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John Glaetzer John's Blend No 38 Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

John Glaetzer John's Blend No 38 Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

We have been panning for gold in a local IGA supermarket among a vinous sea of brands in the $10 to $30 price range from the corners of t...
A couple of Geelong pinots: Scotchmans Hill Pinot Noir 2013 and Mt Moriac Estate Pinot Noir 2012

A couple of Geelong pinots: Scotchmans Hill Pinot Noir 2013 and Mt Moriac Estate Pinot Noir 2012

Soils matter for pinot noir, and in Geelong, there are a number of soil types.  The Scotchmans Hill pinot noir tasted here is grown (as far ...

Admin: following Grape Observer

I see that Google have announced that they are retiring "Google Friend Connect", which is a following method I haven't offered...
Christmas wines: Château Pontet-Canet 2008 and Château Pontet-Canet 2006

Christmas wines: Château Pontet-Canet 2008 and Château Pontet-Canet 2006

Château Pontet-Canet is a fifth growth from Pauillac on the left bank of Bordeaux, whose vines adjoin those of first growth, Mouton Rothschi...
Château Guiraud 1989

Château Guiraud 1989

I don't tend to drink dessert style wines, and I don't eat a lot of foie gras, the culinary match of Sauternes.  Wines like this ...

Happy Christmas

So, apologies, it turns out there isn't a second review after all as I have previously reviewed the rather grand '96 Cos d'Estou...
Château Rauzan-Ségla 1996

Château Rauzan-Ségla 1996

The first of two impressive wines to round things out pre-Christmas.  Rauzan-Ségla is a second growth estate from Margaux in Bordeaux'...
Château Canon 2012

Château Canon 2012

This is another good wine from the tiny subregion of Canon-Fronsac near Saint-Émilion in Bordeaux.  Fresh aromatics of ripe plums and cho...
Château Gaby 2008

Château Gaby 2008

This is a delicious wine from Château Gaby in Canon-Fronsac imported by Bordeaux and Beyond.  Canon-Fronsac is a very small appellation (...
Huntington Estate Méthode Traditionelle Chardonnay Pinot Noir Sparkling NV

Huntington Estate Méthode Traditionelle Chardonnay Pinot Noir Sparkling NV

Huntington Estate produce here a sparkling wine from chardonnay (60%) and pinot noir (40%) made using the traditional method.  Salmon pin...
Swinging Bridge Chardonnay Reserve 2014

Swinging Bridge Chardonnay Reserve 2014

I still sometimes worry that the "reserve" version of Australian wines is simply just wine from one of the better barrels which...
Swinging Bridge Mrs Payten Chardonnay 2014

Swinging Bridge Mrs Payten Chardonnay 2014

This chardonnay is from Swinging Bridge in the Orange region.  Mixed nuts and chicken salt aromatics give way to a palate that has notes ...
Austins & Co Chardonnay 2014

Austins & Co Chardonnay 2014

From the Geelong region, this chardonnay from the 2014 vintage has aromatics of nectarine, lemon and nuts.  The palate reminds principally...
Mitchelton Shiraz 2013

Mitchelton Shiraz 2013

Mitchelton - no relation - produce a shiraz here from Nagambie in central Victoria whose style sits somewhere in the middle between the c...
Domaine Chandon Chardonnay 2014

Domaine Chandon Chardonnay 2014

I was a little bit impressed by this chardonnay from Domaine Chandon in the Yarra Valley.  It has aromatics of nectarine and lemon.  The ...
Lowe Riesling Nullo Mountain 2012

Lowe Riesling Nullo Mountain 2012

Lowe's Nullo vineyard at 1,180 metres continues to fascinate, and it's great to taste a dry riesling made in these sub-alpine cli...
Ninth Island Tasmania Sparkling NV

Ninth Island Tasmania Sparkling NV

This Tasmanian sparkling wine is made from the classic Champagne varieties of pinot noir, chardonnay and pinot meunier.  It's a good ...
Dry River Pinot Noir 2008

Dry River Pinot Noir 2008

Martinborough on New Zealand's north island produces my preferred expression of New Zealand pinot noir.  Having literally heard of Dr...
d'Arenberg The Olive Grove Chardonnay 2015

d'Arenberg The Olive Grove Chardonnay 2015

This is a sound Adelaide Hills chardonnay from d'Arenberg for $15.  Aromatics of nuts and stone fruit.  The palate has racy acidity a...
d'Arenberg The Dead Arm Shiraz 2012

d'Arenberg The Dead Arm Shiraz 2012

d'Arenberg's Dead Arm shiraz is eagerly awaited in these parts.  The 2012 vintage has rich aromatics of baked cooking spices and ...
Huntington Estate Semillon 2015

