87 Points – $30
Named after the Yarra Valley diva Dame Nellie Melba, whose performances in the opera Lucia Di Lammermoor made her famous in the 1860’s when cuttings for these wines were first planted. Oak and caramel fill the nose and a full palate of fruit, molasses and caramel. Medium bodied with a disappointing finish for the age of the vines it comes from. Must try other years.
Name: Melba Lucia Yarra Valley
Grape: Cabernet Sauvignon 91%, Sangiovese 9%
Region: Yarra Valley, Australia
Maker: De Bortoli Wines
88 Points – $29
The smell and mouth of blackberry, spice and pepper with a dry finish of cocoa.
Name: Terra D’Oro Zinfandel Amador County
Region: California, U.S.A.
Maker: Terra D’Oro Winery
92 Points – $37
A fine nose of oak, tobacco and mocha greet you and lead to a mouthful of plum, dark fruit and cocoa flavours. A long dry finish. Very good. A tribute to Luis Felipe Edwards’ wife from handpicked grapes blended from the outstanding grapes of each vintage then aged 18 months in French oak.
Name: Dona Bernarda
Grape: Cabernet Sauvignon
Region: Colchagua Valley, Chile.
Maker: Luis Felipe Edwards
89 Points – $22
Medium red in color with the aroma of plums and mushrooms on the nose. Full plush mouth of plum, sour cherries and licorice notes. Dry finish. A good Chianti.
Name: Riserva Ducale Chianti Classico
86 Points – $20-$25
Ruby red in color with cherry fruit and berry nose. Flavors of tobacco, nut berry and fruit. Balanced, dry medium finish.
Name: Grand Reserva Blend
Grape: Red Blend Cabernet Sauvignon 31%, Carmenere 27%, Syrah 18%, Malbec 12%, Cabernet Franc 9%, Petit Verdot 3%
Maker: Vina Chocalain