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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 Grenache of the day Pierro Chardonnay Hatherleigh Pinot Noir McLaren Vale Regional Report Churton: Vineyard as a garden of Eden Birds of a feather: Rudi Bauer and his Quartz Reef Greywacke Wild Sauvignon Blanc 2009-2014
 
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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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Grenache of the day

Grenache’s time to shine has been over a century in the making. But the argument for grenache grows increasingly stronger … Words Campbell Mattinson Published: September 2012 _____________________ Suddenly it’s cool to love grenache. We’ve been growing it in Australia from just before the year dot and it’s always had it fans – and consciously […]

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Pierro Chardonnay – a ten year collection from 2006 to 2015

From seemingly nowhere, a ten year collection of Pierro chardonnay arrived at my front door. Thrilled. Blue chip stuff.  

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Hatherleigh Pinot Noir – Full Retrospective Tasting

Established in 1996 with most plantings going on in 1999, this is Nick Bulleid MW’s labour of love, all planted to pinot noir.

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McLaren Vale Regional Report

The Winefront’s Mike Bennie and Gary Walsh visited McLaren Vale in June to assess exactly where the region’s wines are at. The result was a thorough health check of the region with more than a few surprises. Indeed, the odd shock was in store.

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Churton: Vineyard as a garden of Eden

You get the feeling Sam Weaver is tired of the nincompoops.

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Birds of a feather: Rudi Bauer and his Quartz Reef

Sometimes the luck runs against you.

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Greywacke Wild Sauvignon Blanc 2009-2014

A precious afternoon one on one with the bloody great Kevin Judd.

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Zuccardi Aluvional Altamira Malbec 2012

27 June 2017

 Alluvial soil with depth between 10 and 80 cm, grown at 1,100 metres above sea level. Importer: Langton’s

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Zuccardi Finca Piedra Infinita Altamira Malbec 2013

27 June 2017

Satan’s biscuits! This is a good Malbec. Importer: Langton’s

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Glaetzer-Dixon La Judith Pinot Noir 2013

27 June 2017

100% new oak. 580 bottles produced. Sealed with a high-quality branded cork.

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Nepenthe Ithaca Chardonnay 2016

27 June 2017

Part of the Nepenthe “Pinnacle” range. This has been a wine worth following in recent times.

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Glaetzer-Dixon Reveur Pinot Noir 2014

27 June 2017

Not quite feeling the love for some of these GD Pinots.

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Parish Hill Grillo 2016

27 June 2017

Native to Sicily, and whenever I have a glass of Grillo, I really fancy snacks and some kind of fresh seafood, grilled and sent my way. Is it any wonder I’m (very slightly) tubby? This 2016 seems to be a step up from last year’s model.

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Kalleske Old Vine Grenache 2016

27 June 2017

Barossa Grenache from a vineyard planted in 1935. This is where Kalleske shines.

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Kalleske Dodger Tempranillo 2016

27 June 2017

Barossa Tempranillo. Grown biodynamically.

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Hither & Yon Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

26 June 2017

Also listed as ‘sold out’ on the website, though I’m sure there’s some floating about at retail. One of a quite a few wines my eldest son (Charles – 9) selected for me based on the label design pleasing his aesthetic sensibilities. How life moves along…  

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Hither & Yon Shiraz 2016

26 June 2017

Showing as ‘sold out’ on the H&Y website, so obviously I’ve been a bit slow on the draw here. That being said, I also love it when I see good news in the wine world like that.

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Route du Van Dolcetto Shiraz 2016

26 June 2017

Here’s an interesting mix of grapes, but it works very well. My eldest son went into the back room where a lot of the wine is, and grabbed bottles he thought had interesting labels. So that’s the theme of tonight’s tasting, in lieu of any inspiration and/or decisiveness on my part.

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Ara Sauvignon Blanc 2016

26 June 2017

As an observation rather than a request, I’m sent relatively few samples of Marlborough Sauvignon.

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De Bortoli Deen Vat Series No 5 Botrytis Semillon 2013

26 June 2017

The kid sibling of De Bortoli Noble One. The fruit and process might not be quite as fine tuned as Noble One, but the know how is the same. The team at De Bortoli take great pride in sweet wines, and typically ace them.

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De Bortoli La Bossa Merlot 2016

26 June 2017

Australian merlot can at times be some of the most generous, open, friendly kind of red wine going about. Here’s one in that zone. Kid next door kind of stuff.

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De Bortoli Deen Vat 8 Shiraz 2014

26 June 2017

It’s actually now called ‘Vat Series No 8’ but for ease of search on WineFront it has been left as Deen Vat 8. The winemaker is Robert Delgado, from the Riverina team of De Bortoli. It spends 12 months in American oak barrels with around 15% of that new oak. It has some depth in […]

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De Bortoli Sacred Hill Traminer Riesling 2016

26 June 2017

The marketing materials that accompanied this release tout ‘Riverina Winter Warmers’ in thunderous font size, then ‘stay warm this winter with De Bortoli Riverina Wines’. The image and detail on this wine in the materials is first under the header ‘Top Winter Warmers’. Of course, there’s the intro too, ‘the fire’s crackling, the aroma of […]

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Torzi Matthews Vigna Cantina Prosecco NV

26 June 2017

It’s labelled as NV, but it’s base 2017 vintage. Maybe next year they’ll put a bottling date, or similar. This is the second release.

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Kalleske Merchant Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

26 June 2017

Barossa cabernet sauvignon, matured in all-French oak, 30% new.

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Kalleske Moppa Shiraz 2016

26 June 2017

Barossa shiraz with small inclusions of petit Verdot and Viognier.

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Turon Piccadilly Valley Pinot Noir 2016

26 June 2017

Pinot noir from the Piccadilly Valley. 50% whole bunches. Single vineyard and, indeed, single barrel. Fermented wild.

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