Featured Stories
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 Granite Belt Regional Report 2017 Poll: The best Australian wine region to Grenache of the day
 
Quarryblockgrenache

Grenache Project 17 – Artisans Of Barossa release a new six pack celebrating single vineyard grenache

There are all manner of groups and initiatives that 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. There was the grenache-focussed McLaren Vale ‘Cadenzia’ program some ten years ago, […]

Grosset

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, […]

penfolds G3 beauty

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, […]

thousand candles redone

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 […]

Screen Shot 2017-08-01 at 11.04.55

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 […]

highsandsresize

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 […]

The Barossa Cellar render

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 […]

75722142 - winery vineyard and silhouette of vines on dusk featuring rows of vines, grapes or sultanas on wire. filmed mildura, victoria.

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 […]

yering station scarlett pinot noir

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 […]

cape mentelle grapes

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.

adam wadewitz

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 […]

granite belt pic 2

Granite Belt Regional Report 2017

Mike Bennie headed to Queensland’s Granite Belt to put the region’s wines under the microscope. Misconceptions be damned: the result was as full of surprises as it was incredibly good wines.  

53784782 - beautiful vineyard landscape with blue sky and sunshine in ihringen, kaiserstuhl, germany.

Poll: The best Australian wine region to “tour” is?

Simple question: what’s the best Australian wine region to tour? Maximum of 3 answers allowed, though you can click on one only if your choice is overwhelmingly in one direction.

barossa valley grenache pic

Grenache of the day

Grenache’s time to shine has been over a century in the making. But the argument for grenache grows increasingly stronger … Words Campbell Mattinson Published: September 2012 _____________________ Suddenly it’s cool to love grenache. We’ve been growing it in Australia from just before the year dot and it’s always had it fans – and consciously […]

Petersons

Petersons Jamie’s Quatro 2015

21 February 2018

From Mudgee rather than Petersons’ perceived homeland of Hunter Valley. What a staple of that region it is, but the Mudgee vineyard has been around since 1996. It is a decidedly bold blend of zinfandel, chambourcin, petit verdot and durif. Sounds like a roll call for a long lunch in the 1980s. Meanwhile, I had […]

Read the full story

Posted in Mudgee, other reds0 Comments

Fleet Syrah 2017

21 February 2018

From husband and wife Justin and Lisa Jenkins, formerly of City Wine Shop, now moved to regional Victoria to pursue other dreams. These early releases, from Gippsland fruit, have been very good. This is next level. A beautiful and definitive ‘syrah’ here, paying homage to lower alcohol (12.3%), medium weight, spice and what feels like […]

Read the full story

Posted in Gippsland, syrah, Tip Top Tipple2 Comments

L’enclos du Tertre Shiraz Grenache 2016

21 February 2018

From a single site planted somewhere in the 1980s, dry grown, loved by viti/winemaker couple/combo Clemence and Lee Haselgrove. It’s another step forward in their narrative arc, away from the shackles of working for others, now on the path to fine tuned grape growing and expressive wines of special places in Great Southern, WA. Fascinating, fine […]

Read the full story

Posted in Frankland River, grenache et al, shiraz et al7 Comments

Unico Zelo Cherry Fields

Unico Zelo Cherry Fields 2017

21 February 2018

All dolcetto from a single site in Clare Valley. Made with care by the Unico Zelo mob. Between this and their Harvest label there’s quite a bit of wine under their belts these days. This has been excellent in the past, and presents well from 2017.

Read the full story

Posted in Clare Valley, other reds, Top Value0 Comments

Unico Zelo Truffle

Unico Zelo Truffle Hound Barbera Nebbiolo 2017

21 February 2018

Crowd pleasing red blend from avant garde producer Unico Zelo, here sourcing from a Clare Valley vineyard in Polish Hill River. Gentle hands in the winery coax this fresh-feeling wine to bottle. Brilliant price too.

Read the full story

Posted in Clare Valley, nebbiolo, other reds, Top Value0 Comments

VindenBack Block

Vinden Estate Back Block Shiraz 2013

21 February 2018

From a special block at Vinden Estate, fast becoming one of the ‘wineries to watch’ in the Hunter, despite their time producing wines. Younger gen winemaker Angus Vinden flexing his wings in more recent vintages. Stay tuned. Matured in French and American oak here. Opens with a layer of oak, sweet spice, old spice cupboard, […]

Read the full story

Posted in Hunter Valley, shiraz et al0 Comments

de bortoli estate vineyard shiraz

De Bortoli The Estate Vineyard Shiraz 2015

20 February 2018

Yarra Valley shiraz grown on mature, estate vineyards, fermented wild with some whole bunches, then matured in (used) 500l oak. I suspect this is the tweaked name for the Estate Grown range.

Read the full story

Posted in shiraz et al, Yarra Valley1 Comment

de bortoli estate vineyard pinot blanc

De Bortoli The Estate Vineyard Pinot Blanc 2017

20 February 2018

De Bortoli put pinot blanc into its Dixons Creek/Yarra Valley vineyard in 2011 and 2013. Looks like it was a wise move.

