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Bekkers Clarendon Syrah 2021

With fruit off the highly regarded Trueman Vineyard in Clarendon, the Bekkers team have crafted their first single vineyard wine since 2011, and it has been worth waiting for. It is a beautifully manicured expression of McLaren Vale showing both its cooler vintage and site. It has your classic kirsch, blackberry fruits but layered on top is a

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clarendon angle

Bekkers Clarendon Syrah 2021

With fruit off the highly regarded Trueman Vineyard in Clarendon, the Bekkers team have crafted their first single vineyard wine since 2011, and it has been worth waiting for. It is a beautifully manicured expression of McLaren Vale showing both its cooler vintage and site. It has your classic kirsch, blackberry fruits but layered on top is a

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Vignerons Schmölzer & Brown Beechworth Series Syrah 2022

Lots going on here. Aromas of black cherry pie, kirsch, pomegranate, faint earth, clove, and nutmeg. Similar notes on a cool and gliding palate that’s intense but supremely lifted. Without a hint of weightiness, it hovers across the palate while still hitting all the right notes, keeping it fresh and eminently drinkable. Fine tannins and bright acidity bring lovely tension and carry the fresh red fruits long. This is yet another example from Vignerons Schmölzer & Brown that proves young red wines, particularly Shiraz/Syrah, can transcend primary fruit. Bravo.

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Vignerons Schmölzer & Brown Beechworth Series Syrah 2022

Lots going on here. Aromas of black cherry pie, kirsch, pomegranate, faint earth, clove, and nutmeg. Similar notes on a cool and gliding palate that’s intense but supremely lifted. Without a hint of weightiness, it hovers across the palate while still hitting all the right notes, keeping it fresh and eminently drinkable. Fine tannins and bright acidity bring lovely tension and carry the fresh red fruits long. This is yet another example from Vignerons Schmölzer & Brown that proves young red wines, particularly Shiraz/Syrah, can transcend primary fruit. Bravo.

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The King of Puns, Mr Morgan Otis Dunn

We have all been shocked by the recent passing of Morgan Dunn and not quite sure how to celebrate his life. Shanteh Wale has penned a little verse which says it all. Vale Morgan Dunn. We bonded over Bollinger and wrangled over Riesling. You are a dreamer and you believed in me. We built castles of composition and made grandiose plans. You are utopian and made me kindred. There were moments of candidacy and, I suppose, not enough of those. Dreams of making wine together, some place, somehow. Your name unspoken on my lips. In the same moment I’m told

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The King of Puns, Mr Morgan Otis Dunn

We have all been shocked by the recent passing of Morgan Dunn and not quite sure how to celebrate his life. Shanteh Wale has penned a little verse which says it all. Vale Morgan Dunn. We bonded over Bollinger and wrangled over Riesling. You are a dreamer and you believed in me. We built castles of composition and made grandiose plans. You are utopian and made me kindred. There were moments of candidacy and, I suppose, not enough of those. Dreams of making wine together, some place, somehow. Your name unspoken on my lips. In the same moment I’m told

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Vignerons Schmölzer & Brown Beechworth Series Pinot Noir 2022

A lovely melding of savoury and sweet aromas here. Damp earth, decaying red florals, sticky date pudding first off, with some wild strawberry inserting itself into the mix. A swirl of the glass reveals some whole bunch aromas – twigs and heady spice. This is earthen and savoury rather than primary fruited, a thread that I’ve seen through this producer’s reds. The palate is lithe, lifted, and cool with nothing heavy to weigh it down. Macerated strawberry, twiggy nuance, earth, and black forest cake lead to bitter cacao and a sappy, borderline amaro-like finish within slinky tannins and integrated, driving

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Vignerons Schmölzer & Brown Beechworth Series Syrah 2022

Lots going on here. Aromas of black cherry pie, kirsch, pomegranate, faint earth, clove, and nutmeg. Similar notes on a cool and gliding palate that’s intense but supremely lifted. Without a hint of weightiness, it hovers across the palate while still hitting all the right notes, keeping it fresh and eminently drinkable. Fine tannins and bright acidity bring lovely tension and carry the fresh red fruits long. This is yet another example from Vignerons Schmölzer & Brown that proves young red wines, particularly Shiraz/Syrah, can transcend primary fruit. Bravo.

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Black Cottage Pinot Noir Marlborough NV BS White Label

Black Cottage Marlborough Pinot Noir 2022

Goji berries, stewed rhubarb and balsamic strawberries meet cured biltong, rooibos tea and cinnamon stick. There is a touch of bay leaf and chewing tobacco too that leads to tanned leather and cedar. A marriage of sweet red fruit and savoury tones supported by persistent oak. Marlborough’s climate is showcased in lingering acidity and tightly wound tannins.

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Black Cottage Pinot Noir Marlborough NV BS White Label

Black Cottage Marlborough Pinot Noir 2022

Goji berries, stewed rhubarb and balsamic strawberries meet cured biltong, rooibos tea and cinnamon stick. There is a touch of bay leaf and chewing tobacco too that leads to tanned leather and cedar. A marriage of sweet red fruit and savoury tones supported by persistent oak. Marlborough’s climate is showcased in lingering acidity and tightly wound tannins.

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C’est La Vie Vin de France Gamay 2022

Not your usual plummy and light-weighted Gamay, C’est La Vie sports more muscle power than most. Blackberry, baking spices, chocolate, anise with a touch of confection, the bouquet offers an insight into what follows. This is a dry red with a strong personality in rich black and red fruits offering a pretty full-rounded wine taste. It’s a handy food wine, too, something to accompany a winter warming casserole maybe. It has size and weight on its side with noticeable and slightly jangly tannins and acidity. Shows another side to the grape which will be attractive to many. Exclusive to Aldi

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C’est La Vie Vin de France Gamay 2022

Not your usual plummy and light-weighted Gamay, C’est La Vie sports more muscle power than most. Blackberry, baking spices, chocolate, anise with a touch of confection, the bouquet offers an insight into what follows. This is a dry red with a strong personality in rich black and red fruits offering a pretty full-rounded wine taste. It’s a handy food wine, too, something to accompany a winter warming casserole maybe. It has size and weight on its side with noticeable and slightly jangly tannins and acidity. Shows another side to the grape which will be attractive to many. Exclusive to Aldi

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