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Si Baba Yaga

Si Vintners Baba Yaga 2017

Pretty close to 30 days on skins for the sauvignon blanc, with some buckets of cabernet sauvignon thrown in at the end as seasoning. “It finished malo and it was tasting really good, so it went into bottle”, says winemaker Iwo Jakimowicz. Quite playful in the mind, when you get to drinking this…

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Tasted : MAY17
Alcohol : 11%
Price : $35
Closure : Screwcap
Drink : 2017 - 2020
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Si Vintners White

Si Vintners White 2015

Semillon to the tune of 90% and chardonnay the rest. It sees about ten days on skins, “semillon is a bit of a bastard to get extraction and volume from, so letting it sit on its skins helps with texture and volume”, says vigneron Iwo Jakimowicz. Twist on the regional staple here. In a great way.

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Tasted : MAY17
Alcohol : 11.5%
Price : $32
Closure : Screwcap
Drink : 2017 - 2022
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Shaw + Smith Lenswood Chardonnay

Shaw + Smith Lenswood Chardonnay 2015

To be released in July. “I think for us we’ve been looking for parcels as they come in, and seeing blocks that are special, those that have innate characters that we like to see”, says winemaker Adam Wadewitz. From vineyards planted in 1999, set at 500 metres above sea level. “The grapes taste more coiled, if that’s a thing, they have a character that’s unique in that way”. The tendency is to use larger format oak here.

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Tasted : MAY17
Alcohol : 13%
Price : $85
Closure : Screwcap
Drink : 2017 - 2027
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Shaw + Smith Shiraz

Shaw + Smith Shiraz 2015

“2015 was an outstanding year, but it was more opulent in terms of this wine. We’re working with less vineyards from the warmer parts of the Hills, and moving to the cooler parts generally”, says winemaker Adam Wadewitz.

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Tasted : MAY17
Alcohol : 14.5%
Price : $45
Closure : Screwcap
Drink : 2017 - 2025
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RavensworthSHirazViognier

Ravensworth Shiraz Viognier 2016

Someone asked me the other day something to the tune of ‘who are the next generation of newer generation producers who will truly create a legacy in Australian wine, not just those in the avant garde creating waves now, but making wines and wine styles that will sustain and be part of the fabric of ‘fine wine’ culture in Australia’s future’, or something to that thought. I came to a few, Mac Forbes, Luke Lambert, Syrahmi (Adam Foster), Sami-Odi (Fraser McKinley), but it feels only like a handful at present, and sure, there are possibly more to come… but I would put Ravensworth and Bryan Martin firmly in the list. No misses from him. Building a formidable argument to prestige.

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Tasted : MAY17
Alcohol : 13.5%
Price : $36
Closure : Screwcap
Drink : 2017 - 2027
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Posted in Canberra District, shiraz et al, Tip Top Tipple, Top Value, viognier et al7 Comments

Les Dolomies Croix Sarrant Savagnin

Les Dolomies Arco Savagnin 2015

Named for the family donkey, of all things. The two donkeys of Les Dolomies do all the carting of grapes in the vines. Nice. Low cropping vines, tiny plot. Gentle winemaking.

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Tasted : MAY17
Alcohol : 13%
Price : $90
Closure : Cork
Drink : 2017 - 2027


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Les Dolomies La Chaux Chardonnay

Les Dolomies Premice Savagnin 2015

From new plantings in Les Combe, a famed terroir of Jura. Tiny production. It’s matured in old oak for less than a year. Natural fermentation, no fining or filtration, organic farming, the bedrocks here.

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Tasted : MAY17
Alcohol : 14%
Price : $85
Closure : Cork
Drink : 2017 - 2025


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Les Dolomies Croix Sarrant Savagnin

Les Dolomies Croix Sarrant Savagnin 2015

Savagnin is one of the great white grape varieties, I reckon. Takes oak, lees, oxidation, late harvest, straight table wine, from alpine fresh to oxidative complex, it does it all in its stride. Undervalued greatly and has the potential to make some of the world’s best wines. From a 0.28 hectare plot on the slopes of Chateau Chalon. Younger vines, but a significant site. Hang Burgundy! Spends seven months in oak only. This is a wine to introduce you to its upper tier potential.

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Tasted : MAY17
Alcohol : 13%
Price : $90
Closure : Cork
Drink : 2017 - 2030+


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Les Dolomies La Chaux Chardonnay

Les Dolomies La Chaux Chardonnay 2015

From a young  (25 years old) plot of just a quarter of a hectare, this chardonnay is just down the way from Chateau Chalon, the famed Jura terroir for yellow wines (vin jaune). Younger generation Jura producer working intensely organically.

