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Learnings

Learnings

I wanted to say a quick thank you to those putting up with a few little teething problems with the refresh of grapeobserver.com.  And a s...
Domaine Dubreuil-Fontaine Corton-Bressandes Grand Cru 2009

Domaine Dubreuil-Fontaine Corton-Bressandes Grand Cru 2009

Continuing the Burgundy theme, this wine is from a Grand Cru vineyard, Les Bressandes that sits within the appellation of Corton.  Cor...
Domaine Michèle & Patrice Rion Nuits-St-Georges Premier Cru Clos Saint Marc 2009

Domaine Michèle & Patrice Rion Nuits-St-Georges Premier Cru Clos Saint Marc 2009

Burgundy as usual provides an intellectual excursion before the bottle is even opened.  This wine is from a premier cru vineyard, the Clo...
Château de Ségriès Côtes-du-Rhône 2013

Château de Ségriès Côtes-du-Rhône 2013

It's not so easy to find out information about this wine, but from what I can see and taste it is probably a blend of grenache, syrah...
Angullong Pinot Grigio 2015

Angullong Pinot Grigio 2015

Angullong's 2015 vintage of pinot grigio (pinot gris) from Orange has aromatics of pear and apple.  The palate presents as off dry, ...
A small refresh

A small refresh

I have refreshed the grapeobserver.com website a little this evening.  For a website I spend inordinate amounts of time typing away wine...
Domaine Paul Pernot Clos des Folatières Puligny-Montrachet Premier Cru 2011

Domaine Paul Pernot Clos des Folatières Puligny-Montrachet Premier Cru 2011

Domaine Paul Pernot has 3.08 hectares of premier cru vineyard Clos des Folatières in Puligny-Montrachet.  A large holding in the scheme o...
Henry Fessy Château des Labourons Fleurie 2011

Henry Fessy Château des Labourons Fleurie 2011

This wine (gamay) does what the Beaujolais village of Fleurie does so well.  Medium bodied, elegant and refreshing, its aromatics remind ...
Golden Ball là-bas Chardonnay 2012

Golden Ball là-bas Chardonnay 2012

This Golden Ball chardonnay seems more complex and perhaps less stylistically polarising than my previous encounter with their chardonnay...
Penley Phoenix Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

Penley Phoenix Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

This is a good Phoenix cabernet sauvignon release from Penley Estate in Coonawarra.  2013 was a good vintage in Coonawarra, and it has ve...
Zonin Prosecco NV

Zonin Prosecco NV

You can find this Prosecco (from Italy) for a little over $10 on local retail shelves.  It has aromatics of apples (yellow and red), oran...

More on Prosecco

Another article appeared this week with some strong words on the subject of the term Prosecco being used in other countries.  The president ...
Clos du Marquis 1996

Clos du Marquis 1996

The Clos du Marquis is a rather excellent wine from the Domaines Delon in Bordeaux, whose stable includes esteemed second growth Château ...
Pol Roger Blanc De Blancs 2008

Pol Roger Blanc De Blancs 2008

This is a very good release of Pol Roger's Blanc de Blancs from the 2008 vintage.  A 100% chardonnay, it has aromatics of lemon, lim...

Leeuwin Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 1981

At 34 years of age, this is a Margaret River cabernet from what seems like another time and in fact is from another century.  It has survive...
Domaine de Rousset-Peyraguey Délicatesse d'Or 2003

Domaine de Rousset-Peyraguey Délicatesse d'Or 2003

This is an unusual Sauternes from Domaine de Rousset Peyraguey.  Biodynamically tended and from the heatwave 2003 Bordeaux vintage, it pr...
Vasse Felix Heytesbury 2007

Vasse Felix Heytesbury 2007

Vasse Felix's Heytesbury is a Bordeaux blend of cabernet sauvignon, malbec and petit verdot.   Sans the merlot it would seem.  It see...
Amelia Park Cabernet Merlot 2013

Amelia Park Cabernet Merlot 2013

This wine has no fewer than 12 medal stickers on the label.  Does it persuade?  Well, I guess here I am reviewing it.  I can see too why ...

The Prosecco debate

Prosecco is popular at the minute.  Talk of expanding plantings and production (rarely a good future quality indicator) and the viscitudes o...
d'Arenberg Laughing Magpie Shiraz Viognier 2011

d'Arenberg Laughing Magpie Shiraz Viognier 2011

The Laughing Magpie from d'Arenberg is a blend of 90% shiraz and 10% viognier.  Before tasting, I was worried the viognier portion co...
Grand Bateau Bordeaux 2014

Grand Bateau Bordeaux 2014

Grand Bateau is a Bordeaux blanc from famous left bank cru classé producer Chateau Beychevelle.  Less usually for a Bordeaux blanc, it is...

Some new reading

Since the decline of Google Reader, I have tried a few RSS feed readers before settling on the iPhone app, "Newsify" to perform th...
De Bortoli Villages Pinot Noir 2015

De Bortoli Villages Pinot Noir 2015

Another "Villages" pinot noir from the Yarra Valley, this time from De Bortoli.  This is a young and fresh expression of pinot,...
Helen's Hill Cabernets 2013

Helen's Hill Cabernets 2013

This wine is from Helen's Hill in the Yarra Valley, and is a (red) Bordeaux blend of cabernet sauvignon, merlot, cabernet franc, malb...
Orange Mountain 1397 Shiraz Viognier 2012

Orange Mountain 1397 Shiraz Viognier 2012

Orange Mountain, from Orange, with an orange triangle on the label!  First impressions of this wine, reminded of oak in its various incar...
Angullong Sauvignon Blanc 2015

Angullong Sauvignon Blanc 2015

Year in, year out, Angullong's sauvignon blanc from the Orange region resembles a good quality local interpretation of Marlborough SB...
Gembrook Hill Village Pinot Noir 2012

Gembrook Hill Village Pinot Noir 2012

Gembrook Hill is in the upper Yarra Valley and like a couple of wineries produce a "Village" pinot noir, providing an easy refe...
Warramate Cabernets 2012

Warramate Cabernets 2012

Yarra Valley cabernet is well out of fashion at the moment, which perhaps makes my current desire and search for it somewhat quixotic.  I...
d'Arenberg d'Arry's Original Shiraz Grenache 2013

d'Arenberg d'Arry's Original Shiraz Grenache 2013

The 2013 release of d'Arenberg's d'Arry's original shiraz grenache is another good vintage of this wine.  D'Arenberg ...

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