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LS Merchants Chardonnay 2017

LS Merchants Chardonnay 2017

Some really good, really interesting expressions arising from this label. Creativity and winemaking nous hand in hand. Worth seeking out. Not the right label pictured here, but you get the gist.

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Tasted : APR18
Alcohol : 12.3%
Price : $35
Closure : Diam
Drink : 2018 - 2024
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Mon Tout Chardonnay 2017

My everything chardonnay for everybody. Or so the idea goes. It’s from Margaret River, and was tasted blind alongside 20 other Margaret River chardonnays. A nice task, one could say. Newer producer with a backbone of experience in the region.

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Tasted : APR18
Alcohol : 13%
Price : $30
Closure : Screwcap
Drink : 2018 - 2020
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Xanadu Chardonnay 2016

Xanadu Chardonnay 2016

Richard Christian Danus and Marc Reid Rubel, ELO and Olivia Newton-John have a lot to do with my earworm right now.

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Tasted : APR18
Alcohol : 13%
Price : $39
Closure : Screwcap
Drink : 2018 - 2022
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Cossard Pinot Noir Jura

Frederic Cossard Pinot Noir Jura 2016

Frederic Cossard is a revered figure in Burgundy for his outstanding, fine, vibrant wines born of incredible organic-biodynamic farming and light hand in winery. Indeed, he is truly a cult winemaker, with tiny yields and resulting miniscule releases that are chased down from Copenhagen to Tokyo to Paris to Sydney and beyond. His wines are beautiful in youth but also mature gracefully, and with purity, as new oak is eschewed and gentle winemaking is the motif. This is an unusual twist – Cossard’s love of the Jura and friendship with François Ganevat, have seen him source chardonnay, savagnin and pinot noir from the famed village of Rotalier in the south of Jura (also home to Ganevat’s prime vineyeards and cellar). To see Cossard take on this famed turf is something else. If cult wine had a cult to itself, this is it…

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Tasted : APR18
Alcohol : 12.5%
Price : $75
Closure : Cork
Drink : 2018 - 2030


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Unico Zelo Exocarpos Nebbiolo 2015

This comes from Gumeracha in the Adelaide Hills. The site was allegedly in disrepair before revitalisation in 2013. This wine sees a 30 day maceration and is matured in old oak only. It’s a wine that had me reaching for the mineral dictionary… and also, curiously, for a block of dark chocolate.

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Tasted : APR18
Alcohol : 13%
Price : $50
Closure : Diam
Drink : 2018 - 2030
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Les Dolomies Premice Savagnin 2016

From Les Combes, a parish of Jura known for ‘finer wines’, though you could argue most of Jura has a fine wine aura. Les Dolomies continue to impress me, year in year out, even with vagaries of past seasons of hail and frost affecting quality and yields in some parts of the region. This is a richer expression of savagnin, but so distinct, as only Jura can do, and in terms of richness its way down the evolutionary scale of bigger white wines. What a magical place.

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Tasted : APR18
Alcohol : 12.5%
Price : $88
Closure : Cork
Drink : 2018 - 2030


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Snake and Herring 'Corduroy' Chardonnay 2016

Snake + Herring Corduroy Chardonnay 2016

I love the feel of corduroy. I just have no use for it these days.

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Tasted : APR18
Alcohol : 13%
Price : $35
Closure : Screwcap
Drink : 2018 - 2022
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Unico Zelo Harvest Pinot Gris 2017

Unico Zelo Harvest Pinot Gris 2017

A co-op project that puts some dollars back into the growers projects, via Unico Zelo. Gris here!

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Tasted : APR18
Alcohol : 12.5%
Price : $23
Closure : Diam
Drink : 2018 - 2020
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The Lane Vineyard Block 10 Sauvignon Blanc

The Lane Vineyard Block 10 Sauvignon Blanc 2017

The wine sees no oak at all but does hang out on lees to get some complexity going on. That touch of complexity goes a long way though. Like a little ArmorAll.

