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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 All the latest from Cape Mentelle Adam Granite Belt Regional Report 2017 Poll: The best Australian wine region to
 
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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.   

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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 […]

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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 […]

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All the latest from Cape Mentelle

Just finished looking through the latest releases from Cape Mentelle and the range is looking in remarkably strong shape. All the individual wines are reviewed to the site but they are gathered here as a suite. The reviews below are from both Gary Walsh and I, denoted by our initials. PHOTO courtesy Cape Mentelle/Frances Andrijich.

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Adam’s Era: Profile of winemaker Adam Wadewitz

Winemaker Adam Wadewitz is the latest star to join the Shaw & Smith team. Get set for another blast of quality releases. —— First published in Halliday Magazine in 2014. Written by Campbell Mattinson. Successful wineries are like successful relationships. They’re never accidental. They’re the result of a lot of good decisions taken over a […]

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Granite Belt Regional Report 2017

Mike Bennie headed to Queensland’s Granite Belt to put the region’s wines under the microscope. Misconceptions be damned: the result was as full of surprises as it was incredibly good wines.  

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Poll: The best Australian wine region to “tour” is?

Simple question: what’s the best Australian wine region to tour? Maximum of 3 answers allowed, though you can click on one only if your choice is overwhelmingly in one direction.

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Bonavita Faro Superiore Rosso 2014

21 April 2018

Mainly Nerello Mascalese. It’s not from Etna, as such, but from Faro, where Sicily meets the heel of Italy. Importer: Quellvino

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Frederic Cossard Pinot Noir Jura 2016

21 April 2018

Frederic Cossard is a revered figure in Burgundy for his outstanding, fine, vibrant wines born of incredible organic-biodynamic farming and light hand in winery. Indeed, he is truly a cult winemaker, with tiny yields and resulting miniscule releases that are chased down from Copenhagen to Tokyo to Paris to Sydney and beyond. His wines are […]

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Unico Zelo Exocarpos Nebbiolo 2015

21 April 2018

This comes from Gumeracha in the Adelaide Hills. The site was allegedly in disrepair before revitalisation in 2013. This wine sees a 30 day maceration and is matured in old oak only. It’s a wine that had me reaching for the mineral dictionary… and also, curiously, for a block of dark chocolate.

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Les Dolomies Premice Savagnin 2016

21 April 2018

From Les Combes, a parish of Jura known for ‘finer wines’, though you could argue most of Jura has a fine wine aura. Les Dolomies continue to impress me, year in year out, even with vagaries of past seasons of hail and frost affecting quality and yields in some parts of the region. This is […]

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Snake and Herring 'Corduroy' Chardonnay 2016

Snake and Herring ‘Corduroy’ Chardonnay 2016

21 April 2018

I love the feel of corduroy. I just have no use for it these days.

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Unico Zelo Harvest Pinot Gris 2017

Unico Zelo Harvest Pinot Gris 2017

21 April 2018

A co-op project that puts some dollars back into the growers projects, via Unico Zelo. Gris here!

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The Lane Vineyard Block 10 Sauvignon Blanc 2017

21 April 2018

The wine sees no oak at all but does hang out on lees to get some complexity going on. That touch of complexity goes a long way though. Like a little ArmorAll.

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Main Ridge Estate The Acre Pinot Noir

Main Ridge Estate The Acre Pinot Noir 2016

21 April 2018

The new era dawns but the old quality remains. That said, this feels just a little tighter and stricter than normal. Or maybe it’s just my imagination.  

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Wines of Merritt Vermentino 2017

20 April 2018

Not a lot of detail on this start up wine biz, but the backbone is the Nick James-Martin and Sarah James-Martin combo working with small batch stuff out of Margaret River. This here white sees a natural ferment and hangs out on lees. It’s a compelling argument to elevate vermentino from soda-with-squeeze-of-lime styles into something […]

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Isabelle et Bruno Perraud Mon Blanc des Molieres 2016

20 April 2018

From one of Beaujolais’ rising star, expressive, artisan producers comes this unusual chardonnay and sauvignon blanc blend. Hang the rules! What a cool wine. GREAT drinking.

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Tyrrell’s Vat 47 Chardonnay 2017

20 April 2018

The synchronicity of the 47th vintage of Vat 47 here. Drongo Mike Bennie sat next to me at the vertical tasting of V47 spanning 2004-2017, but he lost his notes in a technology accident. These things happen to Mike and Campbell, but rarely to me. Well, MB is much better at writing profound notes on […]

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McHenry Hohnen Laterite Hills Chardonnay 2017

20 April 2018

It’s grown on three vineyards just south of the Margaret River township. All are grown either organically or biodynamically. All fermented wild and left unsulphured for six or so months. Have to love what Julian Grounds (winemaker) and McHenry Hohnen are up to right now.

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Hoddles Creek Estate Syberia Chardonnay 2016

20 April 2018

A sensational chardonnay from Hoddles Creek Estate.

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Curly Flat Williams Crossing Pinot Noir 2016

20 April 2018

Have a lot of time for the Williams Crossing wines, in general.

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Grant Burge Filsell Shiraz 2016

20 April 2018

If you’re going to make an old Schoo, oak-rich, black-fruited Barossa shiraz then best to also keep it neat, tidy and fresh.

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Spinifex Papillon 2017

20 April 2018

Barossa Valley blend of grenache and cinsault.

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La Bratta Rosso 2014

20 April 2018

Margaret River blend of Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Touriga Nacional & Cabernet Sauvignon. It’s produced by, but not overtly branded as, Arlewood wines.

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Eddie McDougall Pinot Grigio 2017

19 April 2018

From Whitfield in the King Valley. I grabbed this pretty cold, from the fridge, and tasted it the way its most likely going to be served.

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Hillcrest Premium Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2016

19 April 2018

An idiosyncratic yet superb producer from a remarkable site and old vines in the Yarra Valley. Those in the know know, so it is preaching to the converted. For the uninitiated, Marius, Bindi, Wendouree comes to mind, in a way.

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Rudderless Vineyard Shiraz 2016

19 April 2018

Doug Govan (grower/owner) and Charlie Seppelt (winemaker) like nothing more than a post-vintage disco where they go bare-chested under white suit jackets and tight white pants. “Keep it comin’ love”. This straight Shiraz is perhaps my least favourite on a ‘personal taste’ level, but gee, there’s no doubting the quality.

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