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Heymann-Lowenstein Pinot Noir vom Schiefer

Heymann-Lowenstein Pinot Noir vom Schiefer 2015

A curious but fruitful winery collab of Mosel’s Heymann-Lowenstein and Baden-based Zieriesen, with pinot noir as the common ground. It’s organic farmed and pretty much un-tinkered with. An exploration in the pursuit of purity and German pinot noir, or something like that. In terms of packaging, HL has the label design, Z takes the cap over the cork. Wonders. Super exciting to see the rise and rise of German pinot, and for the pinot fancier, something to get involved with now.

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Tasted : NOV17
Alcohol : 13%
Price : $100
Closure : Cork
Drink : 2017 - 2024


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Domaine de Courcel Pommard Les Vaumuriens 2014

A 400-year-old estate based in Pommard, custodians to around 10 hectares of land under vine. This is a ‘village’ release, though four premier crus make up the bulk of the wines of Courcel. The wine sees long time ageing in oak barrels (almost two years). Courcel often makes light, fragrant, minerally Burgundies, and this is no exception.

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Tasted : NOV17
Alcohol : 13.5%
Price : $170
Closure : Cork
Drink : 2017 - 2030


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Curator Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

From Marananga parish of the Barossa Valley. Beefy stuff. So chumpy you could carve it.

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Tasted : DEC17
Alcohol : 15.5%
Price : $55
Closure : Cork
Drink : 2017 - 2022
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La Violetta Bilingüe 2016

One of my favourite people who lives west of the Nullarbor is Andrew Hoadley. He’s like the wine world’s equivalent of the ‘fifth Wiggle’. Here’s his grenache mataro syrah. Pretty in your face at 15%, but at least he is being honest about the ABV. Get out your spoons. Not really.

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Tasted : NOV17
Alcohol : 15%
Price : $35
Closure : Screwcap
Drink : 2017 - 2021
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Tripe

Tripe.Iscariot Absolution Danse Macabre 2017

A blend of chenin blanc, semillon, chardonnay and muscat. The idea here is to bring together some of the original varieties planted in Margaret River, a postmodern interpretation f the region through its historical past, and indeed the old timey winemaking where varieties were brought together for syncopation rather than mono-varietal fascination. Summer wine of highest order here. Should be gracing the bistros and wine bars from here to kingdom come.

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Tasted : NOV17
Alcohol : 12.8%
Price : $24
Closure : Screwcap
Drink : 2017 - 2020
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Obsidian

Gemtree Obsidian Shiraz 2015

Formidable presence on a table with its foreboding dark capsule, weight, height, strong and bold font size and style. The deep notes of a double bass.

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Tasted : NOV17
Alcohol : 14%
Price : $80
Closure : Cork
Drink : 2017 - 2025
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Gemtree Ernest

Gemtree Ernest Allan Shiraz 2015

Certified organic viticulture. Matured for 18 months in French oak, and it feels like that’s a pretty large element in the style of the wine.

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Tasted : NOV17
Alcohol : 14.5%
Price : $50
Closure : Screwcap
Drink : 2017 - 2027
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Paxtn Jones

Paxton Jones Block Shiraz 2015

Biodynamic farmed from a single vineyard on the Paxton estate. Grows up in French and American oak barrels. Paxton have been a leading light in showing biodynamic (certified) viticulture can be done to scale, well.

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Tasted : NOV17
Alcohol : 14.5%
Price : $40
Closure : Screwcap
Drink : 2017 - 2027
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Hewitson Old Garden Mourvedre

Hewitson Old Garden Mourvedre 2014

An 1853 garden of vines is the baseline for the wine – arguably the oldest planting of mourvedre on earth. What an extraordinary thing, ey? Top of the tree stuff from Hewitson.

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Tasted : NOV17
Alcohol : 14%
Price : $88
Closure : Screwcap
Drink : 2017 - 2030+
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Liquid Rock n Roll Ghetto Dolcetto 2017

From Heathcote comes fresh-feeling dolcetto. This comes from Alex Byrne and Kim Farrell, winemakers at large.

