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Amato Vino Nero d'Avola 2014
Throws the wood spice of the 20% whole bunch over cherry and - what seems to me - a little almond. Light, juicy with some flashy acidity that enlivens. Vibrant- that's the word I am looking for - with licorice adding an extra dimension. That said it is real...
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Swirl Sniff Spit - Notes from an Overseas Experience
Usual disclaimer: "Swirl, Sniff, Spit" is a monthly, Brisbane based, tasting group that I am a co-organiser of. For the month of February, the theme was that of ‘Overseas Experience’ whereby all wines were made overseas by Australia winemakers. Tasting note...
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Ridgemill Estate Riesling 2014
I tasted this as a tank sample over a year ago, thinking then that if the aromatics could be retained, Ridgemill would be onto a winner. Expressive, of citrus - lemon and lime - tropical hints, some apple and blossom even. Less florals than in the 2013 . Ci...
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Domaine Tempier Bandol Rosé 2013
Mataro dominant blend, with Grenache, Cinsualt and Carignan (50/28/20/2% respectively). Berry fruits, citrus - savoury, woody and herbal twists; of scrub, garrigue, the sun beating down onto a Mediterranean twinkling its azure blue wink; of oligarchs and mo...
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Bremerton Bâtonnage Chardonnay 2013
Presents sour milk and curds to start, moving to underlying citrus and spice. Decent, full, creamy mouthfeel - the result of the b âtonnage per the wine's name - backed up with a balance of acid and spice. OK length, more about palate presence. Wanted more ...
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Giesen Fuder Clayvin Vineyard Chardonnay 2012
Tasted blind in a bracket of four Chardonnay, mix of years and regions. Another barrel ferment Chardonnay, where evidence of that technique is clearly on show. Carried out with an even hand, not assaulting the nostrils: the toast, creamy smoke give the wine...
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Twisted Gum Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
Twisted Gum Cabernet - 2009 bottle image A fine Granite Belt Cabernet from a highly regarded vintage for red varieties. This example has the capacity to age, tightly wound with fruit in abundance to hold it in good stead for the long haul. Black fruits and ...
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Guthrie Wines 'The Snare' Syrah 2014
" It's really light and fresh. A bit of the function of the Hills last year (2014). Reds never got really ripe. Plus the whole bunch work " states winemaker Hugh Guthrie, explaining a little about the vintage conditions and the ethos of the wine. The savour...
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Leeuwin Estate Art Series Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
Exceptional Cabernet here from Leeuwin Estate.  Initially leafy, underlying mint, coffeed oak in the mix. With time, the aromatic balance shifts with the mint become more prominent, in tandem with chocolate coated berries. Poise, elegance, balance - walks w...
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d'Arenberg Custodian Grenache 2012
I'd wager that the red wines within the 'd'Arenberg Originals' range have been a gateway range for many drinker, and still provide sound drinking today. Amazing that a sub-$20 wine is released as a 3 year old, good track record of providing cellar-worthy wi...
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The Meunière of Casterbridge: Langham Estate Wines
“One of my greatest claims to fame”, confided the landlord of the local public house, “is I had two Frenchmen in here last week drinking English ale after bottling 40,000 bottles of wine for the local winery”. The local winery of which the landlord spoke, i...
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Cooks Lot Handpicked Chardonnay 2013
Tasted blind in a bracket of four Chardonnay, mix of years and regions. Handpicked, whole bunch, free run juice. Barrel fermented, partial solids and wild yeast. Some good inputs there, deliberate choices from winemaker Duncan Cook, pursuing a style. Shows ...
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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
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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
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“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
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    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
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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
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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
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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
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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...
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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
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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