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Skinner Vineyards Dry Diggings Rhone Blend 2013
Rhone inspired blend from California's Sierra Foothills, the mix combining  39% Syrah, 25% Grenache, 14% Counoise, 11% Petite Sirah, 6% Mourvedre, 5% Viognier.  I found the classification of Californian Wine quite confusing, this cites itself as being from ...
Rhone inspired blend from California's Sierra Foothills, the mix combining 39% Syrah, 25% Grenache, 14% Counoise, 11% Petite Sirah, 6% Mourvedre, 5% Viognier. I found the classification of Californian Wine quite confusi...
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Riversdale Estate Roaring Forties Riesling 2015
Freshening mix of citrus and perhaps a little bruised apple.  Palate is lithe and lively, showing good flavours of citrus, Apple with balance of flavour and acid to enliven the palate (and senses)  Decent length. I've long considered Riesling (clearly along...
Freshening mix of citrus and perhaps a little bruised apple. Palate is lithe and lively, showing good flavours of citrus, Apple with balance of flavour and acid to enliven the palate (and senses) Decent length. I'v...
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Yelland & Papps Vermentino 2016
On a steamy Brisbane Summer day, an apparent temperature of 38 degrees - this is what I would turn to. Florals, citrus, has a sorbet-like freshness, some Granny Smith (apples, not real grannies) greenness. Aromas that waft in and out, make their presence kn...
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Ballycroft Langhorne Creek Montepulciano 2016
Very different offering from the Ballycroft stable. Almost the anthi-thesis of what i've tasted before. Never stop surprising me Joe! Bright and vibrant, Jubey almost, attractive stone fruit  and florals. Savoury elements too - possible minor bunch inclusio...
Very different offering from the Ballycroft stable. Almost the anthi-thesis of what i've tasted before. Never stop surprising me Joe! Bright and vibrant, Jubey almost, attractive stone fruit and florals. Savoury element...
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Zonte's Footstep Excalibur Sauvignon Blanc 2016
Excalibur, the famous sword of Arthurian legend - the wine so named for the swath it cuts through your nostrils with its overlying tropical with an undertow of fresh herb.  The palate a mix of the same carried by a mix of lively acidity. It's a bit jumpy to...
Excalibur, the famous sword of Arthurian legend - the wine so named for the swath it cuts through your nostrils with its overlying tropical with an undertow of fresh herb. The palate a mix of the same carried by a mix of...
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Hither & Yon Aglianico 2014
Savoury, of ash and bloodstock, liquorice; there's florals in the mix too, wild herbs. Light, airy, has the pumice stone lightness often seen in volcanic reds; red fruit, raspberry and cherry, juicy flowing length.  Such a delicious consistency to this port...
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Bremerton Mollie & Merle Verdelho 2015
I remember the press guff that accompanied this wine, talking of a new hot thing grape variety called Ohledrev, and how we'd likely be accepting, or more embracing of such. Basically, seeking us to challenge our perceptions. Veritable fruit salad nose, a li...
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Alkoomi White Label Rosé 2016
Made from Petit Verdot - opens with fresh, fruity, almost bubble gum aromatics, some florals. Good lead-in.  Clean, crisp, dry - almost chalky - some good underlying fruit presence (without being fruity, or sweet). Happy days indeed at 15 sheets, such good ...
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Ridgemill Estate Mourvèdre 2014
Varietal Mataro from Queensland's Granite Belt GI. Bit of a rare individual, on this showing it's something you'd certainly hope to see more of - in the right hands, of course. Expressive individual: blue fruit, spice laden, subtle oak influence lends suppo...
Varietal Mataro from Queensland's Granite Belt GI. Bit of a rare individual, on this showing it's something you'd certainly hope to see more of - in the right hands, of course. Expressive individual: blue fruit, spice lade...
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Out of Step Wine Co Lusatia Park Sauvignon Blanc 2015
Funky edge derived from barrel fermentation. There's passionfruit, grass, a little asparagus, root veg. Palate defies any descriptor of Sauvignon Blanc i've tasted: it's quite thick, nigh chewy, having a substantive presence. Possesses something like a crem...
Funky edge derived from barrel fermentation. There's passionfruit, grass, a little asparagus, root veg. Palate defies any descriptor of Sauvignon Blanc i've tasted: it's quite thick, nigh chewy, having a substantive prese...
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Hentley Farm Rosé 2016
Lurid pink in glass, like grannie's lipstick (un)gracefully applied before planting a smacker with her pruney lips.  All about the red fruit (unsurprising given it's made from Grenache), of raspberry, a little cranberry and some creaminess.  It's quite tart...
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Zonte's Footstep Doctoressa Di Lago Pinot Grigio 2016
The title of this one reminds of the Manic Street Preacher's "La Tristesse Durera", one of those odd little glimpses into how my mind works. Or doesn't. And there's certainly no holding back here, an aromatic (Nicky) Livewire! Smells like a pear sorbet, flo...
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Blogger at www.thevinsomniac.com
Contributor at www.swirlsniffspit.com

Like to drink and share in the good things.
 
