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A few hours with Gaia Gaja + 2000 Gaja single vineyard range
You'd think that the daughter of Piedmont producer Angelo Gaja - long feted as a king of Italian wine - would be anything but approachable. Gaia Gaja is exactly that. Seriously attractive, well spoken and disarmingly approachable. It's quite unexpected real...
You'd think that the daughter of Piedmont producer Angelo Gaja - long feted as a king of Italian wine - would be anything but approachable. Gaia Gaja is exactly that. Seriously attractive, well spoken and disarmingly approachable. It's quite unexpected really, and when she came to town recently ...
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Jim Barry The Lodge Hill Clare Valley Riesling 2015
Jim Barry The Lodge Hill Clare Valley Riesling 2015 The bigger brother to the Watervale value champion, though at $22 it's hardly much 'bigger'. Again that's crazy value. Stats: TA 7.4g/l. RS 2.7g/l. pH 2.95 Water clear. Instantly more floral than the disti...
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Pre-release new Pizzini Sangiovese: Forza di Ferro Sangiovese 2013
Pizzini Forza di Ferro Sangiovese 2013 This is Pizzini's unreleased (comes out in January next year) new premium Sangiovese Forza di Ferro - 'strength from iron'. Great name and a nod to the iron oxide in the Pizzini vineyard soil. It seems to be a barrel s...
This is Pizzini's unreleased (comes out in January next year) new premium Sangiovese Forza di Ferro - 'strength from iron'. Great name and a nod to the iron oxide in the Pizzini vineyard soil. It seems to be a barrel selection of the 'standard' Pizzini Sangiovese (now called Pietra Rossa).
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Big can be beautiful: Schild Estate PRÄMIE Shiraz 2013
Schild Estate PRÄMIE Shiraz 2013 According to my online dictionary, PRÄMIE is German for 'bonus', but the winery tells me that it means premium. I like bonus better. Anyway, this is a real heavyweight of a Barossan Shiraz. Sourced from two sites in the east...
According to my online dictionary, PRÄMIE is German for 'bonus', but the winery tells me that it means premium. I like bonus better. Anyway, this is a real heavyweight of a Barossan Shiraz. Sourced from two sites in the eastern Barossan hills, this comes in a heavy bottle, has heavy flavours and ...
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Topper's Mountain New England Bricolage Blanc 2014
Topper's Mountain New England Bricolage Blanc 2014 If anything, what makes Topper's Mountain - the undisputed hero of New England (the NSW New England, not the American one) - is just how marginal the whole project is. Marginal because it's an estate focuse...
If anything, what makes Topper's Mountain - the undisputed hero of New England (the NSW New England, not the American one) - is just how marginal the whole project is. Marginal because it's an estate focused on alternative varieties, in what is a high, cool frontier wine region, that has almost ...
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Craggy Range - believe the 2013 hype (mostly)
2013 Craggy Range Prestige Collection 'We set out to make the finest wines from the start.' Terry Peabody A noble sentiment, no doubt, but making fine wines from scratch takes some cash. Indeed Terry (Transpacific Industries founder and entrepreneur) has su...
'We set out to make the finest wines from the start.' Terry Peabody A noble sentiment, no doubt, but making fine wines from scratch takes some cash. Indeed Terry (Transpacific Industries founder and entrepreneur) has sunk well over $60 million into Craggy Range for starters. Big dollars.
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One last time around the Dookie nest
I'm back at uni again this week for what should be my last ever on-campus session at Melbourne University's Dookie campus. It's fun to think about how far things have come since I first ventured down here over five years ago , even though the campus itself ...
I'm back at uni again this week for what should be my last ever on-campus session at Melbourne University's Dookie campus. It's fun to think about how far things have come since I first ventured down here over five years ago, even though the campus itself is even more of a creaking relic than ...
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Jim Barry Watervale Riesling 2015
Jim Barry Watervale Riesling 2015 That this Riesling can be had for just $18 is ridiculous. It's great for consumers, but an indictment perhaps on how undervalued Riesling is. Kudos to the Barry family though - it's a skill to make cheap wine as good as thi...
That this Riesling can be had for just $18 is ridiculous. It's great for consumers, but an indictment perhaps on how undervalued Riesling is. Kudos to the Barry family though - it's a skill to make cheap wine as good as this. Sourced from Watervale, which again is impressive to have a subregion ...
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Calabria Three Bridges Durif 2013
Calabria Three Bridges Durif 2013 Want red wine you can chew on, for a very fair price? Then Bill Calabria is your man. Bill's 'Calabria Wines' (nee Westend) are constant overachievers in the weight-per-dollar equation, with this typically blockbusting Duri...
Want red wine you can chew on, for a very fair price? Then Bill Calabria is your man. Bill's 'Calabria Wines' (nee Westend) are constant overachievers in the weight-per-dollar equation, with this typically blockbusting Durif Exhibit A. Nice bloke too, is Bill. Hard-working.
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St Hugo Barossa Shiraz 2012
St Hugo Barossa Shiraz 2012 I loved the 2010 version of this Shiraz. Nailed it. One of those wines were you think 'where did that come from'. But this '12 underwhelms just a little. It's still a rich and generous Barossa Shiraz, but that extra level of inte...
I loved the 2010 version of this Shiraz. Nailed it. One of those wines were you think 'where did that come from'. But this '12 underwhelms just a little. It's still a rich and generous Barossa Shiraz, but that extra level of intensity and tannins just isn't quite there.
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Alkoomi Black Label Frankland River Shiraz Viognier 2012
Alkoomi Black Label Frankland River Shiraz Viognier 2012 They don't get much credit for it, but Alkoomi got on the Australian Shirognier train very early in the piece. Mid red, this is spicy, minty number too with menthol, chilli powder and blackcurrant alo...
They don't get much credit for it, but Alkoomi got on the Australian Shirognier train very early in the piece. Mid red, this is spicy, minty number too with menthol, chilli powder and blackcurrant alongside some cocoa powder oak. It's a cool nose, with a slightly marginal climate feel and with ...
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Pizzini Pietra Rossa Sangiovese 2013
Pizzini Pietra Rossa Sangiovese 2013 This is the new name for Pizzini's Sangiovese, with 'Pietra Rossa' a reference to the red stone where this wine is grown. A little Canaiolo in the blend too (authentic!). Dark ruby with a little purple, this has some fer...
Dark ruby with a little purple, this has some ferrous tannins and feels really quite grown up, propelled by a combo nose of red berries, bark and a little Italian sausage. Still sweet red fruited, it's both generous and tannic, every bit the real Sangio, if a fraction sweet and caramelised to ...
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