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Jilly Wines Field Blend 2017

Well, I never… nebbiolo, shiraz, tempranillo, tannat, pinotage, tinta cao, touriga, barbera, gewurztraminer, chardonnay, viognier and petit manseng, all wild fermented, 100% whole bunch fermented, sent to bottle without filtering or fining. Only 400 bottles made. Quite a mouthful. Kaleidoscopic stuff.

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Tasted : JUL17
Alcohol : 12%
Price : $40
Closure : Diam
Drink : 2017 - 2020
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Jilly Wines Lone Ranger Semillon 2017

The often overlooked wine region of New England is having further life breathed into it by the dynamic young winemaker Jared Dixon. Here’s a wild fermented, skin fermented, barrel fermented semillon for you. At the other end of the spectrum from Hunter Valley semillon by a lightyear. Hi-ho!

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Tasted : JUL17
Alcohol : 10.5%
Price : $32
Closure : Diam
Drink : 2017 - 2021
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Polperro Pinot Gris

Polperro Pinot Gris 2016

This feels like a serious take of pinot gris, with texture, lees work and additional depth the x-factors at play perhaps. From a couple of energetic winemakers out of Mornington Peninsula.

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Tasted : JUL17
Alcohol : 13.3%
Price : $45
Closure : Screwcap
Drink : 2017 - 2021
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Hurley

Hurley Vineyard Estate Balnarring Pinot Noir 2015

Hurley do an excellent job with their suite of pinot noirs. When asked ‘top Mornington producers’ they readily come to mind. This is a blend of the three sites Lodestone, Hommage, Garamond. It sees 33% new oak and no filtering/fining.

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Tasted : JUL17
Alcohol : 13.5%
Price : $48
Closure : Diam
Drink : 2017 - 2025
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ArFion PinotNoir

ArFion Pinot Noir 2016

From Willowlake Vineyard in the Yarra Valley, brought to life by one of the most thoughtful winemakers I know, Dave ‘Bro’ Mackintosh. An honest, intelligent vision of wine that he possesses. Much to like about what’s in the glass beyond that. Lo-fi winemaking and careful site selection the motif.

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Tasted : JUL17
Alcohol : 13%
Price : $35
Closure : Screwcap
Drink : 2017 - 2022
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Hersey

Hersey Vineyard Light Bright Summer Red 2016

The name of the wine says it all really. Hurray! Reviewed in the dead of Australian winter an amusing side note. I didn’t bother to find out the varieties used, it felt superfluous in assessing the wine! From the Adelaide Hills. One of those wines that doesn’t score as high as it drinks well.

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Tasted : JUL17
Alcohol : 12.5%
Price : $28
Closure : Cork
Drink : 2017 - 2019
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Andevine

Andevine Reserve Canberra Syrah 2016

Murrumbateman single vineyard. Click here to see the incredible pedigree of this relatively new producer. Quiet achiever, though those in the know know… an excellent expression here.

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Tasted : JUL17
Alcohol : 14%
Price : $45
Closure : Screwcap
Drink : 2017 - 2023
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Le Vigne de Eli

Le Vigne de Eli Etna Rosso Moganazzi Volta Sciara 2013

From a single village set at 650 metres above sea level. A splash of nerello capuccio with the mainstay nerello mascalese, all planted in 1950. This producer was on my radar some five years ago, then slipped away, now back. Great expressions of the northern slope of the volcano. Very transparent expressions too.

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Tasted : JUL17
Alcohol : 14%
Price : $76
Closure : Cork
Drink : 2017 - 2028+


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Riley Harrison Wines Fleur De La Lune Grenache 2016

From a 60-year-old parcel of fruit in the Barossa Valley. New producer for me, great to see more initiative with old vine Barossa grenache out there. The cuvee name references harvesting that takes place on an ascending moon. Romance meets science meets astrology. Au naturale set of winemaking principles too.

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Tasted : JUL17
Alcohol : 13.5%
Price : $30
Closure : Diam
Drink : 2017 - 2021
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Unico Zelo Taboo

Unico Zelo Taboo 2015

Merlot from the Adelaide Hills, a taboo indeed! From a single site. Always interesting wines from Unico Zelo. Great to see merlot on their dashboard.

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Tasted : JUL17
Alcohol : 14%
Price : $35
Closure : Diam
Drink : 2017 - 2020
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Kaesler Wines 2016

Small Valley Vineyard Chardonnay 2016

From a single vineyard in the Gumeracha parish of the Adelaide Hills. It is mostly raised in stainless steel tank, but there’s a smidge of oak influence in the wine from a portion that hands out in wood.

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Tasted : JUL17
Alcohol : 13%
Price : $32
Closure : Screwcap
Drink : 2017 - 2022
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Beautiful Isle Syrah 2016

Using 40% whole bunches and as I understand, estate fruit, this is an exciting release from husband and wife, younger generation vignerons, David Feldheim and Cynthea Semmens. Cynthia is a second generation winegrower from the Marion’s Vineyard on the Tamar River. Good people doing good things.

