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Poll: The best Australian wine region to 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 Riesling Rendezvous 2016 Do preservative free wines age? UPDATE: WET changes have wine producers hopping mad #2 Terroir Unlimited: Terroir Al Limit 2016 Mount Pleasant 1965 Vines Rosehill Vineyard Shiraz 2014 Balnaves The Tally : Vertical Tasting 1998-2013 Napoleone Cider Yarra Valley
 
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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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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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Riesling Rendezvous 2016 – general riesling tastings

Riesling Rendezvous 2016 held in Seattle is over and done with, a large scale event that drew riesling winemakers, lovers, wine writers, MS, MW, CMS, you name it, like riesling, they were there, from all over the riesling planet.

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Do preservative free wines age?

Accepted wisdom is that ‘preservative free’ or (very) low sulphur wines must be consumed within a year or at most two from bottling. The absence of added preservative means that they’ll drink well in the short term, if they’re well grown and made, but will fall over pretty quickly. Make hay. Don’t hesitate. So if you […]

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UPDATE: WET changes have wine producers hopping mad #2

Opposition to the proposed changes to the Wine Equalisation Tax (WET) is mounting.

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Terroir Unlimited: Terroir Al Limit 2016

Next level wines. I can think of few Spanish producers making wines of such excitement, charisma and transparent-feeling representation of place.    

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Mount Pleasant 1965 Vines Rosehill Vineyard Shiraz 2014

The Mount Pleasant winery is my special subject. It was the home of Australia’s first great winemaker – Maurice O’Shea – and until the early 1960s it was known as the producer of Australia’s best table wines.

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Balnaves The Tally : Vertical Tasting 1998-2013

“When I first started making wine in Coonawarra,” Balnaves long-term winemaker Pete Bissell says, “we always thought the warmer vintages were the better vintages. Now I’m starting to think the cooler vintages are better.”

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Napoleone Cider Yarra Valley

The Napoleones have been orchardists since the 1940s.

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Yeringberg Yeringberg 2014

30 March 2017

Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Malbec and Petit Verdot, I believe. There’s a lot to be said for using all the colours of the Bordeaux palette

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Giovanni Armani Giorgio Rosso del Giorno 2016

30 March 2017

Psycho-winemaking outfit from Adelaide. Killer fun.

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Giesen Hawke’s Bay Merlot 2015

30 March 2017

Well, sometimes the blind tastings come with the good and the bad. Actually always, but sometimes the bad is shocking.

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Signor Vino Langhorne Creek Nebbiolo 2014

30 March 2017

Jury out on the name of the wine, kinda fun, yeah, but anyway, the stuff in the bottle is what counts, right? Wine is produced just outside of Griffith in Hanwood, New South Wales.

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Louis Claude Desvignes Morgon Javernieres 2014

30 March 2017

Cru Beaujolais > than most Burgundy at same price. That’s maths I like.

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Redman Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

30 March 2017

Coonawarra wines, all of a sudden, keep coming through the door. So much so, that I feel a bit like Bilbo Baggins when all those dwarves kept turning up. Cork sealed.

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Posted in cabernet et al, Coonawarra, Tip Top Tipple, Top Value8 Comments

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Faber Vineyard Ferguson Valley Malbec 2015

30 March 2017

This gets 15 months in new American oak, and, alongside zinfandel, feels like one of the only grape varieties on earth that works well in that regard. Touch of magic with US oak and malbec, at times. From Dwellingup.

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Oliver’s Taranga Vineyards Tempranillo 2015

30 March 2017

I always like the personal, hand written notes from proprietor/winemaker Corrina Wright of Oliver’s Taranga. Delicious irony in the hand written in pen note that accompanied these wines started ‘sorry I didn’t have time to write a personalised note’…  

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Brash Higgins MRLO 2016

30 March 2017

Seems like the red noble variety staples of McLaren Vale have been dialled down a touch by winemaker Brad Hickey. Nice. This is a merlot with a lot of charisma, and quite a unique flavour profile, done right. From ‘Lennon Vineyard’. Secret weapon might be the addition of 10% nero d’avola.

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Adelina Eternal Return Adelaide Hills Nebbiolo 2015

30 March 2017

In the scheme of Australian nebbiolo, currently, this is sensational value. More kudos to the whip smart winemaking nous of braniacs Colin McBryde and Jennie Gardner, and of course, the wonderful grapes grown on the Gardner estate (though this isn’t grown there).  

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Vinaceous Snake Charmer Shiraz 2015

30 March 2017

It’s always been a bit of a strange brand but the value has usually seemed reasonable.

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Punt Road Airlie Bank Pinot Noir 2016

30 March 2017

The 2015 release was a stunner. 2016 wasn’t an impossible year but it wasn’t 2015, if you know what I mean. Candidate for Captain Obvious there.

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Penley Estate Black Bull Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

30 March 2017

New to the Penley Estate range and that’s all the details to hand.

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Posted in cabernet et al, Coonawarra3 Comments

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Milton Shiraz 2015

30 March 2017

Those ten rows of shiraz growing on the east coast of Tasmania. Second release. It’s the start of something.

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Milton Shiraz 2014

30 March 2017

There are other wines on the market known as “Milton Shiraz” so don’t be confused. This is from Tasmania, from 10 rows, from Swansea/Freycinet territory on the warmer east coast. A mere 40 dozen were made.

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Devil’s Corner Riesling 2016

30 March 2017

Devil’s Corner. Sounds like a cycling segment on Strava. I digress.

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Devil’s Corner Pinot Grigio 2016

30 March 2017

Pinot grigio from the east coast of Tasmania.

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Chateau Haut-Monplaisir Prestige Cahors 2006

29 March 2017

Malbec, or locally ‘Cot’ is the main grape of Cahors. The wines are often chewy and rugged, but satisfying to drink. Importer: DiscoverVin

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Ottelia Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

29 March 2017

Sourced from four vineyards in Coonawarra, and includes 6% Merlot in the blend.

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Balnaves of Coonawarra Cabernet Merlot 2013

29 March 2017

I’m not smug about these things, but I’ve often heard people say they think ‘Cabernet Merlot’ is a type of grape, as is ‘Semillon Sauvignon Blanc’.

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