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west cape howe two steps shiraz

West Cape Howe Two Steps Shiraz 2015

Another impressive release from West Cape Howe.

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Tasted : Sep17
Alcohol : 14.5%
Price : $28
Closure : Screwcap
Drink : 2017 - 2027
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vickery watervale riesling

Vickery Watervale Riesling 2017

Clare Valley riesling from the Waterfall sub-region. The front label carries the code WVR 143 CBK.

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Tasted : Sep17
Alcohol : 13%
Price : $23
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Drink : 2017 - 2024
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giant steps tarraford syrah

Giant Steps Tarraford Vineyard Syrah 2016

Single vineyard Yarra Valley syrah. 75% whole bunches. Fermented in small oak vats. Racked and bottled by gravity. 270 dozen made.

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Tasted : Sep17
Alcohol : 14%
Price : $50
Closure : Screwcap
Drink : 2018 - 2028+
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giant steps syrah

Giant Steps Syrah 2016

Yarra Valley syrah grown on the Sexton and Tarraford vineyards. 30% whole bunches. Open fermented. Large format oak. Bottled by gravity in May so it’s had a few months to settle. Right.

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Tasted : Sep17
Alcohol : 14%
Price : $35
Closure : Screwcap
Drink : 2018 - 2028+
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Posted in shiraz et al, Yarra Valley10 Comments

battle of bosworth graciano

Battle of Bosworth Graciano 2016

McLaren Vale graciano, no oak, bottled fresh.

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Tasted : Sep17
Alcohol : 13.5%
Price : $28
Closure : Screwcap
Drink : 2017 - 2021
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west cape howe tempranillo

West Cape Howe Tempranillo 2016

Made with fruit sourced from the Perth Hills and Frankland River regions. The West Cape Howe wines are in very good shape, by the looks.

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Tasted : Sep17
Alcohol : 14%
Price : $22
Closure : Screwcap
Drink : 2017 - 2022+
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west cape howe book ends cabernet

West Cape Howe Book Ends Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

The price is creeping up but the quality is usually there. Cabernet Sauvignon from Mount Barker in WA.

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Tasted : Sep17
Alcohol : 14.5%
Price : $30
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Drink : 2017 - 2025+
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oakridge willowlake pinot noir

Oakridge Local Vineyard Series Hazeldene Vineyard Pinot Noir 2016

Once upon a time, when winemaker Dave Bicknell was clean shaven, his pinot noirs weren’t much chop. Now that he has a sizeable bushy beard, his pinot noirs are excellent. Co-incidence? I think not. This is pinot noir from the upper Yarra Valley. We’ve seen Coldstream Hills produce (named) single vineyard pinot noir from this vineyard in the past. Here Oakridge takes a crack.

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Alcohol : 14.5%
Price : $38
Closure : Screwcap
Drink : 2018 - 2025
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oakridge willowlake chardonnay

Oakridge Local Vineyard Series Willowlake Vineyard Chardonnay 2016

Stunning chardonnay off the Willowlake Vineyard at Gladysvale in the Yarra Valley.

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Tasted : Sep17
Alcohol : 13.2%
Price : $38
Closure : Screwcap
Drink : 2017 - 2023+
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oakridge barkala vineyard chardonnay

Oakridge Local Vineyard Series Barkala Ridge Vineyard Chardonnay 2016

All the attention has been on the 2015s and then this 2016 appears. Stop the presses.

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Tasted : Sep17
Alcohol : 13.8%
Price : $38
Closure : Screwcap
Drink : 2018 - 2023+
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oakridge willowlake pinot noir

Oakridge Local Vineyard Series Willowlake Vineyard Pinot Noir 2016

Pinot noir from a north-facing site at Gladysdale in the Yarra Valley.

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Tasted : Sep17
Alcohol : 14.5%
Price : $38
Closure : Screwcap
Drink : 2017 - 2022+
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west cape howe tempranillo rose

West Cape Howe Tempranillo Rosé 2017

Mediterranean varieties are often well suited to rosé.

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Tasted : Sep17
Alcohol : 13%
Price : $17
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Drink : 2017 - 2018
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the thief gsm

The Thief? Grenache Shiraz Mataro 2016

The shiraz is from Natasha Mooney’s Greenock vineyard, the Grenache and Mataro is from the neighbour’s vineyard. No thievery was involved.

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Alcohol : 14.2%
Price : $22
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Drink : 2017 - 2021
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Posted in Barossa Valley, grenache et al, shiraz et al0 Comments

the thief shiraz

The Thief? Shiraz 2015

Shiraz from the Greenock sub-region of the Barossa Valley. “I wanted to purchase a vineyard in the region for a number of years,” says Natasha Mooney, the winemaker/owner behind this new release/label. “I’ve been making wine from this 25 year old vineyard for ten years and when it came up for sale I couldn’t pass it up.” It was picked early-ish and matured in large format, seasoned oak.

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Alcohol : 13.9%
Price : $22
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Drink : 2017 - 2022
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terre a terre crayeres shiraz

Terre à Terre Crayères Vineyard Shiraz 2015

The Crayères Vineyard is next door to the Whalebone Vineyard atop the limestone ridge in the Wrattonbully region. It was planted in 2008, at 4444 vines per hectare. This wine saw 50% new French oak. Production was 280 dozen.

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Tasted : Sep17
Alcohol : 14.5%
Price : $40
Closure : Screwcap
Drink : 2021 - 2029+
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gomersal wines reserve shiraz

Gomersal Wines Reserve Shiraz 2013

Barossa Shiraz matured in new and aged American oak. 838 dozen produced.

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Alcohol : 15%
Price : $25
Closure : Screwcap
Drink : 2018 - 2024+
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koonowla riesling

Koonowla Riesling 2017

I’m pretty sure this is part of Koonowla’s ‘single vineyard’ range but I could be wrong. No matter.

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Tasted : Sep17
Alcohol : 12.3%
Price : $20
Closure : Screwcap
Drink : 2017 - 2024
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koonowla the ringmaster riesling

Koonowla The Ringmaster Riesling 2017

Talk about value.

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Tasted : Sep17
Alcohol : 12.3%
Price : $16
Closure : Screwcap
Drink : 2017 - 2022
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denton shed pinot noir

Denton View Hill Denton Shed Cabernet Franc 2015

Varietal cabernet franc, Yarra Valley, made by Luke Lambert.

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Alcohol : 13.5%
Price : $30
Closure : Screwcap
Drink : 2017 - 2024+
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gomersal wines shiraz

Gomersal Wines Shiraz 2014

This shiraz is part of Gomersal Wines’ Premium Range. It’s Barossa shiraz, matured in American oak.

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Alcohol : 14.5%
Price : $20
Closure : Screwcap
Drink : 2017 - 2021
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Posted in Barossa Valley, shiraz et al0 Comments

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