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The perfume of this shiraz was plumish. A hint of liquorice was detectable on the palate. It was as dry as sunny grass and no harsh tannins tainted the drinking. Barbera was incorporated, but my palate wouldn’t have known it. On the whole it was not full of flavour. For me, a disappointing shiraz I bought for $14.41, Woolies, The Square, Lismore. The website has a terrific animated grape vine disappearing to reveal the end product: a bottle of wine ( www.ingoldby.com.au).2009 Sandalford Margaret River Estate Reserve Verdelho
Verdelho can be enjoyed ‘when one or two years old but can be marvelled at after 15 years’ wrote Eric Rolls in A Celebration of Food and Wine. This wine is a clear lemon in colour with honey and gooseberry in the aroma and warm honey again on the palate. I thought it dry, sophisticated and serious; my drinking companions thought it too straightforward for the price: $19.95, Station Hotel, Lismore. It sulks in the corner, an unassuming wine, they said. Running writing, a thick font and royal-reminiscent decoration made the label a little pompous, but captured the age of this 1840 winery. Paul Boulden, senior winemaker.