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Jacob's Creek St Hugo Cabernet Sauvignon 2010

Jacob's Creek St Hugo Cabernet Sauvignon 2010

Source: Google Maps A very precise alcohol level is specified on this label, eschewing the more usual 0.5% increments.  The 2010 vintage...
Jacob's Creek Steingarten Riesling 2012

Jacob's Creek Steingarten Riesling 2012

Source: Google Maps I was still thinking about this 2012 vintage of Jacob's Creek's "Steingarten" riesling the next ...
Brini Estate Wines Sebastian Shiraz 2006

Brini Estate Wines Sebastian Shiraz 2006

This is the last of my "mood lighting" series of photos with a bit of luck.  This McLaren Vale shiraz from Brini has brooding a...
Thorn Clarke Shotfire Shiraz 2006

Thorn Clarke Shotfire Shiraz 2006

Apologies for the "mood lighting" on this photo.  Thorn Clarke's "Shotfire" shiraz from the 2006 vintage is a sol...
Boschendal Chenin Blanc 2010

Boschendal Chenin Blanc 2010

I don't drink a lot of chenin blanc.  It's a versatile grape though, capable of both the great and the mundane, and has found a s...
Forrest Estate Chardonnay 2004

Forrest Estate Chardonnay 2004

This 2004 vintage chardonnay from Forrest Estate in Marlborough has some age on it.  It has pungent aromatics of musk, florals, dried tro...
Dominique Mugneret Alliance des Terroirs Vosne-Romanée 2009

Dominique Mugneret Alliance des Terroirs Vosne-Romanée 2009

My quest for a well priced village Vosne-Romanée led to this wine, found stray at the back of a shelf.  The quest continues.  A medium in...
Lake Moodemere Vineyards Late Harvest Biancone 2011

Lake Moodemere Vineyards Late Harvest Biancone 2011

I'll be brief, as I didn't enjoy this wine.  It's made from the seldomnly sighted biancone variety.  Some aromatics of light ...
Kilikanoon Covenant Shiraz 2010

Kilikanoon Covenant Shiraz 2010

Kilikanoon seem to fashion a fairly rich style of Clare Valley shiraz.  This particular shiraz from Kilikanoon (the "Covenant")...
Paul Jaboulet Aîné Les Grandes Terrasses Cornas 2006

Paul Jaboulet Aîné Les Grandes Terrasses Cornas 2006

Paul Jaboulet Aîné's Les Grandes Terrasses Cornas from the 2006 vintage is a medium intensity ruby colour in the glass, with evident...
Montes Alpha Syrah Colchagua Valley 2010

Montes Alpha Syrah Colchagua Valley 2010

Montes' Alpha syrah  from  the 2010 vintage is bright in the glass, with a deep intensity purple in colour and evident tears.  It h...
Domaine Durand Les Couteaux Saint-Joseph 2008

Domaine Durand Les Couteaux Saint-Joseph 2008

I thought this syrah to be a pretty good effort for the price.  It is bright in the glass, with a medium intensity ruby colour and tears...
Xavier Côtes-du-Rhône 2009

Xavier Côtes-du-Rhône 2009

Xavier's 2009 vintage Côtes du Rhône has a bright ruby colour in the glass.  Its aromatics remind of plum skins, plum, pepper and thy...
Grosset Springvale Riesling 2013

Grosset Springvale Riesling 2013

The more I've studied wine, the more I've come to enjoy the dry rieslings of the Clare Valley.  There's something unique abou...
Moppity Vineyards Lock & Key Chardonnay Pinot Noir Sparkling 2012

Moppity Vineyards Lock & Key Chardonnay Pinot Noir Sparkling 2012

Moppity Vineyards' sparkling wine is a blend of 85% chardonnay sourced from the Hilltops region, and 15% pinot noir sourced from the ...
Fyffe Field Verdelho Semillon 2010

Fyffe Field Verdelho Semillon 2010

Fyffe Field is located in the Goulburn Valley, and falls within the Central Victoria wine zone.  I'm not sure why so many persist wi...
Château Guiraud 1996

