink Now

Vasse Felix Chardonnay 2010

Classy Drop...

Reviewed by The Innocent Dingo - Wednesday 4 April 2012 08:49 AM

Alluring and vibrant nose of melons, peaches & cream and apple crumble. Richer than a typical WA chardonnay but with refreshing natural acidity and silky texture that should placate most palates. Perhaps lacking the laser-like precision of a Margaret River blue blood but still punching above its weight.. A tiny bit flabby but otherwise exquisite. The Kate Winslet of chardonnays.

  • Rating: 89 (Average for all reviewers 89)
  • Drink: Drink in the next 1 to 5 years

Chateau Leamon Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2001

Drink Up

Reviewed by The Innocent Dingo - Tuesday 3 April 2012 08:42 PM

10+ years have certainly softened the tannins in this muscular wine. Hints of Heathcote style eucalyptus frame a fruit driven wine that certainly grabs the attention but perhaps lacks some fresh acidity to make this more food friendly.

  • Rating: 86 (Average for all reviewers 86)
  • Drink: Drink Now

Racks of Fun Stonyfell Winery Dirty Secret Shiraz 2008

Better than expected

Reviewed by The Innocent Dingo - Monday 26 March 2012 07:24 PM

Approached with expectations of a gimmick wine. Whilst not particularly exciting this is a nicely conceived effort. Medium bodied with fresh mouth feel and no undue weight (12.5% alcohol...well done). Dark fruits dominate the palate with only a hint of a Mclaren vale dust on the finish. Drank with Lamb Koftas. The marketing and label were a bit lost on me but I guess they would work for valentines baskets etc.

  • Rating: 87 (Average for all reviewers 87)
  • Drink: Drink Now

Watershed Cabernet Merlot 2007

Refined Effort

Reviewed by The Innocent Dingo - Tuesday 24 January 2012 08:48 PM

Refined effort as expected from Margaret River with the addition of merlot making this wine more approachable in its youth. No real surprises on the palate....dark berries, liquorice and hints of mint....but a well put together wine. Should last 5 years comfortably

  • Rating: 92 (Average for all reviewers 92)
  • Drink: Drink in the next 1 to 5 years

Craggy Range Te Muna Road Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2011

for Sauv Blanc lovers

Reviewed by The Innocent Dingo - Wednesday 11 January 2012 07:49 PM

I haven't fallen for the decade long marketing ploy from our kiwi brethren about their amazing sauv blancs and this hasn't swayed me either. Prefer my passionfruit on my pavlova, not in my white wine. As an expression of the grape it is a nice offering but not for me.

  • Rating: 86 (Average for all reviewers 86)
  • Drink: Drink Now

Watershed Shades Sauvignon Blanc Semillon 2010

Nice summer drink

Reviewed by The Innocent Dingo - Thursday 29 December 2011 07:28 PM

Pleasant SSB. Should please the crowds. Nothing particularly exciting here but a nice summer wine nonetheless

  • Rating: 85 (Average for all reviewers 85)
  • Drink: Drink Now

Orlando Jacob's Creek Steingarten Riesling 2003

Very smart riesling coming to life nicely

Reviewed by The Innocent Dingo - Monday 19 December 2011 07:39 PM

Very smart riesling coming to life nicely. Expressive nose of typical cool climate citrus but fleshed out with toasty and paraffin notes that instantly grab your attention. Medium bodied with world class balance. This is still a lean wine despite its bottle age and is in a nice place now. Perhaps lacking the minerality of true world beater.

  • Rating: 94 (Average for all reviewers 94)
  • Drink: Drink in the next 1 to 5 years

Penfolds Grange Shiraz 1998

Be Patient

Reviewed by The Innocent Dingo - Friday 16 December 2011 08:52 PM

Obviously a class act with an epic finish and fine structure. Unfortunately this seems to be in a dead phase. Please don't drink before 2015.

  • Rating: 93 (Average for all reviewers 93)
  • Drink: Cellar for at least 10 years

Veritas Heinrich Shiraz Mataro Grenache 2001

Drink up

Reviewed by The Innocent Dingo - Friday 16 December 2011 08:44 PM

Medium to full bodied. Quite an upfront wine. Fruit driven nose but the palate seems to have lost the vibrant freshness that i suspect this wine needs to bring everything together. Nonetheless a pleasant enough drop.

