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D Ventura Vina do Burato Ribeira Sacra 2012

D Ventura Vina do Burato Ribeira Sacra 2012

A by the glass purchase.  Since my encounter with this Palacios wine from Bierzo (see here ), I have taken the charms of mencia more seri...
McNicol Clare Valley Riesling 2008

McNicol Clare Valley Riesling 2008

I find myself increasingly biased in favour of riesling, as I don't recall the last time I had a poor one, many seem to age and improve ...
Tarrahill some previews; '15 shiraz and '16 chardonnay

Tarrahill some previews; '15 shiraz and '16 chardonnay

It is always a pleasure tasting newly bottled wine and here are a couple of wines from Tarrahill in the Yarra Valley that have not yet been ...
Tarrahill Shiraz 2014

Tarrahill Shiraz 2014

Tarrahill in the Yarra Valley continue to produce very good estate wines, and have become one of my regular purchases.  A few notes and p...
Saint Andrieu L'Oratoire Provence Rosé 2015

Saint Andrieu L'Oratoire Provence Rosé 2015

A perfect foil for fresh Barramundi and a side of salad overlooking the water, this is a lovely and typical Provençal rosé from Saint And...
Zenato Valpolicella Classico Superiore 2014

Zenato Valpolicella Classico Superiore 2014

This is a very good Valpolicella from Zenato made even better when paired, as it was, with a delicious pizza from Lucio Pizzeria in Darli...
A couple of new release 2015 Coonawarra wines; Riddoch Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon and Riddoch Cabernet Sauvignon

A couple of new release 2015 Coonawarra wines; Riddoch Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon and Riddoch Cabernet Sauvignon

These two wines are from Riddoch Wines in Coonawarra and the 2015 vintage.  Both are very good terroir wines. Vintage snapshot The 2015 ...
A couple of contrasting Portuguese reds: Alvaro Castro Dao 2009 and Nieport Il Vertente Douro 2013

A couple of contrasting Portuguese reds: Alvaro Castro Dao 2009 and Nieport Il Vertente Douro 2013

Portugal is among several regions that I taste from sparsely.  This is mostly a function of geography and access, rather than intent: Portug...
Krondorf Barossa Shiraz 2015

Krondorf Barossa Shiraz 2015

Here's the last of a trio of Barossan shiraz, all tasted blind.  This wine from Krondorf opens to brooding and reserved aromas of mul...
Balthazar of the Barossa Marananga Barossa Valley Shiraz 2011

Balthazar of the Barossa Marananga Barossa Valley Shiraz 2011

From the difficult 2011 vintage, the Balthazar Barossa shiraz is an opaque purple in colour.  It commences with somewhat distracting arom...
Colonel and The Merchant Barossa Shiraz 2016

Colonel and The Merchant Barossa Shiraz 2016

I tasted this wine blind, not knowing it was a $10 wine.  Actually, it's not bad and overachieves for the price.  Aromas of plum, soy...
Windowrie The Mill Central Ranges Merlot 2015

Windowrie The Mill Central Ranges Merlot 2015

This is a sound merlot from Windowrie made from Central Ranges fruit.  The Central Ranges is on the western side of the Great Dividing Ra...
Granja Remelluri Rioja Gran Reserva 2009

Granja Remelluri Rioja Gran Reserva 2009

Remelluri is a serious estate wine Rioja producer.  The Gran Reserva remains in the winery for 7 years before release, sees a substantial...
Lake's Folly Cabernets 2015

Lake's Folly Cabernets 2015

This is the new release cabernets from Lake's Folly, a producer I've started following more closely.  Interestingly, the 2015 vin...

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