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Main & Cherry Shiraz 2011

Main & Cherry Shiraz 2011

Main & Cherry is a new label situated in the Adelaide Hills that is worth following on this offering.  The wine is made by Michael Se...
Podere Ruggeri Corsini Monforte d'Alba Barolo 2005

Podere Ruggeri Corsini Monforte d'Alba Barolo 2005

An important observation here is that this Barolo is from the subregion of Monforte d'Alba, which has relatively poor sandstone soi...
Maison Champy Gevrey-Chambertin Vieilles Vignes 2009

Maison Champy Gevrey-Chambertin Vieilles Vignes 2009

I thought this was a pretty good négociant village Gevrey-Chambertin from the 2009 vintage.  The wine's a medium intensit...
Wolfberger Riesling Eichberg Alsace Grand Cru 2012

Wolfberger Riesling Eichberg Alsace Grand Cru 2012

Although almost dry and made from riesling, this Grand Cru from the Wolfberger cooperative in Alsace  has little  in common in terms of...
Rockford Basket Press Shiraz 2010 and Rockford Basket Press Shiraz 2009

Rockford Basket Press Shiraz 2010 and Rockford Basket Press Shiraz 2009

Rockford's Basket Press shiraz has few peers.  The opportunity to taste together the 2010 vintage, perhaps the strongest shiraz vinta...
Bella Riva Pinot Grigio Vermentino 2012

Bella Riva Pinot Grigio Vermentino 2012

Bella Riva is a De Bortoli label with fruit sourced from the King Valley.  I couldn't help but think that this blend of pinot gris an...
Mount Langi Ghiran Billi Billi Shiraz 2011

Mount Langi Ghiran Billi Billi Shiraz 2011

Mount Langi Ghiran's "Billi Billi" shiraz is a safe choice at the mid $10s price point, and I have not infrequently found m...
Chateau Haut-Bages Libéral Pauillac 2003

Chateau Haut-Bages Libéral Pauillac 2003

2003 was a hot vintage in Bordeaux, and I've found a number of good wines in it.  The 2003 vintage of Chateau Haut-Bages Libéral, usu...
Elderton Command Single Vineyard Shiraz 2008

Elderton Command Single Vineyard Shiraz 2008

It's always nice to try a benchmark wine, and we certainly have one here in the form of the Elderton "Command" single vin...
Les Tourelles de Longueville Pauillac 1996

Les Tourelles de Longueville Pauillac 1996

We skip back from Margaux to Pauillac with this review, a long standing favourite value wine, the Les Tourelles de Longueville.  Les Tour...
La Sirène de Giscours Margaux 2010

La Sirène de Giscours Margaux 2010

La Sirène de Giscours is the second wine of Chateau Giscours in Margaux, and comes in it roughly half the price of its big brother.  My s...
Grant Burge Tenet Estate Barossa Shiraz 2011

Grant Burge Tenet Estate Barossa Shiraz 2011

Tenet Estate appears to be a Coles supermarket brand (see the attached list ), but since Grant Burge's name also appears on the bottl...
Chateau La Rame Sainte-Croix-du-Mont 2011

Chateau La Rame Sainte-Croix-du-Mont 2011

This is a good value dessert wine from Chateau La Rame in Sainte-Croix-du-Mont, down the road from Sauternes.  Well, actually it's ab...
Teusner Albert Shiraz 2010

Teusner Albert Shiraz 2010

Teusner have fashioned a very classic Barossa shiraz here of the ripe and voluptuous style, with some stunning fruit.  It's not ove...
Kirrihill Mount Lofty Montepulciano 2012

Kirrihill Mount Lofty Montepulciano 2012

Montepulciano is the grape variety that makes, among other things, the wines of Montepulciano d'Abruzzo in the Abruzzo region on the ...
Red Hill Estate Cellar Door Pinot Noir 2011

Red Hill Estate Cellar Door Pinot Noir 2011

A view to die for.  I thought the 2011 Red Hill Estate cellar door pinot noir release quite moreish, preferring it on the grounds of pure...
Pio Cesare Dolcetto d'Alba 2011

Pio Cesare Dolcetto d'Alba 2011

This is perfectly pleasant drinking, if a little simple.  A deep intensity ruby in colour, Pio Cesara's 2011 Dolcetto d'Alba has ...
Bodegas Callejo Flores de Callejo Ribera del Duero 2010

Bodegas Callejo Flores de Callejo Ribera del Duero 2010

100% tempranillo, Bodega Callejo's Flores de Callejo is an entry level Ribera del Duero offering.  It presents as a sort of warmer cl...
Hahndorf Hill Winery GRU Grüner Veltliner 2013

Hahndorf Hill Winery GRU Grüner Veltliner 2013

Hahndorf Hill have produced another successful grüner veltliner in the 2013 vintage.  This vintage has aromatics of lemon, peach flower, ...
Lark Hill Winery Grüner Veltliner 2013

Lark Hill Winery Grüner Veltliner 2013

Lark Hill is a benchmark for quality grüner veltliner in this country.  The 2013 vintage continues their strong form with this variety, a...
Lowe Wines Mudgee Blue Shiraz Cabernet 2011

Lowe Wines Mudgee Blue Shiraz Cabernet 2011

This is an attractive effort from Lowe Wines, with fruit sourced from the northerly Mudgee region in New South Wales at an altitude of ar...
Coombe Farm Chardonnay 2012

Coombe Farm Chardonnay 2012

I thought this a pretty good sort of a chardonnay from Coombe Farm in the Yarra Valley.  A pale lemon colour in the glass, it has aromati...
De Bortoli Estate Grown Dixons Creek Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

De Bortoli Estate Grown Dixons Creek Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

De Bortoli are doing some pretty interesting things at all levels of wine at the moment, with labels, regions and grape varieties aboundi...
Kirrihill Sangiovese 2012

Kirrihill Sangiovese 2012

There are a few plots now of sangiovese in the Clare Valley, and it was therefore of interest to see this wine.  The result was pretty go...
Sorrenberg Gamay 2012

Sorrenberg Gamay 2012

Sorrenberg from Beechworth in northern Victoria fashion a good gamay, in my humble opinion.  A medium intensity ruby colour in the glass,...

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