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Mildara Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon 2004 The last days of vintage. 2018. A visit to Taminick Cellars. Photo-gallery. Test: Repour Grenache Project 17 Grosset Wines Retrospective 2017 Penfolds G3 launched New wind blows at Thousand Candles Nineteen Eighty-Four: Californian Cabernet Australia The Barossa Cellar: Major build for the Barossa Valley Coriole Shiraz: 25 vintages of an Australian classic Australia’s Most Expensive Wines: $250 Pinot Noir from Yering Station joins the fray All the latest from Cape Mentelle Adam
 
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Mildara Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon 2004

It doesn’t happen every day. Indeed it’s only happened a few times in the 16 year history of The Winefront, and two of those times it happened because of the same source. A wine was flicked my way, by post, off the bat of a subscriber. No affiliations, no barrows, just a wine lover who […]

24 acres of 99-year-old vines. What an incredible resource. Essentially unique in Victorian wine terms.

The last days of vintage. 2018. A visit to Taminick Cellars. Photo-gallery.

I live nearby to the historic Booth’s Taminick Cellars winery. I have for over a decade. And yet I’d never made it all the way down the dirt road to visit before. Shame on me. I finally did one morning late last week. I took some pics. The Taminick Cellars vineyard boasts, quite incredibly, about […]

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Test: Repour

On February 28 I opened a bottle of the lovely Punt Road Gamay 2017 in among a vast number of other wines. I immediately wanted to stop tasting and just drink it, but alas life wasn’t on my side. I would tip it. And move to the next wine. Or normally I would, except that […]

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Grenache Project 17 – A celebration of single vineyard grenache

All manner of groups have proposed a collective yet individual approach to a winemaking schemata, but by my reckoning none so far where a single vineyard of grenache has been explored through the lens of six, diverse winemakers. New territory is being broken.   

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Grosset Wines Retrospective 2017 – a tasting of riesling and cabernets

Earlier in 2017, Jeffrey Grosset hosted an intimate session showcasing current releases and a slew of back vintage wine. The presentation was accompanied by some candid home snaps and a detailed explanation of sites and vintages, but perhaps most telling was the candid home pictures, included one of Grosset in his first, own winery, bearded, […]

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Penfolds G3 launched

It’s not so much three bottles of Grange for the price of one as one bottle of Grange for the price of three. It’s a blend of Australia’s most famous blend. It’s an NV red wine, in a heavy bottle, for $3000 a pop. Everything about it is wrong save for three things: rarity, prestige, […]

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New wind blows at Thousand Candles

It was the best of stories. It was the worst of stories. Thousand Candles launched with a grand vision and an even grander vineyard and the perfect team of people to execute it. It had a beautifully-designed label, the hottest winemaker in the country at the time – Bill Downie – and a viticulturist as […]

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Nineteen Eighty-Four: Californian Cabernet

Decanter magazine reported of the 1984 Californian harvest, “This was one of those rare too good to be true vintages that was big in size and ranged from good to excellent in quality. The harvest was early due to a hot spell that kicked it off and a long period warm weather followed to keep harvesters […]

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Australia’s Best Grenache? Yangarra Estate High Sands Grenache 2010-2014

Yangarra’s High Sands Grenache has been a star performer over the years (see all our reviews here) but the stunning quality of the just-released 2014 made us stop and think. Is this Australia’s Best Grenache? A recent chance to taste a complete set of this benchmark Grenache was the perfect way to dig deeper. What is now […]

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The Barossa Cellar: Major build for the Barossa Valley

It’s a great initiative, and step forward. The Barossa Valley plans to build an independent, globally recognised, regional wine museum. The Barossa Cellar, as it will be known, has been a dream of (the) Barons of Barossa for many years. With over $2.0M cash, pledges and in-kind donations already ‘in the bank’, it now looks […]

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Coriole Shiraz: 25 vintages of an Australian classic

Coriole Shiraz, I’m pretty sure, is a staple of many Australian wine cellars. I was lucky enough to taste through twenty five vintages at Coriole’s beautiful winery on a fine autumn day in April 2017. I first visited Coriole back in 1995, and have something of a history with their Shiraz. I can recall tasting […]

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Australia’s Most Expensive Wines: $250 Pinot Noir from Yering Station joins the fray

The price of Australia’s most prestigious wines – either by self-design or by sheer quality – is on a fast march. We have now reached a point where the extraordinary has become ordinary, or at least the new normal. A list of Australia’s Most Expensive Wines now makes for quite remarkable reading. Price has long been a […]

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All the latest from Cape Mentelle

Just finished looking through the latest releases from Cape Mentelle and the range is looking in remarkably strong shape. All the individual wines are reviewed to the site but they are gathered here as a suite. The reviews below are from both Gary Walsh and I, denoted by our initials. PHOTO courtesy Cape Mentelle/Frances Andrijich.

