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QWine heads to the hills!

04 Apr 16


O'Leary Walker Wyebo Sauvignon Blanc 2013


Fully worked. Fully sick.

Sauvignon Blanc with a bit of thought to it - that's how I like 'em!

Three months in three year old French oak, three months on lees.

Creamy with plenty of depth, a far cry from that sameness which floods the shelves. Melons, passionfruit and a suggestion of summer stone fruits. The vanilla character imparted from the oak walks to its own beat and really pulls this wine together nicely.

A well deserved round of applause needed.

Ready to go now but will cellar for the medium term.

Very good.



O'Leary Walker First Past The Post Chardonnay 2015


This sits somewhere between the trendy new gen Chardonnay and the old school oak dominated type. And I like it - a solid wine.

Nectarines, yellow fleshed peach, almond meal, a suggestion of marzipan, pear skin and a dash of citrus zip. A coat of creamy oak for interest adds appeal and that peach runs hard on exit. Soft and generous, there's many reasons to rejoice here.

Will cellar for 3-5 years.

Very good.



O'Leary Walker Hurtle Pinot Noir Chardonnay 2010

There's so many fascinating stories behind the O'Leary Walker label. This sparkling is named after Nick Walker's great grandfather Hurtle who was a sparkling winemaker of some repute in the early 1900's. As the label says, this wine ensures the Walker name is still 'fizzing'.

Bone dry, this a delicious aperitif. A glass certainly hit the spot on a warm afternoon.

Pale straw in appearance, aromas of bread, grapefruit, yeast and lemon rind. Eighteen months on lees has ensured a veneer of creaminess coats the palate whilst also adding some texture and complexity. Made from Adelaide Hills fruit (60/40), there's an acid crunch before a long length sets in. Refreshing indeed and delivers well for the asking price.

I'd be happy to share this with friends no worries at all.

Drink now.

Very good.



O'Leary Walker Final Instructions Shiraz 2014


David O'Leary's connection with the Adelaide Hills dates back to 1912 when his grandfather purchased a vineyard in Oakbank. The links to the area are strong, so much so the new Adelaide Hills cellar door is smack bang next door to the Oakbank racecourse - hence the racing themed new labels.

Hills Shiraz is bringing the wine world much happiness, the cool climate style is responsible for much of this. And here we go again with the delish factor cranked high.

Enticing aromas of dark berry fruit lifted by bright raspberry. Dig deep again for dark plums with cloves wafting on by. There's an energy about the fruit once down the hatch. It almost appears to be hustling on the balls of its feet. Youthful exuberance of sorts. Cool climate white pepper nips at the heels with the acid still in its youth. Dark chocolate salutes as it passes the post.

Decant for maximum enjoyment factor now or it will sit for easily eight years.

Very good.


MONDAY, MARCH 28, 2016

O'Leary Walker The Bookies' Bag Pinot Noir 2014


It makes common sense to open the final sample from O'Leary Walker on the same weekend as the Great Eastern Steeple race which is held at Oakbank in the Adelaide Hills. Family association with the area dates way back so it is only natural David and Nick recently set up a new cellar door smack bang beside the Oakbank racecourse at the historic and newly renovated Johnson's Cordial Factory - hence the racing theme to the new labels. Having been there a couple of months ago it is worth popping into.

This Bookies Bag is a gutsy bloke. Not too dissimilar to the big unit front and centre on the label.

Lots to like about the wine - and the price tag.

Raspberries, sour cherries and a curious minty character. An aroma of pan juices which rolls onto the palate delivers a wine which has much personality. Smooth with judicious use of oak wraps up an enjoyable wine.

Drink now or over the medium term.

Very good.


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