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Penfolds G3 launched

It’s not so much three bottles of Penfolds Grange for the price of one as one bottle of Penfolds 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: […]

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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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Bellvale The Quercus Vineyard Pinot Noir 2014

23 October 2017

Quercus Pinot Noir is from Bellvale’s unirrigated, high-density vineyard.

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Bellvale Pinot Noir 2016

23 October 2017

100% destemmed, fermented in open vats, 12 months in oak (10% new).

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Noble Red Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

23 October 2017

I’m assuming that the Sobiesiak family runs the Noble Red winery and (dry grown) vineyard in Heathcote though information on, or the names of, who is behind this endeavour is hard to find.

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Shadowfax Glenfern Chardonnay 2015

21 October 2017

A single vineyard offering (planted 1986) from Shadowfax. Geez, haven’t they had a wet sail with Matt Harrop at the helm. Interesting to see what happens next as he moves on to Curly Flat. It might be just me, but Glenfern sounds like one of those new suburbs on the outskirts of capital city metropolitan […]

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Ocean Eight Verve Chardonnay 2015

21 October 2017

Amongst all the great spelling mistakes that go out there in the wine world, right towards the top of my favourites is seeing Veuve Clicquot spelled ‘Verve’. Such mirth.

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Stonier Reserve Chardonnay 2015

Stonier Reserve Chardonnay 2015

21 October 2017

One of my old school mates is nicknamed Stony Ben, but its not a geological reference. He’s got a love of staying in his bedroom, getting about in old band t0-shirts, playing video games (actually made a career of it), rarely changes his sheets or opens curtains, eats with the tips of his fingers a […]

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Santolin Willowlake Vineyard Chardonnay 2015

21 October 2017

Willowlake Vineyard will be a familiar name to those sniffing around Yarra Valley’s icon sites. Here’s chardonnay from that place, through the lens of the Santolin crew. Natural fermentation, sent to 30% new oak, hangs out on lees until leaving oak, sees a filter before bottling but not much else.  

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Seville Estate Reserve Chardonnay 2015

21 October 2017

Andalusia by way of the Yarra Valley, or something like that. Anyway, Seville Estate obviously has a currency in fine wine circles, but perhaps a bit overlooked in a current vogue? A shame. Some brilliant wines, consistently, are crafted from the stalwart estate. A dignified wine producer, I always feel. No baying at the moon […]

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Posted in chardonnay, Tip Top Tipple, Yarra Valley2 Comments

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Bindi Kostas Rind Chardonnay 2016

21 October 2017

Bindi hasn’t put a step wrong in its dual-generation existence, and continues on a righteous path of unswerving attention to vineyard, gentle application of winemaking, great thought in every aspect of wine-vine life. Michael Dhillon would have to be one of the youngest professorial wine thinkers going around. Bindi’s legend and legacy is well on […]

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Scorpo Chardonnay 2016

21 October 2017

I’ll leave the ‘Estate’ out of this wine for continuity of reviews, but there’s now also ‘Aubaine’ and ‘Eocene’ that bookend this release. Classy wine since forever.

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Posted in chardonnay, Mornington Peninsula1 Comment

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Penfolds G3 NV

20 October 2017

Inaugural release of Penfolds G3. A blend of Penfolds Grange from the 2008, 2012 and 2014 vintages. The 2008 was taken ex-bottle and then matured in barrel with the 2012 and 2014 releases. It will be released around the world “from Adelaide to Paris, Hong Kong to New York”. If you want a bottle, Penfolds […]

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Charteris The Winter Vineyard Pinot Noir 2014

20 October 2017

Charteris’ Winter Vineyard Pinot Noir has had an incredibly consistent run of high quality releases. Here’s another.

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Charteris The Hunt Vineyard Riesling 2015

20 October 2017

I like the quote from a previous release that this riesling is meant to be “thirst quenching and thirst creating at the same time”. This 2015 release is made slightly drier than previous versions.

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Charteris Pinot Noir 2014

20 October 2017

Central Otago pinot noir from various blocks of the Winter Vineyard. This wine is not to be confused with the specific Charteris The Winter Vineyard release.

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Charteris The Astral Vineyard Chardonnay 2014

20 October 2017

It’s from the Bannockburn sub-region of Central Otago and it jumps straight into the wild side.

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Syrahmi Garden of Earthly Delights Riesling 2017

20 October 2017

From Adam Foster, chef-turned-winemaker and now farmer-winemaker, amongst many talents. Here’s his rendition of riesling, and from the somewhat unlikely place of Heathcote (Merindoc-Shelmerdine vineyard). A portion is produced in ceramic egg with the remainder raised on lees, to build texture, in tank.

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Baillieu Vineyard Chardonnay 2016

19 October 2017

Baillieu Chardonnay doesn’t leave you wondering. It’s made by Geraldine McFaul.

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Posted in chardonnay, Mornington Peninsula0 Comments

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Oakridge Local Vineyard Series Henk’s Vineyard Pinot Noir 2016

19 October 2017

Not sure where Henk’s Vineyard is, other than that it’s Yarra Valley.

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Fletcher Wines Barolo Alta Pete 2013

18 October 2017

Dear God. In the first three days of this week, about ten dozen samples have come up the stairs, though I’ll always make time for Barolo. I believe this is a 50/50 split of grapes from Barolo and Monforte.

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Pittnauer Blaufränkisch Heideboden 2016

18 October 2017

I’m telling you here, in no uncertain terms, if you want to drink something very interesting and good, at a fair price, then have a crack at this. Austria is a happy hunting ground for tasty wine, in my opinion. Importer: CellarHand

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