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Tasted : NOV17
Alcohol : 13.5%
Price : $24.50
Closure : Screwcap
Drink : 2017 - 2020
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Les Fruits Mono Pinot Noir 2016

Adelaide Hills’ Monomeith vineyard here, one that has been raised in profile by a number of indie producers, and which was being farmed organically but has reverted to conventional farming practices from 2017. Hello under-vine landing strip! Enquiries via www.vinous.com.au

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Tasted : NOV17
Alcohol : 13%
Price : $45
Closure : Cork
Drink : 2017 - 2023


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Les Fruits Vince Pinot Noir 2016

Around 50% whole bunch from a cool site in Piccadilly. Vince is an excellent name for a wine. Right up there with Bruce and the like. This is made by Tim Stock at Commune Of Buttons in the Adelaide Hills. Enquiries via www.vinous.com.au

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Tasted : NOV17
Alcohol : 13%
Price : $45
Closure : Cork
Drink : 2017 - 2025


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Les Fruits Collines Pinot Noir 2016

A blend of vineyards offering an Adelaide Hills appellation vibe. Natural fermentation, no additions, no filtering or fining. From the hands of vintrepreneur Tim Stock. Enquiries via www.vinous.com.au

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Tasted : NOV17
Alcohol : 13%
Price : $35
Closure : Cork
Drink : 2017 - 2023


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Les Fruits

Les Fruits Loiraine Sauvignon Blanc 2016

Biodynamic farmed vineyard in Gumeracha, sees about 25% skin contact and maturation in barrel. From wine impresario Tim Stock. Made at Commune Of Buttons, by Tim’s hands. Enquiries via www.vinous.com.au

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Tasted : NOV17
Alcohol : 12.5%
Price : $28
Closure : Screwcap
Drink : 2017 - 2022


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Posted in Adelaide Hills, biodynamic, sauv blanc et al, Tip Top Tipple, Top Value3 Comments

The Last Letter St Hugo

St Hugo The Last Letter Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

Another ‘St Hugo’ wine to follow on from the staple ‘St Hugo’ releases and the ‘Private Collection’ wines. Having dropped ‘Jacobs Creek’ from the name, perhaps St Hugo is becoming its own solid brand. Well, dissociative identity disorder might just be a thing in wine. The ‘The Last Letter’ is actually the first in the ‘St Hugo Legacy Collection’… sigh. What complexity some brands bring to the market. Barossa cabernet here.

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Tasted : NOV17
Alcohol : 14.2%
Price : $65
Closure : Screwcap
Drink : 2017 - 2028
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Oates End Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

Cath Oates is a winemaker name familiar to many in the Australian wine trade, and now her last name appears on her own wines, from Wilyabrup vines. The project is in tandem with family. One of those ‘watch [buy] with interest’ kind of wine offerings.

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Tasted : NOV17
Alcohol : 13.5%
Price : $45
Closure : Screwcap
Drink : 2017 - 2030
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Beautiful Isle Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

Beautiful Isle Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

Cabernet and Tasmania may be uneasy bedfellows, but there’s exceptions to the rule, of course. Here’s Tamar Valley and a couple of bright spark winemakers tilt at it.

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Tasted : NOV17
Alcohol : 13.4%
Price : $26
Closure : Screwcap
Drink : 2017 - 2022
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The Broker

Seabrook The Broker Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz 2015

Hamish Seabrook is the name behind the wine here, but the family’s legacy in Australian wine circles goes much deeper. Classic Aussie red blend from Barossa (Eden Valley), in the glass.

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Tasted : NOV17
Alcohol : 14%
Price : $29
Closure : Screwcap
Drink : 2017 - 2022
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Morambro Creek

Morambro Creek Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

Morambro Creek has a baseline of generational farming that dates back to the 1850s, though grape growing is relatively fresher. This leapt of the table for inherent drinkability and delivery of solid cabernet vibes.

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Tasted : NOV17
Alcohol : 14.5%
Price : $35
Closure : Screwcap
Drink : 2017 - 2025
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Louee

Louee Organic Cabernet Franc 2015

Mudgee magic. Light and fresh rendition of cabernet franc from the Lowe family of wines. Must be some of the highest cabernet franc in Australia, at 620 metres above sea level.

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Tasted : NOV17
Alcohol : 13.5%
Price : $35
Closure : Screwcap
Drink : 2017 - 2020
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