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brave new wine schadenfreude

Brave New Wine Schadenfreude 2016

Single vineyard shiraz from the Great Southern. The 2015 release knocked me for six. Whole bunches, wild ferment, unfined and unfiltered, tiny make.

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Tasted : May17
Alcohol : 13.9%
Price : $35
Closure : Screwcap
Drink : 2017 - 2025
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Posted in Great Southern, shiraz et al3 Comments

david hook de novo bianco

David Hook De Novo Rosso 2015

Blend of sangiovese, barbera and nebbiolo. Not necessarily in that order.

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Alcohol : 13.5%
Price : $30
Closure : Screwcap
Drink : 2017 - 2020
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Posted in Central Ranges, nebbiolo, sangiovese et al0 Comments

david hook de novo bianco

David Hook Reserve De Novo Bianco 2014

Pinot grigio, riesling, chardonnay and sauvignon blanc, aged in oak and held back a touch prior to release.

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Tasted : May17
Alcohol : 13%
Price : $30
Closure : Screwcap
Drink : 2017 - 2019
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Posted in Central Ranges, chardonnay0 Comments

tyrrells hunter valley chardonnay

Tyrrell’s Hunter Valley Chardonnay 2016

Billed as the ‘baby brother’ to Tyrrell’s Vat 47 Chardonnay.

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Tasted : May17
Alcohol : 12%
Price : $20
Closure : Screwcap
Drink : 2017 - 2020
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Posted in chardonnay, Hunter Valley0 Comments

st johns road block 8 shiraz

St John’s Road Block 8 Shiraz 2016

Grown on the highest section of the Resurrection Vineyard, at Ebenezer in the Barossa. Fermented cool in open fermenters before going into old oak. 12.9% alcohol. Over the past few years this Block 8 Shiraz has proven itself as one of the most interesting shiraz-based wines on the Australian red wine landscape.

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Tasted : May17
Alcohol : 12.9%
Price : $38
Closure : Screwcap
Drink : 2017 - 2023+
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Posted in Barossa Valley, shiraz et al0 Comments

take it to the grave pinot noir

Take It The Grave Pinot Noir 2016

The front label says that it’s from “South Australia” but the website says 100% Adelaide Hills.

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Tasted : May17
Alcohol : 13%
Price : $16
Closure : Screwcap
Drink : 2017 - 2020
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Posted in pinot noir, South East Australia, Top Value0 Comments

Take it to the Grave Shiraz

Take It To The Grave Shiraz 2016

The back label is a bit out there – the word orchestra jumped out at me – but the wine (and value) is very good here. Little wonder this new label has been such a commercial hit.

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Tasted : May17
Alcohol : 14%
Price : $18
Closure : Screwcap
Drink : 2017 - 2021
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Posted in Barossa Valley, Langhorne Creek, shiraz et al2 Comments

take it to the grave cabernet

Take it to the Grave Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

A different face to Coonawarra cabernet sauvignon. It includes, interestingly enough, 10% shiraz.

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Price : $18
Closure : Screwcap
Drink : 2017 - 2020
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Posted in cabernet et al, Coonawarra, Top Value0 Comments

chapel hill shiraz 2014

Chapel Hill Shiraz 2015

One of the staples of Australian red wine.

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Alcohol : 14.5%
Price : $30
Closure : Screwcap
Drink : 2017 - 2025
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Posted in McLaren Vale, shiraz et al0 Comments

jacobs creek classic cabernet merlot

Jacob’s Creek Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

Trophy winner at the Langhorne Creek Wine Show: Best Multi-regional blend.

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Tasted : May17
Alcohol : 13.9%
Price : $12
Closure : Screwcap
Drink : 2017 - 2019
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Posted in cabernet et al, South Eastern Australia1 Comment

jacobs creek classic cabernet merlot

Jacob’s Creek Classic Cabernet Merlot 2016

Gold medal winner at the Langhorne Creek Wine Show.

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Tasted : May17
Alcohol : 13.9%
Price : $12
Closure : Screwcap
Drink : 2017 - 2020
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Posted in cabernet et al, South East Australia0 Comments

risky business shiraz tempranillo

Risky Business Shiraz Grenache Tempranillo 2015

Drinkability writ large.

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Tasted : May17
Alcohol : 14.5%
Price : $25
Closure : Screwcap
Drink : 2017 - 2023


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Posted in Margaret River, shiraz et al0 Comments

mount horrocks semillon

Mount Horrocks Semillon 2016

100% barrel fermented in 40% new French oak. Single vineyard semillon.

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Tasted : May17
Alcohol : 13.5%
Price : $33
Closure : Screwcap
Drink : 2018 - 2023
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Posted in Clare Valley, semillon et al1 Comment

the alchemists cabernet merlot

The Alchemists Cabernet Merlot 2014

Margaret River blend of cabernet sauvignon and merlot. Straight down the line.

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Tasted : May17
Alcohol : 14.5%
Price : $19
Closure : Screwcap
Drink : 2017 - 2021
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Posted in cabernet et al, Margaret River0 Comments

Logan Shiraz 2014

Shiraz from the Orange wine region.

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Tasted : May17
Alcohol : 13.5%
Price : $28
Closure : Screwcap
Drink : 2017 - 2023+
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Posted in Orange, shiraz et al0 Comments

Eileen Hardy Chardonnay 2015

Hardy’s Eileen Hardy Chardonnay 2015

Hardy’s have been making Eileen Hardy Chardonnay since 1986 (2007 was made but never saw the light of day, or not under the Eileen Hardy label anyway; 2011 was a write-off). This year it’s made with grapes from Tasmania, the Yarra Valley and Tumbarumba. Long gone are the days when Padthaway was Eileen Chardonnay’s driver. It is and always has been the best chardonnay Hardy’s can produce each year, and in that pursuit it is Chardonnay Sans Frontiers.

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Tasted : May17
Alcohol : 13.5%
Price : $95
Closure : Screwcap
Drink : 2018 - 2024+
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Posted in chardonnay, Tasmania, Tip Top Tipple, Yarra Valley10 Comments

deakin estate shiraz 2016

Deakin Estate Shiraz 2016

The label design has changed (again) but the value and style remains the same.

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Tasted : May17
Alcohol : 13.5%
Price : $10
Closure : Screwcap
Drink : 2017 - 2020
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Posted in Riverland, shiraz et al0 Comments

deakin estate cabernet sauvignon

Deakin Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

The Deakin Estate varietal range has been listed at $10 per bottle for a very long time. The volume wine market is clearly incredibly price sensitive.

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Tasted : May17
Alcohol : 13.5%
Price : $10
Closure : Screwcap
Drink : 2017 - 2021
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Posted in cabernet et al, Riverland0 Comments

Twin Cellars Shiraz 2014

No complaints here.

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Tasted : May17
Alcohol : 14.1%
Price : $19
Closure : Screwcap
Drink : 2017 - 2021
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shingleback davey cabernet

Shingleback The Davey Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

All French oak, 15% new.

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Tasted : May17
Alcohol : 14%
Price : $24
Closure : Screwcap
Drink : 2017 - 2025+
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Posted in cabernet et al, McLaren Vale0 Comments

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