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Penfolds media circus 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
 
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Penfolds media circus

The Penfolds circus. Every year Penfolds holds media tastings of its new super premium releases. These tastings are held around the world, a fair bit out from the release date (4 October 2018, in this case; tasting was in August) with a publishing embargo in place so that, if you swallow the story whole, each […]

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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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Wickhams Road Yarra Valley Pinot Noir 2018

13 November 2018

Mainly Upper Yarra Pinot Noir, with a bit from Kangaroo Ground.

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Wickhams Road Gippsland Pinot Noir 2018

13 November 2018

What a gift to Pinot Noir drinkers these Wickhams Road wines are.

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Giant Steps Yarra Valley Pinot Noir 2018

13 November 2018

The roll call of vineyards are formidable, Applejack, Primavera, Sexton, Tarraford, Wombat Creek, and they combine here like Voltron. About 40% is whole bunch here.

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Giant Steps Yarra Valley Chardonnay 2018

13 November 2018

This is, and always has been, a multi-vineyard blend. “Early, drinking deliciousness”, says Steve Flamsteed, “these aren’t for cellars… I like freshness and energy. Not so much the essence of any vineyard, but a showcase of Yarra Valley. They’re wines to really, really drink”. Winemaking goes hand-picked, chill overnight, pressed, free run gets a work […]

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Dog Point Vineyard Pinot Noir 2016

13 November 2018

Screwcap sealed, even though bottle image shows otherwise.

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Tibooburra Pinot Noir 2017

13 November 2018

Can’t seem to find a bottle image.

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Sticks Pinot Noir 2017

13 November 2018

Well, I never knew Tom Belford was the winemaker at Sticks. Kind of a Bruce Wayne/Batman thing going on.  

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Sittella Tinta Rouge 2017

13 November 2018

40% Shiraz, 35% Tempranillo, 15%Petit Verdot, 10% Grenache.

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McWilliam’s McW Alternis Tempranillo 2017

13 November 2018

A new range, I think, from McWilliams.

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McWilliam’s McW Alternis Touriga 2017

13 November 2018

Do like a Touriga every now and then.

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Mountadam The Red 2013

13 November 2018

Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. Seems the 2015 is current at the winery, but this is what I have.

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Tolpuddle Vineyard Chardonnay 2017

13 November 2018

Tasted all the Chardonnay made by Tolpuddle yesterday: 2012 – 2017 – but more on that later.

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Vinaceous Voodoo Moon Malbec 2016

13 November 2018

Often the best, or at least my favourite, from Vinaceous.

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Le Chat Noir Grenache Mourvedre Shiraz 2017

13 November 2018

I’ve long been a fan of the Le Chat Noir range, I just think it gets a lot of things right. But in pure wine quality terms, this is the best wine I’ve seen under the label in a while.

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Shy Susan Chardonnay 2016

12 November 2018

“This wine is my lifeline knowledge of chardonnay making in a bottle,” winemaker – and co-owner of Shy Susan wines – Glenn James says as he pours a glass of his new prize-winning Shy Susan Chardonnay. It’s a selection of two chardonnay barrels out of 50, the grapes sourced from the Tasman Peninsula and the Coal River […]

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Billy Button The Elusive Nebbiolo 2016

12 November 2018

Nebbiolo from the Alpine Valleys in north-east Victoria. I have a feeling this might just have picked up a gold/trophy at the Alternative Varieties wine show. I tasted this at a stand-up tasting of a large range of wines at the winery a week or so ago; notes are a bit more straight-down-the-line than has […]

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Lino Ramble Vinyl Shiraz 2018

Lino Ramble Vinyl Shiraz 2018

12 November 2018

Great to see avant garde producers pricing wines for accessibility and ease of drinking. Kudos. These are typically good wines too. Hello!

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Levrier by Jo Irvine Cabernet Franc 2017

12 November 2018

Jo Irvine has been consultant winemaker to plenty of good wine producers, now launched her own brand. This is Barossa cab franc off Zerk family vineyards.

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Combes de Rouge 2017

12 November 2018

I haven’t used a comb in a very long time, unless kind of jokingly when you get one in a hotel. Are combs still a thing? Has a younger generation caught on? My favourite combs were at the family golf club, left to stand in jars of some kind of antiseptic that you shook off […]

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Year Wines Serge Mataro Syrah Grenache 2017

Year Wines Serge Mataro Syrah Grenache 2017

11 November 2018

All fermented separately, but then brought together for some magic. Year Wines are reliably good drinking.

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