Huntington Estate Semillon 2015

Another wine from Mudgee, this time a semillon from Huntington Estate.  Newly released, the 2015 vintage has tight aromatics of lemon, st...
Robert Stein Riesling 2015

Robert Stein Riesling 2015

This is a lovely riesling from Robert Stein in Mudgee.  Aromatics of lemon, parmesan, sherbet and a saline character.  The palate is dry ...
Clos Payrol 2009

Clos Payrol 2009

Clos Payrol is a tiny estate in Pomerol on the right bank of Bordeaux.  By tiny, I mean that there are only 1466 bottles produced of the ...
Bartenura Moscato 2014

Bartenura Moscato 2014

From Bartenura, this Moscato is an IGT Provincia di Pavia from Lombardy in northern western Italy.  It's an IGT I see little of and a...
A few notes from Tarrahill; 2015 new releases

A few notes from Tarrahill; 2015 new releases

We visited Tarrahill's opening weekend the other week, and chatted through each of their new releases with Jonathan Hamer and Geoff Feth...
d'Arenberg The Coppermine Road Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

d'Arenberg The Coppermine Road Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

The 2012 d'Arenberg icon releases are all delicious, an example of a good vintage in good hands.  The Coppermine Road is d'Arenbe...
Hahndorf Hill Winery GRU Grüner Veltliner 2015

Hahndorf Hill Winery GRU Grüner Veltliner 2015

This is another good release of Hahndorf Hill's Grüner Veltliner.  The 2015 vintage tasted here has aromatics of white flowers, water...

A few more reviews than usual

As we approach Christmas, there's a whole lot of great wine crossing my path which is quite exciting really.  So, I shall aim to keep pa...
Austins & Co Riesling 2015

Austins & Co Riesling 2015

Austin's from the Moorabool Valley in Geelong is a winery I have not tasted a lot from, and this riesling is a very good start.  It&#...
Chateau Teyssier Saint-Émilion Grand Cru 2009

Chateau Teyssier Saint-Émilion Grand Cru 2009

This is a very enjoyable Saint-Émilion from Chateau Teyssier.  A blend of 85% merlot and 15% cabernet franc, it has aromatics tobacco, pl...
Lowe Tinja Low Alcohol Verdelho 2015

Lowe Tinja Low Alcohol Verdelho 2015

Were I to introduce a somewhat obscure Portuguese grape variety that achieves its pinnacle expression on the island of Madeira in the Atl...
Stefano Lubiana Brut Rosé 2010

Stefano Lubiana Brut Rosé 2010

This completes my review of Stefano Lubiana's current sparkling wine releases.  The spell checker rather insists on Luciana, but I sh...
Pig in the House Organic Shiraz 2014

Pig in the House Organic Shiraz 2014

I usually don't comment on labels, but this one is very likeable.  The wine inside (the 2014 vintage) is good too.  Its aromatics are...
d'Arenberg The Ironstone Pressings 2012

d'Arenberg The Ironstone Pressings 2012

I've said this before, but d'Arenberg has some outstanding grenache vineyards and it shows, particularly in an outstanding year...
Martine and Pierre-Marie Chermette Domaine du Vissoux Les Trois Roches Moulin à Vent 2013

Martine and Pierre-Marie Chermette Domaine du Vissoux Les Trois Roches Moulin à Vent 2013

This is a lovely balanced Moulin à Vent (gamay) from Martine and Pierre-Marie Chermette.  At just a little over $50, it is rather expensi...
Clos Villemaurine Saint-Émilion Grand Cru 2003

Clos Villemaurine Saint-Émilion Grand Cru 2003

Clos Villemaurine is situated next to the town of Saint-Émilion in Bordeaux.  2003 was a very warm vintage in Bordeaux, which in my view ...
Gaelic Cemetery Riesling 2015

Gaelic Cemetery Riesling 2015

This is a good Clare Valley riesling from Gaelic Cemetery, a collaboration of Neil and Andrew Pike (Pikes Wines), Grant Arnold and the B...
Stefano Lubiana Grande Vintage 2007

Stefano Lubiana Grande Vintage 2007

Stefano Lubiana's 2007 Grande Vintage sparkling wine has seen some serious care.  7 years on lees and a further 10 months on cork, it...
Stefano Lubiana Brut NV

Stefano Lubiana Brut NV

When and why did Tasmanian sparkling wine move so far ahead of the mainland?  Vine age, intent, a slightly cooler climate, full tradition...
Clos des Baies Saint-Émilion Grand Cru 2009

Clos des Baies Saint-Émilion Grand Cru 2009

Credit where it's due, this is an excellent local import from Bordeaux and Beyond.  Clos des Baies is a small estate of Saint-Émilion...

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