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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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Opus One 2015

18 September 2018

Such a pleasure tasting 2015, 2014 and 2013 together, The family resemblance is strong, yet the influence of vintage (birth year, if you like), gives individual character. Importer: Airoldi

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Opus One 2014

18 September 2018

I passed up a fancy Chatto vs Rousseau lunch because I’d committed to this tasting, and gentlemen prefer Cabernet, anyway. CM went to the Chambertin fest as he’s known for his love of expensive wines, meanwhile, the man of the people, GW, rolls up his sleeves (well, I wore a T-shirt, so metaphorically, at least). […]

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Lino Ramble Tom Bowler Nero d’Avola 2017

18 September 2018

I drove past the town of Avola (Sicily) a number of times this month, yet I never dropped in to see if they had any Nero. Andy Coppard loves Nero, not that there’s anything wrong with that.

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Victory Point Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

18 September 2018

I watched the Gary Oldman film where he played Churchill the other day. It was very good. V.

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Clairault Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

18 September 2018

For whatever reason, I seem to have lost touch with Clairault (last vintage 2008). Nice to get reacquainted.

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Cape Grace Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve 2014

18 September 2018

A total production of 600 bottles, so a Reserve in the true sense. I think I said that last year too, though I do like to repeat myself: it’s kind of reassuring.

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Xanadu Stevens Road Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

18 September 2018

No, I don’t have the Xanadu Reserve Cabernet 2015, should you ask.

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Hay Shed Hill Block 2 Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

18 September 2018

Sometimes, you’re just not quite sure about a wine. This is one.

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Kay Brothers Amery Vineyards Cuthbert Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

18 September 2018

You’d not find many people called Cuthbert these days, much like Gary, in a way.

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Coombe Farm Pinot Noir 2017

18 September 2018

Yarra Valley pinot noir. Would be happy with this any day of the week.

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Kay Brothers Block 6 Shiraz 2016

18 September 2018

Surprise. I looked on the shelf at MBTF, and sighted this.

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Ngeringa Summit Vineyard Chardonnay 2016

18 September 2018

From Summit Vineyard. Basket pressed and sent to barrels to rest. A ‘best barrels’ scenario.

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Ngeringa JE Chardonnay 2017

18 September 2018

Biodynamic (certified) but the cert. sticker is off the bottles now (part political etc). Bit of new oak here, but just a smidge.

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Weingut Knoll Loibner Grüner Veltliner Federspiel 2016

18 September 2018

One of my favourite labels (in terms of design) ever. Importer: Cellarhand

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Domaine Faiveley Mercurey Clos des Myglands 1er 2016

18 September 2018

I’ve not much experience with 2016 red Burgundy (as yet), though while it seems a different animal to 2015, I’d have to say, so far, so good. Importer: Negociants

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Smith & Sheth Cantera 2016

18 September 2018

Scant (zero) information on this wine’s specifics (ie no alc % as sample bottling, no RRP, no regional info, nothing), but it is the new project between Steve Smith MW and Brian Sheth, the self-made billionaire guy who bought Pyramid Valley vineyards, but has a lot of other things going on. Smith & Sheth are […]

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Novum Chardonnay 2017

18 September 2018

Newish producer from Marlborough. Geddit? Will and Rachel Hoare are behind the brand, though Will’s family have been growing grapes in Marlborough for a long time, indeed, they are allegedly Cloudy Bay’s oldest growers. Will was also at Fromm for almost two decades. This is ultra small batch winemaking, and an exciting project to watch. […]

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Kusuda Riesling 2017

18 September 2018

Over the years I haven’t seen many Kusuda rieslings so this was a treat. Holds 4.5 grams of residual sugar. Kusuda and riesling is sometimes overlooked in the scheme of New Zealand wine.

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Kusuda Syrah 2015

18 September 2018

If you wanted to explore the concept of ‘precision’ in wine, Kusuda is a good place to do so. Winemaking is thoughtful but simple, with a quarter of the wine seeing new oak. Some 20 months maturing in barrel. Kusuda rarely disappoints. Perhaps New Zealand’s greatest syrah, or at least in the very upper echelon.

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Oakridge Hazeldene Vineyard Pinot Noir 2017

17 September 2018

The Hazeldene Vineyard is at Gladysdale in the Yarra.

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