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Lowe Tinja Preservative Free Organic Shiraz 2015

Lowe Tinja Preservative Free Organic Shiraz 2015

I was fully prepared not to like this wine, expecting it might be more about being preservative free, than about being good wine.  Not so...

Ratings

I use a moderately unusual wine rating system in that I rate wines as being somewhere on a scale between poor, acceptable, good, very good a...
Coldstream Hills Pinot Noir 2014

Coldstream Hills Pinot Noir 2014

Are local winemakers and proprietors trying as hard with cabernet sauvignon in Australia, as they are with pinot noir?  The quality of pi...
Penfolds Bin 407 Cabernet Sauvignon 2007

Penfolds Bin 407 Cabernet Sauvignon 2007

Checking Penfolds' website for winemaking notes, there's a more than passing resemblance to the websites of the Bordeaux chateaux...
Veuve Fourny tasting with De Bortoli in the Yarra Valley

Veuve Fourny tasting with De Bortoli in the Yarra Valley

I attended an excellent recent tasting at De Bortoli in the Yarra Valley of Veuve Fourny's Champagne releases.  My plan to be blend agre...
Huntington Estate Shiraz 2011

Huntington Estate Shiraz 2011

Huntington Estate's 2011 shiraz is quite a good release.  The grapes are all estate grown, and you sense the wine has seen some care ...
d'Arenberg The Sticks and Stones Tempranillo Grenache Souzao Tinta Cao 2011

d'Arenberg The Sticks and Stones Tempranillo Grenache Souzao Tinta Cao 2011

This wine from d'Arenberg is a blend of tempranillo (60%), grenache (25%), souzao (13%) and tinta cao (2%).  So, principally, a Rioja...
Lark Hill Grüner Veltliner 2015

Lark Hill Grüner Veltliner 2015

Pencil it in.  The Canberra District can do four grape varieties consistently well - shiraz/viognier blends, riesling and grüner veltline...
Lethbridge Ménage a Noir 2013

Lethbridge Ménage a Noir 2013

I think pinot noir from parts of the Geelong region can have an "x factor" that others lack.  Perhaps it's the outcrops of ...
Louis Latour Mâcon-Villages Chameroy 2013

Louis Latour Mâcon-Villages Chameroy 2013

Louis Latour's Mâcon-Villages "Chameroy" is a 100% chardonnay sourced from vineyards entitled to the Mâcon-Villages appell...
Mesh Eden Valley Riesling 2014

Mesh Eden Valley Riesling 2014

The Mesh label has been with us for just a little over a decade, and is a collaboration between Robert Hill Smith (of Yalumba fame) an...
A few Australian white Rhône style wines

A few Australian white Rhône style wines

I have grown quite partial to white Rhône blends, and happily, a few local versions have arrived on the doorstep over the past week or so pr...
Some new releases: Penfolds Bin 389 2013, Penfolds St Henri 2012, Penfolds Bin 28 2012

Some new releases: Penfolds Bin 389 2013, Penfolds St Henri 2012, Penfolds Bin 28 2012

Below are first impressions of some of Penfolds' new release wines. Penfolds Bin 28 Kalmina Shiraz 2012 Cedar, black fruits, plum ...
d'Arenberg The Derelict Vineyard Grenache 2012

d'Arenberg The Derelict Vineyard Grenache 2012

There's something a little special about d'Arenberg's grenache.  It achieves some depth and complexity, and it is not imme...
Arras Blanc de Blanc 2005

Arras Blanc de Blanc 2005

Tasmanian sparkling seems quite a way ahead of the pack in Australia.  Would you bother making (serious) sparkling on the mainland if you...
Lark Hill Shiraz Viognier 2014

Lark Hill Shiraz Viognier 2014

This is another excellent shiraz viognier release from Lark Hill in the Canberra District.  The 4% viogner contribution is co-fermented w...

Unusually named wines

I started writing a review of a quite gluggable riesling from a winery in the Clare Valley.  The name of the winery is only modestly unusual...
Confidences de Prieuré-Lichine 2009

Confidences de Prieuré-Lichine 2009

The second label of the Margaux classed growth Chateau Prieuré-Lichine, the Confidences de Prieuré-Lichine  presented very well as almost...
Lark Hill Riesling 2015

Lark Hill Riesling 2015

Jasmine.  There's something exciting about seeing a consistent and unique floral character evolve in Lark Hill's riesling from t...
Chapoutier La Bernardine Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2011

Chapoutier La Bernardine Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2011

This is a smart Châteauneuf-du-Pape from Chapoutier.  The wine is a blend mostly of grenache, with some syrah and mourvedre included, b...
Langmeil Valley Floor Shiraz 2012

Langmeil Valley Floor Shiraz 2012

The 2012 vintage of Langmeil's Valley Floor shiraz from the Barossa Valley presents very typically.  Deeply coloured, its aromatics a...
Rive droite, rive gauche Côtes du Rhône 2013

Rive droite, rive gauche Côtes du Rhône 2013

This is a very gluggable Côtes-du-Rhône that will provide a lot of joy for just under $20 per bottle.  A blend of 60% grenache, 30% syrah...
Coursodon Saint Joseph L'Olivaie 2012

Coursodon Saint Joseph L'Olivaie 2012

The L'Olivaie cuvee from Pierre and Jérôme Coursodon is a 100% syrah grown on shallow granitic soils in Saint Joseph in the northern...
Dr Loosen Riesling Kabinett 2012 Graacher Himmelreich

Dr Loosen Riesling Kabinett 2012 Graacher Himmelreich

Incomprehensible German wine labelling laws aside, I should drink more German riesling.  This is a very typical example of a good quality...
Chateau Pontet-Canet 1997

Chateau Pontet-Canet 1997

A first encounter with Chateau Pontet-Canet proved deliciously exceptional.  Blackcurrants, cigar box, very long length and depth, this o...
Rymill June Traminer 2005

Rymill June Traminer 2005

Rymill's June Traminer is a botrytis affected gewurtztraminer from Coonawarra.  Despite the unusual combination for the region, as us...
 Shaw + Smith Shiraz 2013

Shaw + Smith Shiraz 2013

Shaw + Smith produce a benchmark cool climate shiraz in the Adelaide Hills.  I've enjoyed various vintages of this wine over the year...
More Yarra Valley cabernets

More Yarra Valley cabernets

Yeringberg's newsletter snuck into the house this week, a week or so after Mount Mary's.  Yeringberg is of course one of the Yarr...

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