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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 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

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 […]


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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Gundog Estate Old Road Shiraz 2014

22 January 2018

Part of the just-released Gundog Estate single-vineyard range from the 2014 vintage. This is from Will’s Hill Vineyard at Pokolbin.  

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Sunshine Creek Chardonnay 2015

21 January 2018

You pretty much don’t hear the word ‘creek’ in England. Seems an Australian/American thing. Just an observation. These things go through my mind.

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Ghost Rock The Pinots 2017

21 January 2018

It’s taken a few years to bed this down but I reckon they’ve nailed it here. It used to include pinot noir, as you’d expect, but it’s now ‘just’ a blend of pinot gris and pinot meunier. It’s soaked on skins for 24 hours and is then matured partly in stainless steel, partly in neutral […]

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Calabria Private Bin Nero D’Avola 2017

19 January 2018

Calabria make one of Australia’s more expensive red wines, and also one of its best value. Clearly this is the latter.

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Calabria The Iconic Shiraz 2015

19 January 2018

The vines are 101 years old, the oak is 100% new, and the price is $175. A lot of 3-digit numbers are involved.

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Brown Brothers Cellar Door Release Arneis 2017

19 January 2018

Arneis from the Yarra Valley. This is more like it.

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Cooke Brothers Wines Broderick Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

19 January 2018

Broderick Vineyard suggests that this wine is produced from fruit off the long-established Basket Range Wines vineyard of the Broderick family – self evident stuff really. Great to see this wonderful family getting their name out there under a number of guises, including their own diversifying range of wines, with sons Sholto and Louis accelerating […]

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Spider Bill Wines Dolcetto 2017

19 January 2018

Tarrant and Melanie Hansen are behind the Spider Bill Wines range, a boutique operation that’s been honed from a tree change and a breadth of winemaking experience that’s seen the couple travel broadly to gain in-field education. The range highlights some deeper interest in Italian grape varieties, including this, a bright, sweet-hearted dolectto. It deserves […]

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Geyer Wine Co Chenin Blanc 2017

19 January 2018

The Geyer Wine Co is winemaker and grape grower Dave Geyer’s (Barossa’s answer to Chesty Bond) project. An array of excellent new releases has emerged in past months. This wine is pressed to barrel and fermented, left on lees, released with building some complexity into the wine in mind. Aint no cellar door sweetie.

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Gundog Estate Somerset Vineyard Shiraz 2014

18 January 2018

Hunter Valley Shiraz from one of the better-known vineyards. $100. This vineyard was planted in the late 1960s.

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Brown Brothers Shiraz Mondeuse Cabernet 2013

18 January 2018

It’s tempting to call this Brown Brothers’ most interesting wine but then, some might argue that it’s routinely Brown Brothers’ only interesting wine. This year the blend is 50/25/25. It saw only 13% new oak, but 59% of the oak used was only one year old.

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Posted in cabernet et al, milawa, shiraz et al21 Comments

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Gundog Estate Sunshine Vineyard Semillon 2014

18 January 2018

The Sunshine Vineyard is on Wine Country Drive at Pokolbin in the Hunter. Lindemans made wine from this vineyard back in the glory days.

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Westend Cool Climate Series Pinot Noir 2017

18 January 2018

Tumbarumba pinot noir. Smart producer. $15. Worth a look.

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Beechworth Wine Estates Fiano 2017

18 January 2018

First release of a Fiano from Beechworth Wine Estates. Tasted all the whites in the range recently and was impressed. This was my favourite of them, somewhat out of the blue.

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Kooyong Estate Pinot Noir 2015

17 January 2018

Interesting to see how Kooyong hold their estate wines back a little.

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Eldridge Estate Pinot Noir 2016

17 January 2018

David Lloyd one of the more thoughtful men in Australian wine. And a lovely chap to boot.

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Domaine Labranche Laffont Madiran 2012

16 January 2018

Tannat (60%), Cabernet Franc (20%), Cabernet Sauvignon (20%). Importer: Mosaic Wines.

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Posted in Madiran, other reds, Tip Top Tipple, Top Value4 Comments


Tapanappa Whalebone Vineyard Merlot Cabernet Franc 2014

16 January 2018

Here’s a wine where I’ve not quite my mind up on whether I like it a lot, or just a little. Probably should have left it to CM, our resident Merlot expert.

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Mont Rouge Main Ridge Vineyard Shiraz 2016

16 January 2018

From Main Ridge on the Mornington Peninsula. Vines planted in 1990. Made by Michael Kyberd.

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Jouffreau-Hermann Cahors Clos de Gamot 2008

15 January 2018

100% Malbec. Importer: Mosaic Wines

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