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Chateau de Coulaine Chinon 2015

Chateau de Coulaine Chinon 2015

Happily, producers such as Punt Road in the Yarra Valley are starting to produce delicious medium bodied cabernet franc styles without to...
Ten Minutes by Tractor Coolart Road Pinot Noir 2015

Ten Minutes by Tractor Coolart Road Pinot Noir 2015

I am going to go out on a limb with this wine: this is the best Mornington Peninsula pinot noir I have tasted to date.  From a single vin...
Le Serre Nuove dell' Ornellaia Bolgheri 2011

Le Serre Nuove dell' Ornellaia Bolgheri 2011

This is a very modern styled cabernet blend from the Ornellaia stable in Bolgheri in Tuscany.  In fact, it's a blend of 57% merlot, 1...
Ten Minutes by Tractor Estate Pinot Noir 2015

Ten Minutes by Tractor Estate Pinot Noir 2015

The 2015 vintage is a good one in the Mornington Peninsula.  Ten Minutes by Tractor's Estate pinot noir is a blend of pinot noir from...
10X Tractor Pinot Gris 2015

10X Tractor Pinot Gris 2015

If pinot gris is what you seek, Ten Minutes by Tractor makes one of the best ones going around in the market.  The 2015 vintage tasted he...
Highland Heritage Shiraz 2015

Highland Heritage Shiraz 2015

There are considerable stylistic similarities between this shiraz and its sibling cabernet sauvignon reviewed here  from Highland Heritag...
Highland Heritage Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

Highland Heritage Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

This is a fairly serious cabernet sauvignon from a label in Orange I have not previously encountered.  It has restrained aromas of violet...
Patina Rosé NV

Patina Rosé NV

Patina from Orange's rosé tasted here is a slightly unlikely non-vintage blend of merlot, cabernet sauvignon, pinot noir and cabernet...
Ten Minutes by Tractor McCutcheon Pinot Noir 2015

Ten Minutes by Tractor McCutcheon Pinot Noir 2015

This is among the best pinot noirs I've tasted from the Mornington Peninsula to date.  The wine isn't produced in large quantitie...
Château Meillac Bordeaux 2012

Château Meillac Bordeaux 2012

Château Meillac is situated in Fronsac, and the 2012 vintage is a merlot dominant blend, together with some cabernet franc and cabernet s...
Domaine Guinand Languedoc 2014

Domaine Guinand Languedoc 2014

This is a lovely blend of shiraz and carignan from Domaine Guinand in the Languedoc in southern France.  It's very typical of the re...
Jim Barry The Lodge Hill Dry Riesling 2007

Jim Barry The Lodge Hill Dry Riesling 2007

For around the $20 mark, Jim Barry's Lodge Hill riesling from the Clare Valley provides very good drinking at all ages.  The 2007 vin...
W. Gisselbrecht Schiefferberg Single Vineyard Riesling 2013

W. Gisselbrecht Schiefferberg Single Vineyard Riesling 2013

This wine, an Alsace riesling, was spotted for sub $20 at a big box retailer.  And it's pretty good too.  It has quite pungent lemon,...
Paringa Estate Mornington Peninsula Riesling 2004

Paringa Estate Mornington Peninsula Riesling 2004

The Mornington Peninsula is firmly wedded now to pinot noir, chardonnay and pinot gris.  But there's still a smattering of other vari...
Bowen Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2005

Bowen Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2005

This is another very good vintage of Bowen Estate's cabernet sauvignon.  It still tastes youthful, and would benefit from a further f...
Taylors Adelaide Hills Pinot Gris 2016

Taylors Adelaide Hills Pinot Gris 2016

This is a safe and varietal wine from Taylors range in the Adelaide Hills.  Typical pinot gris aromatics of apples and pears are supple...
Patina Scandalous Riesling 2014

Patina Scandalous Riesling 2014

This is another really good riesling release from Patina in Orange.  It has lemon and orange rind aromas, while the palate is off dry wit...
Toolangi Yarra Valley Pinot Noir 2015

Toolangi Yarra Valley Pinot Noir 2015

From the very good 2015 vintage in the Yarra Valley, the grapes for Toolangi's pinot noir are from Dixon's Creek, handpicked and ...
Punt Road Airlie Bank Pinot Noir 2016

Punt Road Airlie Bank Pinot Noir 2016

This wine from Punt Road in the Yarra Valley, a winery on the up, provides light, fresh and thirsty drinking.  It sees 20% whole bunches,...
Tim Adams Clare Valley Shiraz 2006

Tim Adams Clare Valley Shiraz 2006

The 2006 vintage of Tim Adams' shiraz, now 11 years on, is a brooding wine.  Its aromatics more or less remind of mulberries.  The pa...
Poplar Grove Merlot 2013

Poplar Grove Merlot 2013

This is a sound cool climate merlot from Poplar Grove in the Okanagan Valley in British Columbia in Canada.  Perhaps most interesting ...
Valle Las Acequias Malbec Oak 2011

Valle Las Acequias Malbec Oak 2011

I've reviewed the 2010 vintage of this wine previously.  The label of the 2011 vintage tasted here persists with describing its wine ...
Ravenswood Old Vine Zinfandel 2014

Ravenswood Old Vine Zinfandel 2014

This is the second vintage I've tasted of Ravenswood's zinfandel, and there's an evenness to this wine.  I found myself quite...
Fort Berens Estate Winery Meritage British Columbia 2014

Fort Berens Estate Winery Meritage British Columbia 2014

"Meritage" is not a word seen on Australian labels, but refers in a North American context to Bordeaux blend style wines.  I wa...
Layer Cake Malbec 2015

Layer Cake Malbec 2015

The 2015 vintage of Layer Cake's malbec presents as very ripe in style, with distinctive fruit cake aromatics.  The palate is primary...
d'Arenberg The Money Spider Roussanne 2016

d'Arenberg The Money Spider Roussanne 2016

I enjoy southern Rhône style whites, and roussanne (and roussanne blends) deserve a longer hearing in an Australian context.  This is a...
d'Arenberg The Footbolt Shiraz 2014

d'Arenberg The Footbolt Shiraz 2014

The 2014 is a good release of d'Arenberg's "Footbolt" shiraz, the spellchecker resolutely preferring "football&quo...
A few 1989 Saint-Juliens: Léoville Barton, Beychevelle and Gloria

A few 1989 Saint-Juliens: Léoville Barton, Beychevelle and Gloria

Yet more excellent wine.  This time I had the fortune to taste three Saint-Juliens blind from the heralded 1989 Bordeaux vintage.  Neither v...

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