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Wine reviews of Deonte Wines’ current releases by Joshua Elias

Date of publication:  21-Feb-14

1.  Dan Hugoes ‘Cool 209’ South Australia Riesling 2012

Joshua Elias - Tasting Group, 23-Jan-14

A water white core with hay tints and a pale rim. On the nose the wine displays notes of green apple skin, honeysuckle and acacia flower. There is a hint of sulphur that presents as candle wax. Clean and expressive. On the palate the wine has a fine entry with a broad finish. The citrus flavours are more lemony than limey with slight tangerine notes. Acidity is broad on the finish. The waxy notes will come out more as it ages. Drinking well now - with cellaring potential of 4 to 6 years.

 

2.  Deonte ‘No. 320’ Yarra Valley Shiraz 2011

Joshua Elias - Tasting Group, 23-Jan-14

The wine has a medium intensity ruby colour. On the nose there are flavours of mulled strawberries and crisp raw raspberries, white pepper and fresh baking yeast. The palate displays more black cherry fruit as well as fennel seed, other light anise notes and hints of baked clay as well as a few notes of fresh yeast. The tannin is low in quantity but short in structure. This is an easy going wine driven by primary fruit. Consume in 1 to 3 years. The wine doesn’t have a strong oak influence and is made in a savoury syrah style.

3.  Deonte ‘Estate 550’ Coonawarra Merlot 2012

Joshua Elias - Tasting Group, 23-Jan-14

Medium ruby colour. The nose displays notes of marzipan and sweet candy. Mulberry and red cherries, herbal notes (roast capsicum and olive brine and slight mintiness). There is a viscous texture that is contrasted by pronounced acidity. The herbal notes come out further on the palate. There are oak notes present in the form of milk chocolate. The chocolate and spicier herbal notes are representative of typical merlot. Medium length finish. There is a rich texture on the front palate with overt acid on the finish. This wine will benefit with age with a drinking window of 3 to 5 years.

4.  Deonte ‘Estate 553’ Coonawarra Merlot Cabernet Shiraz 2012

Joshua Elias - Tasting Group, 23-Jan-14

Deep ruby core. There is a significant oak signature on this wine. Aromas of crème brulée / vanilla work together with fruit notes of black jubey confectionary and black berry sherbet. The palate shows a step up in tannin quality and quantity from the 2012 Coonawarra Merlot. There are blueberry notes that are both stewed and raw. The oak is more integrated on the palate than on the nose. It comes through as a saw-dusty note on the palate. More structurally complete and balanced in weight. The tannins are broad and though it is drinkable now, the wine will benefit with food and bottle age.

5.  Deonte ‘Estate 502’ Coonawarra/ Yarra Valley Shiraz 2012

Joshua Elias - Tasting Group, 23-Jan-14

A deep ruby core. The nose is harmonised with notes of stewed black cherry notes as well as a touch of black pepper and juniper. The oak presents as quite mocha in character. This wine is generously textured with glyceric mouthfeel and it almost has the illusion of sugar. Lots of stewed blueberries on the palate. The tannin is well integrated and has the finest grain. A hedonistic and fruit driven wine, it is drinking well now and will do so up to 5 years. Good length and persistence of flavour.

6.  Deonte ‘Estate 519’ Barossa Valley Shiraz 2010

Joshua Elias - Tasting Group, 18-Feb-14

Deep ruby with slight garnet tints. There are aromas of smoked ham, juniper and black pepper as well as some sweet stewed cherry notes. There’s a subtle woodiness coming through on the nose that is grainy in profile. On the palate the wine is sweetly fruited with a generous texture that is followed by cool acidity. There is a light and finely grained tannin and there are fruit notes which are plummy with aniseed spice. Medium-length, this is a wine for earlier consumption.

7.  Deonte ‘Estate 512’ Barossa Valley Shiraz Cabernet 2010

Joshua Elias - Tasting Group, 18-Feb-14

Moderate ruby core. On the nose, there is a strong oak presence that is more commonly attributed to 'old-school' Barossa styles - aromas of vanilla, dill as well a black cherry and blackcurrant fruit character. The fruit characters in the wine are subdued due to youth. The acidity on the palate is high and mouth watering, providing a structural counterpoint. There is a large quantity of fine tannin imparted by the oak and this balances the silky texture of the wine. The fruit is cabernet driven with lots of currants and a slight blackcurrant bush herbal note. Length is moderate plus.

8.  Deonte ‘Reserve 710’ Barossa Valley Reserve Shiraz 2012

Joshua Elias - Tasting Group, 18-Feb-14

A deep vibrant violet core with ruby tints. The most vibrant colouring of the wines. On the nose, there are aromas of violet candies, black cherries and blueberry jubes. There’s also a slight clove and cinnamon spice that is likely imparted by the oak maturation of the wine. The palate is fresh and savoury with notes of black olive, sage, and a slight ferrous earthiness. The fruit is plummy and the wine is driven by long, fine and plentiful tannin. Balanced and young with 1 to 2 years before its drinking window opens. A wine with good finesse.

9.  Deonte ‘Estate 230’ Sparkling Moscato 2013

Joshua Elias - Tasting Group, 11-Aug-14

A fresh and varietally driven style, this moscato offers aromas of table grape, apple blossom and slight hints of lemon zest. The wine jumps out of the glass strongly and is led by its fruit flavours. On the palate, there is a surprisingly balanced level of zesty acidity to play counterpoint to the initial sweetness that hits the tongue. The carbonation provides a moderately sized bead which also helps to balance the sweetness. Overall, an upfront and uncomplicated wine with marked sweetness and varietal freshness. Best consumed within the next 1-2 years.

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