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Vintages Release date: August 5, 2017

• The following Rosé sparkling wine—68% Pinot Noir/26% Chardonnay/6% Pinot Meunier—was produced in a similar method and with similar grape varieties as Champagne. Jansz refer to it as ‘Méthode Tasmanoise’.

****1/2 drink now 
Jansz Sparkling Rosé Brut Non-Vintage
Tasmania $26.95 (37499) 12.0% alcohol
Produced in the Traditional Method with top-drawer fruit and just a hint of pink, it delivers a profusion of mousse and is bursting with racy flavour. Aromas of strawberry and mineral notes make way for a lip-smacking mouthful of red currant and lemon-lime tang streaking over the palate infusing the crisp, refreshing finish and aftertaste. Pours well on its own and pairs well with pan-seared salmon. (Vic Harradine)

Vintages Release date: TBD (2012 vintage is currently in Vintages for following two wines - The Cigar and The Signature)

****1/2 drink or cellar 
Yalumba ‘The Cigar – Menzies Vineyard’ Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
Coonawarra $29.95 (165829) 14.5% alcohol 
Flirting with 5 stars, this single-vineyard Coonawarra Cab is structured, complex with persistent purity of fruit and a lengthy, lip-smacking finish. Lifted aromas of spice, cedar and red cherry/berry fruit abound. This is medium-full bodied with generous texture and sense of elegance as it bathes the palate with flavour—ripe mulberry and black currant mingling with dark chocolate, licorice and wisps of eucalyptus. The long aftertaste is tangy and beautiful. Pour with grilled rack of lamb. (Vic Harradine)

• The following is the 55th vintage of ‘The Signature’ recognising individuals who have made a significant contribution to the life and culture at Yalumba. The 2013 has the signature of Andrew Murphy to celebrate his story of many decades of service—starting out as a cellar hand, qualifying as a winemaker, now Director of Wine at Yalumba.

***** drink or cellar 
Yalumba ‘The Signature’ Cabernet Sauvignon/Shiraz 2013
Barossa $75.00 (528356) 14.0% alcohol
A 60% Cabernet Sauvignon/40% Shiraz red blend, it’s opaque in the glass delivering highly perfumed aromas—black currant and savory mint interwoven with exotic incense. This is rich, luscious, dense and complex on the palate showcasing a mélange of persistent flavour with dried currant, black plum compote, mint and fennel to the fore. It’s framed by a delicious line of racy tang and underpinned by firm tannin structure. The finish goes on and on and it was tough to spit. Pour 2023 and well beyond. (Vic Harradine)

Vintages Release date: TBD

• The following Sidewood Estate Sauvignon Blanc was fashioned according to winemaker Darryl Catlin’s three golden rules: 1) Pick fruit in cooler temperatures at the moment of optimum maturity 2) get to press ASAP—this estate fruit at the winery within approximately one hour 3) use only free-run juice and ferment with ambient yeasts.

****1/2 drink now 
Sidewood Estate Sauvignon Blanc 2016
Adelaide Hills $20.00 12.5% alcohol
Aromas of tropical fruit, gooseberry and piquant spice abound. This single-vineyard, sustainably farmed beauty delivers a medium-bodied, creamy-textured surge of tang-laden lemon curd and white grapefruit interlaced with green apple and wisps of honeydew melon bathing the palate persisting through the lengthy, lip-smacking finish. Clean, refreshing and full of value, it pours well on its own or alongside chèvre, grilled fish or prawn ceviche. (Vic Harradine)

****1/2 drink or cellar 
Sidewood Estate Shiraz 2015
Adelaide Hills $26.00 14.5% alcohol
This estate-grown Shiraz was hand harvested and aged 16 months in French oak barrique. It showcases bright, juicy red berry fruit, complexity and charm. Savory herbs, red berry fruit and spiced black plum herald a rich, lively, balanced and beautiful stream of briary berry, pie cherry and gorgeous acidity coating the palate, persisting through the mouth-watering finish and aftertaste. Drinking well now and on to 2022. (Vic Harradine)

• The following ‘Mappinga’ Shiraz from Sidewood is their flagship red with only premium fruit from small plots selected for early-morning, hand-picking by winemaker Darryl Catlin and team. After hand sorting at the winery, ¾ of the fruit is pressed and ¼ is added to the fermenter as whole berries for partial carbonic maceration. Once the temperature-controlled fermentation is complete, it’s matured in French oak barrique, 35% new.

***** drink or cellar 
Sidewood Estate ‘Mappinga’ Shiraz 2015
Adelaide Hills $60.00 14.5% alcohol
This elegant Shiraz makes a dramatic statement with persistent purity of fruit, complexity and full-on texture and flavours. Highly perfumed aromas of red and black berry fruit, mocha and savory herb precede a balanced-on-a-pin, smooth and mellow wash of ripe black currant, black plum and racy red cherry. There’s structure from soft, fine-grain tannin and a lip-smacking lengthy finish. Pour now after a two-hour aeration/decant and on to 2026. (Vic Harradine)