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Polperro Pinot Noir 2017

There’s a real sense of energy around the Polperro wines of Mornington Peninsula. A reevaluation of the blue chip wineries of the region comes with that. The wines are still of the typical flesh and generosity of the region, but seem to find a slightly, dare I say, and I hate using this word with wine, ‘funky’ feel. Ugh. I said it.

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Tasted : DEC18
Alcohol : 13.2%
Price : $55
Closure : Diam
Drink : 2018 - 2028
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Dexter Pinot Noir

Dexter Pinot Noir 2017

Dexter, the TV series, held me for a few series, but then waned when I couldn’t continue believing Michael C Hall as the serial killer protagonist. It just started to fray at the edges. A shame when series do that. That first series though… anyways, Tod ‘no extra d’ Dexter, is one heck of a quality producer of Mornington Peninsula regional staples. Here’s the anticipated 2017 release.

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Tasted : DEC18
Alcohol : 13.5%
Price : $60
Closure : Screwcap
Drink : 2018 - 2026
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Chateau Maris Blanc 2017

Chateau Maris Blanc 2017

Chateau Maris produces wines from organic grapes in the south of France and has a charter that supports sustainability and biodiversity.

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Tasted : DEC18
Alcohol : 13.5%
Price : $27
Closure : Diam
Drink : 2018 - 2020


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Chateau Maris Rose

Chateau Maris Rose 2016

In a strong bout of environmental consciousness, Chateau Maris winery is made from hemp! Cue Cheech and Chong quotes. Meanwhile, this is rose from organic grapes.

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Tasted : DEC18
Alcohol : 13.5%
Price : $26
Closure : Diam
Drink : 2018 - 2020


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Juniper Crossing Tempranillo

Juniper Crossing Small Batch Tempranillo 2017

From the ‘Crossing’ not the ‘Estate’ range and given the denomination of ‘Small Batch’. A bunch of different clones contribute to the whole; it’s been a decade-long project for Juniper. Hangs out in older barrels.

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Tasted : DEC18
Price : $28
Closure : Screwcap
Drink : 2018 - 2025
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Marq Wines Cabernet Franc 2017

A variety that piques the interest of winemaker Mark Warren. I believe Franc does get spelled on the label with a ‘Q’ in lieu of a ‘C’ at times – i’ll adapt for search purposes. Strong personality of the variety here. From Warren’s own vineyard.

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Tasted : DEC18
Price : $28
Closure : Screwcap
Drink : 2018 - 2028
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Vineyard 28 Dolcetto

Vineyard 28 Dolcetto 2018

First production for this wine from Vineyard 28 in Geographe. You see the signs to cellar door on the highway down to Margaret River, and you catch a glimpse of a sandy-dirt road going through a forest. Spooky/romantic nexus. Don’t go in alone with a lover. Or do. This wine won Gold and Trophy at the Alternative Varieties Wine Show this year. Nice start.

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Tasted : DEC18
Price : $28
Closure : Screwcap
Drink : 2018 - 2022
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heretic WHite

Heretic Wines White 2018

It’s savagnin made with ‘benign neglect’, according to winemaker Dan Stocker, but he’s joking, he’s over the ferments, watching the wines, considered with topping, allowing the wine to rest on lees after natural fermentation and using no additives, ‘it’s hard doing nothing’, he concludes. Savagnin from Margaret River, ey? Cool.

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Tasted : DEC18
Price : $26
Closure : Screwcap
Drink : 2018 - 2020
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LS Merchants Vermentino

LS Merchants Vermentino 2018

From a sandy site on the fringe of Yallingup. LS Merchants pushing boundaries with interpretations of Margaret River wines. Wild ferment, half to barrel, half to tank.

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Tasted : DEC18
Alcohol : 12%
Price : $28
Closure : Screwcap
Drink : 2018 - 2020
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MARQ

Marq Wines Petit Manseng 2016

Petit Manseng from Margaret River from one of the more creative producers from the region. Mark Warren is making inroads with these lesser sung varieties and a raft of alt-wines. This is a belter. Which makes me think… I don’t think I have seen a poor petit manseng in Australia, though that’s off a very low base. Good strike rate, let’s say. Wild ferment, 20% new oak, left on lees for its maturation in barrel.

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Tasted : DEC18
Alcohol : 13.4%
Price : $28
Closure : Screwcap
Drink : 2018 - 2025
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Vinea Marson Viognier 2015

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Tasted : Aug-18
Alcohol : 14%
Price : $30
Closure : diam
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McIvor Estate Marsanne Roussanne 2017

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Tasted : Aug-18
Alcohol : 13.8%
Price : $30
Closure : Screwcap
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Heathcote II Grenache 2016

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Tasted : Aug-18
Alcohol : 15%
Price : $45
Closure : cork
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Vinea Marson Rose 2016

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Tasted : Aug-18
Alcohol : 13.5%
Price : $28
Closure : diam
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Tellurian Fiano 2018

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Tasted : Aug-18
Alcohol : 13.3%
Price : $28
Closure : Screwcap
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Tellurian Marsanne 2017

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Tasted : Aug-18
Alcohol : 13.9%
Price : $28
Closure : Screwcap
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Wanted Man Viognier 2017

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Tasted : Aug-18
Alcohol : 13%
Price : $23
Closure : Screwcap
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Tellurian Rose 2018

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Tasted : Aug-18
Alcohol : 13.5%
Price : $24
Closure : Screwcap
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Heathcote Winery Mail Coach Viognier 2018

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Tasted : Aug-18
Alcohol : 12.5%
Price : $28
Closure : Screwcap
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Tellurian Viognier 2017

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Tasted : Aug-18
Alcohol : 14%
Price : $28
Closure : Screwcap
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