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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 Adam Granite Belt Regional Report 2017 Poll: The best Australian wine region to Grenache of the day Pierro Chardonnay Hatherleigh Pinot Noir
 
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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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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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Hear No Evil Sauvignon Blanc 2017

18 November 2017

Certified organic vineyards. ‘Cool’ packaging. Very varietal wine. Uncomplicated style. Ticking boxes like a plebiscite.

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Tonic Wines Rose 2017

18 November 2017

Clare Valley rose from the Tonic Wines lads, clean and clear as a Spring day. Released in time for the dawning of Summer, but with that in mind the wine could segue to Autumn, handily, such is its light savouriness and added textural interest. Ring the bell, it’s drinking time.

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Heymann-Lowenstein Pinot Noir vom Schiefer 2015

17 November 2017

A curious but fruitful winery collab of Mosel’s Heymann-Lowenstein and Baden-based Zieriesen, with pinot noir as the common ground. It’s organic farmed and pretty much un-tinkered with. An exploration in the pursuit of purity and German pinot noir, or something like that. In terms of packaging, HL has the label design, Z takes the cap […]

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Domaine de Courcel Pommard Les Vaumuriens 2014

17 November 2017

A 400-year-old estate based in Pommard, custodians to around 10 hectares of land under vine. This is a ‘village’ release, though four premier crus make up the bulk of the wines of Courcel. The wine sees long time ageing in oak barrels (almost two years). Courcel often makes light, fragrant, minerally Burgundies, and this is […]

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Curator Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

17 November 2017

From Marananga parish of the Barossa Valley. Beefy stuff. So chumpy you could carve it.

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La Violetta Bilingüe 2016

17 November 2017

One of my favourite people who lives west of the Nullarbor is Andrew Hoadley. He’s like the wine world’s equivalent of the ‘fifth Wiggle’. Here’s his grenache mataro syrah. Pretty in your face at 15%, but at least he is being honest about the ABV. Get out your spoons. Not really.

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Tripe.Iscariot Absolution Danse Macabre 2017

17 November 2017

A blend of chenin blanc, semillon, chardonnay and muscat. The idea here is to bring together some of the original varieties planted in Margaret River, a postmodern interpretation f the region through its historical past, and indeed the old timey winemaking where varieties were brought together for syncopation rather than mono-varietal fascination. Summer wine of […]

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Gemtree Obsidian Shiraz 2015

17 November 2017

Formidable presence on a table with its foreboding dark capsule, weight, height, strong and bold font size and style. The deep notes of a double bass.

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Gemtree Ernest Allan Shiraz 2015

17 November 2017

Certified organic viticulture. Matured for 18 months in French oak, and it feels like that’s a pretty large element in the style of the wine.

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Paxton Jones Block Shiraz 2015

17 November 2017

Biodynamic farmed from a single vineyard on the Paxton estate. Grows up in French and American oak barrels. Paxton have been a leading light in showing biodynamic (certified) viticulture can be done to scale, well.

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Hewitson Old Garden Mourvedre 2014

17 November 2017

An 1853 garden of vines is the baseline for the wine – arguably the oldest planting of mourvedre on earth. What an extraordinary thing, ey? Top of the tree stuff from Hewitson.

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Liquid Rock n Roll Ghetto Dolcetto 2017

17 November 2017

From Heathcote comes fresh-feeling dolcetto. This comes from Alex Byrne and Kim Farrell, winemakers at large.

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Les Fruits Mono Pinot Noir 2016

17 November 2017

Adelaide Hills’ Monomeith vineyard here, one that has been raised in profile by a number of indie producers, and which was being farmed organically but has reverted to conventional farming practices from 2017. Hello under-vine landing strip! Enquiries via www.vinous.com.au

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Les Fruits Vince Pinot Noir 2016

17 November 2017

Around 50% whole bunch from a cool site in Piccadilly. Vince is an excellent name for a wine. Right up there with Bruce and the like. This is made by Tim Stock at Commune Of Buttons in the Adelaide Hills. Enquiries via www.vinous.com.au

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Les Fruits Collines Pinot Noir 2016

17 November 2017

A blend of vineyards offering an Adelaide Hills appellation vibe. Natural fermentation, no additions, no filtering or fining. From the hands of vintrepreneur Tim Stock. Enquiries via www.vinous.com.au

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Les Fruits Loiraine Sauvignon Blanc 2016

17 November 2017

Biodynamic farmed vineyard in Gumeracha, sees about 25% skin contact and maturation in barrel. From wine impresario Tim Stock. Made at Commune Of Buttons, by Tim’s hands. Enquiries via www.vinous.com.au

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Even Keel Mornington Peninsula Pinot Noir 2016

17 November 2017

Even Keel is a range of wines put out by Polperro on the Mornington Peninsula. I wouldn’t actually call it a “second label”; the wines are better than that.

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Even Keel Tumbarumba Chardonnay 2016

17 November 2017

Tumbarumba Chardonnay. Say it again.

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Stonier Merron’s Vineyard Pinot Noir 2015

17 November 2017

From a vineyard planted in 1998 at Red Hill. North-east aspect.

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Stonier Windmill Vineyard Pinot Noir 2015

17 November 2017

The Windmill Vineyard is at Merricks on the Mornington Peninsula. It was planted in 1996 and is north-facing.

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