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Chateau La Confession 2011

Chateau La Confession 2011

The 2011 Bordeaux vintage has been described variously as a good but not great one, following as it does, immediately after the great Bor...
Chateau Sénéjac 2008

Chateau Sénéjac 2008

This is a well proportioned release from Chateau Sénéjac in the Haut-Médoc subregion of Bordeaux. It has classic left-bank aromatics of c...
Tim Adams The Fergus 2012

Tim Adams The Fergus 2012

The Fergus from Tim Adams is a blend of grenache, tempranillo and malbec.  An unusual combination yes, and I don't associate the Clar...

A few wine apps

I've decided to give three wine apps a go over the next month or so.  The first is Vivino which looks pretty clever and useable at first...
Majella The Musician 2012

Majella The Musician 2012

Majella's 2012 Musician is a blend of 70% cabernet sauvignon and 30% shiraz from Coonawarra fruit.  It has vanilla, pepper, spicy plu...

Bordeaux Cru Bourgeois system proposed to be updated

I was pleased to read that changes may be afoot in relation to the cru bourgeois classification system in Bordeaux.  From the 2008 vintage,...
Clos Puy Arnaud Cuvée Pervenche 2011

Clos Puy Arnaud Cuvée Pervenche 2011

The label of this wine from Clos Puy Arnaud in Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux (an appellation due east of Saint Émilion in Bordeaux) looked ...
Glorioso Rioja Reserva 2009

Glorioso Rioja Reserva 2009

Desperate for a last minute match for an impendingly delicious paella, I gave this Rioja a go from Liquorland (part of the Wesfarmers gro...
The quest for cabernet

The quest for cabernet

An article in the World of Fine Wine  and some mail from Mount Mary had me thinking about Australian cabernet this week.  In the latest e...
Clonakilla Hilltops Shiraz 2008

Clonakilla Hilltops Shiraz 2008

I went long on Clonakilla's Hilltops shiraz in the mid to late 2000s, noting in a tasting that it resembled its more famous sibling t...
La Demoiselle de Sociando-Mallet 2012

La Demoiselle de Sociando-Mallet 2012

La Demoiselle de Sociando-Mallet is the second wine of the well regarded Chateau Sociando-Mallet estate in the Haut-Médoc.  The 2012 vint...
Chateau Chollet Graves 2010

Chateau Chollet Graves 2010

Graves is an underrated appellation just outside of Bordeaux.  This wine though is a bit of a journeyman wine, despite its consumption i...
Parker Coonawarra Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

Parker Coonawarra Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

Young Coonawarra cab is not the most accessible of styles, but this one from Parker Coonawarra Estate is quite forward and approachable. ...
Ninth Island Sauvignon Blanc 2015

Ninth Island Sauvignon Blanc 2015

After a wet, cold and long Melbourne winter, it's nice to see the mercury finally reach 20c yesterday, and a balmy 24c today.  This w...
Château Roc de Calon Montagne Saint-Emilion 2012

Château Roc de Calon Montagne Saint-Emilion 2012

I spotted this wine during my cycling trip around the hills of beautiful Annecy.  It does what Montagne Saint-Emilion does well.  It has ...
Fox Creek Duet Cabernet Merlot 2012

Fox Creek Duet Cabernet Merlot 2012

This is a pleasant wine from Fox Creek in McLaren Vale.  It has aromatics of chocolate, hazelnut and leafy characters.  The palate has ...
Pipers Brook Vineyard Pinot Gris 2013

Pipers Brook Vineyard Pinot Gris 2013

This pinot gris was served to me blind in a group, and my very first thought was that it was a pinot gris but probably from Italy, such w...
Airlie Bank Rosé 2015

Airlie Bank Rosé 2015

It's hard to go too wrong with rosé these days.  This one from Punt Road's Airlie Bank is a good one, and a blend of 70% pinot no...
John Glaetzer John's Blend Margarete's Shiraz 2010

John Glaetzer John's Blend Margarete's Shiraz 2010

John Glaetzer sure is a good winemaker.  This is another excellent shiraz release from this label, surpassing I think the 2009, which I ...
Metala Shiraz Cabernet 2012

Metala Shiraz Cabernet 2012

The Metala shiraz cabernet is a bit of a stalwart in the local wine scene, and for $15 or thereabouts, can be a pretty good wine.  The 20...
St Mary's Pinot Noir 2013

St Mary's Pinot Noir 2013

St Mary's make some very good cabernet and shiraz, as is witnessed by my previous reviews.  This wine's a pinot noir from the sam...
Airlie Bank Blanc 2015

Airlie Bank Blanc 2015

This is a light and airy sauvignon blanc from Punt Road's Airlie Bank label.  The website refers only to the F4V6 clone rather than t...
Champagne Brimoncourt new releases

Champagne Brimoncourt new releases

There seems something just a little bit likeable and eccentric about the team behind Champagne Brimoncourt, a new Champagne house in an ...
Granite Hills TOR Syrah 2006

Granite Hills TOR Syrah 2006

My impression was that the appearance en masse of the word "syrah" on Australian wine labels was a relatively recent developmen...
Bannockburn Chardonnay 2012

Bannockburn Chardonnay 2012

The 2012 vintage of Bannockburn's chardonnay wears its varietal character on its sleeve.  It's highly expressive at this juncture...
Granite Hills Riesling 2013

Granite Hills Riesling 2013

This riesling is from the Macedon Ranges, one of Australia's colder wine regions.  James Halliday describes Macedon as "a windsw...
Punt Road Pinot Noir Napoleone Vineyard 2014

Punt Road Pinot Noir Napoleone Vineyard 2014

Some good things are happening down at Punt Road in the Yarra Valley.  Gee, this is a very aromatic pinot noir; it draws you in closer an...
Domaine les Hautes Cances Cairanne Côtes du Rhône Villages 2011

Domaine les Hautes Cances Cairanne Côtes du Rhône Villages 2011

This is an excellent blend of clairette (45%), bourboulenc (45%) and grenache blanc (10%) from Domaine les Hautes Cances in the Rhône Val...

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