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A village level white Burgundy from Olivier Leflaive kicking well above its station
Olivier Leflaive Puligny-Montrachet 2012 There are some times when you need to throw out the rules - throw out the expectations of what should be good and what should be the best and go with what tastes good. This is one of them. I've not always been a mass...
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Domaine de l’Octavin Vin de France Pamina Chardonnay 2012
Domaine de l’Octavin Vin de France Pamina Chardonnay 2012 The only 'mainstream' variety in the l'Octavin range and also the boring. There, I said it. Really quite volatile, which is surprising given that it's a less oxidative
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The obscure joy of Vin Jaune: Caves Jean Bourdy Chateau Calon 1995
Caves Jean Bourdy Chateau Calon 1995 Vin Jaune has to be one of the more challenging classic wine styles out there. The famous 'yellow wine' of the Jura is an obscurity in the scheme of things, a white that is stylistically close to fino sherry - crafted wi...
Vin Jaune has to be one of the more challenging classic wine styles out there. The famous 'yellow wine' of the Jura is an obscurity in the scheme of things, a white that is stylistically close to fino sherry - crafted with the aid of the 'veil' of flor-like yeast - yet built without ...
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Delicious Pet Nat from Domaine l'Octavin
Domaine l'Octavin Vin de France Foutre d'Escampette 2014 It seems that everyone is getting on the 'pet nat' (Pétillant Naturel - a style of rustic sparkling produced by bottling fermenting grape juice, with the trapped CO2 giving a light fizz) train of late...
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Willow Bridge Estate G1-10 Geographe Chardonnay 2013
Willow Bridge Estate G1-10 Geographe Chardonnay 2013  Another strong release under this label. High five Simon Burnell. Fine, grilled nuts and lemon butter nose, delicate balance of oak and lees, the palate is a little more rounded than some vintages of thi...
Another strong release under this label. High five Simon Burnell. Fine, grilled nuts and lemon butter nose, delicate balance of oak and lees, the palate is a little more rounded than some vintages of this but unequivocal in that biting lemon acidity. Maybe a little oak tannins on the finish but ...
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A unicorn wine: Clos de Tart 2012
Clos de Tart 2012 Ah Clos de Tart. For so long an enigma, but now more like a unicorn wine... I've been lucky to try a few vintages of this unique Grand Cru Monopole and this 2012 surely rates as one of the absolute best. What makes this particular wine - a...
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Vale Simon Burnell
Vale Simon Burnell We've lost (another) keen wine intellect. Willow Bridge Estate winemaker Simon Burnell unfortunately lost his life on Monday, killed while windsurfing at Prevelly in Margaret River. For someone who loved the surf, it seems like the ultima...
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Domaine de l’Octavin Vin de France Poulsard Dorabella 2013
Domaine de l’Octavin Vin de France Dorabella Poulsard 2013 Following on from the oddity of the Trousseau , this looks almost 'conventional'. Sort of. Sourced from fifty year old vines, this Jura Poulsard is produced without sulphur, with just a little CO2 p...
Following on from the oddity of the Trousseau, this looks almost 'conventional'. Sort of. Sourced from fifty year old vines, this Jura Poulsard is produced without sulphur, with just a little CO2 pre-bottling. As you can probably see, it's cloudy, though not as cloudy as the Trousseau.
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Domaine de l’Octavin Vin de France Corvées de Trousseau 2013
Domaine de l’Octavin Vin de France Corvées de Trousseau 2013  Welcome to the pointy end of natural wine. This Trousseau is instantly fascinating and divisive, all at once. The low alcohol (9%) dictates that this had to be bottled as a 'vin de France' rather...
This Trousseau is instantly fascinating and divisive, all at once. The low alcohol (9%) dictates that this had to be bottled as a 'vin de France' rather than 'Arbois' as it doesn't satisfy the requirements of the appellation (10% alc. minimum). Indeed Alice Bouvot and Charles Dagand of Domaine ...
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Smart wine. I opened it with a selection of more fancied, more expensive wines and this just put them away. A little brother to Vat 47 according to the label. Matured in a mix of new and old oak, just like its more expensive brother. Part of the appeal here is a great Hunter Chardonnay vintage.
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Really impressive Kim. Around the traps for sub $19 too
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Pepper Tree Semillon Sauvignon Blanc 2014
Pepper Tree Semillon Sauvignon Blanc 2014 A blend of Hunter Semillon and Tasmanian Sauvignon Blanc. Unusual, but theoretically interesting, combo.  Green apple citrus, largely derived from the Semillon, the palate light and short, finishing with a twang of ...
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