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Adam’s Era: Profile of winemaker Adam Wadewitz

Winemaker Adam Wadewitz is the latest star to join the Shaw & Smith team. Get set for another blast of quality releases. —— First published in Halliday Magazine in 2014. Written by Campbell Mattinson. Successful wineries are like successful relationships. They’re never accidental. They’re the result of a lot of good decisions taken over a […]

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Claymore Dark Side Of The Moon Shiraz 2016

20 June 2018

Clare Valley shiraz. 20% new French oak, the remainder a mix of used French and American.

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Claymore Nirvana Reserve Shiraz 2014

20 June 2018

Nirvana by name, nectar by nature. Clare Valley Shiraz, 36 months in oak.

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Dappled Appellation Chardonnay 2017

20 June 2018

The Dappled range goes from strength to strength.

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Dappled Appellation Pinot Noir 2017

20 June 2018

Upper Yarra Pinot Noir. Unfined and unfiltered. Pure. Exquisitely well packaged, as a bonus. Everything in alignment.

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Ata Rangi Pinot Noir 2016

19 June 2018

The lovely Helen Masters, winemaker at Ata Rangi popped over to my place today, and we tasted through 2008, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 Ata Rangi and McCrone Vineyard Pinot Noir. Compare and contrast, and a fascinating tasting it was. I tasted this 2016 in NZ back in September 2017, pre-release, and compared my note […]

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Campbells Limited Release Tempranillo 2016

19 June 2018

It tastes as much of Rutherglen as it does of tempranillo but that’s not necessarily a bad thing.

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Warrabilla Reserve Durif 2017

19 June 2018

Durif from the one and only Warrabilla.

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Scion Syrah 2016

19 June 2018

Syrah from one of the premier producers of the Rutherglen region. This is from the (beautifully-named) Terravinia and Gooramadda vineyards.

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Paracombe Gruner V5 2017

19 June 2018

Gruner Veltliner shows a great deal of promise in the Adelaide Hills.

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Paracombe Pinot Noir 2016

19 June 2018

Paracombe is the Adelaide Hills endeavour of Kathy and Paul Drogemuller.

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Pooley Cooinda Vale Pinot Noir 2017

18 June 2018

I was bought a cocktail shaker last Father’s Day, inscribed with “May you never go to hell but always be on your way”. Not quite sure how to take that, though I’m currently using it as a spittoon, which is principally why I mention it. Anyway, I’m not in 100% good health over the last […]

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Pooley Butcher’s Hill Pinot Noir 2017

18 June 2018

There’s something very good about this site when it comes to Pinot Noir. That elusive soil/mineral/earthy thing that I love in Pinot (well, as far as my love for Pinot actually goes).

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Nick Spencer Tempranillo 2017

18 June 2018

When I review Australian Tempranillo, I always think of our Campbell. I suspect he’d like this too.

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Nick Spencer Gundagai Dry Red Blend 2017

18 June 2018

The back label is kind of the front label these days, but I’ve shown the front label here. It’s 58% Shiraz, 31% Touriga, 6.5% Tempranillo, and 4.5% Cabernet Sauvignon. An ‘exquisite blend’ in the words of the winemaker.

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Pfeiffer Wines Gamay 2017

18 June 2018

Pfeiffer has produced a varietal gamay for the past 31 consecutive years. That’s quite remarkable.

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Campbells The Sixties Block 2015

18 June 2018

Blend of assorted varieties from a single vineyard block in Rutherglen.

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Stanton & Killeen The Prince Reserva 2016

18 June 2018

Rutherglen blend of touriga nacional, tinto cao and tinta roriz. Fine idea for a red wine.

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D’Arenberg The Laughing Magpie Shiraz Viognier 2013

18 June 2018

You might wonder who buys and drinks The Laughing Magpie Shiraz (94%) Viognier (6%) nowadays, its moment having passed somewhat, but truth is it’s a pretty tasty drop.

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D’Arenberg The Dead Arm Shiraz 2015

18 June 2018

Talking of substantial, this 2015 version of The Dead Arm Shiraz certainly is that.

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D’Arenberg The High Trellis Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

18 June 2018

Value to be had here.

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