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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 McLaren Vale Regional Report
 
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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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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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Holm Oak Vineyards Chardonnay 2016

21 September 2017

I like a wine where there’s oak in the name, but not so much of it in the wine.

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Pooley Butcher’s Hill Chardonnay 2016

21 September 2017

Younger Chardonnay vines on Butcher’s Hill, less than 10 years old, but with much promise.

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Pooley Cooinda Vale Chardonnay 2016

21 September 2017

Cooinda sounds VERY Australian to my ears. Kind of like cooee, only much less annoying. Regardless, very cool style of Chardonnay. Or ‘Absolutely icebox’, in the words of Jerzei “Jeremy” Balowski.

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Holyman Chardonnay 2016

21 September 2017

Will Joe stay on top this year? There was no complimentary tin of Boag’s Red in the sample box. Just saying…

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Posted in chardonnay, Tasmania, Tip Top Tipple6 Comments

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L.A.S Vino Jerusalem’s Grace Chardonnay 2016

21 September 2017

“Two completely opposite vineyards hand  picked on the same day. One in Karridale (Jerusalem) and one in Willyabrup (Grace). ”

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L.A.S Vino ‘FUCK HIM’ Chardonnay 2016

21 September 2017

A total of 200 bottles made, and that’s around the amount you’d have to drink to cope with the drongo on the front label. Anyway, if ever there were a bottle you’d want to keep for display on a shelf, then this is it. Stuff the Rinaldi and the Rousseau.

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West Cape Howe Two Steps Shiraz 2015

21 September 2017

Another impressive release from West Cape Howe.

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Vickery Watervale Riesling 2017

21 September 2017

Clare Valley riesling from the Waterfall sub-region. The front label carries the code WVR 143 CBK.

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Fontanafredda Barolo Serralunga d’Alba 2013

21 September 2017

You pick your vintages with this producer, and I believe it’s one that’s on the up and up, you get some good wines at fair prices. When I write these introductions, it sometimes, though rarely, occurs to me that I’ll be quoted on them… Importer: Fourth Wave Wine

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Giant Steps Tarraford Vineyard Syrah 2016

21 September 2017

Single vineyard Yarra Valley syrah. 75% whole bunches. Fermented in small oak vats. Racked and bottled by gravity. 270 dozen made.

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Giant Steps Syrah 2016

21 September 2017

Yarra Valley syrah grown on the Sexton and Tarraford vineyards. 30% whole bunches. Open fermented. Large format oak. Bottled by gravity in May so it’s had a few months to settle. Right.

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Battle of Bosworth Graciano 2016

21 September 2017

McLaren Vale graciano, no oak, bottled fresh.

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Vickery Eden Valley Riesling 2017

20 September 2017

RRP seems to have moved up, but can be found for around $20 still.

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Woods Crampton Black Label Riesling 2017

20 September 2017

175 cases made. Black Label always puts me in mind of the top shelf stuff you’d eye off nervously as a kid…

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d’Arenberg The Dry Dam Riesling 2017

20 September 2017

Been pretty dry in Sydney this winter, though our dams are still pretty full.

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Jeanneret Big Fine Girl Riesling 2016

20 September 2017

From a number of sub-regions in the Clare Valley.

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West Cape Howe Tempranillo 2016

20 September 2017

Made with fruit sourced from the Perth Hills and Frankland River regions. The West Cape Howe wines are in very good shape, by the looks.

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West Cape Howe Book Ends Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

20 September 2017

The price is creeping up but the quality is usually there. Cabernet Sauvignon from Mount Barker in WA.

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Oakridge Local Vineyard Series Hazeldene Vineyard Pinot Noir 2016

20 September 2017

Once upon a time, when winemaker Dave Bicknell was clean shaven, his pinot noirs weren’t much chop. Now that he has a sizeable bushy beard, his pinot noirs are excellent. Co-incidence? I think not. This is pinot noir from the upper Yarra Valley. We’ve seen Coldstream Hills produce (named) single vineyard pinot noir from this […]

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Oakridge Local Vineyard Series Willowlake Vineyard Chardonnay 2016

20 September 2017

Stunning chardonnay off the Willowlake Vineyard at Gladysvale in the Yarra Valley.

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