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d'Arenberg The Custodian Grenache 2013

d'Arenberg The Custodian Grenache 2013

d'Arenberg's preservation of old bush vine grenache in McLaren Vale continues to mean, in my humble opinion, that their grenache ...
d'Arenberg Pollyanna Polly Sparkling NV

d'Arenberg Pollyanna Polly Sparkling NV

The "Pollyanna Polly", aka "Polly", is d'Arenberg's sparkling non-vintage wine with fruit sourced from the Ad...
d'Arenberg The Footbolt Shiraz 2013

d'Arenberg The Footbolt Shiraz 2013

The 2013 vintage is a good release of d'Arenberg's "The Footbolt shiraz".  The fruit is 100% from McLaren Vale and the ...
Domaine Roche-Audran Côtes du Rhône 2014

Domaine Roche-Audran Côtes du Rhône 2014

I was impressed by this Côtes du Rhône from Domaine Roche-Audran.  It's a blend of 70% grenache, 15% syrah and 15% carignan, the vine...
Alex Russell Wines Alejandro Durif 2015

Alex Russell Wines Alejandro Durif 2015

Durif, known as petite sirah in North America and South America, produces full bodied, deeply coloured and prodigiously powerful wines.  T...
Château d'Anglès La Clape Blanc 2010

Château d'Anglès La Clape Blanc 2010

First, a confession: I really enjoy southern Rhône style whites.  This wine is from Château d'Anglès from the La Clape appellation wh...
Mitchell Harris Wines Pyrenees Mataro 2013

Mitchell Harris Wines Pyrenees Mataro 2013

The release notes refer to a "rare find in the Pyrenees".  That's what I was thinking too, as I haven't seen a lot of m...
Château Haut-Bages-Libéral Pauillac 2005

Château Haut-Bages-Libéral Pauillac 2005

I think of Château Haut-Bages Libéral as an affordable and reliable entry level grand cru classé from Pauillac that is a good buy in the ...
Sassy Wines Pinot Noir 2013

Sassy Wines Pinot Noir 2013

When I think of the Orange wine region, I don't really think of pinot noir.  But here is a single vineyard pinot noir from a tiny pro...
Francis Blanchet Calcite Pouilly Fumé 2014

Francis Blanchet Calcite Pouilly Fumé 2014

April is a beautiful month in Melbourne; calm, the worst of the summer heat is gone and the cold is rousing but not yet threatening.  Perf...
Topper's Mountain New England Gewürtztraminer 2015

Topper's Mountain New England Gewürtztraminer 2015

This is a lovely gewürtz from Topper's Mountain in New England, a grape variety that sees little attention in Australia.  It has arom...
Mitchell Harris Wines Pyrenees Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

Mitchell Harris Wines Pyrenees Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

This is "two from two" in terms of the quality of Mitchell Harris Wines' new red releases (see my review of their shiraz he...
Villebois Sauvignon Blanc Val de Loire 2014

Villebois Sauvignon Blanc Val de Loire 2014

This is a fresh and light sauvignon blanc from the Loire Valley and the appellation of Touraine.  Touraine is the most important of the L...
Robert Stein Mudgee Semillon 2015

Robert Stein Mudgee Semillon 2015

This wine had me thinking that I don't drink or cellar enough semillon.  The idea of looking in on decade old semillon is a highly at...
Mitchell Harris Pyrenees Shiraz 2013

Mitchell Harris Pyrenees Shiraz 2013

The Pyrenees are a lovely part of Victoria with its rolling hills, and well worth a visit.  This is a really good shiraz from Mitchell Har...
Tasmanian vineyards map

Tasmanian vineyards map

I have been slowly reading through Tony Walker's new book Vintage Tasmania: The Complete Book of Tasmanian Wine  (Providore Island Ta...
Interlude

Interlude

I set out this weekend to catchup on wine tasting, but achieved little, which ironically I expect means that I achieved rather a lot.  I ...
Chateau D'Anglès Grand Vin Rouge 2008

Chateau D'Anglès Grand Vin Rouge 2008

The appellation of La Clape is situated within the wider Languedoc region on the Mediterranean coastal ranges near Narbonne.  The region ...
Rouleur Yarra Valley Pinot Noir 2015

Rouleur Yarra Valley Pinot Noir 2015

Blink and another label seems to popup in the Yarra Valley doing interesting things.  This pinot noir is from Rouleur wines, a winery tha...
Alex Russell Wines Alejandro Vermentino 2015

Alex Russell Wines Alejandro Vermentino 2015

This is a vermentino from Alex Russell Wines in the Riverland.  The grape is widely grown in Italy and southern France.  In Sardinia in I...
Viticoltore Mauro Molino Barolo 2011

Viticoltore Mauro Molino Barolo 2011

I am developing a bit of an interest in the wines of Barolo.  This cannot be viewed as anything other than unfortunate development for my...

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