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Giovanni Armani Giorgio Rosso del Giorno 2016

Psycho-winemaking outfit from Adelaide. Killer fun.

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Tasted : MAR17
Alcohol : 12.5%
Price : $25
Closure : Cork
Drink : 2017 - 2018
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Giesen Hawke's Bay Merlot 20

Giesen Hawke’s Bay Merlot 2015

Well, sometimes the blind tastings come with the good and the bad. Actually always, but sometimes the bad is shocking.

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Tasted : MAR17
Alcohol : 13%
Price : $17
Closure : Screwcap
Drink : 2017 - 2019


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Signor Vino Nebbiolo

Signor Vino Langhorne Creek Nebbiolo 2014

Jury out on the name of the wine, kinda fun, yeah, but anyway, the stuff in the bottle is what counts, right? Wine is produced just outside of Griffith in Hanwood, New South Wales.

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Tasted : MAR17
Alcohol : 13.3%
Price : $25
Closure : Screwcap
Drink : 2017 - 2025
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Louis Claude Desvignes Morgon Javernieres

Louis Claude Desvignes Morgon Javernieres 2014

Cru Beaujolais > than most Burgundy at same price. That’s maths I like.

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Tasted : MAR17
Alcohol : 13%
Price : $46
Closure : Cork
Drink : 2017 - 2023


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Faber Ferguson Malbec

Faber Vineyard Ferguson Valley Malbec 2015

This gets 15 months in new American oak, and, alongside zinfandel, feels like one of the only grape varieties on earth that works well in that regard. Touch of magic with US oak and malbec, at times. From Dwellingup.

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Tasted : MAR17
Alcohol : 14%
Price : $33
Closure : Screwcap
Drink : 2017 - 2021
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Olivers Taranga Tempranillo

Oliver’s Taranga Vineyards Tempranillo 2015

I always like the personal, hand written notes from proprietor/winemaker Corrina Wright of Oliver’s Taranga. Delicious irony in the hand written in pen note that accompanied these wines started ‘sorry I didn’t have time to write a personalised note’…

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Tasted : MAR17
Alcohol : 14.5%
Price : $32
Closure : Screwcap
Drink : 2017 - 2022
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BrashHigginsMRLO

Brash Higgins MRLO 2016

Seems like the red noble variety staples of McLaren Vale have been dialled down a touch by winemaker Brad Hickey. Nice. This is a merlot with a lot of charisma, and quite a unique flavour profile, done right. From ‘Lennon Vineyard’. Secret weapon might be the addition of 10% nero d’avola.

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Tasted : MAR17
Alcohol : 13.9%
Price : $37
Closure : Screwcap
Drink : 2017 - 2025
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Adelina Eternal Return Nebbiolo

Adelina Eternal Return Adelaide Hills Nebbiolo 2015

In the scheme of Australian nebbiolo, currently, this is sensational value. More kudos to the whip smart winemaking nous of braniacs Colin McBryde and Jennie Gardner, and of course, the wonderful grapes grown on the Gardner estate (though this isn’t grown there).

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Tasted : MAR17
Alcohol : 14%
Price : $29
Closure : Screwcap
Drink : 2017 - 2027+
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Balnaves of Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon

Balnaves of Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

Often a soft spot for Balnaves cabernet, when Coonawarra comes to mind. Sourced from two vineyards, the wine spends 19 months in French oak. Rarely shy of oak, is Coonawarra.

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Tasted : MAR16
Alcohol : 14.5%
Price : $40
Closure : Screwcap
Drink : 2017 - 2030
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Katnook Estate Prodigy Shiraz

Katnook Estate Prodigy Shiraz 2012

Love the Prodigy. Saw them last at Selina’s in Coogee, a defunct venue that some will be familiar with that sat like a weird ballroom inside the Coogee Bay Hotel. My girlfriend at the time passed out in the front row and was dragged on stage to by Keith Flint to act as an impromptu interpretive dancer for him. I was relegated to hanging off the outside of the stairway bannister to get a view. Heady days. Heady year for some South Australian wine regions – warmer than expected off the back of the tough 2011 harvest period.

