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Angullong Vermentino 2014

Angullong Vermentino 2014

The next time you go out to buy the same old sauvignon blanc or new style chardonnay with the mute button firmly on, try this instead.  I...
Angullong Fossil Hill Shiraz Viogner 2013

Angullong Fossil Hill Shiraz Viogner 2013

The vineyard for this wine is situated on basalt loam over limestone in the Orange region, which one assumes given the name "Fossil...
Château La Dominique Grand Cru Classé Saint-Émilion 2010

Château La Dominique Grand Cru Classé Saint-Émilion 2010

Dark, deep and structured, this is a serious and powerful Saint-Emilion Grand Cru Classé from Château La Dominique.  Its aromatics remind...
Château Labégorce Zédé 1995

Château Labégorce Zédé 1995

I am still a little upset that Château Labégorce Zédé in Margaux disappeared into Chateau Labégorce from the 2009 vintage.  First tasted...

Scotchmans Hill Pinot Noir 2004

A decade.  It's a long time, although more recent ones seem quicker and less formed.  For Australian pinot noir, a decade of cellaring h...
Cockfighter's Ghost Langhorne Creek Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

Cockfighter's Ghost Langhorne Creek Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

The grapes for this Cockfighter's Ghost cabernet sauvignon are sourced from Langhorne Creek south of Adelaide, and then trucked to fa...
Bilgavia Estate Hunter Valley Pinot Noir 2014

Bilgavia Estate Hunter Valley Pinot Noir 2014

Len Evans's tome, the Complete Book of Australian Wine observed in 1984 that "the most famous Australian pinot noir wines have...
St Mary's Cabernet Sauvignon House Block 2010

St Mary's Cabernet Sauvignon House Block 2010

This wine rather tastes of a classic, tooth staining Coonawarra.  Yet unexpectedly, Coonawarra does not in fact appear to appear on the l...
Bilgavia Estate Hunter Valley Shiraz 2013

Bilgavia Estate Hunter Valley Shiraz 2013

I see too little shiraz from the Hunter Valley in these parts.  This wine from Bilgavia Estate immediately has that tang of earth, plum, ...
View Road Wines McLaren Vale Shiraz 2013

View Road Wines McLaren Vale Shiraz 2013

This wine from View Road Wines - the 2013 McLaren Vale shiraz - speaks of warmth and generosity.  It has aromatics of plum jam and gen...
View Road Wines Tempranillo 2013

View Road Wines Tempranillo 2013

The Spanish grape variety tempranillo shows a bit of potential on these shores, in this case the Adelaide Hills.  The wine here is from J...
Cockfighter's Ghost Shiraz 2013

Cockfighter's Ghost Shiraz 2013

Cockfighter's Ghost in the Hunter Valley here turn their hand at a McLaren Vale shiraz.  The fruit appears picked and trucked over th...
Château Chasse-Spleen 2010

Château Chasse-Spleen 2010

Château Chasse-Spleen from the Moulis en Médoc appellation on Bordeaux's left bank.  I enjoy this wine regularly, which is all the mo...
Penfolds Grange 1986

Penfolds Grange 1986

Few Australian wines are so rich in anticipation as a bottle of Grange .  The 1986 Grange here is a blend of 87% shiraz and 13% cabernet ...
L'Hortus de Bergerie Pic Saint Loup 2012

L'Hortus de Bergerie Pic Saint Loup 2012

Coteaux du Languedoc in the south of France is a varied and large appellation, and Pic Saint Loup is one of the more successful crus i...
The Story Wines Westgate Vineyard Shiraz 2012

The Story Wines Westgate Vineyard Shiraz 2012

Word of Rory Lane's efforts with the "The Story" label in Melbourne meant that this choice from a wine list was something ...
Eldridge Estate PTG 2014

Eldridge Estate PTG 2014

Bourgogne Passetoutgrains AOC is a reasonably humble appellation wine able to be produced from grapes grown in the entire Burgundy regio...
Achille Princier Grande Tradition Champagne NV

Achille Princier Grande Tradition Champagne NV

"RM".  If you look really closely at a Champagne label, you will usually see one of "NM", "RM", "CM&q...
View Road Wines Sagrantino 2012

View Road Wines Sagrantino 2012

Sagrantino.  It won't roll off the lips of many, even I suspect those of many wine cognoscenti.  The grape variety finds its native h...

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