• Moss Wood Ribbon Vale Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2010

    From Moss Wood’s Ribbon Vale vineyard, the 2010 vintage is a blend of 75% cabernet sauvignon, 18% merlot and 7% cabernet franc. A deep ruby in colour, the wine has taken on some tertiary characters of earth and has savoury red and dark fruits. It is bottled under screwcap; the argument that screw capped reds […]

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  • Yarra Yering new releases from the 2020 and 2019 vintages

    All the wines were tasted in December 2021.

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  • Patina Wines New Releases (2019 and 2018 vintages)

    These wine reviews are from Patina Wines in the Orange region of New South Wales in Australia. The latitude here (approximately 33c) is moderated by altitude, and typically the wines present in cooler climate styles. I have tasted successful wines from this region, particularly among the whites. 2018 Reserve Chardonnay The 2018 reserve chardonnay is […]

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  • Terre à Terre Crayères Cabernet Franc Shiraz 2018

    This wine is from Terre à Terre, a very good producer in Wrattonbully near Coonawarra in South Australia. It’s an unorthodox blend of cabernet franc (63%) and shiraz (37%). In the glass, there are brooding aromas of dark fruits and cedar, and lifted herbal characters with time. The palate is medium to full bodied, the […]

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  • Unico-Zelo Alluvium Fiano 2020 Wine Review

    From the Adelaide Hills, this is an interesting fiano from Unico-Zelo. It has correct fiano varietal character. It shows potential with its minerally bearing and high acidity putting it in the same orbit as its Italian fiano cousins, a feat that is not to be assumed on Australian soil. The wine opens to aromas of […]

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  • 2021 new releases from Lyons Will Estate (2019 and 2021 vintages)

    Introduction Lyons Will Estate are a small producer with 5 hectarines under vine in the Macedon Ranges in Victoria, Australia. The Macedon Ranges are one of the Australia’s coolest wine regions (climatically). The vineyard is located at altitude (554 metres) and the climate is continental. Sustainability and minimal intervention are the goals. Reviews of their […]

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  • Mount Mary and Yeringberg new releases from the 2019 vintage

    All wines were tasted in October 2021.

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  • Wendouree Shiraz Malbec 2018 Wine Review

    Wendouree is the leading red wine producer in Australia’s Clare Valley. Wendouree continues their mystique with a feted mailing list and absence of a website or marketing. I suspect they could sell their entire vintage this way, year in year out. Wendouree’s wines also find their way on to local restaurant lists and some retailers. […]

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  • Moss Wood Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 Wine Review

    Moss Wood is probably the most consistent producer of benchmark Australian cabernet sauvignon. It is aided by both climate and producer intent. The Margaret River climate is similar to warm to hot vintage Bordeaux, and its style sees generally higher contributions from later ripening cabernet sauvignon. The Moss Wood blend in 2009 is 88% cabernet […]

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  • Domaine du Pélican Arbois Savignan Ouillé 2018 Wine Review

    From the Marquis d’Angerville (of Burgundy fame), Domaine du Pélican’s savignan ouillé is a very good wine from the 2018 vintage. Some interpretation is required for those less familiar with Jura wine labels. Savignan is also known as traminer (related, but different to gewurtztraminer) and is the speciality white of the Jura region of France. […]

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  • Salena Estate You, Me and Pinot Grigio 2020 Wine Review

    This wine is a soundly made pinot grigio rosé from Salena Estate and Riverland fruit in South Australia. It is the ubiquitous salmon rosé in colour and has aromas of florals, a medium body, 12.0 alcohol and a dry finish. Suitable for current drinking. Rating: Acceptable. Website: Producer; Vivino; Wine Searcher. Source: Sample. Reviewed: September […]

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  • Cantarranas Verdejo Rueda 2020 Wine Review

    This continues a series of recent Spanish wine reviews. Rueda is little seen in Australia, but fits comfortably as an alternative to sauvignon blanc. The grape variety is verdejo, which is not the same as another white, verdelho. The wine opens to floral, herbs and even passionfruit aromas. The palate is dry, medium to full […]

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