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Gartelmann Cabernet Merlot 2016

From Mudgee in New South Wales and a vineyard at 630 metres, this is a very good cabernet sauvignon merlot blend from Gartelmann.  It has attractive leather, leaf and licorice aromas, and a brooding expression.  The palate is full bodied with soft tannins, piquant acidity, and a leaf/eucalyuptus character on its long finish.  The alcohol…Continue readingGartelmann Cabernet Merlot 2016

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Terre à Terre Crayères Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2019

This is an ambitiously good sauvignon blanc from Terre à Terre in Wrattonbully near the South Australian/Victorian border.  It has aromas of grass and peach.  The palate is dry, the acidity high and razor sharp and there’s some really well handled old oak that gives texture and balance to the finish.  This is first rate…Continue readingTerre à Terre Crayères Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2019

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Aylesbury Estate Pater Series Chardonnay 2018

From the Ferguson Valley in Western Australia, this chardonnay opens to a restrained aroma of almond meal, custard and cedar. The body is between medium and full and the acidity medium and fine boned. This is a textured chardonnay that is particularly harmonious and ready to drink now. Rating: Good. Read more: https://www.aylesburyestate.com.au; wine-searcher.com. Source:…Continue readingAylesbury Estate Pater Series Chardonnay 2018

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Best’s Great Western Bin No 1 Shiraz 2005

From the 2005 vintage, Best’s have produced an outstanding shiraz here from the Great Western region in western Victoria. Bests is certainly out of the way, but is worth the visit alone to see its old mixed vineyard with unknown vines. Cellared since purchased at the winery, the wine opens to tertiary aromas of rosemary,…Continue readingBest’s Great Western Bin No 1 Shiraz 2005

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Chateau Yaldara Reserve Shiraz 2016

This is a very good and classically styled Barossa shiraz from Chateau Yaldara in the Barossa Valley. From the 2016 vintage, the wine has a deep colour, with aromas of mulberry, cedar and that unique Barossa earthy/spicy character. The palate is full bodied, with medium tannins that are soft and ripe in texture and medium…Continue readingChateau Yaldara Reserve Shiraz 2016

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shadowfax One Eye Heathcote Shiraz 2010

This is first rate Heathcote shiraz from shadowfax and the 2010 vintage. In the glass, the wine has an aroma of licorice, spice and plums. On the palate, its key features are its long length, medium tannins (more than usual for Heathcote) and full body. This wine has been delicious over all of its life,…Continue readingshadowfax One Eye Heathcote Shiraz 2010

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Leeuwin Estate Art Series Shiraz 2007

The Margaret River, best known for its cabernet sauvignon, chardonnay and semillon-sauvignon blanc blends, probably in that order, also produces a ripe shiraz style that ages well. This wine, a 2007 shiraz from Leeuwin Estate (best known for its chardonnay) has an aroma of plums. The palate is rich, full bodied and spicey, with ripe…Continue readingLeeuwin Estate Art Series Shiraz 2007

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Rockford Rifle Range Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

This is the current vintage release and early to have opened a Rockford Rifle Range. The wine, a cabernet sauvignon, presents in something of a jumbly fashion. The aroma points in different green directions, none with certainty. Weeds, clove, cedar and green capsicum each present their case. The palate offers medium tannins that are fine…Continue readingRockford Rifle Range Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

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Wynns Coonawarra tasting

This was a wonderful tasting of a selection of Wynns Black Label and John Riddoch Coonawarra cabernet sauvignon wines from the 1960s, 1970s, 1980s and 1990s, with some quite interesting conclusions.   Those conclusions were that the Black Label, for most vintages, served blind and side-by-side with the John Riddoch, provided the more compelling current…Continue readingWynns Coonawarra tasting

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Pig in the House Organic Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

The 2015 vintage of the “Pig in the House” organic cabernet sauvignon has an Australian bearing, with aromas of mint, eucalyptus, very ripe sweet plums and cedar.  The palate is sweet fruited and viscous and somewhat warming.  Ready to drink now, this wine will suit current drinking.  Rating: Acceptable. Abv: 14.8%. Price: $25. Website: http://www.piginthehouse.com.au.…Continue readingPig in the House Organic Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

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Langtons Classification VII – trends, promotions and demotions

The new Langtons classification (classification VII) of Australian wine was released last week.  It is stated to measure the performance of wines in an open market, with the condition of entry being 10 vintages and a track record in the secondary market.  The list has been prepared for many years now, and is prepared by…Continue readingLangtons Classification VII – trends, promotions and demotions

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Peter Lehmann Orrock VSV Shiraz 2009

This wine is sourced from a vineyard in the southern Flinders Ranges in South Australia some 200 kilometres north of the Barossa Valley.  The label does not feature a geographical indication.  It reminds though of a classic Barossa Valley style, with ripe, soft and sweet fruited plum and dark cherry characters, coupled with long length…Continue readingPeter Lehmann Orrock VSV Shiraz 2009