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Riot Rose, wine in a can Rootstock pulls up stumps Penfolds goes to infinity and beyond Mildara Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon 2004 Test: Repour Grenache Project 17 Grosset Wines Retrospective 2017 Penfolds G3 launched New wind blows at Thousand Candles Nineteen Eighty-Four: Californian Cabernet Australia The Barossa Cellar: Major build for the Barossa Valley Coriole Shiraz: 25 vintages of an Australian classic Australia’s Most Expensive Wines: $250 Pinot Noir from Yering Station joins the fray
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Riot Rose, wine in a can

McLaren Vale winemaker Tom O’Donnell is on to the wine-in-a-can movement in a big way: big on quality, that is. Personally I’m not yet at the stage where I’m shopping for wines in a can but I like the idea, like the vessel itself, love the idea of it as a take-on-a-camping-trip essential (lightweight to […]

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Rootstock pulls up stumps

Too bold, too good, too successful; the wild ride that was the Rootstock Sydney Festival has come to an end, and the wine world in its entirety will now be lesser. Today the organisers of Rootstock Sydney announced that “Australia’s largest natural wine festival has called last drinks”. It had run for five years. It […]

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Penfolds goes to infinity and beyond

It’s hard to know where to start. Australian wine company Penfolds today jumped the biggest of sharks: it will from now on be a global wine producer rather than merely a global wine brand. From now on, starting as soon as possible, Penfolds will source and make wine out of both the Napa Valley in […]

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Mildara Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon 2004

It doesn’t happen every day. Indeed it’s only happened a few times in the 16 year history of The Winefront, and two of those times it happened because of the same source. A wine was flicked my way, by post, off the bat of a subscriber. No affiliations, no barrows, just a wine lover who […]

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Test: Repour

On February 28 I opened a bottle of the lovely Punt Road Gamay 2017 in among a vast number of other wines. I immediately wanted to stop tasting and just drink it, but alas life wasn’t on my side. I would tip it. And move to the next wine. Or normally I would, except that […]

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Grenache Project 17 – A celebration of single vineyard grenache

All manner of groups have proposed a collective yet individual approach to a winemaking schemata, but by my reckoning none so far where a single vineyard of grenache has been explored through the lens of six, diverse winemakers. New territory is being broken.   


Grosset Wines Retrospective 2017 – a tasting of riesling and cabernets

Earlier in 2017, Jeffrey Grosset hosted an intimate session showcasing current releases and a slew of back vintage wine. The presentation was accompanied by some candid home snaps and a detailed explanation of sites and vintages, but perhaps most telling was the candid home pictures, included one of Grosset in his first, own winery, bearded, […]

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Penfolds G3 launched

It’s not so much three bottles of Grange for the price of one as one bottle of Grange for the price of three. It’s a blend of Australia’s most famous blend. It’s an NV red wine, in a heavy bottle, for $3000 a pop. Everything about it is wrong save for three things: rarity, prestige, […]

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New wind blows at Thousand Candles

It was the best of stories. It was the worst of stories. Thousand Candles launched with a grand vision and an even grander vineyard and the perfect team of people to execute it. It had a beautifully-designed label, the hottest winemaker in the country at the time – Bill Downie – and a viticulturist as […]

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Nineteen Eighty-Four: Californian Cabernet

Decanter magazine reported of the 1984 Californian harvest, “This was one of those rare too good to be true vintages that was big in size and ranged from good to excellent in quality. The harvest was early due to a hot spell that kicked it off and a long period warm weather followed to keep harvesters […]


Australia’s Best Grenache? Yangarra Estate High Sands Grenache 2010-2014

Yangarra’s High Sands Grenache has been a star performer over the years (see all our reviews here) but the stunning quality of the just-released 2014 made us stop and think. Is this Australia’s Best Grenache? A recent chance to taste a complete set of this benchmark Grenache was the perfect way to dig deeper. What is now […]

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The Barossa Cellar: Major build for the Barossa Valley

It’s a great initiative, and step forward. The Barossa Valley plans to build an independent, globally recognised, regional wine museum. The Barossa Cellar, as it will be known, has been a dream of (the) Barons of Barossa for many years. With over $2.0M cash, pledges and in-kind donations already ‘in the bank’, it now looks […]

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Coriole Shiraz: 25 vintages of an Australian classic

Coriole Shiraz, I’m pretty sure, is a staple of many Australian wine cellars. I was lucky enough to taste through twenty five vintages at Coriole’s beautiful winery on a fine autumn day in April 2017. I first visited Coriole back in 1995, and have something of a history with their Shiraz. I can recall tasting […]

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Australia’s Most Expensive Wines: $250 Pinot Noir from Yering Station joins the fray

