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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.   

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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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Côtier Riesling 2017

24 September 2018

Details are scant but the Cotier range is built around skin contact and wild ferments, if memory serves. It certainly has resulted in a different expression of riesling here. Cotier is of course a project of Barnaby Flanders, of Garagiste fame.

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Clyde Park Block B3 Chardonnay 2017

24 September 2018

Chardonnay (clone P58) planted in 1995. Full solids, 30% new oak (i.e. one new puncheon).

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Dodgy Bros Juxtaposed Alright Hamilton Sangiovese Rosé 2018

24 September 2018

Fast Times at McLaren Vale.

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Clyde Park Pinot Gris 2018

24 September 2018

Pinot gris from the Bannockburn sub-region of Geelong. Grown on vines planted in 1996. It saw some skin contact, it saw some old oak.

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Deep Woods Estate Rose 2018

22 September 2018

I had a fair few bottles of the 2017, though I think this is better.

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Hay Shed Hill Block 6 Chardonnay 2017

21 September 2018

Well. It’s been some time since I’ve had a Block 6 chardonnay from Hay Shed Hill, I think, maybe. Picked a fine time to return.

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Posted in chardonnay, Margaret River, Tip Top Tipple2 Comments

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Mitchell Harris Curious Winemaker Shiraz 2017

21 September 2018

Bunch of curious winemakers produce a shiraz from the Pyrenees region with 50% whole bunches and 5% viognier.

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Posted in Pyrenees, shiraz et al, Top Value2 Comments

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Dodgy Bros Juxtaposed Old Vine Grenache 2017

21 September 2018

Great labels on these wines. Forrest Gump on this one, I believe. Grenache from Clarendon (Smart) planted 1921, and Blewitt Springs (Wait) planted 1942. No additions. Old large format oak. No additions. No fining. No filtration.

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Journey Wines Chardonnay 2017

21 September 2018

It’s 52% Briarty Hill (Gruyere) and 48% Willowlake (Gladysdale) – both vineyards planted to I10V1 clone, for the Chardonnay trainspotters among us.

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Posted in chardonnay, Yarra Valley3 Comments

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Coombe Farm Shiraz 2016

21 September 2018

The Coombe Farm wines seem to be in a pretty good place. This is shiraz from Coldstream. It’s a good wine. Loaded with spice, well endowed with texture, just fruity enough, and satisfying through the finish. It’s a touch reductive, in a positive way, and it’s strung with nuts and herbs and woodsmoke through the […]

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Bannockburn 1314 a.d. Pinot Noir 2017

21 September 2018

The 1314 a.d. wines have been handy additions to the Bannockburn range. They’re made with all estate-grown fruit.

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Corymbia Red 2017

20 September 2018

69% Tempranillo, 19% Malbec and 12% Cabernet Sauvignon.

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Posted in Swan Valley, tempranillo et al, Tip Top Tipple2 Comments

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Higher Plane Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

20 September 2018

It’s labelled as cabernet sauvignon – rightly so – but it also includes small amounts of cabernet franc, merlot, malbec and petit verdot.

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Higher Plane Forest Grove Chardonnay 2017

20 September 2018

Margaret River Chardonnay made with quality in mind for less that $30. That’s a good start in itself.

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Mount Mary Pinot Noir 2016

20 September 2018

Unlike many, I don’t think of Mount Mary as a Pinot producer, which is not to say they don’t make beautiful wines. I’ve had many. Anyway, warmer site, warmer vintage, excellent wine.

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Posted in pinot noir, Yarra Valley10 Comments

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McGuigan The Philosophy Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz 2014

20 September 2018

The Dan Murphy’s site allows users to comment. This 2014 McGuigan Philosophy – a cabernet shiraz blend from South Australia – isn’t listed on the Dan Murphy’s site, but the 2012 is. There’s one user/consumer review for the 2012 release and it doesn’t list any “pros” but it does list some “cons”. Here they are […]

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Posted in cabernet et al, South Australia9 Comments

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Bannockburn Douglas 2014

20 September 2018

Bannockburn’s Douglas red blend is always an interesting wine. This release from 2014 is a blend of  shiraz (65%), cabernet sauvignon (20%), pinot noir (10%) and merlot (5%).

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Oakridge Over The Shoulder Chardonnay 2017

20 September 2018

Oakridge chardonnay, across the range, is as reliable as the summer is long.

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Posted in chardonnay, Yarra Valley1 Comment

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Mount Mary Quintet 2016

19 September 2018

It’s only 46% Cabernet Sauvignon, with 26% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc, 5% Malbec and 3% Petit Verdot. A different wine to the (relatively) throaty 2015, but not a lesser one.

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Posted in cabernet et al, Yarra Valley28 Comments

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Deep Woods Estate Reserve Chardonnay 2017

19 September 2018

Never did get to try the 2016 Deep Woods Reserve Chardonnay. Must have missed it somewhere along the way.

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Posted in chardonnay, Margaret River0 Comments

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