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Angullong Pinot Grigio 2019

This is a good pinot grigio from Angullong in the Orange region.  It is a suitable substitute for Veneto pinot grigio, but positioned in qualitative terms above the ubiqutious entry level offerings from that region.  The wine opens to saline and light floral aromas.  The palate is unoaked and a fine pin point like high…Continue readingAngullong Pinot Grigio 2019

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Angullong Barbera 2018

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Angullong Sangiovese 2018

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Angullong Fossil Hill Chardonnay 2017

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Angullong Fossil Hill Barbera 2016

This is an enjoyable and interesting barbera from Angullong in the Orange wine region.  Quite savoury and Italian in bearing, it opens to aromas of red currant and sour cherry.  The palate is fresh, stoney and has good length on the finish.  Ready to drink now, this is a good release.  Rating: Good. Abv: 14.5%.…Continue readingAngullong Fossil Hill Barbera 2016

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Patina Orange Riesling 2016

A second wine from Patina.  This time a dry riesling from Orange and the 2016 vintage.  The aroma of this wine is quite muted with earth, stones and minerals evident with effort.  The palate reminds of lemon, yellow grapefruit and is bound together with high acidity.  Austere in bearing, this wine will reward time in…Continue readingPatina Orange Riesling 2016

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Angullong Chardonnay Orange 2016

Gee, there’s a lot of competition in chardonnay at the $20-$25 price bracket.  Most of them are good too, which is great perhaps only for the consumer.  The aroma of this wine from Angullong in the glass is immediately and appealingly mineral and citrus like.  The palate has a good balance between its light touch…Continue readingAngullong Chardonnay Orange 2016

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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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Angullong Fossil Hill Tempranillo 2016

The vintage shown in the picture is the 2015.  This review is of the 2016 vintage. A 100% tempranillo from the Orange region, this wine from Angullong in the Orange region opens to aromas of red fruits and leather.  The palate is medium bodied with chocolate and cherry characters, mid weight tannins and some well…Continue readingAngullong Fossil Hill Tempranillo 2016

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A good local nebbiolo: Rowlee Orange Nebbiolo 2016

This is a good rendition of a nebbiolo from Rowlee in Orange. It has restrained aromatics that remind of actual cherries. Decant this wine, as the palate really improves with time in the glass. There are quite firm fine tannins and good length and balance, and – no mean feat – the impression is varietal.…Continue readingA good local nebbiolo: Rowlee Orange Nebbiolo 2016

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Five new release Australian chardonnays from five different regions

I tasted today through five Australian new release chardonnays, all blind, with prices ranging from $22 to $68. The average quality level in Australian chardonnay is very good indeed if you are able to spend $20 or more per bottle. The cooler climate regions of the Mornington Peninsula and Orange shone more brightly than the…Continue readingFive new release Australian chardonnays from five different regions

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6 new release Australian whites

At the table today I tasted through six new release Australian whites, all completely blind. No price exceeded $22, although that was not known either. The average quality was very good and as usual blind tasting leads to a few surprises. Interestingly, the two wines with gold medal stickers on them (the first and third)…Continue reading6 new release Australian whites