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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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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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Patritti Lot Three Single Vineyard Shiraz 2014

20 July 2017

The Patritti family bought a property at Lot 3 Elliots Road in Blewitt Springs in 1960. By 1969 they’d planted 25 acres of shiraz on their land. This wine was matured in all-French, all-new puncheons.

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3 Drops Shiraz 2015

20 July 2017

3 Drops make value and quality look easy, as a general rule. The range looks in particularly good shape right now.

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3 Drops Chardonnay 2016

20 July 2017

You have to be impressed by this chardonnay – though it’s going to require some patience. It’s made by Rob Diletti.

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Kooyong Faultline Chardonnay 2015

19 July 2017

I read ‘Faultline’ and my mind runs to tennis, not least with the Kooyong association.

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Kooyong Farrago Chardonnay 2015

19 July 2017

Always interesting tasting the two Kooyong single vineyards side by side. I have it in my head that I *usually* prefer Faultline, and it seems that CM most often prefers Farrago. Which way will it turn this year? We shall see! It could be Strangers on a Train in 2015.

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Three Lads Sangiovese 2015

19 July 2017

Good interesting wines from Three Lads. Kind of let down by the awful labels, but it’s what’s on the inside that counts, eh?

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Posted in Gundagai, sangiovese et al16 Comments

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Coriole Sangiovese 2016

19 July 2017

They do wonderful work with Sangiovese at Coriole. I’m tasting this alongside a few other Sangiovese, including a Brunello.  

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Dirty Black Denim Heathcote Sangiovese Novello 2016

19 July 2017

I met DBD winemaker Lawrence Scanlon quite by chance a few years ago, at a New Year’s Eve party held by mutual friends. It’s a small world. We had an interesting chat, too. I took along a few wines which I think were in his wheelhouse, also by chance. If I remember rightly, they were […]

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Stella Bella Tempranillo 2015

19 July 2017

Likely this should have been reviewed by our champion of Australian Tempranillo, Campbell Mattinson, though sadly, you’ll have to make do with me.  

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Luccarelli Primitivo 2016

19 July 2017

There’s some amazing value to be had among Spanish and Italian imports. Importer: Mondo Imports

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Inkwell Infidels Primitivo 2016

19 July 2017

There’s a dish that used to be turned out at Billy Kwong – Crispy Skin Duck with Blood Plum Sauce – that I loved to eat, back in the day. I’m thinking this wine would go well with that dish.

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Posted in McLaren Vale, other reds6 Comments

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Mitchell Harris Shiraz 2015

19 July 2017

Same deal as the 2014 release. 25% whole bunches and 2% Viognier. Moonambel shiraz. 250 dozen only.

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Mitchell Harris Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

19 July 2017

Pyrenees Cabernet Sauvignon from the Peerick Vineyard at Moonambel. 15 months in French oak.

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Mitchell Harris Shiraz 2014

19 July 2017

I suspect that this has sold out and that vintages have moved on for this wine but for the sake of database integrity, among other things, here is a review of this leading Moonambel shiraz. This sees 25% whole bunches and includes 2% Viognier.

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Major by Mitchell Harris 2014

19 July 2017

60/40 blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz from the Peerick Vineyard at Moonambel. Only 40 dozen produced. It’s been in bottle since October 2015.

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Colleoni Poderi Sante Marie Brunello di Montalcino 2011

18 July 2017

Importer: Quel Vino

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Samuel’s Gorge Mourvedre 2015

18 July 2017

Mataro is one of the hero grape varieties of McLaren Vale.

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Sellicks Hill Wines Dio Mourvedre 2013

18 July 2017

Great spot they have down at Sellicks Hill. Well worth a visit if you’re in the Vales.

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Cape Grace Shiraz 2015

18 July 2017

Margaret River Shiraz is rarely my thing, but they’re often attractive wines nevertheless.

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Howard Park Leston Shiraz 2015

18 July 2017

Usually Leston is the lesser Shiraz to Scotsdale.

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