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Off to Burgundy

Off to Burgundy

Please forgive the momentary digression from wine reviews, but many of you will be aware that I completed the WSET diploma early last yea...
d'Arenberg The Dead Arm Shiraz 2006

d'Arenberg The Dead Arm Shiraz 2006

In a small vinous gesture to Australia's national day, it seemed appropriate to open a good Australian wine from the cellar.  In this...
Heartland Shiraz 2012

Heartland Shiraz 2012

First, a brief comment, and then the wine, which is a good one.  This wine is from Langhorne Creek in South Australia.  Langhorne Cree...
Leconfield Merlot 2012

Leconfield Merlot 2012

I've had some good Coonawarra merlots over the years, and so am willing to chance from time to time what is at first blush is an ost...
Bream Creek Vineyard Pinot Noir 2010

Bream Creek Vineyard Pinot Noir 2010

From the picturesque east coast of Tasmania, Bream Creek Vineyard is a producer that I stumble across from time to time, this time at a ...
Lark Hill Viognier 2014

Lark Hill Viognier 2014

Viognier works in the Canberra District.  It avoids, in good hands such as those of Lark Hill, the oily and flabby characters that it can...
Kaiken Ultra Malbec 2012

Kaiken Ultra Malbec 2012

Almost as black as oil in the glass, this Argentinian malbec is a flavour saturated and hearty introduction to Argentinian malbec.  It is...
Viñedos Real Rubio Rosado 2012

Viñedos Real Rubio Rosado 2012

There's something rather compatible between rosado (rosé by another tongue) and summer.  This rosado is made from 100% garnacha (gren...
Louis Barthélémy Brut Améthyste Champagne NV

Louis Barthélémy Brut Améthyste Champagne NV

There are so many interesting Champagnes available these days beyond the big houses, and this Champagne from Louis Barthélémy in Epernay ...
Exploring Mornington Peninsula terroir with Montalto single vineyard 2013 pinot noir releases

Exploring Mornington Peninsula terroir with Montalto single vineyard 2013 pinot noir releases

The exploration of the terroirs of the Mornington Peninsula continues apace at Montalto.  The three wines before me here are all from the sa...
d'Arenberg The Bonsai Vine Grenache Shiraz Mourvèdre 2010

d'Arenberg The Bonsai Vine Grenache Shiraz Mourvèdre 2010

The "Bonsai Vine" from d'Arenberg is a blend of grenache (48%), shiraz (42%) and mourvèdre (the balance) with fruit from Mc...
Bowen Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2004

Bowen Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2004

Bowen Estate, or "the Bowen", continues to be a hidden gem of the Coonawarra wine region.  The mailing list price for their new...
Château La Rayre Bergerac Rosé 2013

Château La Rayre Bergerac Rosé 2013

There is much talk of context in wine tasting, and that perhaps more should be made of it.  Today's context is that it is high summ...
Francis Blanchet Calcite Pouilly Fumé 2012

Francis Blanchet Calcite Pouilly Fumé 2012

Happy new year!  Francis Blanchet here has produced a very good sauvignon blanc from the Pouilly Fumé appellation in the Loire Valley.  ...

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