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St Hallett Faith Shiraz 2011

Date: Sun, Feb 3, 2013

The St Hallett team focus delivering flavour and finesse in their wines rather than concentrating solely on big ripe reds.  This applies all their wines from Gamekeepers to the very fine Blackwell and Old Block Shirazs.

Sweet ripe fruit flows from lips to the finish, Faith’s generous in intensity but still elegantly clad [...]

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Paxton The Vale Cabernet Sauvignon 2008

Date: Sun, Feb 3, 2013

The Paxton family have adopted biodynamic principles when making their wines and were the first Australian wine company to join 1% For The Planet (giving 1% of their sales to fund environmental causes). Therefore, there is lots to love about The Vale besides the wine – it is better for the environment.

Getting back [...]

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Gemtree Vineyards Luna Roja Tempranillo 2010

Date: Thu, Jan 31, 2013

The story of Luna Roja is the story of Spain meets McLaren Vale.  Gemtree is the Buttery family’s biodynamic vineyard in the McLaren Vale and this tempranillo is full of character and texture.  The nose of dried rose petals, sweet exotic spice and red plums is very attractive.

Very silky, juicy and so [...]

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Brokenwood Cricket Pitch Sauvignon Blanc Semillon 2011

Date: Thu, Jan 31, 2013

With Brokenwood’s reputation for making such fine Semillons, is it any wonder that the Cricket Pitch is such a fresh zesty wine?  It has been styled to be versatile and it is generous and elegant without giving in to showmanship.

Instead it remains fine with characters of lime, green apple, white peach with [...]

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Peregrine Pinot Gris 2011 Central Otago

Date: Thu, Jan 24, 2013

Peregrine is one Central Otago producer out to prove that not only does New Zealand produce a white wine other than Sauvignon Blanc but also that Central Otago is not a Pinot Noir monoculture. This particular Pinot Gris (they produce two) is slightly less opulent than the Karearea but is still good drinking.  And [...]

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Ballewindi Pinot Noir 2011

Date: Thu, Jan 24, 2013

Ballewindi is one of Kooyong’s Mornington Peninsula vineyards. While Kooyong has a reputation for fine Pinot, the Ballewindi is not just for Pinot lovers.  Its attractive, silky smooth texture is generous and all too more-ish.

You can’t go wrong with perfumed cherry & raspberry fruit spiced up with some cinnamon oak. It is [...]

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Taylors Pinot Noir Chardonnay Non-Vintage

Date: Thu, Jan 10, 2013

Taylors have recently added some sparkle to their range.  They have also made it available in both traditional cork closure or the latest version of sparkling screw cap. There is quite a difference between the two closures and I would recommend the traditional route for now. While the screw cap is great for events, wines [...]

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Collector Marked Tree Red Shiraz 2011

Date: Mon, Jan 7, 2013

Collector Marked Tree Red 2011 is Alex McKay’s latest release with fruit from the region close to Canberra’s wine heart. Even before the first sip there is a bouquet of garden herbs for the considered wine lover amongst the peppery red fruits. Fresh and fruity, Marked Tree Red is elegantly structured with supple tannins [...]

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Leo Buring Clare Valley Dry Riesling 2011

Date: Tue, Jan 1, 2013

A finely balanced Riesling with an elegance that sits prettily on the tongue. Lime zest and spicy floral honeysuckle is kept in line with a chip of limestone.  The fresh acid zips softly across the tongue. Enjoy with salt and pepper calamari where the floral fruitiness is enhanced and the wine will keep [...]

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d’Arenberg High Trellis Cabernet Sauvignon 2009

Date: Tue, Jan 1, 2013

A big red lover’s wine from Chester Osborn and his team that has all the hallmarks of quaffability. Richly ripe blackcurrant, liquorice, and earthy choc mint a-plenty.  The High Trellis is fuller in body with a sweet generous length that finishes with a lick of heat.  The fine grainy tannins are approachable [...]

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Pierro Ltc Semillon Sauvignon Blanc 2011

Date: Thu, Nov 29, 2012

The Margaret River produces some of the finest blends of Semillon & Sauvignon Blanc in Australia & this creamy delight from Pierro evokes plenty of smiles with its mmmm factor.  The ‘Ltc’ stands for ‘Little Touch of Chardonnay’, just as the ‘Ltcf’ in the Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot blend stands for ‘Little [...]

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Angullong Bull’s Roar Tempranillo 2010

Date: Thu, Nov 29, 2012

Originally from Spain, Tempranillo is one of the newer grape varieties that are capturing our attention by producing sleek food friendly wines. This Spaniard is most welcome providing a stylishly brooding alternative to our bigger, more boisterous Aussie reds.

Tempranillo is but one of the ‘alternative varietals’ in Angullong’s vineyard or perhaps [...]

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Chrismont Simpatico Cuvee Brut 2005

Date: Thu, Nov 29, 2012

There is so much to celebrate this month & this is the wine that will make any occasion a celebration. Especially, a sneaky summer sunset rendezvous by the seaside.

Arnie Pizzini & his father Arnold diversified from tobacco into wine, first planting grapes in the 70’s. Since then, they have seen great success with [...]

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Dubeouf Fleurie 2009

Date: Thu, Nov 22, 2012

 This Beaujolais is an old favourite of mine. It is vibrantly coloured in the glass and the aromatics are very pretty. Dark cherry and ripe plums with cinnamon, lavender and even a whiff of violets reward you.  Elegantly medium bodied, intensely concentrated fruit with some chalky soft tannins make it a grand companion for [...]

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