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even keel pinot noir

Even Keel Mornington Peninsula Pinot Noir 2016

Even Keel is a range of wines put out by Polperro on the Mornington Peninsula. I wouldn’t actually call it a “second label”; the wines are better than that.

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Tasted : Nov17
Alcohol : 13.5%
Price : $35
Closure : Screwcap
Drink : 2017 - 2022
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even keel tumbarumba chardonnay

Even Keel Tumbarumba Chardonnay 2016

Tumbarumba Chardonnay. Say it again.

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Tasted : Nov17
Alcohol : 12.8%
Price : $35
Closure : Screwcap
Drink : 2018 - 2023
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stonier windmill

Stonier Merron’s Vineyard Pinot Noir 2015

From a vineyard planted in 1998 at Red Hill. North-east aspect.

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Tasted : Nov17
Alcohol : 14.5%
Price : $55
Closure : Screwcap
Drink : 2019 - 2024+
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Stonier Windmill Vineyard Pinot Noir 2015

The Windmill Vineyard is at Merricks on the Mornington Peninsula. It was planted in 1996 and is north-facing.

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Tasted : Nov17
Alcohol : 14.5%
Price : $65
Closure : Screwcap
Drink : 2017 - 2022
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faber vineyard frankland river cabernet sauvignon

Faber Vineyard Frankland River Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

From a north-facing vineyard in the Frankland River region. It’s given a year in bottle prior to release.

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Tasted : Nov17
Alcohol : 13.5%
Price : $53
Closure : Cork
Drink : 2019 - 2025+
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faber malbec

Faber Vineyard Ferguson Valley Malbec 2016

American oak often gets a bad rap and usually deservedly so. Here is an example of American oak being used skilfully and as a clear positive.

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Tasted : Nov17
Alcohol : 14%
Price : $33
Closure : Screwcap
Drink : 2018 - 2025
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voyager estate shiraz

Voyager Estate Shiraz 2014

98.5% Margaret River Shiraz, 1.5% Viognier. It sees mostly French but some American oak too.

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Tasted : Nov17
Alcohol : 14%
Price : $38
Closure : Screwcap
Drink : 2019 - 2029
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henschke julius riesling

Henschke Julius Riesling 2017

Don’t mind a bit of Julius Riesling. It is of course from the Eden Valley. It’s released next month, in time for this summer and for about 25 summers hence.

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Tasted : Nov17
Alcohol : 11.5%
Price : $45
Closure : Screwcap
Drink : 2017 - 2027+
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henschke mount edelstone shiraz

Henschke Mount Edelstone Shiraz 2013

When the 2014 Mount Edelstone Shiraz was released we reported: “Henschke has decided to release the 2014 Mount Edelstone Shiraz ahead of the 2013. “The 2013 needs patience,” Stephen Henschke says. “It is a structural beauty, though slower developing. After only three years (the 2014) is perfectly poised for release, already showing the hallmark characters of this vineyard.” That was in January of this year. It’s not quite a year on but it’s not far off.

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Tasted : Nov17
Alcohol : 14.5%
Price : $225
Closure : Screwcap
Drink : 2022 - 2040
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two hands holy grail shiraz

Two Hands Holy Grail Shiraz 2015

Shiraz from the estate vineyard on Seppeltsfield Road. It spends 19 months in all French oak, 18% new. DIAM-sealed.

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Alcohol : 14.8%
Price : $100
Closure : Diam
Drink : 2022 - 2040
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two hands brave faces

Two Hands Brave Faces Grenache Mourvedre Shiraz 2016

I don’t have notes on this particular release but Brave Faces GMS blend routinely includes some whole bunches in the ferment; it tastes as though it does.

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Tasted : Nov17
Alcohol : 13.8%
Price : $27
Closure : Screwcap
Drink : 2017 - 2024+
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two hands harriets garden shiraz

Two Hands Harriet’s Garden Shiraz 2015

New addition to the Two Hands “Garden Series”. Adelaide Hills shiraz. Open fermented, 80% whole bunches, French but no new oak.

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Alcohol : 13.8%
Price : $60
Closure : Diam
Drink : 2019 - 2027+
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two hands lilys garden shiraz

Two Hands Lily’s Garden McLaren Vale Shiraz 2015

It’s one of the originals of the Two Hands range.

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Tasted : Nov17
Alcohol : 14.2%
Price : $60
Closure : Diam
Drink : 2018 - 2032+
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two hands angels share shiraz

Two Hands Angels’ Share Shiraz 2016

It’s a hard wine to deny.

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Tasted : Nov17
Alcohol : 14%
Price : $27
Closure : Screwcap
Drink : 2017 - 2024+
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noon eclipse

Noon Eclipse Grenache Shiraz 2016

Noon’s Eclipse is a grenache-dominant McLaren Vale red with small inputs from shiraz and, oftentimes, graciano. This release is made using 87% Grenache, 5% Shiraz and 8% Graciano, all estate grown.

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Tasted : Nov17
Alcohol : 15.5%
Price : $29
Closure : Screwcap
Drink : 2017 - 2025+
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noon vp

Noon Winery VP 2016

The first “VP” made by Noon since the 2006 release. Made with Langhorne Creek shiraz.

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Tasted : Nov17
Alcohol : 18.2%
Price : $29
Closure : Screwcap
Drink : 2017 - 2027+
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noon reserve shiraz

Noon Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

100% Cabernet Sauvignon from the ‘Fruit Trees’ and Main Road blocks in Langhorne Creek. It’s only released when the quality is deemed high enough – in 2001, 2008, 2010, 2011 and 2013 there was no Reserve Cabernet produced.

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Tasted : Nov17
Alcohol : 15.5%
Price : $29
Closure : Screwcap
Drink : 2020 - 2028+
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noon reserve shiraz

Noon Reserve Shiraz 2016

 100% Shiraz from the ‘20 Rows’ block in Langhorne Creek. Matured in both French and American oak, 30-40% new.

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Tasted : Nov17
Alcohol : 15.5%
Price : $29
Closure : Screwcap
Drink : 2018 - 2026+
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redman the last row shiraz

Redman The Last Row Shiraz 2015

Coonawarra shiraz from 80-year-old vines. 250-300 dozen made. Could well be cellar door only.

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Tasted : Nov17
Alcohol : 14.9%
Price : $30
Closure : Screwcap
Drink : 2018 - 2024+
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hickinbotham the revivalist merlot

Hickinbotham Clarendon Vineyard The Revivalist Merlot 2015

The vines were planted in 1976 and 1989. The grapes were left on skins for three weeks. It was basket pressed before going into French oak (Bordeaux coopered) for 15 months.

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Tasted : Nov17
Alcohol : 13.5%
Price : $75
Closure : Screwcap
Drink : 2019 - 2027+
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