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Lucinda Estate Circa 1990 South Gippsland Pinot Noir 2015

A first wine for me from this producer, and a good one.  Lucinda Estate in South Gippsland have fashioned a wonderful pinot noir here from the 2015 vintage.  It has a very evocative aroma reminding of black currant, game and bacon.  The palate has prodigious length, good counterbalancing acidity and delicious red fruit flavours.  This…Continue readingLucinda Estate Circa 1990 South Gippsland Pinot Noir 2015

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An old book and a few Gippsland wines from Nicholson River Winery, Sarsfield Estate and Cannibal Creek

Wineries in Gippsland? I asked with incredulity. Yes indeed, came the response, although no one appeared to have more than a vague notion about their precise number and identity. As ever, Victoria has a capacity for surprise. As with the Mornington Peninsula (which will no doubt justify a chapter of its own in the next…Continue readingAn old book and a few Gippsland wines from Nicholson River Winery, Sarsfield Estate and Cannibal Creek

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Domaine de Bellene Maison Dieu Bourgogne 2014; blind tasting and label thoughts

This is a delicious Bourgogne from Domaine de Bellene.  Before I get to the wine, I took away a few of observations from it.  First, pinot noir from Burgundy frequently resembles a different grape variety to the vast majority of pinot noirs I taste in Australia.  This is not intended as a slight upon Australian…Continue readingDomaine de Bellene Maison Dieu Bourgogne 2014; blind tasting and label thoughts

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A couple of Victorian pinot noirs

There are so many interesting styles of pinot noir coming out of Victoria at the moment.  I would be curious to see the latest planting statistics.  If you have access to them, please chime in.  Here are two that caught my interest. Dominique Portet Origine Gippsland Pinot Noir 2013 Gippsland has substantial potential as a…Continue readingA couple of Victorian pinot noirs

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A set of older chardonnays compared and contrasted

I recently tasted a set of older chardonnays upstairs at Cumulus in Melbourne.  The same grape from three different very good producers from three different years and climates.  The result?  Actually, it was a little mixed.  Chardonnay can, but does not necessarily, age well.  The youngest wine in this bracket was 14 years old, the…Continue readingA set of older chardonnays compared and contrasted

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The McAlister 2006

Fresh from my glowing review of the 2010 vintage of The McAlister reviewed here (see also the 2005 reviewed here), I managed to snaffle a bottle of the 2006 vintage of the McAlister to try.  I’ve said it before, but it bears repeating: no website, no publicity (well, not that I have seen), from a…Continue readingThe McAlister 2006

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The McAlister 2010

This wine is something of an enigma.  Having tasted it twice now (the first was the 2005 vintage reviewed here) my unequivocal conclusion is that it deserves a place among Australia’s best cabernet sauvignon wines.  Yet little seems to be written about it, it is from a largely unknown wine region (east Gippsland) and bottles…Continue readingThe McAlister 2010

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Bass Phillip Pinot Rosé 2011

I read somewhere that Phillip Jones’ theory on making good rosé is that you need to treat it as a wine, rather than an afterthought.  While drinking this wine, the thought occurred to me that Bass Phillip may now in fact be making Australia’s best rosé.  There’s an orange hue in the glass, and it…Continue readingBass Phillip Pinot Rosé 2011

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Langtons Classification Tasting: September 2013

The Langtons auction house classification tasting has quickly become one of the “must attend” tastings on the Australian wine calendar.  The Langtons classification is a ranking of 123 of Australia’s best wines in the categories “exceptional”, “outstanding”, “excellent” and “distinguished”.  To make the grade, the wine must have at least 10 vintages, and a judgement is formed…Continue readingLangtons Classification Tasting: September 2013

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McAlister Vineyard, The McAlister 2005

I’ve always wondered whether east Gippsland might be eminently suited to producing fine Bordeaux style wines.  It has lakes, proximity to the sea and a cool, but not too cool, humid maritime influenced climate.  Getting the late ripening cabernet sauvignon grape ripe might just be possible in this sort of environment. East Gippsland however is…Continue readingMcAlister Vineyard, The McAlister 2005