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2007 Imogen’s Farm Annicka Chambourcin Shiraz

About as local as we can get, from the Kesteven Vineyard, Whian Whian, this wine reminded me of a nascent SA Kangaroo Island wine I tried around 1990. I was hopeful for the venture but the early wine was not good. The Imogen’s Farm has the same simplistic label. By about 2006, though, Kangaroo Island was producing great wine served from tourist-style vineyards. A deep, opaque purple red in colour. There’s peanut in the perfume and on the palate. It’s dusty in the mouth, like charcoal or a coal mine. Dry, but smooth with tannin or minerals, and malt and honey on the after palate. Coming from a very warm Dunoon store for $15, I put it in the fridge.

2008 Tim Knappstein Clare Valley Hand-Picked Riesling

Tim Knappstein and the Clare Valley are what you might choose when you want to quietly and reliably celebrate well. Such things are often, but not inevitably, expensive: $20.99, Woolies, Lismore. The colour is the gold of the Amritsar temple, with pineapple in the perfume. On the palate it’s beautiful, with a dreamy depth and echoes of lemon and pine again on the roof of the mouth.


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