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Woodstock Botrytis Semillon 2006

I seem to have a semi permanent shortage of dessert wines, an unhappy state of affairs, remediable only by forethought. A warm climate doesn...
Plantagenet Shiraz 2007

Plantagenet Shiraz 2007

From the coolish Great Southern region in Western Australia, Plantagenet has crafted this pleasant if unspectacular shiraz.  A bright ruby...

Castagna Sauvage Syrah 2007

Castagna is a very highly regarded producer from Beechworth in northern Victoria at an altitude of 500 metres and has garned praise from man...
Cirillo 1850s Old Vine Grenache 2007

Cirillo 1850s Old Vine Grenache 2007

Oh dear, this wine is extremely good, and Cirillo joins my list of must watch wineries.  Winemaker Marco Cirillo works with 3 hectares of ...
Marqués de Murrieta Rioja Reserva 2005

Marqués de Murrieta Rioja Reserva 2005

If you are looking for a good Rioja at a fair price, then this wine from Marqu é s de Murrieta merits your attention.  It is a blend of 84...
Pio Cesare Barbera D'Alba 2008

Pio Cesare Barbera D'Alba 2008

Here's a well priced wine that punches above its weight.  It is garnet in colour with tears evident.  A medium intensity aroma emerged...
Alain Graillot Syrocco Zenata Syrah 2009

Alain Graillot Syrocco Zenata Syrah 2009

Yes, that's right, Morocco.  The country in northern Africa.  I tasted the wine blind (a syrah), so I had no chance.   Zero .  Bright,...

Independent, small and family wineries: a few stray thoughts ...

It is no secret that many independent, smaller and family wineries in Australia (and there are a lot of them) are struggling.  The source of...
Bannockburn Chardonnay 2008

Bannockburn Chardonnay 2008

I really can't speak highly enough of the last couple of vintages of Bannockburn's chardonnay from outside of Geelong (click here ...
Balnaves The Tally Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2006

Balnaves The Tally Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2006

Sigh.  Another cabernet sauvignon with 15% alcohol.  I almost get tired looking at the bottle.  This is one of Australia's leading win...

Chateau La Rayre Rosé 2009

It's hard to go past  ros é in summer.  It is of course not in fact summer, and indeed, Melbourne's spring to date currently resem...
A natural wine dinner, naturally

A natural wine dinner, naturally

I attended earlier this week a natural wines dinner hosted by well known Australian wine writer Max Allen at the genial Montague Hotel in So...
Moulin des Dames Bergerac Sec 2009

Moulin des Dames Bergerac Sec 2009

This wine, a semillon sauvignon blanc blend from the Bergerac Sec appellation (situated to the east of Bordeaux), is really quite serious ...

Lark Hill Shiraz Viognier 2010

This wine is yet another good release from Lark Hill in Canberra.  Largely their entire range is very drinkable, and by largely, I mean all ...
Serrat Viognier 2008

Serrat Viognier 2008

Hot Serrat is the sort of winery that ticks the right boxes. High density plantings of 8,800 vines per hectare on a north facing site o...

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