  • Rating: 87 (Average for all reviewers 89.5)
  • Drink: Drink Now

Château Eugenie Treille du Roy, Cahors VDP du Lot Segalin Cabernet Blend 2008

Pleasant Europlonk

Reviewed by The Innocent Dingo - Wednesday 23 November 2011 08:14 PM

From Cahors. Deeper colour than Bordeaux and more fruit driven with cherries dominating the nose. Not too much in the way of complexity here but the integrity of the whole wine is uncompromised. Nice acidity and purity of fruit get this one over the line, helped by a food friendly 13%abv.

  • Rating: 87 (Average for all reviewers 87)
  • Drink: Drink in the next 1 to 5 years

Domaine Charles Baur AOC Cotes d’Eguisheim, Alsace Pinot Noir 2009

affordable french pinot

Reviewed by The Innocent Dingo - Friday 18 November 2011 08:28 PM

Drank slightly chilled on a very warm night. A definite food wine, with nice, palate cleansing acidity. Medium bodied with uplifting notes of strawberries on the nose balanced by a long dry finish. Very Good. Somewhat dryer than pinot from burgundy which appealed to me but predictably less complex. Great alternative to often unaffordable Red Burgundy

  • Rating: 9 (Average for all reviewers 49)
  • Drink: Drink in the next 1 to 5 years

Heathcote Winery Curagee Shiraz 2001

Built to last

Reviewed by The Innocent Dingo - Tuesday 8 November 2011 06:55 PM

96% Shiraz, 4% Voignier. Medium to full bodied with good depth of flavour but i get the feeling that this needs another few years in the bottle for the tannins to resolve and integrate with the complex Heathcote earthiness. Decant for 2 hours.

  • Rating: 88 (Average for all reviewers 88)
  • Drink: Drink in the next 1 to 5 years

Kassebaum Magdalena Shiraz 2003

Refined Beast

Reviewed by The Innocent Dingo - Sunday 6 November 2011 06:17 PM

Quite a refined offering considering the Barossa's reputation. Fruit driven but not a one dimensional fruit bomb. Hints of barnyard on the nose and showing some good secondary characteristics on the palate which has a lengthy finish of cherries and good acidity Drank with pizza which on reflection was selling the wine short.

  • Rating: 90 (Average for all reviewers 90)
  • Drink: Drink Now

Craigmoor Shiraz 1994

Great Stuff

Reviewed by The Innocent Dingo - Tuesday 25 October 2011 07:55 PM

Having never tasted a Mudgee shiraz anywhere close to this age I was very curious and have to say very pleasantly surprised. The wine is in great shape. Transparent at the rim and with a youthful nose that offers flowers, horse saddle, wet earth and currants. The palate is medium bodied and reminiscent of northern Rhone with nice freshness and acidity that lends itself to a wide variety of foods. A spread of cured meats comes to mind. Great stuff. Woof!

  • Rating: 93 (Average for all reviewers 93)
  • Drink: Drink Now

Mak Vineyards Clare Valley, SA Shiraz 2003

WInter drop

Reviewed by The Innocent Dingo - Tuesday 25 October 2011 07:15 PM

Brooding nose of ripe fruit and peppery spices. The palate isn't as massive as the nose would suggest with nice acidity and tannins but it still has a slight syrupy character that would need a rich meat dish to counter. Maybe meatballs. Decent length on the finish.

  • Rating: 87 (Average for all reviewers 87)
  • Drink: Drink Now

Frey Sohler Scherwiller Riesling 2009

Nice fruit and vibrancy on the nose but lacking the acidity and minerality that I look for in alsace rieslings

Reviewed by The Innocent Dingo - Thursday 20 October 2011 08:11 PM

Nice fruit and vibrancy on the nose but lacking the acidity and minerality that I look for in alsace rieslings. Mrs Dingo was a little more adulatory. Drank fine with Barbecued salmon fillet.