The price of Australia’s most prestigious wines – either by self-design or by sheer quality – is on a fast march. We have now reached a point where the extraordinary has become ordinary, or at least the new normal. A list of Australia’s Most Expensive Wines now makes for quite remarkable reading. Price has long been a […]


Massolino Langhe Nebbiolo 2016

14 August 2018

Langhe Neb in a screwcap. Praise be. Tasted at the winery back in May, and that’s the note I’ve used, though I’m trying it again now. Importer: Bibendum

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Massolino Barolo Vigna Rionda Riserva 2008

14 August 2018

Well, because we haven’t reviewed it, and because it’s in my glass now, and it’s such a great vintage, thought I’d better do some work. Tasted alongside the 2012 Vigna Rionda, which allows a little vignette into vineyard, however, the imprint of vintage is also very strong in both.  Importer: Bibendum

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Massolino Barolo Vigna Rionda Riserva 2012

14 August 2018

Tasted at the winery back in May, and just again now. I checked my earlier notes, and I quite like them. Importer: Bibendum

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Sherrah Presevative Free Grenache 2018

14 August 2018

Dr. Steve Brule might enjoy this wine. I know I did.

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Luke Lambert Crudo Rosé 2017

14 August 2018

I was chatting with Giuseppe Vajra last week, talking Nebbiolo, and he commented that he thought Luke Lambert’s was excellent. Agreed. And nice to hear. Anyway, back to top form in 2017 for this wine. It’s a pleasant orange colour this year.

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Mewstone D’Entrecasteaux Channel Riesling 2017

14 August 2018

1116 bottles produced. Hand picked, whole bunch pressed directly to seasoned French oak. Aged on lees.

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Petaluma Hanlin Hill Riesling 2017

14 August 2018

Petaluma’s Hanlin Hill Riesling was, for a long time, a staple.

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Petaluma White Label Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

14 August 2018

Petaluma has faded from view to quite a remarkable degree.

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Oakridge Oakridge Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

14 August 2018

Yarra Valley Cabernet Sauvignon as part of the Local Vineyard Series.

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Oakridge Oakridge Vineyard Shiraz 2016

14 August 2018

Part of the Local Vineyard Series.

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Thistledown Thorny Devil Old Vine Single Vineyard Grenache 2017

14 August 2018

Interesting to taste Barossa Grenache alongside McLaren Vale. Very different creatures.

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Mewstone D’Entrecasteaux Channel Sauvignon Blanc 2017

14 August 2018

The 2016 release had me somewhat non-plussed; no such problem with this 2017. As a side note, I wouldn’t mind forming the word “Entrecasteaux” in Scrabble. Or Words With Friends.

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Cantina del Pino Barbaresco Ovello 2013

13 August 2018

There’s a bit of barrique in the wines from this producer, then they finish them in nice big casks. Well, I’d rather they didn’t, but it’s not excessive at least. This shows more oak than the Albesani, though I don’t know whether that’s a winery detail, or just a function of fruit power. Importer: Heart […]

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Cantina del Pino Barbaresco Albesani 2013

13 August 2018

Did I mention I’m off to Barolo again next week? Importer: Heart & Soil

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Giovanni Rosso Barolo Classico 2013

13 August 2018

All the other Giovanni Rosso Serralunga d’Alba Barolos reviewed should be more correctly named ‘Del Comune di Serralunga d’Alba’, while this is simply known as ‘Serralunga d’Alba’. Way to go on keeping things easy to follow! Anyway, to disambiguate, I’ve simply called this ‘Barolo Classico’, which is probably easy, and fair enough, as one may […]

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Giuseppe Cortese Barbaresco Rabaja 2015

13 August 2018

These wines are always kind of jubey and unresolved when they first land, but give them some air, or better still, a couple of years to settle, and they really begin to shine. Importer: Jim Barry Imports.

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L’Aietta Brunello di Montalcino 2013

13 August 2018

Tiny production here – this is bottle 442/1850. Importer: Mondo Imports

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Old Plains Power of One Old Vine Shiraz 2016

13 August 2018

Funny thing to do, but this was opened alongside a Brunello and some Barolo + Barbaresco, and you can’t help but notice how sweet many Australian (red) wines are – in fruit (and oak) – rather than sugar content, I mean.

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Vignerons Schmölzer & Brown Brunnen Pinot Noir 2016

13 August 2018

This is the third release of a pinot noir from this vineyard by the Schmolzer & Brown team. “This is the first year where I reckon we timed shoot thinking correctly: really late, as in just before flowering in early December, so no laterals grew afterwards to shade the fruit zone later on. It’s an […]

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First Drop The Cream Shiraz 2015

13 August 2018

The combo of the single vineyard Fat Of The Land wines (I think), sees Greenock, Seppeltsfield and Ebenezer blended up in French and to a lesser extent American oak. Long oak maturation (20 months or so) too. The top of the First Drop tree.

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