Château Guiraud 1996

Château Guiraud's 1996 Sauternes has aromatics reminding of peach, apricot and some orange rind.  The palate has high acid, and flavo...
Domaine Marquis Ravardel Châteauneuf du Pape 2011

Domaine Marquis Ravardel Châteauneuf du Pape 2011

I didn't spend a lot of time analysing this wine, finding it eminently gluggable at a barbeque with friends.  It's a budget Châte...
Château Poujeaux 1986

Château Poujeaux 1986

The 1986 vintage of Château Poujeaux is a very good wine that is still drinking well into its third decade.  A medium intensity garnet in...
Mount Mary Chardonnay 2003

Mount Mary Chardonnay 2003

10 years can be a stretch for many chardonnays, and Mount Mary's chardonnay here is probably on the other side of its peak.  A true g...
Dujac Fils & Père Puligny-Montrachet 2004

Dujac Fils & Père Puligny-Montrachet 2004

The first bottle of this chardonnay was a little oxidised, and still managed to taste ok.  The second bottle sung.  A pale intensity lemo...
Villa Terlina Gradale Barbera d'Asti 2007

Villa Terlina Gradale Barbera d'Asti 2007

I like the barbera grape and find that the wines of Barbera d'Asti and Barbera d'Alba fill a useful niche of medium priced wines ...
Durbanville Hills Rhinofields Pinotage 2011

Durbanville Hills Rhinofields Pinotage 2011

Pinotage is the result of an ostensibly unlikely crossing of pinot noir and cinsaut that has proven popular in South Africa.  It's a ...
Pierre Naigeon Morey-Saint-Denis Premier Cru La Riotte 2009

Pierre Naigeon Morey-Saint-Denis Premier Cru La Riotte 2009

From the Morey-Saint-Denis Premier Cru "La Riotte", this is a pretty good sort of a pinot noir from the 2009 vintage.  Light i...
Tirnavos Ampelotyllo Retsina

Tirnavos Ampelotyllo Retsina

Well, I know the wine's a retsina but not much else is discernible to the non-Greek reader.  A traditional style notwithstanding, it ...
Lo Tengo Torrontés 2011

Lo Tengo Torrontés 2011

This Torrontes from Mendoza in Argentina has muscat à petits grains style aromatics that are pronounced.  Yet the palate is bone dry and ...
Lark Hill Viognier 2013

Lark Hill Viognier 2013

Viognier seems to show a bit in the Canberra district, achieving a certain balance there.  The 2013 vintage of Lark Hill's viognier h...
Grand Bateau Bordeaux 2012

Grand Bateau Bordeaux 2012

Produced by Château Beychevelle, the Grand Bateau Bordeaux blanc is a lovely wine.  A blend of 80% sauvignon blanc and 20% semillon, it ...
Moppity Vineyards Tumbarumba Chardonnay 2012

Moppity Vineyards Tumbarumba Chardonnay 2012

From cool climate Tumbarumba, this wine is a pale intensity lemon colour in the glass.  Its aromatics are a youthful expression of pear, ...
Oakridge 864 Charlie's Block Chardonnay 2011

Oakridge 864 Charlie's Block Chardonnay 2011

Source: Google Maps No bottle shot again I'm afraid.  What is doubly annoying is that this wine is among the best chardonnays I h...
Yarra Yering Dry Red No 1 2005

Yarra Yering Dry Red No 1 2005

Source: Google Maps No bottle shot I'm afraid.  Yarra Yering's Dry Red No 1 (a benchmark Yarra Valley blend of Bordeaux grapes) ...
Returning corked wine

Returning corked wine

In Australia, we are fortunate to have consumer statutory protections for faulty goods, which would include wine that is adversely affect...
Moppity Lock & Key Reserve Shiraz 2012

Moppity Lock & Key Reserve Shiraz 2012

Shiraz works in the Hilltops region, and so does this wine.  A deep intensity purple in colour, it has aromatics of graphite, spice, wood...
Moppity Lock & Key Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

Moppity Lock & Key Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

This wine is from the Moppity Vineyards Lock & Key range and is a cabernet sauvignon sourced from the Hilltops region near Canberra...

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