  • Rating: 87 (Average for all reviewers 87)
  • Drink: Drink in the next 1 to 5 years

Binder Mitchell Dovetail Shiraz Grenache Mataro 2003

Some Value Here

Reviewed by The Innocent Dingo - Wednesday 28 September 2011 06:40 PM

Nicely balanced wine with cherries and other dark fruits. Drinking fine now but would not leave it more than another 2 years to drink. The bottle age has softened any rough edges and for $9 it is easily twice as good as a current vintage $9 retail buy

  • Rating: 85 (Average for all reviewers 85)
  • Drink: Drink Now

Torbreck Neck Oil Shiraz Grenache 2002

There are some 'wow' elements to this wine

Reviewed by The Innocent Dingo - Sunday 25 September 2011 06:14 PM

There are some 'wow' elements to this wine, but the whole package seems somewhat out of balance. The powerful dark fruits and chewy tannins are reminiscent of the Barossa's best offerings but the finish is a touch obtuse. A rich, fruit drive style that was not meant to last forever but a decent value glimpse at what Barossa can offer.

  • Rating: 87 (Average for all reviewers 87)
  • Drink: Drink Now

Domaine Charles Baur Cremant D'Alsace Pinot Noir Pinot Gris 2008

Something Different

Reviewed by The Innocent Dingo - Sunday 18 September 2011 05:16 PM

My first sparkling wine from Alsace. Not as dry or as yeasty as a champagne. Hints of apple and melons pervade the bouquet but the palate finishes on a distinctly dry note with nice acidity. Would be good to serve with a summer bbq and salad for something different.

  • Rating: 90 (Average for all reviewers 90)
  • Drink: Drink Now

Cullen Wines Semillon Sauvignon Blanc 2004

Real Man's Sem Sauv

Reviewed by The Innocent Dingo - Thursday 15 September 2011 07:25 PM

This is a million miles away from the mass produced ssb's which try very hard to taste of very little. This is a serious wine with impressive weight and focus whilst still displaying the typical citrus and honeysuckle associated with the variety. Enough acidity to make this food friendly and enough backbone to appeal to a chardonnay drinker. Pleasant Surprise.

  • Rating: 91 (Average for all reviewers 91)
  • Drink: Drink in the next 1 to 5 years

Parsons Flat Shiraz Cabernet 2002

Pleasure Bomb

Reviewed by The Innocent Dingo - Sunday 28 August 2011 06:10 PM

From the makers of Mollydooker, this is a pleasure bomb of a wine with lashings of ripe jammy fruit that dominate the palate and whilst it will appeal to those who prefer a sweeter, highly extracted wine, the style my be a bit modern for some.

  • Rating: 88 (Average for all reviewers 88)
  • Drink: Drink Now

Koltz Shiraz 2002

A bit like Shane Warne

Reviewed by The Innocent Dingo - Thursday 18 August 2011 07:02 PM

Fruit driven wine with lashings of cherry and black fruits. Distinctive McLaren nose but any notes of dust and red earth are dominated by the rich, almost sweet fruit on the palate. Bottle age has definitely helped soften the edges of this modern wine and for $20 no-one could be disappointed. Perhaps lacking a certain sophistication but should appeal to a wide audience. A bit like Shane Warne. Enjoy now.

  • Rating: 87 (Average for all reviewers 87)
  • Drink: Drink Now

Moss Wood Cabernet Sauvignon 1996

Pure Bred

Reviewed by The Innocent Dingo - Sunday 14 August 2011 01:58 PM

Great showing, as expected. Not as complex as the rock star 1998 but offering possibly more gravitas and purity of fruit. A shining light of what good Aussie cabernet can be. Still youthful and fresh with balance and length equal to the old world’s best. Should last for eons.

  • Rating: 95 (Average for all reviewers 95)
  • Drink: Drink in the next 1 to 10 years

Viking Wines Odin's Honour Reserve Shiraz 2001

Generous fruit driven wine

Reviewed by The Innocent Dingo - Sunday 7 August 2011 07:46 PM

Generous fruit driven wine from a warm year. Nothing really to complain about here but nothing overly interesting either. A testament to the quality and richness of Barossa fruit.

