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By JOHN ROZENTALS

WINE: 22 APRIL 2016

REVIEWS

Toolangi 2013 Pauls Lane Shiraz ($40): It would be a mistake to confine southern Victoria’s Yarra Valley to a box containing just chardonnay and pinot noir. It can do other varieties well too, especially shiraz.

This isn’t a huge red, like many Barossa wines made from the variety, but it’s certainly robust enough to make the full-bodied category and shows some delightful berry and spice flavours overlaid with some lovely French oak.

As the weather continues to cool, I’d suggest matching it with a hearty osso bucco.

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Shaw Vineyard 2015 Winemaker’s Selection Semillon Sauvignon Blanc ($16): Graeme Shaw reckons his vineyard holds more semillon than the rest of the Canberra district put together, and this wine shows that his faith in the variety has been well placed.

Semillon and sauvignon blanc work exceptionally well together, with the former providing some great palate weight and the latter providing a tantalising herbaceous edge to the wine’s bouquet.

It’s a style I find very hard to go past when looking for something to drink with freshly grilled fish.

Visit http://www.shawvineyards.com.au.

REVIEWS

Cassegrain 2015 Seasons Autumn Merlot ($22): I don’t apologise for having pushed the Cassegrain barrow fairly lustily over the past few weeks. I reckon that John Cassegrain and his son Alex are producing a range of wines that offer both individuality and value, and that’s something worthy of attention.

The wines, as always, are made in Port Macquarie but these days the grapes mostly come from cooler climes such as Orange and New England.

With its medium-bodied palate and quite subtle blueberry flavours, this is a great pizza-and-pasta red that demands quaffing rather than idle wine chat. The only thought requiring attention is about whether you should grab another bottle.

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Cassegrain 2015 Edition Noir Three Tiers ($28): The perfumed flavours of gewurztraminer are dominant in this white blend, which also contains riesling and verdelho.

Those perfumed flavours can sometimes be overblown, coarse and mawkish but here they’re quite restrained and give the wine an appealing edge.

Serve this one quite chilled and you’ll discover a great match for even quite spicy Thai dishes.

Visit http://www.cassegrainwines.com.au.