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Mary Anne van Gaal

Mary Anne van Gaal

Schild Estate Shiraz 2015

Barossa Valley, South Australia, Australia
84 days ago

Mary Anne scored this wine: 90/100

This beautiful bottle holds a beautiful Shiraz. Aromas of dark berry, chocolate and pepper are followed by flavours of blackberry, baking spice and leather. It’s not as juicy a Shiraz as some, but holds its own with soft tannins and a balanced finish. It would be lovely paired with a grilled, garlic marinated, boneless leg of lamb. Tasted September 16, 2018.

Signature

Susana Balbo Signature Malbec 2014

Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina
84 days ago

Mary Anne scored this wine: 91/100

This rich ruby red Malbec is bottled under the signature label for Susana Balbo. Complex aromas of blueberry, dark chocolate and dried herbs are followed by flavours of juicy berries, cherry, and pepper. Grippy tannins don’t overwhelm the finish. This should be paired with a grilled or roasted red meat like lamb or beef. Tasted September 16, 2018.

Souverain Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

Alexander Valley, California, United States
84 days ago

Mary Anne scored this wine: 91/100

California’s Alexander Valley produces some of my favourite reds and this Cabernet Sauvignon does not disappoint. Aromas of dark ripe berries and vanilla roll into flavours of juicy cherries and baking spice. Rounded tannins provide a velvety finish. This is a perfect wine to pair with a quality grilled steak. Tasted September 16, 2018.

Gran Reserva

Santa Ema Gran Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

Maipo Valley D.O., Chile
84 days ago

Mary Anne scored this wine: 89/100

A beautiful ruby colour hints at the juicy plum and smoky aromas of this tasty Cabernet Sauvignon. Ripe cherry and herbs complete this full bodied wine which has a lovely smooth finish. This would be great paired with a grilled bone-in ribeye steak. Tasted September 16, 2018.

Gran Reserva

Indomita Gran Reserva Pinot Noir 2016

Casablanca Valley D.O., Chile
84 days ago

Mary Anne scored this wine: 90/100

This lovely Pinot Noir comes from Chile’s first cool climate coastal region, the Casablanca Valley. Aromas of juicy dark fruit, coffee and vanilla lead to flavours of plum, strawberry and light pepper notes. A medium bodied wine with a smooth finish, this would pair well with roast poultry. Tasted September 18, 2018.

Mary Anne van Gaal

Memorable Wine

Tyrells Vat 1 Hunter Semillon 2008

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First Wine

Black Tower

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Unusual Wine Experience

A private wine tour by an oenephile to some new world and old world wineries in the Hunter Valley, Australia

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Current Fav Wine

Brazin B(old vine) Zinfandel, Silver Bay Riesling Gewürztraminer, Dandelion Vineyards Lionhearted of the Barossa Shiraz

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