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Pepper Tree Limited Release Orange Chardonnnay 2014
Pepper Tree Limited Release Orange Chardonnay 2014 The entry level wine in Pepper Tree's Orange range. Orange the NSW wine region of course. Don't mention orange wine amongst Orange winemakers. Or even the colour orange. They hate all of it. Heaven help the...
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Starve Dog Lane Clare Valley Riesling 2014
Starve Dog Lane Clare Valley Riesling 2014 Bright yellow. Quite yellow for a young wine. Broad lime juice nose looks forward too. The lemon cordial palate thin, short and attenuated. Ordinary, if recognisably Clare Riesling. No. Details: 12.5%, Screwcap, $1...
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Hardys Tintara McLaren Vale Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
Hardys Tintara McLaren Vale Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 No surprises what you're going to get with this wine. If you're a fan of the Tintara style (rich and oaky, generous McLaren Vale reds) then this will hit your spot. Dark purple red, the oak sweet and milk ...
Dark purple red, the oak sweet and milk chocolatey, the fruit also sweet berry juicy. Truth be told this could almost be McLaren Vale Shiraz with that sweetness and mid palate richness. Easy blackberry appeal though and the smooth palate is going to win friends. It's not overly varietal or ...
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10 top Kiwi Pinots with Fromm's Adam Balasoglou
10 top Kiwi Pinots with Fromm's Adam Balasoglou This is the sort of tasting to remind you just how much better value Kiwi Pinot is compared to Burgundy. Or anything is compared to Burgundy. I followed this lineup with a few equivalent priced Burgundy and wh...
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Topper's Mountain Wild Ferment Pinotage Viognier 2012
Topper's Mountain Wild Ferment Pinotage Viognier 2012 I really do look forward to the Topper's Mountain wines now. You can just guarantee that every new wine will have character and interest, even if some releases can feel more like experiments (from an occ...
I really do look forward to the Topper's Mountain wines now. You can just guarantee that every new wine will have character and interest, even if some releases can feel more like experiments (from an occasionally marginal climate) than natural successes. The interest far outweighs the failures ...
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A surprising McLaren Vale Montepulciano
Way Wood Wines McLaren Vale Montepulciano 2013 This is a breakout wine. A wine to make you think 'maybe Monte could really work in McLaren Vale'. Fruit is sourced from a site in the Willunga foothills Bright purple red, this has that classic dark berry Mont...
This is a breakout wine. A wine to make you think 'maybe Monte could really work in McLaren Vale'. Fruit is sourced from a site in the Willunga foothills. Bright purple red, this has that classic dark berry Montepulciano fruit character, supported by coffeed oak and a real thickness to the nose.
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Domaine Faiveley newish releases - an estate on the up
Faiveley new releases - an estate on the up There's been big changes at Faiveley over the past decade or so. Big changes since when I first entered the industry and this renowned old Burgundy estate was known for heavily extracted, raw wines that provided g...
There's been big changes at Faiveley over the past decade or so. Big changes since when I first entered the industry and this renowned old Burgundy estate was known for heavily extracted, raw wines that provided good value (and cellared well) but struggled in the drinkability stakes.
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Head Wines (excellent) 2014 Contrarian Shiraz
Head Wines The Contrarian Shiraz 2014 The world would be a boring place without contrarians. All that agreement becomes unhelpful after a while. I'm reminded of the late Jeremy Pringle on that note; a wine writer who was also a proud contrarian. We need mor...
The world would be a boring place without contrarians. All that agreement becomes unhelpful after a while. I'm reminded of the late Jeremy Pringle on that note; a wine writer who was also a proud contrarian. We need more like 'im. We need more wines like this too. Well, the world could always do ...
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Longview Devils Elbow Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
Longview Devils Elbow Adelaide Hills Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Getting the balance right with Adelaide Hills Cabernet is clearly hard work. Too often, the styles either sway between astringent and underripe or fat, un-varietal and overripe. Or both. The middl...
Getting the balance right with Adelaide Hills Cabernet is clearly hard work. Too often, the styles either sway between astringent and underripe or fat, un-varietal and overripe. Or both. The middle ground doesn't really exist (name a great Hills Cabernet?) and getting it right seems awfully hard ...
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Way Wood Wines Cabernet Sangiovese 2013
Way Wood Wines Cabernet Sangiovese 2013 A McLaren Vale super Tuscan? Why not! This is 55% Cabernet Sauvignon and 45% Sangiovese. Dark maroon red, it's great to see some clear Sangio varietal character here, with red berries, leather and bark to complement t...
Dark maroon red, it's great to see some clear Sangio varietal character here, with red berries, leather and bark to complement the heavy toast oak and dark berry Cabernet fruit. Actually the thick cut, palate is framed with oak too, a palate that is rather substantial and blockish with oak ...
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d'Arenberg Dead Arm McLaren Vale Shiraz 2011
d'arenberg Dead Arm McLaren Vale Shiraz 2011 Wines from hard vintages, when viewed in isolation, are often much better than expected. We can forgive an extra bit of leafiness and the odd palate hole. A little subtlety can also be quite welcome or warm regio...
Wines from hard vintages, when viewed in isolation, are often much better than expected. We can forgive an extra bit of leafiness and the odd palate hole. A little subtlety can also be quite welcome or warm region wines. But when you particularly challenging vintages alongside the very best, ...
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Tahbilk Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
Tahbilk Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Rustic and even a little plasticky, the extraction here is a bit raw and it shows - I'd love some more elegance. Still, the fruit underneath is quality and the drying finish is even, suggesting (as usual) this will be a very ...
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