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Bordeaux 2015 tasting in Napa

February seems both long ago, yet only recent, with both the rhythm of seasons and life partly frozen and confused by lockdowns. This tasting took place in Napa in February 2020. Writing in September 2020, in Melbourne, we remain in lockdown. In our city, this means being permitted only to travel up to 5 kilometres…Continue readingBordeaux 2015 tasting in Napa

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Terre à Terre Crayères Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2019

This is an ambitiously good sauvignon blanc from Terre à Terre in Wrattonbully near the South Australian/Victorian border.  It has aromas of grass and peach.  The palate is dry, the acidity high and razor sharp and there’s some really well handled old oak that gives texture and balance to the finish.  This is first rate…Continue readingTerre à Terre Crayères Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2019

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K. Martini & Sohn Südtirol Alto Adige Sauvignon 2016

This is a sound sauvignon blanc from Alto Adige in far northern Italy. It has a restrained aroma, for sauvignon blanc, of minerals and green capsicum. The acidity is the principal feature of the palate, presenting as high and razor like. The wine weighs in at 13.5abv, which its medium body does not give away.…Continue readingK. Martini & Sohn Südtirol Alto Adige Sauvignon 2016

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Zonnebloem Stellenbosch Sauvignon Blanc 2017

This is a very sound sauvignon blanc from Stellenbosch in South Africa. It is less clarion like than a Marlborough wine, but distinctively sauvignon blanc with its aroma of grass and green capsicum. The palate is full bodied, the acidity high and razor like and there is no oak. Ready to drink now. Rating: Good.…Continue readingZonnebloem Stellenbosch Sauvignon Blanc 2017

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Wills Domain Mystic Spring Semillon Sauvignon Blanc 2019

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Sedona Estate Yea Sauvignon Blanc 2017

Sedona Estate Sauvignon Blanc Wine Review
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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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Terre à Terre Sauvignon Blanc Wrattonbully 2017

This is a lovely sauvignon blanc from Terre à Terre in Wrattonbully. It’s from a closely planted (1.5m x 1.5m spacing) vineyard and fermented in old French oak before ageing in barrel for 8 months. In the glass, there are aromatics of meal, together with gooseberry and lemons. The palate has fresh, racy acidity and…Continue readingTerre à Terre Sauvignon Blanc Wrattonbully 2017

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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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d’Arenberg The Broken Fishplate Adelaide Hills Sauvignon Blanc 2018

d’Arenberg’s “The Broken Fishplate” is a well made sauvignon blanc from the Adelaide Hills. It has bright aromas of lemon, grass and pear. The palate has fresh acidity and a nice balance. Rating: Good. Abv: 13%. Price:$20. Website: darenberg.com.au. Source: Sample.Continue readingd’Arenberg The Broken Fishplate Adelaide Hills Sauvignon Blanc 2018

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Thousand Candles Yarra Valley 2011

Thousand Candles was launched in the Yarra Valley with a lot of hype, an on trend ethos of site expression, a stellar price ($100) and some gushing reviews.  I think some of those reviewers might be a bit embarrassed now.  2011 was the first vintage of Thousand Candles and it’s an unorthodox blend of 92%…Continue readingThousand Candles Yarra Valley 2011

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Ten Minutes by Tractor 10X Sauvignon Blanc Mornington Peninsula 2017

This is a complex rendition of sauvignon Blanc from Ten Minutes by Tractor in the Mornington Pensinsula.  It has a nutty and gooseberry like aroma.  The palate is firmly acidic, with a yellow grapefruit like linearity.  Ready to drink now, this wine can be approached over the next couple of years. Rating: Good. Abv: 12%. Price:…Continue readingTen Minutes by Tractor 10X Sauvignon Blanc Mornington Peninsula 2017