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Tasted : MAR17
Alcohol : 14.5%
Price : $100
Closure : Cork
Drink : 2017 - 2028
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Posted in Coonawarra, shiraz et al10 Comments

Katnook Estate Odyssey Cabernet Sauvignon

Katnook Estate Odyssey Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

A flagship if ever there were a flagship wine. I assume 2011 was skipped due to the vagaries of the vintage? Maybe. Anyway, here is the much mightier, warmer 2012 season reflected through Katnook’s prism of ripe fruit and 24 months in a third new French oak.

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Tasted : MAR17
Alcohol : 14.5%
Price : $100
Closure : Cork
Drink : 2018 - 2028
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SingleFileClementV

Singlefile Clement V 2016

This is a shiraz, grenache, mataro. All from Frankland River. Medium bodied approach to the blend. Named for the Pope of the same name who championed the GSM blends of the Rhone Valley, allegedly.

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Tasted : MAR17
Alcohol : 14%
Price : $30
Closure : Screwcap
Drink : 2017 - 2024
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Nova Syrova

La Violetta Nova Syrova 2016

This is an intentional, lighter bodied red, that takes on a chill, but that has structure. There’s a focus on syrah. Grenache in the mix comes from Geographe, pinot noir in the blend from Denmark. There’s a bit of tempranillo and mataro in the mix too. “I just wanted the varieties to talk to each other”, says winemaker Andrew Hoadley. A real party starter.

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Tasted : MAR17
Alcohol : 14%
Price : $32
Closure : Screwcap
Drink : 2017 - 2021
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Alkoomi Jarrah Shiraz 2011

All the fancy wines of Alkoomi are named for local tree types. Nice touch. This is from a single block planted in 1971. Small batch winemaking, gets about 35% new French oak. Hotter year in the Great Southern.

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Tasted : MAR17
Alcohol : 13.8%
Price : $55
Closure : Screwcap
Drink : 2017 - 2024
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Lange’s Shiraz 2012

Once was selling grapes now making their own. The assumption is this is single vineyard shiraz, grown by the producer, though it is contract made by James Kellie of Harewood Estate.

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Tasted : MAR17
Alcohol : 14.5%
Price : $35
Closure : Screwcap
Drink : 2017 - 2021
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Snake + Herring Business Time Shiraz

Snake + Herring Business Time Shiraz 2013

About 40% new oak and all wild ferment and about 15% whole bunch. That’s the base of ingredients. Single vineyard wine from Mount Barker.

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Tasted : MAR17
Alcohol : 14%
Price : $24
Closure : Screwcap
Drink : 2017 - 2021
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La Violetta La Ciornia Shiraz

La Violetta La Ciornia Shiraz 2011

The 2011 hasn’t been released yet, though 2010 and 2013 has been. 2012 didn’t make it to this label, instead went into the ‘Up!’ wine. About 60% new oak in the mix here. Trainspotters and fans of the style should line up.

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Tasted : MAR17
Alcohol : 14.2%
Price : $58
Closure : Screwcap
Drink : 2017 - 2024
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Frankland Estate Olmo's Reward

Frankland Estate Olmo’s Reward 2014

“I really enjoyed Mike Garland’s cabernet franc as a younger man and my father has always been really passionate about cabernet franc, which I thought he was crazy for at first, but I’ve come around full circle on that”. That’s some of the background here from winemaker Hunter Smith. It’s 70%-odd cabernet franc, with cab sav and malbec chiming in in lesser numbers. “A unique proposition for this part of the world, that when it’s good, it’s unbelievably good here”, Smith finishes.

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Tasted : MAR17
Alcohol : 14.2%
Price : $85
Closure : Screwcap
Drink : 2017 - 2030
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Posted in cabernet et al, Great Southern, Tip Top Tipple12 Comments

Snake + Herring Redemption Shiraz

Snake + Herring Redemption Shiraz 2013

This wine is 15% whole bunch from a couple of different vineyards. A mix of winemaking practice applied. A touch of wild ferment in the mix. Some old oak too. Bottled as a younger, fresher expression, with bottle age on its side rather than oak maturation.

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Tasted : MAR17
Alcohol : 14%
Price : $24
Closure : Screwcap
Drink : 2017 - 2023
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snake and herring blue monday

Snake + Herring Blue Monday Grenache Mourvedre Shiraz 2014

From bush vines grown at Swinney’s vineyard in Great Southern.

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Tasted : MAR17
Alcohol : 13.5%
Price : $35
Closure : Screwcap
Drink : 2017 - 2022
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