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gundog estate somerset shiraz

Gundog Estate The 48 Block Shiraz 2014

Shiraz from the Tinkler’s Vineyard.

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Alcohol : 13.8%
Price : $100
Closure : Screwcap
Drink : 2022 - 2032+
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Gundog Estate Somerset Vineyard Semillon 2014

The Somerset Vineyard. The Hunter Valley. A top vintage. Killer combination.

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Alcohol : 11%
Price : $50
Closure : Screwcap
Drink : 2020 - 2027+
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Gundog Estate Old Road Shiraz 2014

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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Alcohol : 13.8%
Price : $100
Closure : Screwcap
Drink : 2021 - 2032+
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Posted in Hunter Valley, shiraz et al0 Comments

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Ghost Rock The Pinots 2017

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 oak.

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Alcohol : 13%
Price : $30
Closure : Screwcap
Drink : 2018 - 2021
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Calabria Private Bin Nero D’Avola 2017

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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Tasted : Jan18
Alcohol : 13.5%
Price : $15
Closure : Screwcap
Drink : 2018 - 2022
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Calabria The Iconic Shiraz

Calabria The Iconic Shiraz 2015

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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Alcohol : 14.5%
Price : $175
Closure : Cork
Drink : 2022 - 2035+
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Posted in Barossa Valley, shiraz et al3 Comments

brown brothers cellar door arneis

Brown Brothers Cellar Door Release Arneis 2017

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

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Alcohol : 12.5%
Price : $25
Closure : Screwcap
Drink : 2018 - 2021
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gundog estate somerset shiraz

Gundog Estate Somerset Vineyard Shiraz 2014

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

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Tasted : Jan18
Alcohol : 13.8%
Price : $100
Closure : Screwcap
Drink : 2022 - 2035+
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Brown Brothers Shiraz Mondeuse Cabernet 2013

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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Tasted : Jan18
Alcohol : 14.5%
Price : $90
Closure : Screwcap
Drink : 2020 - 2026+
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Posted in cabernet et al, milawa, shiraz et al25 Comments

gundog estate sunshine vineyard semillon

Gundog Estate Sunshine Vineyard Semillon 2014

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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Tasted : Jan18
Alcohol : 11.8%
Price : $50
Closure : Screwcap
Drink : 2018 - 2023+
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Posted in Hunter Valley, semillon et al0 Comments

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Westend Cool Climate Series Pinot Noir 2017

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

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Tasted : Jan18
Alcohol : 13%
Price : $15
Closure : Screwcap
Drink : 2018 - 2022
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Beechworth Wine Estates Fiano 2017

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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Tasted : Jan18
Alcohol : 13%
Price : $25
Closure : Screwcap
Drink : 2018 - 2020
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mont rouge shiraz

Mont Rouge Main Ridge Vineyard Shiraz 2016

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

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Alcohol : 13.5%
Price : $45
Closure : Screwcap
Drink : 2019 - 2026
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Posted in Mornington Peninsula, shiraz et al0 Comments

crabtree watervale cabernet sauvignon

Crabtree Watervale Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

Cabernet sauvignon, Watervale, open fermented, basket pressed, all French oak for 18 months.

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Tasted : Jan18
Alcohol : 14%
Price : $25
Closure : Screwcap
Drink : 2018 - 2025
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After Five Wine Co Grenache 2016

Single vineyard grenache from the Barossa. Whole bunches, basket pressing, 500l oak, bottled unfined.

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Alcohol : 14%
Price : $45
Closure : Screwcap
Drink : 2018 - 2028+
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poachers ridge marsanne

Poacher’s Ridge Marsanne 2017

Barrel-fermented marsanne from the Great Southern.

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Tasted : Jan18
Alcohol : 13%
Price : $25
Closure : Screwcap
Drink : 2019 - 2023
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After Five Wine Co Serata 2016

Single vineyard. Made by Purple Hands. Blend of shiraz, montepulciano and aglianico. All French oak, most of it old.

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Alcohol : 13.5%
Price : $45
Closure : Screwcap
Drink : 2019 - 2029+
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Posted in Barossa Valley, shiraz et al, Tip Top Tipple0 Comments

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Poacher’s Ridge Riesling 2017

Great Southern riesling. Small batch, hand picked, dry in style. This is from the Louis’ Block but it’s not overtly ‘named’, as such.

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Tasted : Jan18
Alcohol : 12.2%
Price : $25
Closure : Screwcap
Drink : 2018 - 2025+
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Posted in Great Southern, riesling, Top Value1 Comment

taltarni pyrenees shieaz

Taltarni Pyrenees Shiraz 2015

From the estate’s oldest shiraz block, Block 21, planted in 1970. It spent 18 months in French oak barriques.

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Tasted : Jan18
Alcohol : 14.5%
Price : $40
Closure : Screwcap
Drink : 2021 - 2031+
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cofield sparkling shiraz

Cofield Sparkling Shiraz 2015

Vintage release of Cofield Sparkling Shiraz. First I’ve seen for a while.

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Tasted : Jan18
Alcohol : 13.7%
Price : $28
Closure : Cork
Drink : 2018 - 2021
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Posted in Rutherglen, Sparkling0 Comments

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