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Tasted : APR18
Alcohol : 12.5%
Price : $25
Closure : Screwcap
Drink : 2018 - 2020
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Wines of Merritt Vermentino 2017

Not a lot of detail on this start up wine biz, but the backbone is the Nick James-Martin and Sarah James-Martin combo working with small batch stuff out of Margaret River. This here white sees a natural ferment and hangs out on lees. It’s a compelling argument to elevate vermentino from soda-with-squeeze-of-lime styles into something better. And to work with more of it in Margaret River. And look at that alcohol!

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Tasted : APR18
Alcohol : 10.8%
Price : $35
Closure : Diam
Drink : 2018 - 2020
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Isabelle et Bruno Perraud Mon Blanc des Molieres 2016

From one of Beaujolais’ rising star, expressive, artisan producers comes this unusual chardonnay and sauvignon blanc blend. Hang the rules! What a cool wine. GREAT drinking.

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Tasted : APR18
Alcohol : 12%
Price : $65
Closure : Cork
Drink : 2018 - 2024


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Hillcrest Premium Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2016

An idiosyncratic yet superb producer from a remarkable site and old vines in the Yarra Valley. Those in the know know, so it is preaching to the converted. For the uninitiated, Marius, Bindi, Wendouree comes to mind, in a way.

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Tasted : APR18
Alcohol : 13.3%
Price : $75
Closure : Cork
Drink : 2018 - 2035+
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Eisenstone Greenock Shiraz 2014

New producer for me. Feels like Barossa heartland stuff. I like the packaging too. Greenock single site as I understand. Open ferments and a mix of French and US oak speaks in a thick Barossa accent.

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Tasted : APR18
Alcohol : 14.5%
Price : $69
Closure : Screwcap
Drink : 2018 - 2030
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Mad Fish Gold Turtle Chardonnay 2017

Shows aromas that remind me of chardonnay, but also other varieties, semillon, sauvignon blanc, verdelho maybe..? Projecting of course, but to me has more of the latter and less of the former (chardonnay) to it. Magic Turtle, maybe.

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Tasted : APR18
Alcohol : 13%
Price : $25
Closure : Screwcap
Drink : 2018 - 2019
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Stella Bella Luminosa Chardonnay 2016

Stella Bella Luminosa Chardonnay 2016

Luminous!

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Tasted : APR18
Alcohol : 12%
Price : $65
Closure : Screwcap
Drink : 2018 - 2025
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Lino Ramble Red Rover 2017

From Woodshill Vineyard in Ashton, Adelaide Hills. Pinot noir. As a straw poll, I am seeing a shift away from the rep of dry reds to much more interesting wines made from pinot from the ‘ills. Good stuff, you ‘illers.

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Tasted : APR18
Alcohol : 13.8%
Price : $30
Closure : Screwcap
Drink : 2018 - 2021
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Lino Ramble Domino 2017

Organic certified vineyard . Montepulciano. Grafted onto chardonnay some 10 years ago. 

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Tasted : APR18
Alcohol : 14.4%
Price : $40
Closure : Screwcap
Drink : 2018 - 2021
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Lino Ramble Simon Says 2017

Lino Ramble Simon Says 2017

Saperavi, 52 cases produced. Quite a thing hey? Hello Georgia. Picked with very high acidity held. Second crop fruit here.

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Tasted : APR18
Alcohol : 14.4%
Price : $40
Closure : Screwcap
Drink : 2018 - 2024
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Enfield Wine Co Haynes Vineyard Chardonnay 2015

Enfield Wine Co Haynes Vineyard Chardonnay 2015

From the oldest chardonnay vines in California, though I think this might be the last release of this wine from that vineyard for Enfield Wine Co. An outstanding producer from a younger sect of winemakers in California. Lucky we get these in Australia.

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Tasted : APR18
Price : $90
Closure : Screwcap
Drink : 2018 - 2023


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Brave New Wine Gamin 2017

Brave New Wine Gamin 2017

This is grenache from Great Southern from a single vineyard. It’s naturally fermented and whole bunches (100%) are employed in the ferment. It’s more of the free-wheelin’ charisma we expect from Brave New Wines.

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Tasted : APR18
Alcohol : 14.7%
Price : $55
Closure : Screwcap
Drink : 2018 - 2022
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