Read the full story

Posted in other whites, Yarra Valley0 Comments

de bortoli la boheme act three

De Bortoli La Boheme Act Three Pinot Gris 2017

20 February 2018

It’s more than 85% pinot gris, from the Yarra Valley, but it has some help from pinot blanc, gewürztraminer and riesling.

Read the full story

Posted in Yarra Valley0 Comments

de bortoli la boheme act four syrah gamay

De Bortoli La Boheme Act Four Syrah Gamay 2017

20 February 2018

De Bortoli’s Syrah Gamay is one of the wines I look forward to trying each year.

Read the full story

Posted in shiraz et al, Yarra Valley0 Comments

eldorado road comrade nero davola

Eldorado Road Riserva Nero d’Avola 2016

20 February 2018

I’m tagging this as ‘Rutherglen’ though it’s from Eldorado, which I suspect sits outside any formal GI though it’s close-by to both Beechworth and Rutherglen, and both the Alpine Valleys and King Valley regions for that matter. They only made 40 dozen of this ‘Riserva’ Nero d’Avola, so if you’re interested you’ll need to be […]

Read the full story

Posted in Rutherglen, shiraz et al, Tip Top Tipple0 Comments

brown brothers 1889 shiraz

Brown Brothers 1889 Shiraz 2015

20 February 2018

Shiraz from the Heathcote region of central-ish Victoria.

Read the full story

Posted in Heathcote, shiraz et al0 Comments

bourke and travers shiraz

Bourke & Travers Single Vineyard Shiraz 2016

19 February 2018

New outfit on me but this wine is mighty impressive. Clare Valley shiraz at its best.

Read the full story

Posted in Clare Valley, shiraz et al, Tip Top Tipple2 Comments

david franx waxing lyrical

David Franz Waxing Lyrical Bin E621 Mataro Shiraz Grenache 2015

19 February 2018

Tasted through pretty much the entire David Franz range recently and while there were both hits and misses it was a pretty impressive/interesting/entertaining line-up. Fascinating producer. This is a 65/26/9 blend of the three varieties.

Read the full story

Posted in Barossa Valley, grenache et al, mourvedre et al, shiraz et al5 Comments

From Sunday Gris

From Sunday Pinot Gris Skins 2016

18 February 2018

A quasi-anonymous wine project that sees grapes sourced from various vineyards and ranges running from ‘experimental’ to ‘easy drinking’. This wine forms part of an exploration of pinot gris from a single, 900-metre-above-sea-level site in Orange, New South Wales. So, another orange wine from orange, except pinot gris is technically a red grape, so it’s […]

Read the full story

Posted in Orange, orange wine, pinot gris/grigio0 Comments

Screen Shot 2018-02-18 at 17.58.05

Les Dolomies Les Boutonniers Chardonnay 2016

18 February 2018

Les Dolomies are ardent organic lifestylers and have committed to such with their winemaking/grape growing since inception in 2008. While relatively young as a Jura wine producer, their timing did seem to come as Jura was ‘rediscovered’. They have raced to the front of the pack. This wine comes from a single, low yielding site, […]

Read the full story

Posted in chardonnay, Jura, natural wine, organic1 Comment

Benedicte & Stephane Tissot Patchwork Chardonnay

Benedicte & Stephane Tissot Patchwork Chardonnay 2016

18 February 2018

From one of Jura’s preeminent vignerons, the boundless bundle of energy and vision that is Stephane Tissot. As a table wine, chardonnay is Tissot’s best grape, though savagnin in single site Vin Jaune is compelling under his care. Arguably, Tissot has some of the best land under chardonnay vine, including the vaunted Tour de Curon […]

Read the full story

Posted in biodynamic, chardonnay, Jura, natural wine, organic, other whites0 Comments

vasse felix shiraz

Vasse Felix Shiraz 2015

18 February 2018

Everything is in neat order with this Margaret River shiraz.

Read the full story

Posted in Margaret River, shiraz et al3 Comments

xabregas figtree syrah

X by Xabregas Spencer Syrah 2014

18 February 2018

I don’t get to see these wines often but this Syrah from Mount Barker in WA is very good.

Read the full story

Posted in Great Southern, shiraz et al0 Comments

xabregas figtree syrah

X by Xabregas Figtree Syrah 2012

18 February 2018

My sample bottle is marked with “RRP $42” though the Xabregas website lists it at $55. Not sure which one is correct and which is awry.

Read the full story

Posted in Mount Barker, shiraz et al0 Comments

What is The Wine Front?

The WINEFRONT has flourished as a wine review and information site since 2002. We believe in hard work, realistic scoring, reliability and rigorous independence. We cover Australian wine principally but we extend coverage across the wider world of wine. The hunt for the next beautiful wine knows no boundaries. The WINEFRONT is run by Campbell Mattinson, Gary Walsh and Mike Bennie. A full history of reviews and articles is available to subscribers via the WINE SEARCH tab.
~

Login

Events

  • No events

Archives

Content

  • Total Stats
    • 38,495 Posts
    • 163,822 Comments
Gravityscan Badge