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Tasted : MAY17
Alcohol : 13.5%
Price : $70
Closure : Cork
Drink : 2017 - 2030


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Les Dolomies les Boutonniers Chardonnay 2014

Les Dolomies les Boutonniers Chardonnay 2014

From that famed blue marl clay limestone soil of Jura, a single vineyard wine from vines aged 65 years. It hangs out on lees in old oak barrels for its life before bottling. Organic farming and winemaking (in as much as nothing is added, and winemaking is gentle). This is top of the tree stuff from the remarkable Jura wine region, the little region that could. One of the new star producers of Jura. Outstanding wine. This is your intro, if you’re uninitiated.

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Tasted : MAY17
Alcohol : 12.5%
Price : $77
Closure : Cork
Drink : 2017 - 2030+


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Les Dolomies Tout Pete Gamay Petillant Naturel

Les Dolomies Tout Pete Gamay Petillant Naturel 2015

This is two thirds gamay and one third savagnin from a single, highly regarded Jura vineyard. The gamay is pressed immediately and sees no skin contact. It ferments naturally and is sent to bottle alive for fizz. What ho!

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Tasted : MAY17
Alcohol : 12%
Price : $59
Closure : Cork
Drink : 2017 - 2020


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Les Dolomies En Rollion Trousseau

Les Dolomies En Roillon Trousseau 2015

The vineyards sourced are in Passenans, Jura. The wine is naturally fermented and spends time in stainless steel then old barrels for just under a year. Trousseau is typically right down the pile in Jura’s strata of wine seriousness, but some transcend that status. They can be wildly drinkable, and though understated, imbued with fine detail. This is an excellent producer, organic through and through.

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Tasted : MAY17
Alcohol : 13.5%
Price : $72
Closure : Cork
Drink : 2017 - 2021


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Posted in Jura, organic, other reds0 Comments

les Dolomies La Cabane

Les Dolomies La Cabane Pinot Noir 2014

Vigneron Celine Gormally is one of those deep-in-organic-lifestyle folks, fastidious about the application of organic farming and winemaking, one of Jura’s most exciting newer (established 2008) producers. Pinot noir is down the food chain in Jura, but of course, the dirt is pretty similar to neighbouring Burgundy, just over an hour away. In Jura, you taste reds before whites. They’re the second class citizens, per se. This isn’t, however.

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Tasted : MAY17
Alcohol : 11%
Price : $59
Closure : Cork
Drink : 2017 - 2022


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Rutherglen Marsanne

Rutherglen Estate Marsanne 2016

Single vineyard in Rutherglen. Wine matured in French oak. An effort to elevate the variety.

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Tasted : MAY17
Alcohol : 14.1%
Price : $24
Closure : Screwcap
Drink : 2017 - 2019
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Rutherglen Estate Fiaon

Rutherglen Estate Fiano 2016

“Good with Asian food”, said a fellow taster. Generalisations aside, it struck a chord.

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Tasted : MAY17
Alcohol : 13.7%
Price : $24
Closure : Screwcap
Drink : 2017 - 2019
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Alkimi Roussanne

Alkimi The Good Earth Roussanne 2015

Interesting wines from Alkimi showing some breadth of winemaking technique and expression of grapes. Here’s a roussanne from Box Grove Vineyard in Goulburn Valley. It hangs out in stainless steel and oak. It spends about six months on lees to build complexity in the wine.

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Tasted : MAY17
Alcohol : 13.5%
Price : $25
Closure : Screwcap
Drink : 2017 - 2019
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First Drop Mothers Milk

First Drop Mother’s Milk Shiraz 2015

Dialling in Barossa shiraz for ease of drinking. A pretty reliable drink here.

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Tasted : MAY17
Alcohol : 14.5%
Price : $25
Closure : Screwcap
Drink : 2017 - 2021
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darenberg dead arm

d’Arenberg The Dead Arm Shiraz 2014

The d’Arenberg wine range is giddying in its scope now, so much so that I don’t know what is meant to be flagship, so in my mind, and I guess many, this, Dead Arm, is The One. Good year for red wines from The Vale.

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Tasted : MAY17
Alcohol : 14.4%
Price : $65
Closure : Screwcap
Drink : 2018 - 2030
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Posted in McLaren Vale, shiraz et al6 Comments

Rusden Black Guts SHiraz

Rusden Black Guts Shiraz 2014

From Vine Vale in the Barossa Valley, this is shiraz of generosity, weight and heart. Black Guts is such an evocative name too.

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Tasted : MAY17
Alcohol : 14.9%
Price : $85
Closure : Cork
Drink : 2017 - 2027
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Auburn Hills Rose 2016

The first releases from Hilary Mitchell, the daughter of Mitchell Wines’ Andrew and Jane Mitchell. Rose here from Clare Valley – there’s riesling and shiraz also in the suite of wines. Keep a keen eye out for these, me thinks.

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Tasted : MAY17
Alcohol : 13.5%
Price : $27
Closure : Screwcap
Drink : 2017 - 2019
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Posted in Clare Valley, Rose0 Comments

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