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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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Wills Domain Mystic Spring Semillon Sauvignon Blanc 2019

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Wills Domain Cuvée d’Elevage Chardonnay Pinot Noir NV

This is a well made sparkling wine from the classic varieties of chardonnay and pinot noir. The producer is Wills Domain in the Margaret River. In the glass, there are light aromas of citrus and yeast. The palate has between medium and firm acidity. Well priced and suitable for current drinking. Rating: Good. Abv: NA.…Continue readingWills Domain Cuvée d’Elevage Chardonnay Pinot Noir NV

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Wills Domain Mystic Spring Sauvignon Blanc 2019

This is a sound and varietal sauvignon blanc from Wills Domain in the Margaret River under the Mystic Spring label. It has aromas of lemon and passionfruit. The palate is unoaked, fruity and medium bodied in style. Ready to drink now. Rating: Good. Abv: 11.9. Price: $25. Website: willsdomain.com.au. Source: Sample. Reviewed: January 2020.Continue readingWills Domain Mystic Spring Sauvignon Blanc 2019

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Wills Domain Mystic Spring Shiraz 2018

This is a very approachable and attractive expression of Margaret River shiraz. Its overt aromas of spice and blueberry are complemented by a full bodied palate with good length on the finish. Ready to drink now and over the next 4 to 5 years. Rating: Good to Very Good. Abv: 14%. Price: NA. Website: http://willsdomain.com.au.…Continue readingWills Domain Mystic Spring Shiraz 2018

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Wills Domain Mystic Spring Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

This is a pleasant and approachable Margaret River cabernet sauvignon from the 2018 vintage. It has an aroma of ripe cassis and its palate reminds of blackcurrant and clove. Ready to drink now. Rating: Good. Abv: 14%. Price: NA. Website: http://willsdomain.com.au. Source: Sample. Reviewed: September 2019.Continue readingWills Domain Mystic Spring Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

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Wills Domain Mystic Spring Rosé 2019

Very pale in colour, this rosé from Wills Domain in the Margaret River is a blend of 85% shiraz and 15% sauvignon blanc. In the glass, it has a fruity aroma of ripe red strawberries. The palate has a soft body but firm acidity. Ready to drink now. Rating: Good. Abv: 12.6%. Price: NA. Website:…Continue readingWills Domain Mystic Spring Rosé 2019

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Wills Domain Cuvée d’Elevage Blanc de Blanc NV

This is a good sparkling wine from Wills Domain. However perhaps its most surprising feature is that it is made from 100% scheurebe. Scheurebe is an early twentieth century German cross of riesling and “bukettrebe”, and well regarded as such, but finds its home mostly in Germany and Austria. Apparently some has found its way…Continue readingWills Domain Cuvée d’Elevage Blanc de Blanc NV

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Wills Domain Cuvée d’Elevage Rosé NV

This artistically labelled wine from Wills Domain in the Margaret River is a sparkling rosé made from 100% merlot. Pale in colour, it has aromas of red fruit and toast. The palate is dry and pleasant and has a delicate mousse. A well made wine that is ready to drink now. Rating: Good. Abv: 12%.…Continue readingWills Domain Cuvée d’Elevage Rosé NV

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Devil’s Lair Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

Devil’s Lair is a brand owned by Treasury Wine Estates and this is the 2014 vintage of their cabernet sauvignon from the Margaret River.  It opens to aromatics of clove and eucalyptus, the latter a character that I notice in a lot of Margaret River cabernets.  The palate is dry and somewhat stern in bearing,…Continue readingDevil’s Lair Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

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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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Calneggia Margaret River Rosé 2017

This is a fresh summer rosé from Calneggia Family Vineyards in the Margaret River. A blend of shiraz and cabernet (62/38), it opens to aromas of spice and vanilla bean. The palate is dry, medium bodied and the spice character carries through. Rating: Good. Abv: 13%. Price: $25. Source: Sample.Continue readingCalneggia Margaret River Rosé 2017