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gundog hilltops no 2 shiraz

Gundog Estate Hilltops No.1 Shiraz 2017

Shiraz grown on the Freeman vineyard in the Hilltops region of NSW.

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Tasted : jan19
Alcohol : 14%
Price : $35
Closure : Screwcap
Drink : 2020 - 2025+
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gundog hilltops no 2 shiraz

Gundog Estate Hilltops No.2 Shiraz 2017

The 2015 version was made with shiraz grapes grown at the Freeman Vineyard but we’ve switched over to the Moppity vineyard for this 2017. All French oak, 30% new.

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Tasted : jan19
Alcohol : 13%
Price : $35
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Drink : 2020 - 2025+
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Gundog Estate Marksman’s Shiraz 2017

Shiraz from the Canberra District. This is the “limited release” or “best fruit” label.

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Tasted : jan19
Alcohol : 14%
Price : $60
Closure : Screwcap
Drink : 2020 - 2028+
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Angove Family Winemakers Family Crest Shiraz 2017

McLaren Vale shiraz at an attractive price.

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Tasted : jan19
Alcohol : 14.5%
Price : $22
Closure : Screwcap
Drink : 2019 - 2024+
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Angove Family Winemakers Family Crest Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

Angove put out some ripping wines it has to be said.

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Tasted : Jan19
Alcohol : 14%
Price : $22
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Drink : 2020 - 2025+
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Voyager Estate Girt By Sea Cabernet Merlot 2017

Suspect we’re a little pre-release here but a) forewarned and b) we’re behind on the Girt by Sea front. It’s a blend of cabernet and merlot, obviously, but there’s also some petit verdot in the mix. All French oak nowadays.

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Tasted : Jan19
Alcohol : 14%
Price : $28
Closure : Screwcap
Drink : 2020 - 2028
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Lark Hill Gruner Veltliner 2018

Gruner, biodynamically grown, from the Canberra District.

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Tasted : Jan19
Alcohol : 12.5%
Price : $45
Closure : Screwcap
Drink : 2019 - 2023
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Lark Hill Riesling 2018

Riesling from the Lark Hill Vineyard in the Canberra District. Certified biodynamic..

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Tasted : Jan19
Alcohol : 11%
Price : $35
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Drink : 2019 - 2030
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Pike & Joyce Nebbiolo Innesti 2017

100% nebbiolo from Lenswood in the Adelaide Hills.

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Tasted : jan19
Alcohol : 14%
Price : $36
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Drink : 2019 - 2024
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d’Arenberg The Coppermine Road Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

Basket pressed, racked to new and used French oak, bottled unfined and unfiltered.

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Tasted : Jan19
Alcohol : 14.5%
Price : $75
Closure : Screwcap
Drink : 2021 - 2036+
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Country Road Private Bin Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

Joint venture between John Baruzzi and Chinese importer Wine Supply Pty Ltd. Made with McLaren Vale cabernet sauvignon, though the label doesn’t mention any region other than ‘South Australia’.

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Tasted : Jan19
Alcohol : 14.4%
Price : $40
Closure : Cork
Drink : 2019 - 2025+
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Country Road Private Bin Shiraz 2013

Joint venture between John Baruzzi and Chinese importer Wine Supply Pty Ltd. Made with McLaren Vale shiraz. Matured in American oak and released as a 5-6 year old. Cork sealed.

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Tasted : Jan19
Alcohol : 14.8%
Price : $40
Closure : Cork
Drink : 2019 - 2024+
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Country Road Private Bin Cabernet Shiraz 2014

Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz from South Australia, according to the label, though the press notes suggest the grapes were sourced from McLaren Vale and the Barossa.

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Tasted : jan19
Alcohol : 14%
Price : $35
Closure : Cork
Drink : 2019 - 2026+
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Posted in Barossa Valley, cabernet et al, McLaren Vale, shiraz et al, South Australia0 Comments

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Pike & Joyce Vue du Nord Pinot Noir 2017

Pinot noir from the Adelaide Hills.

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Tasted : Jan19
Alcohol : 13.5%
Price : $36
Closure : Screwcap
Drink : 2019 - 2024
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Pike & Joyce Shiraz L’Optimiste 2017

The Pike & Joyce families have been farming at Lenswood in the Adelaide Hills since 1997.

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Tasted : Jan19
Alcohol : 13.5%
Price : $36
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Drink : 2020 - 2025+
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lucinda estate circa 1990 pinot noir

Lucinda Estate Circa 1990 Pinot Noir 2015

Fermented (wild) in a 3000 litre oak fermenter. Love those babies. After 22 days the grapes are pressed, settled, and then sent to 40% new oak.

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Tasted : Jan19
Alcohol : 13.5%
Price : $40
Closure : Diam
Drink : 2019 - 2025
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pimba syrah 2017

Pimba Syrah 2017

This wine again came via Matt Pattison, who is also responsible for Little Yarra. It saw 30% whole bunches and is no doubt a labour of love.

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Tasted : Jan19
Alcohol : 13.7%
Price : $40
Closure : Screwcap
Drink : 2020 - 2030
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xabregas riesling

Xabregas Riesling 2018

Riesling from WA’s Mount Barker region.

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Tasted : Jan19
Alcohol : 12.5%
Price : $23
Closure : Screwcap
Drink : 2019 - 2024+
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Lillydale Estate Gewurztraminer 2018

Lillydale Estate is a famous vineyard in the Yarra Valley though its light has been left to fade and die; until now. It was planted in 1976 and then bought by McWilliam’s in 1985, though for all appearances they never seemed to know what to do with it. The brand had its moments but in general it wandered and then withered. The vineyard was more or less abandoned in 2008, sadly, though in 2012 the Zhang family purchased the vineyard and have since set to restoring and re-invigorating it. This Gewurztraminer from 2018 is the first public result. There’s only 120 dozen of it.

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Alcohol : 11.7%
Price : $29
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Drink : 2019 - 2022


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west cape howe hannahs hill cabernet merlot

West Cape Howe Hannah’s Hill Cabernet Malbec 2017

Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec, co-fermented, from Frankland River. Value doesn’t come much better.

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Tasted : Jan19
Alcohol : 14%
Price : $22
Closure : Screwcap
Drink : 2019 - 2028+
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