  • Rating: 88 (Average for all reviewers 88)
  • Drink: Drink Now

Mount Langi Ghiran Vineyards Langi Shiraz 2000

Brains, not braun

Reviewed by The Innocent Dingo - Wednesday 27 July 2011 08:13 PM

Medium bodied with nice balance, this is a stylish drop that will please those looking for some relief from a heavier Barossa style shiraz. I suspect this is in an ideal drinking window with the fruit having not lost its freshness but with some more interesting secondary characteristics revealing themselves on the palate. Soft pepper, black fruits and and some grampians menthol make for an moreish drink that is very food friendly and should appeal to most.

  • Rating: 92 (Average for all reviewers 92)
  • Drink: Drink Now

Elderton Cabernet Sauvignon 2002

Classy Cabernet

Reviewed by The Innocent Dingo - Friday 22 July 2011 07:54 PM

This is a classy cabernet on the richer side as to be expected from the Barossa. Inky, opaque purple in colour and a nose of cigar box, chocolate, cinnamon and raisins with an earthiness that is nicely balanced by a general lightness of fruit that is a pleasant surprise given the regional reputation. Excellent focus and length on the palate. Built to last with tannins that are only beginning to integrate, this baby really opened up over 2 hours and warmed the bones nicely during Sydney's wettest july in 60yrs. Drank with a juicy sirloin steak but would complement any red meat or pasta dish. Very good indeed.

  • Rating: 93 (Average for all reviewers 93)
  • Drink: Drink in the next 1 to 10 years

Viking Wines Cabernet Shiraz 2002

Sound

Reviewed by The Innocent Dingo - Saturday 25 June 2011 05:31 PM

This is a pristine bottle which I suspect has been cellared at Cellarit since release. I mention this as i have had several 2002 offerings from the Viking label that revealed significant bottle variation, and had made me somewhat apprehensive about this winery. This wine showed well from the get go. Excellent nose of heady dark fruits balanced with vanilla oak. Very appealing weight with a nice fresh mouth feel and enough acid to make for an excellent food wine....A steal for $15 if the bottle has been correctly stored

  • Rating: 90 (Average for all reviewers 90)
  • Drink: Drink Now

d'Arenberg The Ironstone Pressings Grenache Shiraz Mourvedre 1999

Drink Up

Reviewed by The Innocent Dingo - Friday 17 June 2011 06:00 PM

Dark red to opaque purple in colour ..It is a well made wine and whilst I have had a handful of enjoyable bottles over the years I don't think this wine has any more improving to do..It is still a nice, aged GSM with impressive complexity and a powerful finish but the lashings of fragrant Grenache are now dominating and threatening to fall out balance.. Drank with hospital beef stroganoff which may have tainted the experience somewhat.

  • Rating: 88 (Average for all reviewers 88)
  • Drink: Drink Now

Knappstein Handpicked Riesling 2004

Rewarding Patience

Reviewed by The Innocent Dingo - Sunday 5 June 2011 07:56 PM

This is a generous clare valley riesling in a very nice place....I have tried a few top tier Aussie rieslings that seem to value an extremely crisp, dry drinking experience at the expense of depth of flavour. This is a nice example of a more exuberant style that still maintains nice acidity and freshness with no hint of flabbiness. Went nicely with Szechuan chicken. Very impressive and great value.

  • Rating: 93 (Average for all reviewers 93)
  • Drink: Drink Now

Glaetzer Nefertari Shiraz 2002

Midweek McLaren

Reviewed by The Innocent Dingo - Saturday 4 June 2011 07:22 PM

Dark saturated purple. Dusty McLaren nose with sweet fruits, licorice and hints of spice. Very generous fruit on the palate balanced by nicely resolved tannins. This is in a nice drinking window and a good value drink but I had hoped for more interesting secondary characteristics by now.

