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Brash Higgins MRLO Merlot 2016 This is the best Australian Merlot I’ve had in some time. Importantly, this doesn’t taste anything like your average Aussie Merlot. Instead, it reads from a song sheet that is more like the Nero d’Avola that makes up 10% of…

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Lindemans St George Cabernet Sauvignon 1998

Lindemans St George Cabernet Sauvignon 1998 I imagine there’s still loads of ’98 reds sitting out there dormant in wine cellar land; everyone convinced that the wines will live forever. This St George definitely could. That said, it’s a quiet wine in many…

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Inkwell's autumnal super premium Deeper Well Shiraz 2011

Inkwell Deeper Well Shiraz 2011 The Deeper Well is Dudley Brown & Irina Santiago Brown’s super premium Shiraz release, intended to serve as a barrel selection of the most age-worthy bits. Indeed, Dudley believes this Shiraz is the best Inkwell wine yet,…

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Zema Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

Zema Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 You’ve got to like the mint and eucalypt of traditional Coonawarra Cabernet to enjoy this. Driven by tannins, with a cassis and oak sweetness over the bones, it’s very much a wine for the future. While I didn’t enjoy it…

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Wirra Wirra The Angelus Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 If you want an example of a well-run winery, then Wirra would be a first stop. From the evergreen success of The Church Block, to how sensitively the purchase of Ashton Hills was handled, right through to…

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Taylors Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

Taylors Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 Typically this is Taylors best standard ‘Estate’ wine, their push forward to show that the Clare Valley does Cab better than Shiraz (it does. You know it). Dark colours and dark berry fruit with licks of mint and…

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Balgownie Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

Balgownie Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 Ripeness. That’s the focal point in this Balgownie Cabernet, which flirts with some of the rum and raisin dried fruit characters seen in other ’13 Vic reds, but saved from the dried fruit excesses. It’s less…

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Confuron-Cotetidot Mazis-Chambertin Grand Cru 2005

Confuron-Cotetidot Mazis-Chambertin Grand Cru 2005 Ah Burgundy, where even the supposedly great wines, from great makers and vintages are underwhelming. I had this alongside the Shaw & Smith Chardonnay and they couldn’t be anymore different. One a…

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Shaw & Smith M3 Chardonnay 2015 Precise Chardonnay this. From nose to tail, there is a sense of masterful winemaking here, the fruit just ripe enough to give apple and white peach flavour, the oak adding gentle spice vanilla, the acid noticeable…

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Much Shiraz for few dollars: Dodgy Bros. Sellicks Foothills Shiraz 2015

Dodgy Bros. Sellicks Foothills Shiraz 2015 Wes Pearson & crew’s original McLaren Vale Shiraz, sourced from two vineyards in the Sellicks Foothills in McLaren Vale. Big red country down there, and this is typically mouthfilling. There’s a big blast of inky…
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