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Kooyong Estate Pinot Noir 2015

Interesting to see how Kooyong hold their estate wines back a little.

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Tasted : Jan18
Alcohol : 13%
Price : $53
Closure : Screwcap
Drink : 2019 - 2028
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Posted in Mornington Peninsula, pinot noir1 Comment

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Eldridge Estate Pinot Noir 2016

David Lloyd one of the more thoughtful men in Australian wine. And a lovely chap to boot.

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Tasted : Jan18
Alcohol : 13.5%
Price : $60
Closure : Screwcap
Drink : 2018 - 2026+
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Posted in Mornington Peninsula, pinot noir6 Comments

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Domaine Labranche Laffont Madiran 2012

Tannat (60%), Cabernet Franc (20%), Cabernet Sauvignon (20%). Importer: Mosaic Wines.

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Tasted : Jan18
Alcohol : 14%
Price : $29
Closure : Diam
Drink : 2018 - 2024


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Posted in Madiran, other reds, Tip Top Tipple, Top Value4 Comments

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Tapanappa Whalebone Vineyard Merlot Cabernet Franc 2014

Here’s a wine where I’ve not quite my mind up on whether I like it a lot, or just a little. Probably should have left it to CM, our resident Merlot expert.

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Tasted : Jan18
Alcohol : 14.4%
Price : $79
Closure : Cork
Drink : 2020 - 2028+
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Posted in merlot et al, Wrattonbully1 Comment

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Jouffreau-Hermann Cahors Clos de Gamot 2008

100% Malbec. Importer: Mosaic Wines

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Tasted : Jan18
Alcohol : 13.5%
Price : $58
Closure : Cork
Drink : 2018 - 2028+
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Posted in Cahors, other reds6 Comments

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Chateau Paveil de Luze Margaux Rouge 2010

Importer: Mosaic Wines

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Tasted : Jan18
Alcohol : 14%
Price : $120
Closure : Cork
Drink : 2018 - 2022+
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Posted in Bordeaux, cabernet et al2 Comments

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Ar.Pe.Pe Valtellina Rosso 2015

Importer: Giorgio de Maria Fun Wines.

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Tasted : Jan18
Alcohol : 12.5%
Price : $54
Closure : Cork
Drink : 2018 - 2026+
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Torzi Matthews Francesca Grillo Collina Calcarea Syrah 2017

A tribute wine from Dom Torzi to his mum, so, I won’t give it a rating, because he asked me not to. And when it comes to mums, I’m not one to argue. Comes in a 680ml crownseal beer bottle.

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Tasted : Jan18
Alcohol : 12.9%
Price : $25
Closure : Crownseal
Drink : 2018 - 2024+
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Posted in Eden Valley, shiraz et al, Tip Top Tipple, Top Value5 Comments

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Christian Moreau Les Clos Chablis Grand Cru 2015

I tasted this informally a couple of weeks ago, but jotted down a quick note. I like Chablis. Importer: Vintage & Vine.

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Tasted : Jan18
Alcohol : 13%
Price : $130
Closure : Diam
Drink : 2018 - 2024+


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Posted in Burgundy, chardonnay3 Comments

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Roagna Barolo Pira 2011

Importer: Mondo Imports

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Tasted : Jan18
Alcohol : 13.5%
Price : $160
Closure : Cork
Drink : 2021 - 2035+
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Posted in Italy, nebbiolo7 Comments

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Roagna Barbaresco Paje 2011

Importer: Mondo Imports

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Tasted : Jan18
Alcohol : 13.5%
Price : $160
Closure : Cork
Drink : 2019 - 2031+
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Posted in Italy, nebbiolo7 Comments

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Olek Bondonio Barbera d’Alba 2016

I’d best get to that huge backlog of Barbara this week, but this was open and poured for me. An offer I could not refuse, so to speak. Importer: Giorgio de Maria Fun Wines

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Tasted : Jan18
Alcohol : 14.5%
Price : $60
Closure : Cork
Drink : 2018 - 2026+
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Posted in Italy, other reds11 Comments

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Woods Crampton Pedro 2017

It’s a GSM, and wow, is it juicy good fun to drink!

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Tasted : Jan18
Alcohol : 14.2%
Price : $24
Closure : Screwcap
Drink : 2018 - 2022
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Posted in Barossa Valley, other reds3 Comments

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Roagna Langhe Rosso 2011

It’s no ordinary Langhe Rosso with the grapes coming 2/3 from Pira (Barolo) and 1/3 Paje (Barbaresco) from younger vines, though still 25+ years old. Importer: Mondo Imports

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Tasted : Jan18
Alcohol : 13.5%
Price : $60
Closure : Cork
Drink : 2018 - 2026+
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Posted in Italy, nebbiolo, Tip Top Tipple23 Comments

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Domaine Dominique Mugneret Nuits-Saint-Georges 1er Aux Boudots 2015

From a storied cru in NSG, which abuts Malconsorts in Vosne Romanée. Importer: Langtons

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Tasted : Jan18
Alcohol : 13.5%
Price : $175
Closure : Diam
Drink : 2020 - 2030


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Posted in Burgundy, pinot noir0 Comments

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Domaine Dominique Mugneret Vosne-Romanée Alliance des Terroirs 2015

It’s certainly an interesting life being a very famous, and very handsome wine critic. Variety is the spice of life etc. Don’t quite know what prompted that introduction, though I obviously thought it important to mention. Anyway, I’m pretty fond of Vosne-Romanée, even though it’s only Pinot Noir, though Musigny is my favourite. Now, if I were rich, as well as handsome and famous, I’d be well sorted. Importer: Langtons

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Tasted : Jan18
Alcohol : 13.5%
Price : $125
Closure : Diam
Drink : 2018 - 2028+


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Posted in Burgundy, pinot noir11 Comments

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Pike & Joyce HJJ Reserve Pinot Noir 2015

Pinot Noir from the Adelaide Hills, I feel, is on the improve. Tasting this alongside a couple of 2015 Burgundies (at 2x and 3x price), and it’s not shown up for lack of quality, or Pinot Noir character.

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Tasted : Jan18
Alcohol : 13.5%
Price : $55
Closure : Screwcap
Drink : 2018 - 2025+
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Posted in Adelaide Hills, pinot noir0 Comments

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Amato Vino Trousseau 2017

Sub-titled ‘The stars baby, the stars!’. Winemaker Brad Wehr said nice things about me on Instagram the other day, so I thought I’d better review some of his wine. See how being nice gets you somewhere? 20 dozen made. Amphora. Straight to bottle from that vessel. Seems to be sold out on the website.

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Tasted : Jan18
Alcohol : 12.9%
Price : $45
Closure : Screwcap
Drink : 2018 - 2024
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Posted in Margaret River, other reds2 Comments

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Font-Maris Picpoul de Pinet 2016

The ultimate oyster wine, apparently. I would not know. Oysters are absolutely disgusting. This wine, however, is lovely. Importer: United Cellars

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Tasted : Jan18
Alcohol : 12.5%
Price : $22
Closure : Screwcap
Drink : 2018 - 2021
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Posted in Languedoc, other whites10 Comments

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Hans Herzog Sauvignon Blanc Sur Lie 2015

Never a dull moment when you open a wine from Hans Herzog.

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Tasted : Jan18
Alcohol : 14%
Price : $54
Closure : Diam
Drink : 2018 - 2024
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Posted in Marlborough, sauv blanc et al4 Comments

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