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vinaceous snake charmer shiraz

Vinaceous Snake Charmer Shiraz 2015

It’s always been a bit of a strange brand but the value has usually seemed reasonable.

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Tasted : Mar17
Alcohol : 14.5%
Price : $25
Closure : Screwcap
Drink : 2017 - 2022
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airlie bank pinot noir

Punt Road Airlie Bank Pinot Noir 2016

The 2015 release was a stunner. 2016 wasn’t an impossible year but it wasn’t 2015, if you know what I mean. Candidate for Captain Obvious there.

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Tasted : Mar17
Alcohol : 12.5%
Price : $21
Closure : Screwcap
Drink : 2017 - 2021
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penley estate black bull cabernet sauvignon

Penley Estate Black Bull Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

New to the Penley Estate range and that’s all the details to hand.

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Tasted : Mar17
Alcohol : 14.5%
Price : $45
Closure : Screwcap
Drink : 2018 - 2024+
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Posted in cabernet et al, Coonawarra3 Comments

milton shiraz

Milton Shiraz 2015

Those ten rows of shiraz growing on the east coast of Tasmania. Second release. It’s the start of something.

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Tasted : Mar17
Alcohol : 14.2%
Price : $55
Closure : Screwcap
Drink : 2018 - 2025
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Posted in shiraz et al, Tasmania10 Comments

milton shiraz

Milton Shiraz 2014

There are other wines on the market known as “Milton Shiraz” so don’t be confused. This is from Tasmania, from 10 rows, from Swansea/Freycinet territory on the warmer east coast. A mere 40 dozen were made.

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Tasted : Mar17
Alcohol : 14.2%
Price : $55
Closure : Screwcap
Drink : 2017 - 2023+
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devils corner riesling

Devil’s Corner Riesling 2016

Devil’s Corner. Sounds like a cycling segment on Strava. I digress.

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Tasted : Mar17
Alcohol : 12%
Price : $20
Closure : Screwcap
Drink : 2017 - 2022
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brown brothers devils corner pinot grigio

Devil’s Corner Pinot Grigio 2016

Pinot grigio from the east coast of Tasmania.

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Tasted : Mar17
Alcohol : 12.5%
Price : $19
Closure : Screwcap
Drink : 2017 - 2018
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hollick shiraz

Hollick Shiraz 2014

Shiraz from Hollick’s Wrattonbully vineyard.

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Tasted : Mar17
Alcohol : 14.5%
Price : $25
Closure : Screwcap
Drink : 2017 - 2023
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hollick cabernet sauvignon

Hollick Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

Hollick cabernet sauvignon hasn’t had the best of runs in recent years and unfortunately it still seems a shadow of its former self.

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Tasted : Mar17
Alcohol : 14%
Price : $36
Closure : Screwcap
Drink : 2017 - 2022+
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Posted in cabernet et al, Coonawarra9 Comments

richard hamilton centurion shiraz

Richard Hamilton Centurion Shiraz 2015

Shiraz from 123 year old vines. All into French oak, a decent proportion of which is new.

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Tasted : Mar17
Alcohol : 14.5%
Price : $80
Closure : Screwcap
Drink : 2017 - 2019
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Posted in McLaren Vale, shiraz et al0 Comments

richard hamilton burtons vineyard grenache

Richard Hamilton Burton’s Vineyard Grenache 2014

Bush vine grenache planted in McLaren Vale in 1947. It doesn’t see, blessedly, any new oak. This is the result of one small batch; one fermenter’s worth.

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Tasted : Mar17
Alcohol : 15%
Price : $30
Closure : Screwcap
Drink : 2017 - 2023
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juniper crossing chardonnay

Juniper Crossing Chardonnay 2016

Margaret River chardonnay is nothing if not accessible, as a general rule.

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Tasted : Mar17
Alcohol : 13%
Price : $23
Closure : Screwcap
Drink : 2017 - 2021
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vinaceous voodoo moon malbec

Vinaceous Voodoo Moon Malbec 2015

Malbec from the Wilyabrup sub-region of Margaret River. Matured in all French oak.

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Tasted : Mar17
Alcohol : 14.5%
Price : $25
Closure : Screwcap
Drink : 2017 - 2023+
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vinaceous red right hand shiraz grenache

Vinaceous Red Right Hand Shiraz Grenache Tempranillo 2015

Tempranillo (even if only 11 percent o the blend) has been used to good effect here.

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Tasted : Mar17
Alcohol : 14.5%
Price : $25
Closure : Screwcap
Drink : 2017 - 2022
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Posted in Margaret River, shiraz et al0 Comments

vinaceous shakre chardonnay

Vinaceous Shakre Chardonnay 2016

Shakre chardonnay shakes Margaret River.

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Tasted : Mar17
Alcohol : 13%
Price : $22
Closure : Screwcap
Drink : 2017 - 2019
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juniper crossing shiraz

Juniper Crossing Shiraz 2015

It’s been a long while since we’ve reviewed a Juniper Crossing Shiraz, for some reason, but it seems like it’s business as usual.

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Tasted : Mar17
Alcohol : 14%
Price : $23
Closure : Screwcap
Drink : 2017 - 2022+
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Posted in Margaret River, shiraz et al0 Comments

trial by fire pinot gris

Trial By Fires Piggy Skins Pinot Gris 2016

The name kind of infers it all but it spent 84 days on skins, was bottled unfined and unfiltered, and is available cellar door only. 950 bottle make. Made by Bay of Fires as a trial/experimentation.

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Tasted : Mar17
Alcohol : 13%
Price : $45
Closure : Screwcap
Drink : 2017 - 2018
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Posted in pinot gris/grigio, Tasmania2 Comments

CRFT Little Hill Shiraz

CRFT Cemetery Vineyard Shiraz 2015

Shiraz from the Ebenezer sub-region of the Barossa Valley. Unfined and unfiltered.

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Tasted : Mar17
Alcohol : 15%
Price : $39
Closure : Screwcap
Drink : 2017 - 2027+
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Posted in Barossa Valley, shiraz et al0 Comments

bay of fires pinot noir

Bay of Fires Pinot Noir 2015

Bay of Fires Pinot  Noir is grown on many different Tasmanian vineyards across the Derwent Valley, Coal River and East Coast areas of the state. It’s made by Penny Jones, who’s been making wine at Bay of Fires since 2013. She’s nailed this one.

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Tasted : Mar17
Alcohol : 13.5%
Price : $45
Closure : Screwcap
Drink : 2017 - 2024+
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dominique portet cabernet sauvignon

Dominique Portet Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

Grown on two Yarra Valley vineyards (at Coldstream and Steels Creek), both fielding 20+ year old vines. It spends 25 days on skins and sees 40% new (French) oak.

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Tasted : Mar17
Alcohol : 14%
Price : $55
Closure : Cork
Drink : 2020 - 2026+
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Posted in cabernet et al, Yarra Valley1 Comment

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