Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Reviews: DiGiorgio Family Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz wines, Lucindale and Coonawarra, Australia

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By way of background:   The DiGiorgio family has been working the land in Australia for over 60 years and established their initial Lucindale vineyard in 1989.  Today, generations later, DiGiorgio Family Wines produces not only in Lucindale, but in Coonawarra and within the broader Limestone Coast.  Review wines were provided by the winery's representative.

Original tasting and review : This is DiGiorgio Family Lucindale Cabernet Sauvignon, Limestone Coast, South Australia, 2013, finished at 14% alcohol and first sampled three years from vintage date, in April, 2016.

Inspired by this wine:  A long talk sitting outside with grandpa - a memory in the making. 

In the glass: Deep, muddy magenta, opaque from about a half inch in from the edge.

On the nose: Poured at room temperature and swirled vigorously, colleagues agree this shows a soft, lightly peaty blackberry and blueberry nose with mild minty hues.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact showing husky, furry old school oak surrounding a deep blackberry fruit palate.  Langorous length mid-palate reminding one of flannel shirts and campfires.

In summary: Overall, rates three stars with a big plus for its power and depth on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale.  Good value in a robust, bold cabernet!
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Original tasting and review : This is DiGiorgio Family Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon,  Australia, 2013, finished at 14% alcohol and first sampled three years from vintage date, in April, 2016.

Inspired by this wine:  Like a child, enjoying the fun of scribbling with and smelling a table full of Crayola crayons. 

In the glass: Deep mahogany, opaque from about a half inch of the edge.

On the nose: Poured at room temperature and swirled vigorously, colleagues agree this shows lightly oaked, fully ripened black plums.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact a panoply of black and dark purple berries and fruits, integrated with soft oak, furry tannins and a sweet underlying tone.  Mid-palate stays deep, but the finish moves up in tone, touching a slight brightness.

In summary: Overall, rates a strong four stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale, recognizing its depth, layers pleasurable aspects.   Best value by our reckoning!
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Original tasting and review : This is DiGiorgio Family Coonawarra Shiraz,  Australia, 2013, finished at 14.5% alcohol and first sampled three years from vintage date, in April, 2016.

Inspired by this wine:  Diving into the pond, you're bracing for a big, cold splash.

In the glass: Medium deep red, almost opaque in the center.

On the nose: Poured at room temperature and swirled vigorously, colleagues agree this shows bright, lifted crushed pomegranates and blackberries.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate bring fresh, sweet, blended berries and ripe red fruits together with a slight wash of pleasing acidity that pulls it all together.  The middle of the sip grows big and even slightly sweet, then pulls back in for a clean finish that is even a little mouth-puckering.

In summary: Overall, rates three stars with a big plus for an exciting diversity of elements on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale,  making this a good value on our scale.


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