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Paul Jaboulet Ainé Parallèle 45 Côtes du Rhône Blanc 2018

This wine is a blend of grenache blanc, viognier, marsanne and bourboulenc. So a couple of less frequently seen grape varieties in an Australian context (grenache blanc and bourboulenc). The distinctive feature of this wine is its very full bodied, viscous palate. The viognier seemingly tries to break out of the wine and go it…Continue readingPaul Jaboulet Ainé Parallèle 45 Côtes du Rhône Blanc 2018

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Tahbilk Marsanne 2018

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Some good new release McLaren Vale grenache from d’Arenberg

Here are six new release wines from d’Arenberg in McLaren Vale that are between $15 and $29.  All of the wines were tasted blind, and the two grenache based wines stood out for their quality.  This tasting confirmed my view that the best grenache departs from the primary fruit/jube/high alcohol renditions of this grape variety,…Continue readingSome good new release McLaren Vale grenache from d’Arenberg

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The Rutherglen renaissance

Rutherglen vines in the morning mist. Rutherglen as a tourist destination provides a vision of a rural idyll surrounded by Victorian buildings, vineyards, sheep and intertwined family history.  To borrow a concept from Bernard Salt, at around 300 kilometres from Melbourne and further still from Sydney, it is comfortably out of the orbit of the…Continue readingThe Rutherglen renaissance

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Château d’Anglès La Clape Blanc 2010

First, a confession: I really enjoy southern Rhône style whites.  This wine is from Château d’Anglès from the La Clape appellation which is actually further south in the Languedoc, but the principle remains the same.  It’s a blend of bourboulenc (50%), white grenache (30%), roussanne (10%) and marsanne (10%).  Bourboulenc you say?  Yes, it’s a…Continue readingChâteau d’Anglès La Clape Blanc 2010

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A few Australian white Rhône style wines

I have grown quite partial to white Rhône blends, and happily, a few local versions have arrived on the doorstep over the past week or so providing quite impressive quality/value propositions.  The grape varieties involved are marsanne, roussanne and viognier in varying styles and proportions, with each satisfying in their own way. But first a…Continue readingA few Australian white Rhône style wines