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Tasted : JUL17
Alcohol : 13.5%
Price : $48
Closure : Screwcap
Drink : 2017 - 2023
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Jacquesson Cuvee 740 Extra Brut NV

From the 2012 harvest and five locations in Champagne. The farming is now biological/organic, the winemaking decidedly low intervention. Indeed, the wines sit on lees in barrel for their life outside bottle, unfined and unfiltered. Sulphur addition would be on the very lower side for Champagne at 20ppm added and less than 40ppm total. Effectively, as natural-leaning as Champagne gets these days. All the info is on the label too. This is a super-dooper release too.

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Tasted : JUL17
Alcohol : 12%
Price : $115
Closure : Cork
Drink : 2017 - 2023


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Riserva

Foster e Rocco Riserva Sangiovese 2012

Only 75 dozen made of this wine. Brunello clone sangiovese planted in the Greenstone Vineyard. Always released with five years of age, though it has only been released twice (2009 was the other wine so far). Stellar wine by Adam Foster and Lincoln Riley.

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Tasted : JUL17
Alcohol : 13.5%
Price : $55
Closure : Screwcap
Drink : 2017 - 2025
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Foster e Rocco Sangiovese

Foster e Rocco Sangiovese 2014

From Brunello clone sangiovese off the Greenstone Vineyard. Hand picked, de-stemmed, wild fermented, hangs out in old French oak.

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Tasted : JUL17
Alcohol : 14%
Price : $35
Closure : Screwcap
Drink : 2017 - 2026+
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Foster e Rocco Nuovo

Foster e Rocco Nuovo Sangiovese 2016

“The Beaujolais of Heathcote” jokes winemaker Adam Foster. No new oak here, all sangiovese. Decidedly bright and fresh in its way. I guess he’s not far off, really.

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Tasted : JUL17
Alcohol : 14%
Price : $25
Closure : Screwcap
Drink : 2017 - 2021
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Concieto Bastardo

Concieto Bastardo 2015

Love the label. Pow! Meanwhile, from a generational Portuguese producer with an eye on more expressive table wines from Teja Valley. This is bastardo, one of the staple grapes for fortified wines in Portugal, but magnificently used in Jura, where it most likely originates from, for light, savoury, straight up red wines. Pale colour, light to medium weight, fine in tannin, brisk in acidity, savoury-edged fruitiness, is the deal. I should be exploring more bastardo of Portugal considering my lust for Jura; this is a serious wine right here. Loved it.

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Tasted : JUL17
Alcohol : 13.5%
Price : $55
Closure : ProCork
Drink : 2017 - 2021
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Conceito Contraste Branco 2015

White wine from Teja Valley and a hip producer trying to shake some of the Douro image off while paying homage to local varieties. It’s a cooler, elevated site than most in the region too. Generational producer where younger generation was given reigns and has run at it. Cool wines, these. This is a blend of rabigato, codega do larinho, codega and arinto, for Portuguese grape variety nerds out there. Sees barrel and stainless time. Such a bloody good drink here; would love it in every bistro and bar a fifteen minute walk from my house. First pour magic.

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Tasted : JUL17
Alcohol : 13%
Price : $37
Closure : Diam
Drink : 2017 - 2019
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Syrahmi Last Dance

Syrahmi Last Dance Shiraz 2014

The name reflects that this was the last time that Greenstone Vineyard sold fruit to Adam Foster (though that has changed again for 2017 with an arrangement bringing Foster and Greenstone back together once more). No pumping, no plunging, 54 days as 100% whole bunch. Old oak only here. It’s a style that took me ages to come at, get my head around, so wild, unfettered, curious, wonderful. I did a tasting with the winemaker and used about half a bottle over an hour to get my position on the wine. It needs that, and longer, in your glass. One of those wines that goes on a journey with you as you drink it, shape-shifts, challenges and delights. Like that.

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Tasted : JUL17
Alcohol : 13.8%
Price : $55
Closure : Screwcap
Drink : 2017 - 2025+
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Syrahmi Jill

Syrahmi Eileen Jill Foster Shiraz 2011

“I call bullshit on the whole idea that 2011 was a write off”, says winemaker Adam Foster, “lots of rain, we know what happened, but you had to be in the vineyard, the wines we had always looked like they could mature well”. A dedicated ‘museum cellared release’ (as per label). “Yeah, everyone keeps telling me I just rebadged something I couldn’t sell, but this came from a single, large format new oak foudre, and was a dedicated wine; it just needed time”.

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Tasted : JUL
Alcohol : 13.5%
Price : $60
Closure : Screwcap
Drink : 2017 - 2021
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