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Winefront - 12 Shiraz, 13 Riesling, 13 Viognier

Winefront - 3 reviews by Gary Walsh.

2012 Barossa Shiraz

From selected sites throughout the Barossa to make Tim’s house style.

Blackberry, plum, a little nougat and coconut, chocolate. Classic modern Barossa with a nod to tradition. Medium to full bodied, round and supple with ultra-fine grained tannin fleshing out the palate and just-right acidity through its core. Long through the finish with a kiss of oak and perfectly ripe dark berry fruit. Textbook. Here’s the style of Barossa Shiraz that hits a chord with me. Open string E, perhaps. Could rate it one higher, but won’t. It’s not one louder, it’s one better. 94 points.

2013 Eden Valley Riesling

In the proprietary Eden Valley contours bottle. Plenty of bath powder perfume! Tim likes to keep things pretty clean I’d say, and he’s certainly got all his ducks in a row here.  Then into a much less soft and fluffy palate –  firm, dry and energetic, lemons and limes, with a particularly lemony acid cut. Like the purity and bony crunch on the very long finish. Nice! 94+points.

2013 Eden Valley Viognier

What a shame. I reckon this will miss out on our Top 100 wines under $25 publication by just three bucks. For a few dollars more. Or a fistful of travellers cheques. You can almost hear the marks being put on the bench as you taste it. Ginger, exotic spice, celery, fresh apricot and white cherry. Has a lightly viscous feel, but keeps itself neat and trim through the mouth with clean acidity, a subtle flintiness and spicy dry lemon tinged finish. Cedar oak plays a part in the wine, but it’s a positive. Show them Tim. Show them the whole thing. 93 points.