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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 Pierro Chardonnay Hatherleigh Pinot Noir McLaren Vale Regional Report
 
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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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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.  

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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.

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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 […]

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Pierro Chardonnay – a ten year collection from 2006 to 2015

From seemingly nowhere, a ten year collection of Pierro chardonnay arrived at my front door. Thrilled. Blue chip stuff.  

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Hatherleigh Pinot Noir – Full Retrospective Tasting

Established in 1996 with most plantings going on in 1999, this is Nick Bulleid MW’s labour of love, all planted to pinot noir.

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McLaren Vale Regional Report

The Winefront’s Mike Bennie and Gary Walsh visited McLaren Vale in June to assess exactly where the region’s wines are at. The result was a thorough health check of the region with more than a few surprises. Indeed, the odd shock was in store.

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Cantalupo Colline Novaresi DOC ‘Agamium’ 2011

19 September 2017

“100% Nebbiolo, essentially a declassified Ghemme with fruit from three different vineyards, 1 year in stainless steel, 1 year in used 900L/3,000L Slavonian oak casks.” I get a little twitchy when I’ve not tasted Nebbiolo for a couple of days. Luckily, it’s a problem that’s easily remedied. The warmer years, that perhaps don’t quite suit […]

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Schwarz Wine Co Rosé 2017

19 September 2017

A regular high performer in the rosé stakes, at least around these parts. I often think of Sherwood Schwartz when I see the label, though he has a ‘t’ near the end of his name. A ‘t’ for top performer in the early sitcom stakes.

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Sevenhill Inigo Rosé 2017

19 September 2017

From 100 year old Grenache vines.

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Koerner Tiver Rosé 2017

19 September 2017

70% Sangiovese, 30% Sciacarello. Love the labels on these wines. Love.

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Sanglier Rosé 2017

19 September 2017

Grenache rosé made from 47 year old dry grown bush vines. I’ve opened a bunch of rosés tonight, and it’s fair to say, it’s a happy hunting ground right now. The other thing I’d say, is that unless it’s a gross tooth-achingly sweet rosé, then serve it barely cool, rather than cold.

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Monchiero Vignola Rosato 2016

19 September 2017

You can’t put a vintage on rosato, nor call it Langhe, as it doesn’t meet the rules for the appellation, but the fine print shows 2016 and it’s 100% Nebbiolo grown in Castiglione Falletto. Importer: Ethereal Wines

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Oakridge Local Vineyard Series Barkala Ridge Vineyard Chardonnay 2016

19 September 2017

All the attention has been on the 2015s and then this 2016 appears. Stop the presses.

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Oakridge Local Vineyard Series Willowlake Vineyard Pinot Noir 2016

19 September 2017

Pinot noir from a north-facing site at Gladysdale in the Yarra Valley.

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West Cape Howe Tempranillo Rosé 2017

19 September 2017

Mediterranean varieties are often well suited to rosé.

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Mayhem & Co Keg Old Vine Shiraz 2016

18 September 2017

50 cases produced from ‘Nadalie Coopers Block’, which is old vine, though it does not say how old, or where the block is, though obviously it’s in the Barossa Valley, somewhere.

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Coriole Songbird Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

18 September 2017

Lovely spot to visit, is Coriole, and this is named for the songbirds that apparently lurk around the cellar door.

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Mitchelton Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

18 September 2017

Been a while since I’ve had a wine from Mitchelton.  

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Sons Of Eden Marschall Shiraz 2016

18 September 2017

One of the great Shiraz bargains from the Barossa, and can be found for around $20.

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The Thief? Grenache Shiraz Mataro 2016

18 September 2017

The shiraz is from Natasha Mooney’s Greenock vineyard, the Grenache and Mataro is from the neighbour’s vineyard. No thievery was involved.

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The Thief? Shiraz 2015

18 September 2017

Shiraz from the Greenock sub-region of the Barossa Valley. “I wanted to purchase a vineyard in the region for a number of years,” says Natasha Mooney, the winemaker/owner behind this new release/label. “I’ve been making wine from this 25 year old vineyard for ten years and when it came up for sale I couldn’t pass […]

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Terre à Terre Crayères Vineyard Shiraz 2015

18 September 2017

The Crayères Vineyard is next door to the Whalebone Vineyard atop the limestone ridge in the Wrattonbully region. It was planted in 2008, at 4444 vines per hectare. This wine saw 50% new French oak. Production was 280 dozen.

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Gomersal Wines Reserve Shiraz 2013

18 September 2017

Barossa Shiraz matured in new and aged American oak. 838 dozen produced.

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Koonowla Riesling 2017

18 September 2017

I’m pretty sure this is part of Koonowla’s ‘single vineyard’ range but I could be wrong. No matter.

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Koonowla The Ringmaster Riesling 2017

18 September 2017

Talk about value.

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Denton View Hill Denton Shed Cabernet Franc 2015

18 September 2017

Varietal cabernet franc, Yarra Valley, made by Luke Lambert.

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