Favourite pastime: sitting round a big table with friends, plenty of good wine, lots of delights to nibble on, talking shit.
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Yalumba Eden Valley Roussanne 2012
www.thevinsomniac.com

Quite subtle on introduction: florals, a little citrus, white peach and honeyed pear. Nicely textured, a little width that grabs your attent

Toolangi Emanai 2013
www.thevinsomniac.com

A Chardonnay and Viognier blend, fruit drawn from Dixon's Creek in the Yarra Valey, wine made by the steady hand of Franco d'Anna of Hoddles

Simple Tools, Elegant Complexity - Sorrenberg Wines
thewineidealist.com

The rain is incessant, from Sydney all the way south, past the the New South Wales/Victorian border. After 8 hours of driving, the tedium th

Stoney Rise Tasmania Gruner Veltliner 2013
www.ratfaced.com

Something really special here folks. This was crazy good. Most interesting white in quite a long time. Not a lot to sniff, but lots of textu

Session 27 - Bird on a Wire Wine with Caroline Mooney
www.swirlsniffspit.com

Swirl, Sniff, Spit's September tasting sees us joined by a very special guest: Caroline Mooney of Bird on a Wire Wine. This is a ticketed ev

The Wolf at the Door
thewinerules.wordpress.com

“Were it not for mendacity and hypocrisy, there would be no discourse at all” – Ambrose Bierce "The zeal which begins with hypocrisy must co

Cider Apples 101
allaboutcider.blogspot.com

Right at this very moment you can hear the ciders of 2012 being prepared for bottle or put to sleep in barrel. Ah, what a beautiful sound th

Isole e Olena Cepparello 2007
ilvinodatavola.wordpress.com

I love the 2007 vintage in Tuscany. I am a traditionalist at heart and the vintages that show exactly how a grape variety should look to me

Greenstone Monastrell 2008
gooddrop.wordpress.com

    I felt like opening a white tonight but ended up cracking this instead. Really interesting nose. It’s a contrast of crushed mixed b

DiscoverVin - Domaine du Crampilh Madiran Vielles Vignes
www.discovervin.com.au

A delicious red wine from the Madiran region produced by Domaine Crampilh. Made form the indigenous grape of the region-tannat. French wine

My friend Bill Dhillon
cookedandbottledinbrunswick.blogspot.com

On the morning of January 26th this year, Australia Day, my friend Bill Dhillon passed away. At his side were his son Michael and his wife W

vino-review: Shobbrook Wines Nebbiolo 2010
vino-review.blogspot.com

Shobbrook Wines Nebbiolo 2010. Now there are not too many Nebs from Australia that take my fancy as they mostly don't possess the struct

Is terroir relevant? — jamie goode's wine blog
www.wineanorak.com

chalk limestone terroir. Some discussion on twitter at the moment about whether terroir is relevant to consumers. It's all a bit daft re

The Wines of Jura - An Overview
cambridgewineblogger.blogspot.com

From the outside, at least, Jura seems stuck in an oenological time-warp with its own ways and traditions that owe little to contemporary wi

The real cost of supermarkets
www.unscrewed.co.nz

This strategy is no good for the wine industry, as it becomes a necessary evil for wineries to have presence in the supermarkets. The local

Thomas Kiss Shiraz 2009 - Full Pour
fullpour.com

Thomas Kiss Shiraz 2009. 11 Dec 2011. This is the second of Andrew Thomas's 2009 Shirazes that I've tasted. The first impressed me a

Northern Rhone series 18, Equinoxe 2009 from Maxime Graillot — jamie goo...
www.wineanorak.com

Archives. December 2011; November 2011; October 2011; September 2011; August 2011; July 2011; June 2011; May 2011; April 2011; March 2011; F

Hawks in danger of extinction in illegal hunting campaign
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Just one breeding pair of hen harriers is left in England, warns the RSPB, which claims gamekeepers on grouse moors are being ordered by lan

This is how I work post Christmas: spritz & emails…
ilvinodatavola.wordpress.com

Whilst we still have two @mondoimports vans on the road delivering stocks to restaurants in the Melbourne, there is definitely a more relaxe

Andrew Jefford: The Wine Writer is Dead
www.vinography.com

Andrew Jefford: The Wine Writer is Dead. As some of you know, I just returned from about two weeks spent in Turkey, during which time I wand