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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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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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D’Arenberg Bonsai Vine Grenache Shiraz Mourvedre 2015

20 November 2017

It sees both French and American oak but all of it is old and to be honest, there’s little evidence of oak flavour here.

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Patritti Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

20 November 2017

McLaren Vale Cabernet Sauvignon. Merchant Series.

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Patritti Pinot Grigio 2017

20 November 2017

Part of the Merchant Series. From the Adelaide Hills.

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Sussex Squire The Hungry Sheep Mataro 2016

20 November 2017

Only 75 dozen produced. All into French oak, 30% new. From a single vineyard, dry grown. Open fermented, basket pressed.

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Hewitson Falkenberg Vineyard Shiraz 2014

20 November 2017

Part of the “Private Cellar” series. It sees 24 months in French oak and around 400 dozen is the make. The bad news is that it comes in the kind of bottle that would do an environmentalist’s head in. The good news is that I don’t need to go to the gym today now.

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Sussex Squire Raging Bull Malbec 2016

20 November 2017

Clare Valley Malbec given a brief stint in old French oak.

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Hewitson Ned & Henry’s Shiraz 2016

20 November 2017

The brief is to produce a “traditional, full-bodied” Barossa shiraz that can be consumed young.

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Sussex Squire Samuel Block Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

20 November 2017

Single vineyard. All French oak, 20% new. 110 dozen produced.

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Sussex Squire The Partnership Shiraz Mataro 2016

20 November 2017

From two dry-grown vineyards in the Clare Valley. All into French oak.

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Hewitson Miss Harry 2015

20 November 2017

Miss Harry is now also known as Harriet’s Blend. It’s made using grenache (62%), shiraz (16%), mourvèdre (14%), cinsault and carignan. 28% whole bunches and no new oak.

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Hewitson Baby Bush Mourvedre 2015

20 November 2017

Grown on vines planted in 1997. 20% whole bunches. Barossa Valley Mourvèdre.

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Port Phillip Estate Balnarring Pinot Noir 2016

20 November 2017

I like this more than the 2015 version. Not words you say of a Victorian pinot noir all too often.

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Parker Coonawarra Estate Shiraz 2016

18 November 2017

Coonawarra shiraz. Grown on the Kidman and Wetherall vineyards. It only sees French oak.

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Patritti Shiraz 2015

18 November 2017

McLaren Vale shiraz in the zone.

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Hear No Evil Sauvignon Blanc 2017

18 November 2017

Certified organic vineyards. ‘Cool’ packaging. Very varietal wine. Uncomplicated style. Ticking boxes like a plebiscite.

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Tonic Wines Rose 2017

18 November 2017

Clare Valley rose from the Tonic Wines lads, clean and clear as a Spring day. Released in time for the dawning of Summer, but with that in mind the wine could segue to Autumn, handily, such is its light savouriness and added textural interest. Ring the bell, it’s drinking time.

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Heymann-Lowenstein Pinot Noir vom Schiefer 2015

17 November 2017

A curious but fruitful winery collab of Mosel’s Heymann-Lowenstein and Baden-based Zieriesen, with pinot noir as the common ground. It’s organic farmed and pretty much un-tinkered with. An exploration in the pursuit of purity and German pinot noir, or something like that. In terms of packaging, HL has the label design, Z takes the cap […]

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Domaine de Courcel Pommard Les Vaumuriens 2014

17 November 2017

A 400-year-old estate based in Pommard, custodians to around 10 hectares of land under vine. This is a ‘village’ release, though four premier crus make up the bulk of the wines of Courcel. The wine sees long time ageing in oak barrels (almost two years). Courcel often makes light, fragrant, minerally Burgundies, and this is […]

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Delamere Vineyards Blanc De Blancs 2012

17 November 2017

Five years on lees. Grown on a single block. New label design.

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Curator Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

17 November 2017

From Marananga parish of the Barossa Valley. Beefy stuff. So chumpy you could carve it.

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