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Best’s Great Western Bin No 1 Shiraz 2005

From the 2005 vintage, Best’s have produced an outstanding shiraz here from the Great Western region in western Victoria. Bests is certainly out of the way, but is worth the visit alone to see its old mixed vineyard with unknown vines. Cellared since purchased at the winery, the wine opens to tertiary aromas of rosemary,…Continue readingBest’s Great Western Bin No 1 Shiraz 2005

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Brown Brothers Victoria Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

I read the other day in Decanter that cabernet sauvignon may be in decline in Victoria. Were it to be read as a comment on the quality potential of the grape on Victorian soil, I would respectfully disagree.  It would be a great pity were this type of thinking to take root as applicable to…Continue readingBrown Brothers Victoria Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

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Alkimi Le Mistral Rosé 2015

This is an impressive Rhône style rosé from Alkimi.  It’s made using the saignée method, and is rather humbly described by its winemaker Stuart Dudine as a wine created by necessity.  I would say necessity has been kind then, because I think this is a very good rosé.  From grenache, syrah and roussanne, but mostly…Continue readingAlkimi Le Mistral Rosé 2015

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Taltarni T Series Rosé 2007

Unwittingly, I find myself tasting a rosé with 7 years of age on it.  The result is better than expected – the wine seems to be holding up rather well, whereas I was expecting it would be flat and tired.  Instead, its primary fault is that it has resolved to something definitive in its lack…Continue readingTaltarni T Series Rosé 2007

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Taltarni Taché 2010

Well, here’s a bit of a surprise for a little under $20 and produced locally, albeit from grapes grown in three States. Taltarni’s sparkling Taché wine from the 2010 vintage has a dash of colour, probably salmon pink is the right description, with small and persistent bubbles.  It opens to evident aromatics of yeast, bread,…Continue readingTaltarni Taché 2010