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La Violetta Le Rayon Malbec Cabernet 2015

From the Colline-Foret vineyard, one of note in the far flung Great Southern of Western Australia. As intense as a fabric rayon is to wear, so too is the fruit quality here. Or something like that. Of course, the ‘le rayon’ reference is far more cerebral than that, and there’s a Rimbaud quote on the back label so that elevates things too. Wine and higher intelligence at play, who’d a thunk it? Geez, ya gotta love HRH Andrew Hoadley, the man who makes La Violetta happen.

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Tasted : SEP17
Alcohol : 13.7%
Price : $58
Closure : Screwcap
Drink : 2017 - 2030
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Frederick Stevenson Montepulciano 2016

From a single vineyard in the Eden Valley, a place that montepulciano doesn’t necessarily come to mind, but why not, ey? The labels are hand done, and it is possible a few of the really bad ones were done by me, as I swung by Steve Crawford’s winery one time while they were being produced. Anyways… these wines are creating a bit of a buzz around them. Well made, expressive interpretations.

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Tasted : SEP17
Alcohol : 13%
Price : $40
Closure : Diam
Drink : 2017 - 2023
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Eastern Peake Intrinsic Pinot Noir 2015

I don’t mean to sound rude, but if you’re a fine wine lover, interested in the currency of Australian wine culture, and haven’t caught the work of Owen Latta (and family) from Eastern Peake and Latta Wines, you’re missing out. A lovingly tended, mature site gives birth to Eastern Peake, the Latta family wines. Owen’s been working here since school days, having stepped in for his dad. The viticulture keeps improving, the wines tweaked just a touch each year to eke out best result. It would put a tear in Trevor Mast’s eyes, I reckon, looking back at what he first help establish here as a sourcer of their grapes and mentor to the Lattas. Lots to like.

Class pinot in the sappy, succulent, light-on-its-feet style. Cherry pip, cherry juice, pomegranate and cranberry to sniff on. Barely there seasoning of spice, clove, but the main thing is this unashamedly unadorned purity of red fruits. Tannins are a feathery grip, acidity bright, the wine impossibly long and ever so gently palate staining. Such seduction. Undeniably beautiful wine. And such drinkability. That rugged Ballarat gives life to this delicacy is such a curiosity; and rewarding as such. Line up, all you pinot lovers.



Tasted : SEP17
Alcohol : 13%
Price : $45
Closure : Screwcap
Drink : 2017 - 2027
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The Other Right Unfurl

The Other Right Unfurl 2016

Lovely word is unfurl. Softness to it. A gentle feel. Chrysalis opening, petals revealing the core of a flower, a flag just beginning to catch the wind. Anyway, romance aside, this comes from a single vineyard, sees no additions, no sulphur, just pure, McLaren Vale shiraz.

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Tasted : SEP17
Alcohol : 13.4%
Price : $29
Closure : Cork
Drink : 2017 - 2024
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MAda Wines shiraz

Mada Wines Shiraz 2016

Hamish Young’s solo project has me pretty darn excited. So far, a suite of wines that speak a slightly different dialect to the staples of Canberra regional wine regions, and with unfettered feel as the motif. This is a little more predictable, but no slouch in standard. Murrumbateman shiraz magic.

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Tasted : SEP17
Alcohol : 13.5%
Price : $35
Closure : Screwcap
Drink : 2017 - 2025
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Ricca Terra Vintners Bronco Buster 2017

Ricca Terra Vintners Bronco Buster 2017

Bronco Buster sounds pretty butch, but the wine is a pretty white built around vermentino, fiano, greco and arinto grapes. It’s produced by Ashley Ratcliff and family from the Ricca Terra farms of Riverland, South Australia. A quiet revolution from the big end of Australian wine land. This is super drinking.

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Tasted : SEP17
Alcohol : 12.5%
Price : $25
Closure : Screwcap
Drink : 2017 - 2019
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Dune Pyla

Dune Pyla 2016

Here’s something new. From Duncan and Peter Lloyd, sons of Mark Lloyd of Coriole, comes an indie project. The source is Coriole’s Blewitt Springs vineyard, not but the wine label is entirely separate. Nice to hear Duncan is back in the Coriole bosom after several years experience outside of the family winemaking fold. This is a wine that says ‘run, don’t walk’ to me. It’s a killer release. It’s also a blend of nero d’avola, mourvedre, carignan and shiraz. Spice of Arrakis! The sophist in me wants to say ‘red blends like this from McLaren Vale are far more interesting and far better as a motif from the region than bog standard shiraz’, but I won’t… meanwhile, are you serious, this is $25?!

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Tasted : SEP17
Alcohol : 13.5%
Price : $25
Closure : Screwcap
Drink : 2017 - 2025
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Tripe Iscariot Aspic

tripe.Iscariot Aspic Grenache Rose 2015

Very interesting, very good wines from winemaker Remi Guise. Chenin blanc is his muse, but grenache is proving to be a near equally appealing bedfellow. Very pale, dry, spicy, savoury style of rose here.

Bone dry, like licking pumice, but pumice that’s soaked up watermelon juice, a touch of sour cherry perhaps, maybe some apply acidity too. It’s a very aromatic, red fruit spectrum perfume with a good dusting of clove and cinnamon spice. I like everything here. It’s certainly set to some gamey, meatier characters too. Drinkability is very high, so is charisma. This is a rose for lovers of fascinating, complex, yet delicious rose.



Tasted : SEP17
Alcohol : 12.8%
Price : $29
Closure : Screwcap
Drink : 2017 - 2020
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Silent Way Macedon Ranges Chardonnay 2015

From Matt Harrop and family, he of Shadowfax wines and a contemporary outlook on the universe. This wine seems to have shifted into an even racier, leaner, sulphide-high toned spectrum than previous releases. Grape flavour is sacrificed for winemaking overlay, it feels.

