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Patina Scandalous Riesling 2016

This wine from Patina has very pure aromas of candied lemons and lime.  The palate is clean in bearing and style, off dry, the acidity high and the balance in the glass very good.  Overall, this is a very good riesling.  The label doesn’t in my view make the geographic indication (GI) claim obvious but…Continue readingPatina Scandalous Riesling 2016

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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 Range, west of Sydney, and captures the Mudgee and Orange subregions.  Ruby coloured in the glass, this merlot opens to aromatics of vanilla, cedar, plum jam, smoke and mocha.  The oak…Continue readingWindowrie The Mill Central Ranges Merlot 2015

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Windowrie The Mill Shiraz 2013

This is a correct expression of warm climate shiraz from Windowrie in the Central Ranges.  It has aromatics of eucalyptus, cooked plums and blueberries at the back.  The palate has medium length and a pleasant, plummy aspect to it.  (Region: Central Ranges Zone, New South Wales, Rating: Good, Drink: now to 2023) Read more:www.windowrie.com.au Other…Continue readingWindowrie The Mill Shiraz 2013

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PF Organic Shiraz No Preservatives Added 2016

I think in the rush to pronounce particular foods or additives as “good” or “bad”, sometimes things can be lost.  Sulphur dioxide (a preservative) in wine for example can engender caution and in some cases, concern.  Yet it is an active antimicrobial agent that helps minimise bacterial spoilage and red wine has substantially lower levels…Continue readingPF Organic Shiraz No Preservatives Added 2016

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Stockman’s Ridge Rider Pinot Noir 2014

This pinot noir is from Stockman’s Ridge and the “Central Ranges” geographic indication.  Lightly coloured, it unexpectedly resembles a négociant Bourgogne rouge.  It has aromatics of raspberry and strawberry.  The palate is a straightforward but not unpleasant affair, with licks of raspberry, acidity and length. Rating: AcceptableAbv: 12%Price: $22Source: sampleVendors and website: http://stockmansridge.com.auTasted: 2016Continue readingStockman’s Ridge Rider Pinot Noir 2014

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The new grape variety of the moment; Stockman’s Ridge Rider Savagnin 2013

Savagnin is traminer, but not gewürtztraminer or gewürtztraminer that is called traminer.  And nor just for good measure is it albariño.  These sentences unexpectedly make sense because savagnin has been proven to be the same grape variety is that called traminer in Germany, the CSIRO confirmed in 2009 that source material propagated at the CSIRO…Continue readingThe new grape variety of the moment; Stockman’s Ridge Rider Savagnin 2013

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Monument Vineyard Verdelho 2011

Verdelho can be unremarkable as a dry white table wine, but I think this wine shows some interest for the grape variety and it’s fairly keenly priced at $10 per bottle.  Bright in the glass, it has aromatics of dried pineapple, pear juice and green melon.  The palate is dry, with medium acid and length,…Continue readingMonument Vineyard Verdelho 2011

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Monument Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2011, Monument Vineyard Nebbiolo 2011 and Monument Vineyard Shiraz 2012

Monument Vineyard is a new label with its vineyard situated in Cudal around 30 kilometres west of Orange.  A claim to the geographical indication region of “Orange” is not made on the bottles tasted here, and a quick look at the geographical boundaries here suggests that this may be because the vineyard is only entitled…Continue readingMonument Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2011, Monument Vineyard Nebbiolo 2011 and Monument Vineyard Shiraz 2012