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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 All the latest from Cape Mentelle
 
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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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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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Vanguardist Chardonnay 2017

22 July 2018

From Woodside (Bowe-Lees) and only 95 cases made. Sealed with a cork. He’s a lovely boy is winemaker Michael Corbett, though he makes some questionable choices.

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Passel Estate Chardonnay 2016

22 July 2018

Central Margaret River here, Cowaramup.

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Onannon Chardonnay 2017

22 July 2018

I’ve been getting a bit of heat from one of Australia’s most prominent Chardonnay fanciers about dragging the chain posting reviews on his favourite grape. Well, I get pressure on so many fronts, so it’s good to have a new one to add to my list. I’m all about diversity.

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Produttori del Barbaresco Montestefano Riserva 2013

22 July 2018

I’d say the recent ‘home run’ vintages for PdB are 2008 and 2013. Special wines. This producer is gift for people who want to understand the ‘terroir’ of Barbaresco. Importer: Enoteca Sileno

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Passel Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

22 July 2018

The vineyard was planted in 1994, but this is a new winery for me. Bruce Dukes is the winemaker.

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Tuck’s Ridge Pinot Noir 2016

22 July 2018

Tuck’s Ridge on the Mornington Peninsula is now owned by Montalto but this 2016 is from just prior to the acquisition. From 2017 onwards the wines will be made by Montalto’s Simon Black but this 2016 was made by Michael Kyberd. This 2016 pinot noir is from the home vineyard at Red Hill.

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Glaetzer Bishop Shiraz 2016

22 July 2018

It just goes to show that you can’t taste by the numbers. This feels warmer than the 2016 Anaperenna, even though its stated alcohol is 14.5 compared with 15.5.

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Glaetzer Anaperenna Shiraz Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

22 July 2018

Glaetzer’s Anaperenna is an unfiltered Barossa blend of shiraz and cabernet sauvignon that has always embraced its own excess.

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Lamoresca Vino Rosato 2017

21 July 2018

I drank a fair amount of the 2016 Rosato, I must say. Importer: Mondo Imports

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Jericho Syrah 2016

20 July 2018

Fermented on skins with 10% stalks for 33 days. Matured mainly in older French oak. Grapes sourced from Kuitpo in the Adelaide Hills.

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Jericho S3 Shiraz 2017

20 July 2018

“The aim for this was to make an easy drinking style. So the fruit was handled to achieve this from harvest through to bottling. Light on oak, light on alcohol but with the big flavour of McLaren Vale shiraz.” Could be wrong but I think this S3 Shiraz is new to the Jericho range.

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Pitchfork Shiraz 2016

20 July 2018

Pitchfork Shiraz has been on a golden run.

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Hay Shed Hill Chardonnay 2017

20 July 2018

Hay Shed Hill Chardonnay just keeps on keeping on.

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Bellvale Athena’s Vineyard Chardonnay 2015

20 July 2018

Current release chardonnay from Bellvale at Berrys Creek in South Gippsland.

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Richard Hamilton Centurion Shiraz 2017

20 July 2018

Centurion Shiraz. Grown on vines planted in 1892 – that is, they were 125 years old at the time of vintage. All into French oak, hogsheads and vats. Fair to say that this is one of the lesser reliable of the established super premiums.

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Chaffey Bros Wine Co Evangeline Syrah 2016

19 July 2018

The Eden Valley and shiraz/syrah. A match made in heaven.

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Noble Red Shiraz 2016

19 July 2018

Heathcote shiraz with the throttle pulled all the way out.

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Gibson Discovery Road Nero d’Avola 2016

19 July 2018

Nero is nothing if not accessible. This rendition comes out of the Barossa Valley at the hand of Rob Gibson.

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Parker Coonawarra Estate Early Release Shiraz 2018

19 July 2018

Subtitled “Bright & Fresh”. Very early release. Mostly sold through cellar door with limited on premise/restaurant distribution.

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Posted in Coonawarra, shiraz et al3 Comments

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Gaelic Cemetery Vineyard Shiraz 2013

19 July 2018

Clare Valley Shiraz. Production of just over 100 dozen. Released as a four year old.

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