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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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Pipers Brook Estate Pinot Noir 2017

18 August 2018

An under-performing estate over the last number of years, though I suspect things are on the up.

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Clos Mogador 2015

18 August 2018

Grenache, Carignan, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon. One of the great wines of the world. Importer: World Wine Estates

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Massena The Moonlight Run 2017

Massena The Moonlight Run 2017

18 August 2018

Mataro, grenache and shiraz. Natural ferment, old oak, no fining or filtration is the motif of winemaking, and the fruit comes from a collection of vineyards. I like the lighter-ish expressions of Massena, and the use of whole bunch (evident here, as seasoning). Here’s a great, early drinking Barossa wine.

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Kalleske Greenock Shiraz 2016

18 August 2018

Single vineyard, traditional Barossa shiraz with organic viticulture (certified). Sees new and old American and French oak barrels. Serious stuff in the glass. Pours with that authoritative, midnight colour.

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Lowe Organic Zinfandel 2013

18 August 2018

Joins an elite rank of zinfandel in Australia, premium priced, serious packaging, stand alone wine of intent. From the organic wine fields of David Lowe in Mudgee, New South Wales.

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Fox Creek Limited Release Grenache 2016

18 August 2018

You could switch out ‘Premium” or ‘Reserve’ for ‘Limited Release’ most times on a wine label, such is its meaningless cue, but semblance of ‘good wine marketing’, albeit a bit outdated these days. I mean, I have to assume that this is a limited volume as compared to a higher volume grenache, but what brings […]

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Z Wines Hein Ancestor Vine 2016

18 August 2018

It is near impossible to read the label with its black on black font and the vintage is hidden in the producer details, and I sent out a search party for the variety on the label, and you get the sense that the ambitious, over-worked bottle dressing, and heavy bottle/deep punt, is trying desperately to […]

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Koerner La Corse 2017

18 August 2018

This is a blend of Clare Valley vineyards and a blend of the grape varieties sangiovese, sciacarello, grenache and malbec. It’s set to light red mode, and light speed. Dangerously drinkable stuff!

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4 Monos La Danza Del Viento Molino Quemado 2014

4 Monos La Danza Del Viento Molino Quemado 2014

18 August 2018

All grenache, all high country, all DO Madrid, all small parcels, with vine at around 70 to 80 years old. Long maceration. Power and structure in spades, so unusual for the variety.

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4 Monos Tinto 2014

4 Monos Tinto 2014

18 August 2018

Made from mostly garnacha (grenache) with syrah and carinena in the mix. Four partners working with tiny vineyard plots in the mountains above Madrid – four monkeys. I love these ‘alpine’ grenache wines. Very long macerations here too, which is unusual for grenache. Do you like Barolo/Etna nerello mascalese? Here ya go.

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Aphelion The Emergent 2017

18 August 2018

Mataro, three vineyards, the Aphelion way. Some very long maceration involved too, which kind of suits mataro at times.

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Aphelion The Tendance 2017

18 August 2018

Tendance is all about shiraz. Two vineyards, right next to each other, two plots. Two different ferments, one longer maceration, and a decent whack of whole bunch. Hangs out in older French oak.

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Aphelion Rapture 2017

18 August 2018

A new wine in the range, the ‘best of vintage’, in this case grenache, shiraz, mataro and a dollop of sagrantino. All the parcels are different and blended. An interesting flagship wine, therefore, as it feels, as a whole, that the new release of Aphelion have been pushed into a riper, fuller flavour zone, and […]

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Wizard Piss Shiraz 2016

18 August 2018

From Sam Leyshon, known for his Mallaluka wines. Very candid here – “I had this batch of shiraz that was to me too volatile, and had some brett, but I didn’t want to put it in the dam so I thought I would bottle it and sell it for not much”. Honest stuff. It isn’t […]

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Mallaluka Sangiovese 2017

18 August 2018

Estate grown sangiovese. It is 12% alcohol and that is how ripe the Leyshon family can get it. It reminds me of the structured, fuller flavoured wines of L’Anglore from Tavel or Jean-Yves Peron from Savoie and mondeuse, though that’s projecting and obscure in a way. The bottom line is, it’s a bright but translucent […]

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Mallaluka Riesling 2017

18 August 2018

Half was skin ferment which lasted about three months. From Canberra District. This is such an interesting, exciting, well-rendered expression. Natural ferment, no filtering/fining, so much texture, so much personality. Star on the rise and rise here. And what a great fella winemaker Sam Leyshon is. Extraordinary value for this wine, and indeed the whole […]

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Mallaluka Rose 2017

18 August 2018

Like some of the best dogs, it’s a bitsa, with pinot grigio, sangiovese and cinsault making up this wine. About 70% is pinot gris, of which half was carbonic maceration, so you get some skinsy-textural content. Clever, really.

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Mallaluka Sauvignon Blanc 2017

18 August 2018

It is called SAV BLC on the label but for ease of search it has been expanded. Sam Leyshon has had a formidable work life at Clonakilla, and has shifted gaze to the family farm, Mallaluka, and this his own range of wines. Sauvignon blanc from Canberra District is often unseen, but here sees some oak, […]

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Cirillo Single Vineyard Shiraz 2015

18 August 2018

Steingarten vineyard. An incredible site, according to Marco Cirillo. This is the wine that goes into the sausage making each year too, with the meat from the annual Cirillo pig – amazing salumi emerges from this yearly exercise and the salumi often appears at tastings at the winery, which falls among the highlights of a […]

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Cirillo Single Vineyard Mataro 2015

Cirillo Single Vineyard Mataro 2015

18 August 2018

“My home drinker” as Marco Cirillo calls it. A replanted block from the 1850 old vines, put in the ground as bush vines. “We only make 60 dozen, I drink 30”, Cirillo quips. Nice one.

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