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Robert Stein Half Dry Riesling 2015

Robert Stein Half Dry Riesling 2015

Although I'm not sure if "half dry" is in common usage, this is a lovely riesling from Robert Stein in Mudgee that straddle...
Nightingale Wines Shiraz 2014

Nightingale Wines Shiraz 2014

I don't drink a lot of Hunter Valley shiraz, which is a pity because I am quite partial to it.  From what I have read, 2014 is an out...

Admin: updated delivery address

For those kind enough to send me wines to review on grapeobserver.com, please note that to improve logistics, I have updated my delivery add...

Organics that are inorganic

An interesting anomaly of organic viticulture is its treatment of copper.  Gladstones in  Wine, Terroir and Climate Change (2011, Wakefield ...
Yeringberg Cabernet 2011

Yeringberg Cabernet 2011

Yeringberg's 2011 shiraz was good (reviewed here ), so I hoped that their 2011 cabernet sauvignon might be good too.  My logic is cho...
Domaine William Fevre Les Preuses Chablis Grand Cru 2012

Domaine William Fevre Les Preuses Chablis Grand Cru 2012

The best Chablis I tasted while in France last year was from the  Les Preuses grand cru vineyard.  You can find that post here .  The exc...
Wendouree Shiraz Mataro 2008

Wendouree Shiraz Mataro 2008

I would conservatively suggest that this wine from benchmark producer Wendouree has another decade on it before I would approach it again...
Dominique Piron Brouilly 2013

Dominique Piron Brouilly 2013

I visited Beaujolais last year and against the weight of popular opinion have long liked the wines of the region.  My post is here .  If ...
Poggerino Chianti Classico 2013

Poggerino Chianti Classico 2013

This is an excellent release of Poggerino's Chianti Classico, a producer I have returned to again and again over the years.  The esta...
Domaine Joseph Voillot Volnay Premier Cru Les Brouillards 2011

Domaine Joseph Voillot Volnay Premier Cru Les Brouillards 2011

This is an excellent Volnay from Domaine Joseph Voillot.  From premier cru vineyard Les Brouillards , the 2011 vintage has aromatics of ...
Alkimi The Good Earth Grenache Noir 2015

Alkimi The Good Earth Grenache Noir 2015

This wine is the 2015 grenache noir from Alkimi. The grapes were grown at the Camelback vineyard in Heathcote on a patch of Cambrian soil...
Alkimi Le Mistral Rosé 2015

Alkimi Le Mistral Rosé 2015

This is an impressive Rhône style rosé from Alkimi.  It's made using the saignée method, and is rather humbly described by its win...

Some tinkering around the edges

A short admin update.  I've made a couple of subtle changes that will hopefully improve the website in a practical sense.  First and for...

A few on trend wines

There are a series of Australian wine producers whose wines I have not tried, but feature on some of the country's best wine lists.  I d...
Alkimi The Good Earth Syrah 2014

Alkimi The Good Earth Syrah 2014

This is the first of a couple of impressive Rhône style wines from small producer Alkimi.  The 2014 "The Good Earth" syrah tast...
Austins & Co Crisp Dry White 2015

Austins & Co Crisp Dry White 2015

I liked this producer's riesling (see my review here ), so it makes a great deal of sense that I also liked this wine too, which is a...
Poggiotondo Chianti Superiore 2012

Poggiotondo Chianti Superiore 2012

There's always a slight legal mystery tour with European wine labels.  "Chianti Superiore" is another. From what I can tell...

Wine labelling, alcohol et al

Two reports appeared on the long topic of alcohol this week.  These reports seem seldomly appear to be good news for the wine drinker.  The ...
Huntington Estate Gewürtztraminer 2015

Huntington Estate Gewürtztraminer 2015

Weighing in at only 11.8%abv, this seemed early picked in style for a gewürztraminer wine (aka traminer).  Gerwürtz classically produces ...
Austins & Co Six Foot Six Prosecco 2014

Austins & Co Six Foot Six Prosecco 2014

This is an interesting Prosecco from Austin & Co in the King Valley in Victoria.  I've written a bit about prosecco recently, it ...
Malvira Langhe Nebbiolo 2012

Malvira Langhe Nebbiolo 2012

When nebbiolo works it is just such an attractive wine.  This one from Malvira from the Langhe region in north western Italy is a great e...
Poggiotondo Organic Chianti 2014

Poggiotondo Organic Chianti 2014

Organic Chianti.  Not something I've seen before, I think, but why not.  The aromatics are pleasingly typical of sangiovese in its Ch...
A little more on Australian zinfandel

A little more on Australian zinfandel

Grape varieties in Australia can take some unusual paths.  I was reminded of this by an entry in James Halliday's The Australian Wine Co...
Lowe Organic Zinfandel 2012

Lowe Organic Zinfandel 2012

An Aussie zinfandel.  Now, you don't see too many of those.  It's the same variety used in Primitivo in southern Italy.  I recall...
Pig in the House Organic Sauvignon Blanc 2015

Pig in the House Organic Sauvignon Blanc 2015

I thought this sauvignon blanc was a rather good one.  The label's great too.  Classic SB nose of lemon and gooseberry.  The palate i...
Château Meillac La Romane 2009

Château Meillac La Romane 2009

This is a very good wine from Château Meillac in Bordeaux.  It's labelled as a Bordeaux Supérieur and is from the outstanding 2009 vi...
Mudgee Gold Shiraz Cabernet 2013

Mudgee Gold Shiraz Cabernet 2013

I am beginning to think of Mudgee as the Langhorne Creek of New South Wales wine.  Reliable good quality full bodied reds with a fair pri...
 Austins & Co Rosé 2015

Austins & Co Rosé 2015

Smartly labelled, this is a sound rosé from Austins & Co in the Geelong region.  Aromatics of strawberry and nectarine kernels.   The...
Grant Burge Filsell Barossa Old Vine Shiraz 2013

Grant Burge Filsell Barossa Old Vine Shiraz 2013

It's easier to taste wine than work out who produces it sometimes.  Some mild internet sleuthing finds that Grant Burge is owned by A...
Kilikanoon Oracle Shiraz 2009

Kilikanoon Oracle Shiraz 2009

The 2010 Kilikanoon Oracle is an outstanding wine.  You can read my review here .  I was also impressed by Kilikanoon's 2009 Oracle t...

Online wine auctions

I always prefer to buy wine from the producer or directly from the importer.  My most satisfying purchases come from those two sources.  But...

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