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Tasted : SEP17
Alcohol : 13%
Price : $35
Closure : Screwcap
Drink : 2017 - 2020
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Vignerons Schmölzer & Brown Obstgarten Riesling

Vignerons Schmölzer & Brown Obstgarten Riesling 2017

I see via the power of the internet that vignerons Schmolzer and Brown are currently on sabbatical in Austrian and German wine regions. Research and deep thinking are definitely their way, and their wines will be a benchmark for a new generation of fine wine producers, increasingly. Get in on the ground level stuff. This wine comes from a single site in the King Valley and holds an unfashionable but delicious 43 grams residual sugar. Obstgarten is an orchard, which is a pretty lovely way at looking at a vineyard, too.

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Tasted : SEP17
Alcohol : 10%
Price : $33
Closure : Screwcap
Drink : 2017 - 2030
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Frederick Stevenson Rose 2017

This is produced from 65% or so cinsault and the rest grenache, all from Wayne Ahrens biodynamic (certified) vines in the Barossa Valley. A pale, hazy, leaner kinda rose here. Really feels like winemaker Steve Crawford is hitting his stride with his wines and vineyard sources now. Built around unique personality and 10.8% worth of smashability. Bravo!

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Tasted : SEP17
Alcohol : 10.8%
Price : $28
Closure : Screwcap
Drink : 2017 - 2018
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Arimia Estate Mourvedre 2014

Arimia Estate is where The Great Cam Haskell calls a home away from home, and he was generous enough to make me two coffees in a space of about thirty minutes one day when visiting. It’s tucked away from the madding crowd of Margaret River’s coursing ‘high street wineries’, with a delightful cellar door set amongst incredible gardens. Meanwhile, this could be Margaret River’s only straight up mourvedre, no?

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Tasted : SEP17
Alcohol : 14%
Price : $60
Closure : Screwcap
Drink : 2017 - 2030
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Hoddles Creek Pinot Blanc

Hoddles Creek Estate Pinot Blanc 2017

Hoddles Creek Pinot Blanc is pretty much the only HC wine I get first review on, on WineFront! A very strong track record of reviews from particularly GW, but also CM, though we might add our thoughts into the general thread. Quickly becoming my metier at Hoddles Creek, alongside vineyard golf driving range and tasting barrel samples. Lucky I really like pinot blanc.

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Tasted : SEP17
Alcohol : 12.5%
Price : $22
Closure : Screwcap
Drink : 2017 - 2020
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Four Winds Vineyard Shiraz 2016

Straight up Canberra District shiraz. Four Winds is a producer to keep an eye on as they pick up the pace with their wines.

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Tasted : AUG17
Alcohol : 13.7%
Price : $30
Closure : Screwcap
Drink : 2017 - 2024
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Montalto Pennon Hill Shiraz

Montalto Pennon Hill Shiraz 2016

Montalto have scorched through the Mornington Peninsula pack in recent years. Shiraz and Mornington Peninsula don’t necessarily go like eggs and bacon, but there’s a vibe happening in best cases.

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Tasted : AUG17
Alcohol : 14%
Price : $32
Closure : Screwcap
Drink : 2017 - 2026
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Four Winds Tom

Four Winds Vineyard Tom’s Block Shiraz 2015

The gist is, best vines maketh the bestest wine. Here named for Tom. Amen. From the wonderful Canberra District of New South Wales. Outstanding shiraz country. A mere 220 dozen made in 2015, a stellar year for the region. Quite a leap from the 2013 asking price of $45 to this, though I understand 2014 produced a mere 20 dozen, and 2016 no wine under this elevated label.

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Tasted : AUG17
Alcohol : 14%
Price : $75
Closure : Screwcap
Drink : 2017 - 2030
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Tumblong Hills Premiere Cuvee Syrah 2014

From Gundagai, and a vineyard originally set up for Southcorp/Penfolds. A range of proprietors and investors reclaimed the vineyard/business in 2009, with further developments in 2011. I believe some ‘local’ wineries, like Eden Road, have sourced from here in the past.

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Tasted : AUG17
Alcohol : 14%
Price : $40
Closure : Cork
Drink : 2018 - 2026
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Cockfighters

Cockfighter’s Ghost Single Vineyard Shiraz 2016

Jeff Byrne does the winemaking across the suite of brands Audrey Wilkinson, Cockfighter’s Ghost and Pooles Rock. This is the McLaren Vale single vineyard 2016 release of shiraz from the well-loved brand, despite its (the brands) origins being in the Hunter Valley.

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Tasted : AUG17
Alcohol : 14.9%
Price : $25
Closure : Screwcap
Drink : 2017 - 2020
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Wanderlust Shiraz 2015

Wanderlust Shiraz 2015

A wine made under the wings of the Lethbridge winery in Geelong, produced from a gifted tonne of Great Western shiraz. It was whole bunch (wild yeast) fermented, with a small portion of viognier in the mix. I’m enjoying seeing the myriad of wines coming out from Lethbridge’s increasing reach. Winery to watch, indeed.

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Tasted : AUG17
Alcohol : 13.2%
Price : $32
Closure : Screwcap
Drink : 2017 - 2026
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Soumah-Equilibrio-Syrah-2015

Soumah Equilibrio Syrah 2015

Well, this kind of hits the high point for Soumah. It’s their uptown release. Yarra Valley syrah on show.

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Tasted : AUG17
Alcohol : 13.8%
Price : $68
Closure : Screwcap
Drink : 2019 - 2027
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