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McLaren Vale visit

McLaren Vale visit

I visited McLaren Vale briefly with my fellow MW students in November, with stops at Coriole and Noon.  Some vineyard pictures and brief com...
La Marca Prosecco DOC NV

La Marca Prosecco DOC NV

This is a good quality Prosecco D.O.C. from La Marca.  It has aromatics of savoury apple and earth.  The palate has a frothy mousse, the ...
Tim Stevens Signature Mudgee Shiraz 2016

Tim Stevens Signature Mudgee Shiraz 2016

While not cheap at $100, this is Mudgee shiraz at its most refined.  There are gentle aromatics of spice, plums, menthol and some earthine...
d'Arenberg The Ironstone Pressings Grenache Shiraz Mourvèdre 2016

d'Arenberg The Ironstone Pressings Grenache Shiraz Mourvèdre 2016

Image courtesy of d'Arenberg d'Arenberg's "The Ironstone Pressings" continues its form as a benchmark McLaren V...
Domaine Claude Dugat Gevrey-Chambertin Lavaux-Saint-Jacques Premier Cru 2008

Domaine Claude Dugat Gevrey-Chambertin Lavaux-Saint-Jacques Premier Cru 2008

This is a resoundingly delicious wine from Claude Dugat.  From Lavaux-Saint-Jacques, the biggest of the Gevrey-Chambertin premier cru vi...
Gartelmann Jesse Mudgee Shiraz 2014

Gartelmann Jesse Mudgee Shiraz 2014

The 2014 vintage of Gartelmann's Mudgee shiraz has rich aromas of plums, oak, vanilla and cedar.  The palate is full bodied, with oak...

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