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Bannockburn Chardonnay 2012

The 2012 vintage of Bannockburn’s chardonnay wears its varietal character on its sleeve.  It’s highly expressive at this juncture, at a time when many chardonnays grown on Australian soil aren’t.  Heady aromatics of cashew, oil, butter and some oak characters promise a full flavoured wine on the palate.  And the palate is just that, with…Continue readingBannockburn Chardonnay 2012

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Scotchmans Hill Pinot Noir 2004

A decade.  It’s a long time, although more recent ones seem quicker and less formed.  For Australian pinot noir, a decade of cellaring holds an element of risk.  Would vibrant pinot noir fruit mature or just gently fade away?  We turn then to our subject here, the 2004 pinot noir from Scotchmans Hill, grown down…Continue readingScotchmans Hill Pinot Noir 2004

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Scotchmans Hill Cornelius Single Vineyard Syrah 2009

Scotchmans Hill’s Cornelius syrah is not cheap at around $50 to $60, but it certainly showed well.  And I didn’t even notice its somewhat hefty 15% alcohol by volume until I read the label.  In terms of both aroma and palate, the wine is savoury in impression, with flavours of undergrowth and plums, medium body…Continue readingScotchmans Hill Cornelius Single Vineyard Syrah 2009

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Provenance Wines Shiraz 2008

Geelong is my favourite local region for pinot noir, and it turns out that the region can make some pretty good medium bodied shiraz too based on this wine. Dark in colour, this 2008 shiraz from Provenance Wines in Geelong has brooding aromatics of dark plums, mint, tomato bush, dried herbs and undergrowth.  Its acidity…Continue readingProvenance Wines Shiraz 2008

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Scotchmans Hill Shiraz 2010

I generally find Scotchmans Hill from the Bellarine Peninsula near Geelong to be a very good and reliable producer.  With regard to their 2010 shiraz, the first surprise is the depth of colour in the glass for the Geelong region.  Rather than a light to medium bodied ruby colour, the ripe 2010 vintage reveals itself…Continue readingScotchmans Hill Shiraz 2010