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Flametree Cabernet Merlot 2008

It appears that the 2007 version of this wine won the coveted Jimmy Watson trophy - I haven't tried it, but you would imagine it's p...

Unanime Cabernet Sauvignon Malbec Cabernet Franc 2005

This wine is a blend of 60% cabernet sauvignon, 25% malbec and 15% cabernet franc.  It revealed an aroma of pepper, spices and plums and aro...

Felipe Rutini Malbec 2006

The Argentinian malbecs that I have tried have all been in a very modern and well-made style, but I have not yet had a "wow" momen...

Perez Cruz Reserva Carmenere 2007

I profess that I am not particularly experienced with the carmenere grape variety.  Tasted blind, this wine had a very particular and unusua...

Medalla Real Santa Rita Chardonnay 2007

Tasted blind, this wine had an aroma of pears and stones, with noticeable acidity and a slight tinny note on the palate.  Ok, but not really...

Clyde Locale Pinot Noir 2008

Pinot noir from the Geelong region can be really quite good. Although this $20 wine didn't hit those heights, it had a simple pleasant f...

Hanging Rock Jim Jim Sauvignon Blanc 2008

I like quite a few of the wines of Hanging Rock, a producer located in the cool climate Macedon region north of Melbourne.  The aroma of thi...

Cartwheel Cabernet Sauvignon 2008

An aroma of dusty black fruits, and a palate with noticeable acid.  Ticks for pleasant, safe and well made, but maybe a bit unexciting.   82...

Domaine de Coyeux Muscat de Beaumes de Venise 2004

An aroma of light raisins.  A similar palate, with additional notes of pears and apples.  86 points.

Shaw and Smith Shiraz 2006

This producer clearly knows how to make shiraz and this well priced wine is worth seeking out.  The 2006 vintage has an aroma of pepper an...

Port Phillip Estate Tete de Cuvee Shiraz 2007

I actually slightly preferred the "lesser" 2007 shiraz of this estate (just reviewed) to this wine.  Nonetheless, it was pleasant ...

Bordeaux 2009 en primeur, Australian wine taxes and retailer mark-ups

If you follow Bordeaux wines, it will not have escaped your attention that the 2009 Bordeaux en primeur campaign is currently in full swing....
Port Phillip Estate Shiraz 2007

Port Phillip Estate Shiraz 2007

I am usually slightly apprehensive reviewing shiraz from the Yarra Valley and the Mornington Peninsula as they can tend to be a mixed bag...

McWilliams Morning Light Botrytis Semillon 2007

An aroma of pungent botrytis, and palate with noticeable acidity and sweetness. A sound choice. 84 to 85 points.

Port Phillip Estate Quartier Barbera 2007

An aroma of herbs, with a smokey note I can only describe as "sock like".  A palate with a smokiness, and taught acidity.  Interes...

Kooyong Pinot Noir 2008

A classic cherry and herbs Australian pinot noir aroma.  A palate with nice lingering length and plums.  Pretty good.  85 points.

Penfolds Bin 389 Cabernet Shiraz 1998

Tasted blind, this wine presented beautifully, with an aroma of oak and plums, and a palate with good fruit and great length (of more than ...

Port Phillip Estate Pinot Noir 2008

Deeply coloured, this wine had an aroma of cherries and spices.  On the palate, the palate reminded me of plum skins, and showed some length...

Port Phillip Estate Massale Pinot Noir 2008

Rather deeply coloured, this pinot noir had an aroma of cherries, spice, oak and crushed rocks, with a flinty, smokey palate.  82 to 83 poin...

Port Phillip Estate Quartier Arneis 2008

An aroma of dried pears, and an off dry pleasant palate.  82 points.

Shaw and Smith Chardonnay 2008

I am really quite partial to this producer's shiraz. Their M3 chardonnay though is not bad, with an aroma of flint and citrus and a simi...

Kooying Chardonnay 2007

The more I taste, the more I am coming to the conclusion that chardonnay is the most reliably good varietal produced in the Yarra Valley and...

Claymore Wines Grenache Mataro Shiraz 2008

I reviewed this wine at two points in time - first on opening and then one day later, with the wine being exposed to some, but not much, ox...

Port Phillip Estate Chardonnay 2008

A rather typical southern Victorian chardonnay aroma of citrus, sweet stone fruit, with a slight tinned fruit note.  Clean flavours on the p...

Balgownie Estate Chardonnay 2007

This wine (tasted blind) was fairly clearly a typical Yarra Valley chardonnay with a flinty, citrus like aroma and taught acidity and aroun...

Port Phillip Estate Clonale Chardonnay 2008

An aroma of white peaches and oak.   The palate was rather neutral with evident citrus, slightly tinned notes.  80 points.

Captains Creek Organic Sparkling 2004

I tasted this wine in a blind line up, and while it could not be mistaken for a Champagne, it was clean, pleasant and well made. It showed ...

Port Phillip Estate Sauvignon Blanc 2008

It seems that many Australian producers are seeking to capitalise on the recent (probably soon to end) fashion for NZ sauvignon blanc.  This...

De Bortoli Melba Lucia Cabernet Sauvignon Sangiovese 2007

This interesting blend of 91% cabernet sauvignon and 9% sangiovese had an aroma of cassis, dark cherries, chalk and bright red fruits. The ...

Murdock Riesling 2002

The Coonawarra region on the border between South Australia and Victoria is not really known for its riesling. But this bargain wine showe...

Metala Shiraz Cabernet 2006

Deeply coloured with an aroma of dusty plums and oak. Buttery oak and good length on the palate. A somewhat powdery mouthfeel. Perhaps a ...

Giant Steps Tarraford Vineyard Chardonnay 2008

This well made wine is rather typical of chardonnays from the Yarra Valley, with an aroma of citrus, oak and flint and a similar palate with...

Austins Pinot Noir 2007

From an unknown estate (at least to me) with a rather confident website, comes this quite good wine.  An earthy aroma with notes of crushed ...

Koonara Ezra's Gift Shiraz Viognier 2003

A blend of 95% shiraz and 5% viognier, and 13.5%av.  An aroma of dusty plums, kernels and rather Christmas cake like note.  A similar palate...

Plantagenet Lionel's Lot Classic Dry Red NV

I understand that this bottle may not be generally available.  Nonetheless, it had an aroma of spices and pepper and a plummy palate.  Pleas...

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