  • Rating: 88 (Average for all reviewers 88)
  • Drink: Drink Now

Two Hands Heaven's Gate Shiraz 2001

Unique wine

Reviewed by The Innocent Dingo - Tuesday 31 May 2011 08:20 PM

Very unique nose of luscious sweet black fruits with lashings of vanilla. This wine has real personality and the precocious nose seems more akin to a flamboyant Grenache than a Barossa shiraz. On the palate more of the same but a refreshing lift that is often elusive for Aussie shiraz. Nice balance and mouth feel. A hint of sweetness in the finish sealed the deal for Mrs Dingo but the acidity was enough to keep everything in check.

  • Rating: 92 (Average for all reviewers 92)
  • Drink: Drink Now

Balnaves Cabernet Sauvignon 1999

Starting to Blossom

Reviewed by The Innocent Dingo - Wednesday 25 May 2011 08:07 PM

Opaque, almost black in colour but starting to brick at the rim.... Impressive nose of cassis and plums with distinct cedar and cigar box notes. On the palate the fruit is more prominent but this is no fruit bomb...nice structure and clearly built to last with a 30+ sec finish. This is only entering its prime and will drink well for 10+ years. Very good

  • Rating: 92 (Average for all reviewers 92)
  • Drink: Drink in the next 1 to 5 years

Passing Clouds Angel Cabernet Blend 2000

Looking Good

Reviewed by The Innocent Dingo - Friday 13 May 2011 06:42 PM

A nicely balanced, well made wine which seems like it could last another 5 years with ease ...a welcome abv of 13% and quite a refined palate filled with cherries, plums and cedar to the fore...some length as well. A nice offering rounded out nicely by a decade of bottle age.

  • Rating: 89 (Average for all reviewers 89)
  • Drink: Drink in the next 1 to 5 years

Wirra Wirra McLaren Vale Shiraz 2002

Solid effort from a good year

Reviewed by The Innocent Dingo - Saturday 7 May 2011 09:18 PM

Popped and poured. Opaque purple in colour. Dusty Mclaren Vale nose. This is a fruit driven wine that manages to offer some earthy complexity. The ripeness of the fruit does result in some lingering heat but does not overpower. Should appeal to most.

  • Rating: 88 (Average for all reviewers 88)
  • Drink: Drink Now

Wynns Coonawarra Estate John Riddoch Cabernet Sauvignon 1986

WOW

Reviewed by The Innocent Dingo - Friday 6 May 2011 08:58 PM

Wow... A great wine from a great year. The complexity, balance and power of a classic... Brilliant, youthful nose... This wine can easily hold its own on the world stage but still exudes classic Coonawarra cigar box, chocolate and mint. 45 second finish. An absolute pleasure.

  • Rating: 97 (Average for all reviewers 97)
  • Drink: Drink Now

Preveli Merlot 2001

Crowd Pleaser

Reviewed by The Innocent Dingo - Friday 29 April 2011 04:41 PM

Popped and Poured. Medium to full bodied fruit driven style with hints of tobacco and leather. Very fine tannins. The softness of the merlot provides a surprisingly delicate, balanced palate. Mrs Dingo liked this more than myself but it was definitely one of the better Aussie merlot's i've had.

  • Rating: 89 (Average for all reviewers 89)
  • Drink: Drink Now

Carlei Estate Heathcote Shiraz 2002

In a nice place

Reviewed by The Innocent Dingo - Wednesday 20 April 2011 08:26 PM

In a very nice place... Very generous nose of berries, aniseed, earthy spices and fennel. Classic Heathcote. More spices and pepper on the palate. Full bodied but very approachable and food friendly. Finishes with nice acidity and decent length. A nice balance of crowd pleasing wine and true expression of heathcote shiraz..Great value at $24..

  • Rating: 92 (Average for all reviewers 92)
  • Drink: Drink in the next 1 to 5 years

Cloudy Bay Chardonnay 2001

A real surprise

Reviewed by The Innocent Dingo - Wednesday 13 April 2011 08:21 PM

A real surprise...10 years bottle age has shed all the weight that can sometimes overburden antipodean chardonnays... nice balance and acidity...citrus fruits in harmony with nuts, honey and other secondary characteristics...showing largely old world sensibilities....drink now....great stuff....woof!

  • Rating: 93 (Average for all reviewers 93)
  • Drink: Drink Now

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