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Lethbridge Allegra Chardonnay: 2004 TWF Chardonnay in 2018 – The Year in Review Kumeu River Chardonnay retrospective 2018 Penfolds media circus Riot Rose, wine in a can Rootstock pulls up stumps Penfolds goes to infinity and beyond Mildara Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon 2004 Test: Repour Grenache Project 17 Grosset Wines Retrospective 2017 Penfolds G3 launched New wind blows at Thousand Candles Nineteen Eighty-Four: Californian Cabernet
 
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Lethbridge Allegra Chardonnay: 2004 – 2015

Vineyard is the Rebenberg (Mt Duneed) vineyard, planted by Ken & Joy Campbell in 1968 to Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc, Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon (Malbec & Cabernet were later grafted over to Shiraz). The Chardonnay was added in 1981 planted to P58 and a mixture of Bernard Clones. In regards to winemaking, they’re pretty much the same: fully […]

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TWF Chardonnay in 2018 – The Year in Review

It’s hard to believe that another year has passed since the Brisbane tasting panel’s December 2017 review of the tWf trio’s work on top end Australian Chardonnay (those which scored 96 points or better) but indeed it has. So once again the panel assembled to review the 2018 Chardonnay guidance given by the three Winefront […]

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Kumeu River Chardonnay retrospective 2018

It feels like a very long time since June 2018, but the extraordinary tasting made available to GW and I rings loud in the cloister of the wine brain. Visiting Kumeu Estate is of course formative for the New Zealand wine enthusiast, and an exceptional opportunity to get a feel for history coupled to an […]

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Penfolds media circus

The Penfolds circus. Every year Penfolds holds media tastings of its new super premium releases. These tastings are held around the world, a fair bit out from the release date (4 October 2018, in this case; tasting was in August) with a publishing embargo in place so that, if you swallow the story whole, each […]

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Riot Rose, wine in a can

McLaren Vale winemaker Tom O’Donnell is on to the wine-in-a-can movement in a big way: big on quality, that is. Personally I’m not yet at the stage where I’m shopping for wines in a can but I like the idea, like the vessel itself, love the idea of it as a take-on-a-camping-trip essential (lightweight to […]

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Rootstock pulls up stumps

Too bold, too good, too successful; the wild ride that was the Rootstock Sydney Festival has come to an end, and the wine world in its entirety will now be lesser. Today the organisers of Rootstock Sydney announced that “Australia’s largest natural wine festival has called last drinks”. It had run for five years. It […]

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Penfolds goes to infinity and beyond

It’s hard to know where to start. Australian wine company Penfolds today jumped the biggest of sharks: it will from now on be a global wine producer rather than merely a global wine brand. From now on, starting as soon as possible, Penfolds will source and make wine out of both the Napa Valley in […]

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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 […]

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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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Latta Dextrous Contact Gris 2017

21 February 2019

“I’ve been wanting to make something like this for a long time”, says Owen Latta. It’s from Tarrington and spends two weeks on skins, and 12 months on lees. Only 300 bottles produced, less the one sent to lucky wine critic types.. and less the six I’m about to purchase.

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Velvet & Willow Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

21 February 2019

The brand is Velvet & Willow but it’s made by Andrew Miller Wines. It’s Clare Valley cabernet sauvignon.

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Chateau Pato D.J.P. Shiraz 2017

20 February 2019

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Briar Ridge Vineyard Stockhausen Shiraz 2017

Briar Ridge Vineyard Stockhausen Shiraz 2017

20 February 2019

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Briar Ridge Vineyard Stockhausen Shiraz 2017

Briar Ridge Vineyard Dairy Hill Shiraz 2017

20 February 2019

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Audrey Wilkinson Shiraz 2017

20 February 2019

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Audrey Wilkinson Winemaker’s Selection Shiraz 2017

20 February 2019

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Stargazer Rada 2018

20 February 2019

A blend of pinot noir and pinot meunier, the newest wine from winemaker Sam Connew based out of the southern bits of Tasmania. A marriage of Pipers Brook and Coal River Valley here, however.

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Juniper Estate Shiraz 2015

20 February 2019

Single vineyard shiraz out of Margaret River.

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Stargazer Tupelo 2018

20 February 2019

A clever blend of gris, gewurz and riesling from clever winemaker Sam Connew. This one comes from Coal River Valley vines. Oh for more Australian, early drinking, layered wines made from blends of grapes. Such great drinking in concept, delivered well here too.

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Higher Plane Fume Blanc 2018

20 February 2019

Margaret River sauvignon blanc. 10% new French oak but 50% of the wine spent time in oak. No additions.

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Higher Plane Malbec 2018

20 February 2019

New wine to the Higher Plane range. 70% whole bunches and, all going well, the 2019 release will be 100% whole bunches, so a) this 2018 was clearly seen as a good direction to go in and b) whole bunches are a key part of this new wine’s styling.

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Gomersal Wines Shiraz 2016

20 February 2019

Barossa shiraz: rich, ripe and well-priced.

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Mike Press Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

20 February 2019

Mike Press wines are known for their value but they could equally be known for their style/quality.

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Mike Press Pinot Noir 2017

19 February 2019

Single vineyard pinot noir from the Adelaide Hills. French oak.

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Murdoch Hill Rosé 2018

19 February 2019

Made with Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinot Gris. Certainly interesting bedfellows.

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Eldorado Road Luminoso Rosé 2018

19 February 2019

Nero d’Avola, Sangiovese, Dolcetto and Shiraz here. Quite a party.

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Vasse Felix Tom Cullity Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

19 February 2019

20% Malbec, 2% Petit Verdot, and the rest is Cabernet. This is the best Tom Cullity to date for me.

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Cape Mentelle Wallcliffe Cabernet Franc 2016

19 February 2019

A cellar door only special, and so good to see Cabernet Franc playing a bigger part in the landscape of Australian wine. This comes from a small parcel of vines planted in 1988 on the estate vineyard.

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L.A.S Vino Albino PNO 2017

19 February 2019

The heavy/unusual bottle, the wax capsule, the (DIAM) cork, the price and then the wine. Many things of note.

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