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Grenache Project 17 – Artisans Of Barossa release a new six pack celebrating single vineyard grenache

There are all manner of groups and initiatives that 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. There was the grenache-focussed McLaren Vale ‘Cadenzia’ program some ten years ago, […]

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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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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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Sentio Yarra Valley Lusatia Park Vineyard Chardonnay 2016

23 February 2018

Chardonnay from the famed Lusatia Park vineyard in the Yarra Valley.

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Sentio Macedon Cope Williams Vineyard Chardonnay 2016

23 February 2018

Steady as she blows with this beautiful chardonnay from Chris Catlow/Sentio. This release saw slightly less new oak than previous releases; it’s now down to 15% new. It’s from a vineyard growing at 490 metres above sea level in the Macedon Ranges.

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Pine Ridge Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

22 February 2018

A couple of strong vintages in the Napa Valley – 2013 and 2014. Importer: Mondo Imports

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Grant Burge Abednego 2014

22 February 2018

A blend of Shiraz, Mataro and Grenache.

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Tenuta di Trinoro Le Cupole Trinoro 2014

22 February 2018

42% Cabernet Franc, 48% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon. Importer: Mondo Imports

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Rosi Schuster Blaufränkisch 2015

22 February 2018

Importer: CellarHand

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Levantine Hill Katherine's Paddock Chardonnay 2016

Levantine Hill Katherine’s Paddock Chardonnay 2016

22 February 2018

Hello Levantine Hill chardonnay. Feels like LH is upping the ante to realise potential of the vineyards under their charter, and, the work of Paul Bridgeman is in full flight. This is a bombastic, luxurious-feeling chardonnay giving off the impression nothing has been spared in its making.

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Golden Child Lazy Sunday Light Red 2017

22 February 2018

Keeping it in the family, this 1997 planted estate is being looked after between father/viti David Hamilton and son/winemaker James Hamilton. Really liking the vibe of these wines, and James is a bit of a dude. This is a pinot noir and syrah blend.

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Spider Bill Nebbiolo 2016

22 February 2018

Adelaide Hills nebbiolo handled by medicine/science pro-turned winemaker Tarrant Hansen. You’d call this a lighter expression of nebbiolo.

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Sherrah Nero d’Avola 2017

22 February 2018

Alex Sherrah is a winemaker at Coriole, now turning his hand to his whispering wine name, Sherraaahhhh. Perhaps also a verbalisation of how McLaren Vale winemakers say shiraz at times? Dunno, but I like it. Bold font and all.  

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Gramp’s Shiraz 2016

22 February 2018

Barossa shiraz sourced from “selected vineyards”. This wine is always worth a squiz; it has its moments.

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Corduroy Adelaide Hills Shiraz 2016

22 February 2018

Phil Lemesssurrrier is the winemaker behind Corduroy. You’ll see his ghost of vintages past around Australia, a lot at Brokenwood, a bit in South Australia, other parts of the world. He’s settled into South Australian vineyards nicely for this project.

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Switch Currency Creek Tempranillo 2016

22 February 2018

Vanessa Altmann, formerly loyal and long serving winemaker at Temple Bruer, has stepped out and into solo project land with her Switch wines. Her experience at TB with no sulphur winemaking is serving her well for her own no SO2 wines here. Some rippers in her current releases. And gosh, she’s a lovely human, which […]

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Andevine Canberra Districts Shiraz 2016

Andevine Canberra Districts Shiraz 2016

22 February 2018

Canberra Districts [sic] is plural is on the label, and the confusion for my addled brain today is between this and the Reserve which is called syrah, rather than shiraz. Anyways, it settled into a blind tasting and now has popped its head above the parapet.

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Gestalt Blacklight Barossa Mataro Grenache

Gestalt Blacklight Barossa Mataro Grenache 2016

22 February 2018

Blacklight is also UV light, which I didn’t know until I did a poor search for Gestalt wine website. Interesting wines, and good wines, emerging from this boutique wine brand. Hello mataro and grenache.

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Eastern Peake Project Zero SO2 Syrah

Eastern Peake Project Zero SO2 Syrah 2015

22 February 2018

Walsh Block sits next to Eastern Peake yet forms a dedicated part of the Eastern Peake offering. Young Owen Latta shows patience with his winemaking, more akin to a mature age winemaker than the rush of avant garde producers to hit the market for both financial stability and frivolity of wines. Here, his steady hand […]

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Posted in Ballarat, preservative free, syrah, Tip Top Tipple5 Comments

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S.C. Pannell Basso Garnacha 2017

22 February 2018

A conversation with Steve Pannell still rings in my head when I see his wines. His ideal for his wines is that they are drunk with gusto, with a currency that suits Australian climate, lifestyle, food/produce and general culture of drinking. Therefore, though his wines are often complex in their layering of aromas and flavours, […]

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Posted in grenache et al, McLaren Vale, Tip Top Tipple, Top Value3 Comments

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Tyrrell’s Beyond Broke Road Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

22 February 2018

The back label instruction is to “Drink with pizza.” Which is pretty much what it’s best for.

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Tyrrell’s Beyond Broke Road Shiraz 2016

22 February 2018

Looks to be a new range of wines from Tyrrell’s. “When you need a bottle of wine that stands on its own, go Beyond Broke Road” is the back label pitch.

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Forester Estate Cabernet Merlot 2015

21 February 2018

It’s labelled as Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot but there’s also Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot in the mix. All French oak, 15% new.

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