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Good food - review by jeni port

Top 10 Australian winter red wines.

From McLaren Vale winemaker Dudley Brown comes a primitivo (from a mixed source of clones, some Italian primitivo, some Californian zinfandel) that glides instead of assaulting your palate the way some rough-trade zins do. Hence, he prefers to identify it by its Italian name. The heightened savouriness orbited by generous blackcurrant pastille, bitter chocolate flavours and fresh herbs is charming.

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The  Vinsomniac - Review By Stuart Robinson

Considered winemaking here from Dudley Brown. Sees a total production of 3000 bottles; declared inclusion of 8% Shiraz, use of 30% new American oak - the only wine for which Inkwell uses American oak.

It stands out like the proverbial chippie's thumb here - and it works. A seasoned mix of black fruit - cherry in the main - wrapped up with that vanilla creme anglaise thing happening.

Gentle - for what is quite a high ABV - easy on the palate. Medium bodied, unforced, easy to ingest. Tannin here is of a powdery nature, further adding to the wine's easy going nature.

Length is very good to boot - unforced a word I kept returning to, just sitting there, idling, easing itself in for a long road ahead. 92

Tasted on: Sunday 21st December, a Leaf day
Source: Sample
Price: $30
Alcohol: 14%
Closure: Screwcap

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The Winefront - Review by Gary Walsh

Bottle #2395 of 3000 bottles, and I can tell you it’s a good one.

Aside the dab of American oak, which lends a gentle sweet vanilla custard and cedar perfume, you’d swear you were drinking some achingly trendy Italian booze. Feels very unforced and unfettered, all sour cherry, sweet lemon and spice with peat and earthy bass. Medium bodied, juicy, with a light sticky glaze of tannin, exotic mouth perfume, strawberry and sour cherry and the vanilla custard oak gussying it up and making it real purdy. Light chalky tannin on a long fresh finish. This is really very good to drink.

Rated : 93 Points
Tasted : Nov14
Alcohol : 14%
Price : $30
Closure : Screwcap
Drink : 2014 - 2018+