• Jean-Paul’s de Castella Wines Shiraz 2016

    With no bottles taking its place on the local wine shelf, I feared that I may have tasted the last of this producer’s wax sealed wines from the 2014 vintage and the Yea region.  I recently however spotted a 2016 vintage for sale (in 2022). Unlike the 2014 vintage, this wine is more syrah than […]

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  • Medhurst Shiraz Yarra Valley 2005

    I think of cool climate syrah as a more recent trend. But it is not really. This 2005 vintage shiraz from the Yarra Valley provided very good drinking at 17 years of age. Deeply coloured, it has plenty of green aromas; in particular, rosemary, seaweed and bouquet garnis. The palate is fully mature and medium […]

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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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  • Mount Mary and Yeringberg new releases from the 2019 vintage

    All wines were tasted in October 2021.

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  • Freycinet Tasmania Pinot Noir 2018 Wine Review

    Freycinet Vineyard is located on the east coast of Tasmania, is a highly regarded producer of pinot noir and the region’s oldest winery. This wine review is of Freycinet’s 2018 release pinot noir, which at the time of writing is their current release. 2018 vintage conditions in east coast Tasmania appeared somewhat mixed, battling rain […]

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  • Sedona Estate Sangiovese 2019 Wine Review

    This wine review is a Sedona Estate sangiovese from the 2019 vintage and the Yea region in the hills north of the Yarra Valley in Victoria. It’s a really good sangiovese. In terms of style, the wine is closer to a Chianti Classico style than those I taste from the better known King Valley in […]

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  • Will de Castella Jean-Paul’s Vineyard Shiraz 2014

    This wine review is of Will de Castella’s Jean-Paul’s vineyard 2014 shiraz from the hilly Yea region north of the Yarra Valley. Sealed under wax, it is an immediately earthy, complex and medium bodied style of shiraz. Fully mature, it has aromas of red berries and cedar (vanilla, likely at least 12 months maturation, small […]

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  • Innocent Bystander Nero d’Avola 2020 Wine Review

    Innocent Bystander Nero D’Avola 2020 Wine Review

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  • Peay Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast 2017

    I am seeing a few more North American wines make their way to Australia.  From the Sonoma Coast in California, this pinot noir has aromas of spice and red cherries.  It is not a Burgundian style, but more in the style of high quality fuller bodied pinot noir from the Yarra Valley.  The palate is […]

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  • Cave de Tain Première Note Syrah 2018

    I’ve tasted a couple of vintages now of this entry level syrah from the Cave de Tain and the Collines Rodaniennes IGP in the Rhône Valley, France. The 2016 vintage is reviewed here. The 2018 vintage is also of good quality. It has typical syrah aromas of wet rosemary, spice and bouquet garnis. The Australian […]

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  • Punch Lance’s Vineyard Close Planted Pinot Noir 2015

    From Punch Lance’s Vineyard in the Yarra Valley, and a producer I haven’t previously come across, this is a very good pinot noir.  There’s actually not much of it – only 1,300 bottles were produced.  It has aromas of cedar and rhubarb.   Its long length and considerable fruit intensity provide enjoyment, and while the […]

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