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Cape Mentelle "Trinders" Cabernet Merlot 2013

Cape Mentelle "Trinders" Cabernet Merlot 2013

I continue to be underweight in Margaret River cabernet sauvignon and blends for no good reason.  This is a lovely release from Cape Ment...
Champagne Mailly Grand Cru Brut 2007

Champagne Mailly Grand Cru Brut 2007

Champagne Mailly is from the Grand Cru village of Mailly-Champagne in the Montagne de Reims north of Epernay and a label I haven't pr...
Jim Barry Cover Drive Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

Jim Barry Cover Drive Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

A multi-regional blend of cabernet sauvignon sourced from Coonawarra and the Clare Valley.  This wine (also tasted in the tropics where i...
Jim Barry The Lodge Hill Riesling 2016

Jim Barry The Lodge Hill Riesling 2016

The Lodge Hill riesling from Jim Barry is a reliable performer.  Riesling and the Clare Valley are a benchmark wine style.  This example ...
Crabtree Watervale Shiraz 2013

Crabtree Watervale Shiraz 2013

Crabtree is not a label I have previously encountered.  The structure and balance of this wine seemed adrift, with my impression being of...
A trio of nebbiolos; Luigi Baudana Barolo 2010, Traversa Starderi Barbaresco 2010 and Luke Lambert Nebbiolo 2010

A trio of nebbiolos; Luigi Baudana Barolo 2010, Traversa Starderi Barbaresco 2010 and Luke Lambert Nebbiolo 2010

I suspect I am late to the party, but I have been very impressed by some recent nebbiolos.  First came an excellent tasting a couple of m...
Two cabernets; Ring.Bolt Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 and Hollick The Bard Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

Two cabernets; Ring.Bolt Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 and Hollick The Bard Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

Since attending a magnificent Margaret River v Coonawarra tasting a few weeks ago (you can read about it here ), the contrasts of these two ...
Louis Jadot Combe aux Jacques Beaujolais-Villages 2012

Louis Jadot Combe aux Jacques Beaujolais-Villages 2012

This is a lovely Beaujolais-Villages wine from Louis Jadot.  Our (French) waiter happily pointed out that this family was older than Aust...
Some minor adjustments

Some minor adjustments

After a few years of trialling various social media formats, I have come to the rather unglamorous conclusion that most of them don't...
Two refreshing wines; Robert Oatley Finisterre Riesling 2013 and La Bohème Act Two Dry Pinot Noir Rosé 2016

Two refreshing wines; Robert Oatley Finisterre Riesling 2013 and La Bohème Act Two Dry Pinot Noir Rosé 2016

Robert Oatley's Finisterre riesling is the second very good riesling from Great Southern I've tasted in recent times and has a pierc...
Some Clare Valley wines; Kilikanoon Blocks Road Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 and Annie's Lane Rosé 2016

Some Clare Valley wines; Kilikanoon Blocks Road Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 and Annie's Lane Rosé 2016

Blind wine tasting practice is underway; 8 months to go.  These two wines presented typically for their varieties and price points.  Sometim...
A trio of Chablis; Montée de Tonnerre, Les Clos and Valmur

A trio of Chablis; Montée de Tonnerre, Les Clos and Valmur

I presented these three wines blind at a lunch, and I was delighted that they presented with typicity and their quality was self-evident. ...
Two sauvignon blancs and a pinot gris from the 2016 vintage

Two sauvignon blancs and a pinot gris from the 2016 vintage

I tasted these wines blind in a lineup, hoping that the pinot gris (sorry, pinot grigio) might stand out, and the sauvignon blancs might giv...
A couple of Montalto new release 2015 chardonnays

A couple of Montalto new release 2015 chardonnays

Here are a couple of new release chardonnays from Montalto in the Mornington Peninsula from the 2015 vintage.  I tasted these wines together...
Château de Belleverne La Basse-Cour Beaujolais Villages 2014

Château de Belleverne La Basse-Cour Beaujolais Villages 2014

I was a little stumped recently when asked why I like Beaujolais.  It tends more to be consumed than necessarily pondered upon.  It does ...
A new journey begins

A new journey begins

I learnt in the last day or so that my application to commence studies in the Master of Wine programme has been accepted.  This is very m...
New release 2014 Lerida Estate Pinot Noirs from the Canberra District

New release 2014 Lerida Estate Pinot Noirs from the Canberra District

Lerida Estate have 9.6 acres of pinot noir in the Canberra District.  I think of Canberra as shiraz viognier territory and, for whites, ries...

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