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The last days of vintage. 2018. A visit to Taminick Cellars. Photo-gallery. Test: Repour Grenache Project 17 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
Not pretence. Lots of character. Taminick Cellars.

The last days of vintage. 2018. A visit to Taminick Cellars. Photo-gallery.

I live nearby to the historic Booth’s Taminick Cellars winery. I have for over a decade. And yet I’d never made it all the way down the dirt road to visit before. Shame on me. I finally did one morning late last week. I took some pics. The Taminick Cellars vineyard boasts, quite incredibly, about […]

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Test: Repour

On February 28 I opened a bottle of the lovely Punt Road Gamay 2017 in among a vast number of other wines. I immediately wanted to stop tasting and just drink it, but alas life wasn’t on my side. I would tip it. And move to the next wine. Or normally I would, except that […]

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Grenache Project 17 – A celebration of single vineyard grenache

All manner of groups 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. New territory is being broken.   


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.  


Diego Conterno Nebbiolo d’Alba Baluma 2016

23 May 2018

Comes from a couple of hills just outside of Monforte, hence not in Barolo as such, and therefore ‘Alba’. Importer: Addley Clark

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Ngeringa Tempranillo 2015

23 May 2018

Took me a while to get my head around this Adelaide Hills tempranillo. Think it just needs time to breathe, as much as anything. i.e. it’s not me, it’s you.

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Ngeringa Uncultured Syrah Nouveau 2017

23 May 2018

Unsulphured. Small batch. Whole bunches. Estate grown, made and bottled.

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Giuseppe Mascarello e Figlio Barolo Monprivato 2013

23 May 2018

Tasted at the winery, with the not terribly happy, but informative winemaker. I suspect my notes were briefer than they should have been as a result. Importer: Ethereal and Piedmont Fine Wines

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Vietti Barolo Castiglione 2014

23 May 2018

Tasted at the winery, along with all the other 2014 releases. This, and the Barbaresco were my favourite wines. Importer: Red + White

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Ngeringa Sangiovese 2016

23 May 2018

Sangiovese from Mount Barker Summit, Adelaide Hills.

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Chaffey Bros Wine Co Zeitpunkt Riesling 2017

23 May 2018

Grown on the organically-certified Ahrens vineyard in the Eden Valley.

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Chaffey Bros Wine Co Dufte Punkt 2017

23 May 2018

Blend of riesling, gewurztraminer and weiber herold. All grown on the Fechner Vineyard in the Eden Valley. Co-fermented. Bottled unfined.

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Moorilla Cloth Label White 2014

23 May 2018

169 dozen produced. Blend of chardonnay (20%), gewürztraminer (20%), riesling (18%), sauvignon blanc (18%), pinot gris (14%) and pinot noir. All varieties handled separately, aged in oak, then blended and held in a 1500l oak vat.

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Sutton Grange Estate Syrah 2016

23 May 2018

This has all the makings of one of Victoria’s more impressive syrah wines with diligent Mel Chester winemaker and good/interesting vineyard site included in that matrix.

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Sutton Grange Fairbank Field Blend Fiano Viognier 2017

23 May 2018

A blend from a field of fiano and viognier, with Mel Chester firmly at the winemaking helm now.

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Standish Wine Co The Relic 2016

22 May 2018

It’s Shiraz with 2% Viognier.

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Standish Wine Co The Standish Shiraz 2016

22 May 2018

Greenock Shiraz, and a very good one at that.

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Colab and Bloom Tempranillo 2016

22 May 2018

No price marked so I’ve taken a guess. Tempranillo from the Fleurieu. Nice label.

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Colab and Bloom Barossa Shiraz 2016

22 May 2018

There’s both a Barossa shiraz and a McLaren Vale shiraz – presumably line-priced – in the range. This is the Barossa version. Arguably the best wine in the range. Trust the Barossa. Blue and black berries, peppercorns, the slightest suggestion of toast. Has a bit of body. Drinks well. Satisfies. No probs. [/private}

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Monterra Cabernet Tempranillo 2015

22 May 2018

I don’t have any details and the price is a guess; no RRP was marked. But it’s a cabernet-tempranillo blend from McLaren Vale, of that much I’m certain.

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Moorilla Cloth Label Red 2014

22 May 2018

Unusual blend of 36% pinot noir, 29% shiraz, 21% cabernet sauvignon, 10% cabernet franc and 4% riesling. All wild yeast, 50% whole bunches, long maceration on the shiraz and cabernet. 169 dozen made.

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Colab and Bloom Shiraz 2016

22 May 2018

I suspect that it’s a faux-hipster label but you never know; apologies if they’re the real deal. I wouldn’t know; I live in the country. Price listed is a guess.

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Moorilla Praxis St Matthias Vineyard Pinot Noir 2016

22 May 2018

All sourced from the St Matthias vineyard in the Tamar Valley. 20% new French oak (500 litre casks).

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Thousand Candles Gathering Field Sauvignon Blanc 2017

22 May 2018

Sauvignon blanc doesn’t weigh in at 15% alcohol overly often. This was wild yeast fermented before spending five months in old French oak.

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