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This little cellar door is pretty amusing. They have tried to preserve how a winery must have looked 100 years ago and when I was visiting they were pressing using all old style equipment. The buildings also feel like they're at least a century old, and they were packed with tourists when I was visiting.

2004 Eden Valley Riesling
4-4-4
Very pale, hints of green. Tight nose, not much aroma. Not much taste either, lacking anything interesting.

2003 Semillon
4-5-5
Pale straw colored. Nice round flavors - sweet apple, pineapple candy.

2006 Frontignac
6-4-4
Another one of the weird and wacky grape varieties you find so many of in S.A. Almost clear, very floral nose. Very sweet, not much acid. Taste hints of sweet lime.

2006 Alicante Bouchet
5-5-4
Yet another obscure grape variety. Made from free-run red grapes (the juice is red, skins don't provide the color as usual). Rose colored. No noticeable tannins. Round mouth-feel. Easy drinking - nothing complex, just easy fruity drinking.

2002 Moppa Springs Grenache / Shiraz / Mourvedre
5-6-5
Crimson red. Smells like Coca Cola. Nice round mouth-feel, taste hints of very ripe black cherries. Easy tannins. AU$22.50

2004 "Rod & Spur" Shiraz / Cabernet Sauvignon
6-7-5
Nice peppery nose. Dark crimson colored. Nice stuff, fruity, easy drinking. The Cab is very tame, no nasty green pepper bits at all. AU$29

2004 Basket Press Shiraz
6-5-5
Ruby colored. Blackberry flavors with hints of pencil lead. Distinct black pepper. AU$46.50

1999 Shiraz Vintage Port
5-7-6
Beautiful brilliant red color. Bit of hot alcohol on the nose. A nice, unusual port. Strong ripe blackberry flavors, cassis.

Posted by Bruce on March 29, 2007 3:04 AM

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