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Poll: The best Australian wine region to Pierro Chardonnay Hatherleigh Pinot Noir McLaren Vale Regional Report Churton: Vineyard as a garden of Eden Birds of a feather: Rudi Bauer and his Quartz Reef Greywacke Wild Sauvignon Blanc 2009-2014 Riesling Rendezvous 2016 Do preservative free wines age? UPDATE: WET changes have wine producers hopping mad #2 Terroir Unlimited: Terroir Al Limit 2016 Mount Pleasant 1965 Vines Rosehill Vineyard Shiraz 2014 Balnaves The Tally : Vertical Tasting 1998-2013 Napoleone Cider Yarra Valley
 
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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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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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Churton: Vineyard as a garden of Eden

You get the feeling Sam Weaver is tired of the nincompoops.

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Birds of a feather: Rudi Bauer and his Quartz Reef

Sometimes the luck runs against you.

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Greywacke Wild Sauvignon Blanc 2009-2014

A precious afternoon one on one with the bloody great Kevin Judd.

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Riesling Rendezvous 2016 – general riesling tastings

Riesling Rendezvous 2016 held in Seattle is over and done with, a large scale event that drew riesling winemakers, lovers, wine writers, MS, MW, CMS, you name it, like riesling, they were there, from all over the riesling planet.

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Do preservative free wines age?

Accepted wisdom is that ‘preservative free’ or (very) low sulphur wines must be consumed within a year or at most two from bottling. The absence of added preservative means that they’ll drink well in the short term, if they’re well grown and made, but will fall over pretty quickly. Make hay. Don’t hesitate. So if you […]

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UPDATE: WET changes have wine producers hopping mad #2

Opposition to the proposed changes to the Wine Equalisation Tax (WET) is mounting.

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Terroir Unlimited: Terroir Al Limit 2016

Next level wines. I can think of few Spanish producers making wines of such excitement, charisma and transparent-feeling representation of place.    

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Mount Pleasant 1965 Vines Rosehill Vineyard Shiraz 2014

The Mount Pleasant winery is my special subject. It was the home of Australia’s first great winemaker – Maurice O’Shea – and until the early 1960s it was known as the producer of Australia’s best table wines.

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Balnaves The Tally : Vertical Tasting 1998-2013

“When I first started making wine in Coonawarra,” Balnaves long-term winemaker Pete Bissell says, “we always thought the warmer vintages were the better vintages. Now I’m starting to think the cooler vintages are better.”

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Napoleone Cider Yarra Valley

The Napoleones have been orchardists since the 1940s.

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Bowen Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

29 March 2017

The bottle I’m tasting is sealed with a screwcap, and the image is for cork sealed, because I can’t find anything else.

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Balnaves of Coonawarra The Blend 2014

29 March 2017

Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. Tasting this in a bracket of six wines, three of them from Balnaves, and this is my favourite of the Balnaves trio because it’s just such a lovely drink. Happily, it’s the least expensive of the three.

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Balnaves of Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

29 March 2017

Often a soft spot for Balnaves cabernet, when Coonawarra comes to mind. Sourced from two vineyards, the wine spends 19 months in French oak. Rarely shy of oak, is Coonawarra.

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Katnook Estate Prodigy Shiraz

Katnook Estate Prodigy Shiraz 2012

29 March 2017

Love the Prodigy. Saw them last at Selina’s in Coogee, a defunct venue that some will be familiar with that sat like a weird ballroom inside the Coogee Bay Hotel. My girlfriend at the time passed out in the front row and was dragged on stage to by Keith Flint to act as an impromptu […]

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Katnook Estate Odyssey Cabernet Sauvignon

Katnook Estate Odyssey Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

29 March 2017

A flagship if ever there were a flagship wine. I assume 2011 was skipped due to the vagaries of the vintage? Maybe. Anyway, here is the much mightier, warmer 2012 season reflected through Katnook’s prism of ripe fruit and 24 months in a third new French oak.

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Singlefile Clement V 2016

29 March 2017

This is a shiraz, grenache, mataro. All from Frankland River. Medium bodied approach to the blend. Named for the Pope of the same name who championed the GSM blends of the Rhone Valley, allegedly.

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La Violetta Nova Syrova 2016

29 March 2017

This is an intentional, lighter bodied red, that takes on a chill, but that has structure. There’s a focus on syrah. Grenache in the mix comes from Geographe, pinot noir in the blend from Denmark. There’s a bit of tempranillo and mataro in the mix too. “I just wanted the varieties to talk to each […]

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Alkoomi Jarrah Shiraz 2011

29 March 2017

All the fancy wines of Alkoomi are named for local tree types. Nice touch. This is from a single block planted in 1971. Small batch winemaking, gets about 35% new French oak. Hotter year in the Great Southern.

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Hollick Shiraz 2014

29 March 2017

Shiraz from Hollick’s Wrattonbully vineyard.

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Lange’s Shiraz 2012

29 March 2017

Once was selling grapes now making their own. The assumption is this is single vineyard shiraz, grown by the producer, though it is contract made by James Kellie of Harewood Estate.

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Snake + Herring Business Time Shiraz 2013

29 March 2017

About 40% new oak and all wild ferment and about 15% whole bunch. That’s the base of ingredients. Single vineyard wine from Mount Barker.

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Hollick Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

29 March 2017

Hollick cabernet sauvignon hasn’t had the best of runs in recent years and unfortunately it still seems a shadow of its former self.

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Richard Hamilton Centurion Shiraz 2015

29 March 2017

Shiraz from 123 year old vines. All into French oak, a decent proportion of which is new.

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Richard Hamilton Burton’s Vineyard Grenache 2014

29 March 2017

Bush vine grenache planted in McLaren Vale in 1947. It doesn’t see, blessedly, any new oak. This is the result of one small batch; one fermenter’s worth.

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Château Clerc Milon Pastourelle de Clerc Milon 2009

29 March 2017

The 2nd wine of Ch. Clerc Milon. Pauillac. Importer: Airoldi

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Juniper Crossing Chardonnay 2016

29 March 2017

Margaret River chardonnay is nothing if not accessible, as a general rule.

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La Violetta La Ciornia Shiraz 2011

29 March 2017

The 2011 hasn’t been released yet, though 2010 and 2013 has been. 2012 didn’t make it to this label, instead went into the ‘Up!’ wine. About 60% new oak in the mix here. Trainspotters and fans of the style should line up.

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Christophe et Fils Chablis Blanchot GC 2014

28 March 2017

Blanchot sits between Les Clos and Montée de Tonnerre. Prime real estate. Importer: Andrew Guard

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Pooley Butcher’s Hill Pinot Noir 2015

28 March 2017

I think I have it right that Butcher’s is the limestone site, and Cooinda Vale more sandstone. Butcher’s is in Richmond.

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Pooley Cooinda Vale Pinot Noir 2015

28 March 2017

Some 30 year old vines, but with an average age of 20 years, planted on sandstone at Campania.

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