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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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Cappellano Barolo Otin Fiorin Piè Franco-Michet 1998

28 June 2017

Well, here’s a little afternoon treat that was dropped off with my Canonica and Rinaldi. I believe the bottle was opened two days ago, but it’s still looking great. Importer: Giorgio de Maria Fun Wines.

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Wynns Black Label Cabernet Sauvignon 60th Vintage 2015

Wynns Coonawarra Estate Black Label Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

28 June 2017

Anticipated, awaited, people jones for the Wynns Black Label Cabernet Sauvignon. Even tempered, reliable, structured, cellar-worthy. All that and more. No doubt that the reign of Sue Hodder at the helm of Wynn’s has been pivotal, phenomenal, legacy-making. Brilliant to see.

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Pig in the House Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

28 June 2017

Certified organic wine growing from the Windowrie family of wines. Interestingly, the label, front and centre, describes intention to ‘live in a chemical free, sustainable environment producing wine that reflects where we live and what we believe in’, but no where on any label does it say where the place the PITH people or grapes […]

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Schild Estate Barossa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

28 June 2017

Generosity is usually a by-word for cabernet sauvignon from the Barossa Valley. Fuller styles reside here.

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Giant Steps Yarra Valley Merlot 2016

28 June 2017

They sent this along with the 2004 Sexton Vineyard Merlot (which is looking good, still) so I asked my eldest son which label he liked. Emphatic approval on the old one. Did not like the new one so much.

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Koerner Mammolo Sciaccarello 2016

28 June 2017

From the Corsican grape variety sciaccarello and a vineyard wonderfully named ‘Vivian’. “This calls for a delicate blend of psychology and extreme violence”. Unusual variety shows light and fresh in character here.

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Osvaldo Barberis Brichat Langhe Barbera 2015

28 June 2017

Certified organic producer here. From Dogliani. The wine is produced only in stainless steel. The more I tasted, the more I liked. It’s good. Easy to enjoy. Tannin is a feature, as is the bustle and crunch of acidity. It’s a wine that jostles with your palate, bristling with orangey acidity and dusty pucker, then […]

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Pyren Vineyard Yardbird Union 2015

28 June 2017

Bringing together cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc, malbec and petit verdot here. From the Pyrenees, Victoria. A producer waiting in the wings, but seemingly on the rise and rise. This wine sees a stately 15 months in French oak. One of those gems, here.

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First Drop Mother’s Ruin Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

28 June 2017

McLaren Vale must be one of the few places on earth that makes, lush, gluggable cabernet sauvignon, versus its more button down personality elsewhere. Fine and dandy. From the creative set at First Drop, here.

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Koerner Franc Cabernet Franc 2016

28 June 2017

Francly my dear, I do give a damn. Yuk yuk yuk. From Springvale Vineyard in Clare Valley, which is ‘sustainably’ farmed. The wine hangs out in ceramic egg for its pre-bottling maturation.

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Longview Shiraz Barbera 2016

28 June 2017

It’s from Longview’s Vista range. It sees all French oak, none of it new, but the shiraz portion sees “newer” oak than the barber, if that makes sense.

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Huntington Estate Barrel Fermented Chardonnay 2016

28 June 2017

Mudgee chardonnay from one of the region’s best-known wineries. Or best-known among Australian wine enthusiasts, anyway. Huntington Estate produces two chardonnays: this barrel fermented version at $24, and a version not labelled as barrel fermented at $22.

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Traversa Barbaresco Starderi 2013

28 June 2017

Beautiful labels, and invariably idiosyncratic wines. Starderi a very good cru in Neive. Importer: Mondo Imports

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Angove Organic Shiraz Cabernet 2016

28 June 2017

More often than not, the addition of cabernet to shiraz is a positive move.

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Angove Organic Merlot 2016

28 June 2017

Soft-hearted merlot.

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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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