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Lethbridge Allegra Chardonnay: 2004 TWF Chardonnay in 2018 – The Year in Review Kumeu River Chardonnay retrospective 2018 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
 
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Lethbridge Allegra Chardonnay: 2004 – 2015

Vineyard is the Rebenberg (Mt Duneed) vineyard, planted by Ken & Joy Campbell in 1968 to Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc, Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon (Malbec & Cabernet were later grafted over to Shiraz). The Chardonnay was added in 1981 planted to P58 and a mixture of Bernard Clones. In regards to winemaking, they’re pretty much the same: fully […]

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TWF Chardonnay in 2018 – The Year in Review

It’s hard to believe that another year has passed since the Brisbane tasting panel’s December 2017 review of the tWf trio’s work on top end Australian Chardonnay (those which scored 96 points or better) but indeed it has. So once again the panel assembled to review the 2018 Chardonnay guidance given by the three Winefront […]

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Kumeu River Chardonnay retrospective 2018

It feels like a very long time since June 2018, but the extraordinary tasting made available to GW and I rings loud in the cloister of the wine brain. Visiting Kumeu Estate is of course formative for the New Zealand wine enthusiast, and an exceptional opportunity to get a feel for history coupled to an […]

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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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Les Dolomies Madeleine 2017

22 February 2019

Produced from gamay and called ‘vin de France’ which puts me in two minds that this might be from rogue plantings in Jura, or, like a few other producers stretched by frost and hail, a convenient sourcing from outside the region, but the truth is this is from the hamlet of Brery in Jura, and […]

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Les Dolomies La Cabane Pinot Noir 2017

22 February 2019

Despite Les Dolomies only being founded in 2008, Céline Gormally has rocketed through the pack of long-term traditionalists and generational families to be at the apex of Jura wine. Or so I say. Les Dolomies are one of my favourite producers in this pint-sized wine region, stoically organic, producing beautiful wines that mainline that sense […]

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Main Ridge Estate Half Acre Pinot Noir 2017

22 February 2019

The new guard is in at Main Ridge, the wines still humming; such a wonderful carriage of history and culture of this place. You could rationalise that Main Ridge are the ‘Wendouree of Mornington’, but they are of course their wholly own thing. Half Acre from 2017 has some grunt, no doubt, but structure and […]

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Bernhard Huber Alte Reben Spatburgunder 2014

22 February 2019

Baden is the turf, Bernhard Huber the producer, the vines ‘old'(ish). Pinot noir from Germany is one of the trends on the rise, if you follow the fancy haircuts of Sommelier Land for what’s The Next Big Thing. I’m getting down with German pinot.  

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Wines By KT Peglidis Watervale Riesling 2018

Wines By KT Peglidis Watervale Riesling 2018

22 February 2019

The DNA strands of Watervale swirl between Peglidis and Churinga vineyard wines from Wines by KT, always rendered with texture and personality in mind. The 2018 releases feel a little easier access, though cellaring will be a charm regardless.

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Wines by KT Churinga Watervale Riesling 2018

22 February 2019

Small batch, ultra-high quality, personality imbued wines from Clare Valley doyenne (too young for that title!) Kerri Thompson. Or something like that. Always such a pleasure looking (tasting/drinking) these wines. More texture and character than most Clare stalwarts, the KT wines are carving their own totems. Great stuff.

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Von Hovel Scharzhofberger GG Riesling 2016

22 February 2019

Unusual way of reviewing at times, but here’s the 2016 after the 2017 has been reviewed. Good oh! Quality producer, vineyard and GG designate. A potent combo.

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Giant Steps Tosq Vineyard Pinot Noir 2017

22 February 2019

Giant Steps via Central Otago? Giant Leaps, though Tasmania is under their charter now too of course. Produced at Maude winery with guidance from Steve Flamsteed. It’s 100% whole bunch, which is a bit wild for Central Otago. Tosq is also an organic (certified) vineyard, as is Maude production, as is Giant Steps winery, so […]

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Giant Steps Clay Ferment Ocarina Chardonnay 2018

22 February 2019

Produced in ceramic eggs. Fruit is sourced from three vineyards under the care of Giant Steps. More imagination and execution from Steve Flamsteed and team, a near indefatigable force. This wine hangs out in egg from harvest to after winter, then is pretty much decanted into bottle with nothing added aside a splash of sulphur.

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Mica Pino 2018

22 February 2019

From Gibbston Valley in Central Otago, a co-op project between Jo Perry (Dormilona) and Tamrah Washington (Seresin).

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Mica Dejo 2018

22 February 2019

Ferguson Valley verdejo, made in qvevri with four months on skins before being pressed off. No sulphur added to this wine. A new project from uber talent Jo Perry of Dormilona, Margaret River fame.

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Mica Tino 2018

22 February 2019

New wine project from Dormilona (Margaret River) and Jo Perry. This one comes from the Carpe Diem vineyard. “I wanted to make pinot noir, I tried to make it in Tasmania, so I called up a friend in NZ and she said ‘yeah let’s do it’ (the friend is Tamrah Washington), and the project was […]

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Carillion Fenestella Origins Shiraz 2017

22 February 2019

Grown on the 100-year-old Tallavera vineyard in the Hunter Valley. No bottle image available, or not that I could find.

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Paringa Estate Chardonnay 2017

22 February 2019

Paringa chardonnay is usually made in a bigger style but there’s a little more elegance at play than usual. There’s never been any question over the quality of fruit.

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Woods Crampton Phillip Patrick Single Vineyard Shiraz 2016

22 February 2019

Heavy bottle, wax sealed, cork sealed. Eden Valley shiraz, single vineyard. French oak, 500litre puncheons, 70% new. 1200 bottles made. Bottle image is for illustrative purposes only; it’s not the right one but the look is the same.

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Lamoresca Mascalisi 2017

21 February 2019

Wasn’t intending it to be a “GW does natty wine afternoon”, but that’s just the way it worked out… I’m happy, hope you’re happy too.  Importer: Mondo Imports

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Castello dei Rampolla Chianti Classico 2016

21 February 2019

Sangiovese, with a little help from Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Importer: Mondo Imports

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Moss Wood Ribbon Vale Merlot 2016

21 February 2019

Serious merlot out of Margaret River.

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Castello di Monsanto Chianti Classico 2016

21 February 2019

Importer: Mondo Imports

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Eastern Peake Pinot Tache 2017

21 February 2019

One of the better rose wines made in this country.  

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