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TWF Chardonnay in 2018 – The Year in Review Kumeu River Chardonnay retrospective 2018 Penfolds media circus Riot Rose, wine in a can Rootstock pulls up stumps Penfolds goes to infinity and beyond Mildara Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon 2004 Test: Repour Grenache Project 17 Grosset Wines Retrospective 2017 Penfolds G3 launched New wind blows at Thousand Candles Nineteen Eighty-Four: Californian Cabernet Australia
 
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TWF Chardonnay in 2018 – The Year in Review

It’s hard to believe that another year has passed since the Brisbane tasting panel’s December 2017 review of the tWf trio’s work on top end Australian Chardonnay (those which scored 96 points or better) but indeed it has. So once again the panel assembled to review the 2018 Chardonnay guidance given by the three Winefront […]

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Kumeu River Chardonnay retrospective 2018

It feels like a very long time since June 2018, but the extraordinary tasting made available to GW and I rings loud in the cloister of the wine brain. Visiting Kumeu Estate is of course formative for the New Zealand wine enthusiast, and an exceptional opportunity to get a feel for history coupled to an […]

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Penfolds media circus

The Penfolds circus. Every year Penfolds holds media tastings of its new super premium releases. These tastings are held around the world, a fair bit out from the release date (4 October 2018, in this case; tasting was in August) with a publishing embargo in place so that, if you swallow the story whole, each […]

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Riot Rose, wine in a can

McLaren Vale winemaker Tom O’Donnell is on to the wine-in-a-can movement in a big way: big on quality, that is. Personally I’m not yet at the stage where I’m shopping for wines in a can but I like the idea, like the vessel itself, love the idea of it as a take-on-a-camping-trip essential (lightweight to […]

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Rootstock pulls up stumps

Too bold, too good, too successful; the wild ride that was the Rootstock Sydney Festival has come to an end, and the wine world in its entirety will now be lesser. Today the organisers of Rootstock Sydney announced that “Australia’s largest natural wine festival has called last drinks”. It had run for five years. It […]

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Penfolds goes to infinity and beyond

It’s hard to know where to start. Australian wine company Penfolds today jumped the biggest of sharks: it will from now on be a global wine producer rather than merely a global wine brand. From now on, starting as soon as possible, Penfolds will source and make wine out of both the Napa Valley in […]

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Mildara Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon 2004

It doesn’t happen every day. Indeed it’s only happened a few times in the 16 year history of The Winefront, and two of those times it happened because of the same source. A wine was flicked my way, by post, off the bat of a subscriber. No affiliations, no barrows, just a wine lover who […]

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Test: Repour

On February 28 I opened a bottle of the lovely Punt Road Gamay 2017 in among a vast number of other wines. I immediately wanted to stop tasting and just drink it, but alas life wasn’t on my side. I would tip it. And move to the next wine. Or normally I would, except that […]

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Grenache Project 17 – A celebration of single vineyard grenache

All manner of groups 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. New territory is being broken.   

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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, […]

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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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Mount Majura Vineyard Chardonnay 2017

19 December 2018

Mount Majura are one of the stars of Canberra District’s excellent coterie of high flying wine stars, albeit most go about it under the radar without pomp and ceremony. I like that. More room for people like me in the limelight. Kidding. Sort of.

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Nature’s Step Organic Chardonnay 2018

19 December 2018

It’s one small step for nature, one giant leap for wine technology, getting organic wine to the mass-market.

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Ross Hill Pinnacle Series Chardonnay 2016

19 December 2018

From Orange wine region where chardonnay is a bit of a hero variety at times. But then again, lots of varieties aspire to that title there.

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Cape Bernier Chardonnay 2017

19 December 2018

A good brand off the Apple Isle.

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Langmeil High Road Chardonnay 2017

19 December 2018

Usually feel a bit itchy when a Barossa or McLaren Vale stalwart has a crack at chardonnay…

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Killerby Foundations Single Vineyard Chardonnay 2017

19 December 2018

Killerby ebb and flow out of my life. I used to sell a few at Best Cellars back in the day.

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Angove Organic Chardonnay 2018

19 December 2018

Simple, organic wines from big companies are increasingly a thing. Good value and organic can go hand-in-hand.

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Limus Chardonnay 2017

19 December 2018

Character filled wines from a younger generation producer, mostly based out of Mount Gambier. Wide-eyed, passionate, good as a human, Kyatt Dixon (winemaker) has some great releases under his belt – he’s from the nouveau, avant garde, natural wine set too.

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Moorilla Muse Chardonnay 2016

19 December 2018

Moorilla wines have so much potential, and a good winemaker in Conor complicated-Canadian-but-Dutch-sounding-last-name. I am always eager to see what’s been going on at such a prominent estate. Hello.

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Ten Minutes By Tractor Chardonnay 2017

19 December 2018

When I think of Ten Mins x Tractor I think of money. Not sure why. Then again, that’s most of Mornington Peninsula. It kind of skips the whole agrarian thing and just mainlines prestige. Might just be me. Anyway, it doesn’t mean the wines suffer.

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Topper’s Mountain Pink Submarine Pinotage Rose 2018

19 December 2018

New wines emerging from under the Topper’s Mountain range, this is a pinotage rose, perhaps one of the best uses of the variety from anywhere outside of South Africa.

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Stonier Chardonnay Pinot Noir 2016

19 December 2018

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Mac Forbes Woori Yallock Chardonnay 2017

18 December 2018

A much better wine than the Hoddles Creek from the same vintage.

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Mac Forbes Hoddles Creek Chardonnay 2017

18 December 2018

It’s a producer that stays true to its ideal of wine style, and you have to admire that.

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Max&Me Boongarrie Vineyard Syrah 2017

18 December 2018

Single vineyard shiraz from the Eden/Barossa. All French oak. Whole bunches.

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Meerea Park Hell Hole Semillon 2017

18 December 2018

Single vineyard semillon out of Pokolbin.

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Meerea Park Hell Hole Shiraz 2017

18 December 2018

From the Homestead Vineyard at Pokolbin. Only 150 dozen made. All French oak, 40% new.

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The Wilson Vineyard Watervale Riesling 2018

18 December 2018

I’ve not yet quite formed an opinion on 2018 Clare Valley Riesling; I suspect it’s one of those vintages that isn’t uniform in character and quality.

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Moutard-Diligent Chablis Vaudésir 2014

18 December 2018

Importer: Ethereal and Piedmont Fine Wines

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Moutard-Diligent Chablis Blanchot 2014

18 December 2018

Is Grand Cru Chablis better than Premier Cru? Sometimes. Depends on the year. I worry about all white Burgundy and Chablis sealed with a cork, however, it rarely comes any other way. Importer: Ethereal & Piedmont Fine Wines.

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