Yalumba Vine Vale Grenache 2018

Yalumba are one of the few companies that have stuck with grenache through thick and thin. When times were tough for this grape variety, and they were for a long time, Yalumba creating a long tradition of crafting delicious wines from old bush vines. This is one their top grenache releases and is made with fruit from vines

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Gralyn Estate Reserve Chardonnay 2018

After tasting the range from Gralyn Estate this was my favourite of the lot, a Margaret River Chardonnay that has embraced a full-flavoured style but also provides great complexity. It opens with beautifully savoury, cashew and earthy notes before launching into an intense array of citrus and nectarine fruit well supported by spicy oak. The palate is then dry and powerful with a creamy texture thanks to reserved acidity. It’s also silky and long thanks to generous fruit and is already delicious but will also improve with time in bottle.

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Gralyn Estate Reserve Chardonnay 2018

After tasting the range from Gralyn Estate this was my favourite of the lot, a Margaret River Chardonnay that has embraced a full-flavoured style but also provides great complexity. It opens with beautifully savoury, cashew and earthy notes before launching into an intense array of citrus and nectarine fruit well supported by spicy oak. The palate is then dry and powerful with a creamy texture thanks to reserved acidity. It’s also silky and long thanks to generous fruit and is already delicious but will also improve with time in bottle.

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Yering Station, it’s nice to see you again.

It’s been a while since I’ve taken a proper look at such a premium line of Yarra Valley wines – I’ve been getting caught up with the rest of the world and ignoring what’s literally sitting on my doorstep next to the milk. But The Valley’s great. The proximity to Melbourne means that on any lazy weekend you can jump up and get out there at the drop of a hat. ‘Honey, I seemed to have dropped hat again…’. ‘Never mind that now! Let’s go wine tasting!’. And off you go.   On my first trip out there as a neophyte sommelier the

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Yering Station, it’s nice to see you again.

It’s been a while since I’ve taken a proper look at such a premium line of Yarra Valley wines – I’ve been getting caught up with the rest of the world and ignoring what’s literally sitting on my doorstep next to the milk. But The Valley’s great. The proximity to Melbourne means that on any lazy weekend you can jump up and get out there at the drop of a hat. ‘Honey, I seemed to have dropped hat again…’. ‘Never mind that now! Let’s go wine tasting!’. And off you go.   On my first trip out there as a neophyte sommelier the

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Gralyn Estate Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

This is the kind of cabernet sauvignon that will get Bordeaux and Napa fans excited with its pure and raw expression of the grape variety. It’s deeply coloured and slightly rustic with powerful layers of dark berry fruits well supported by cigarbox aromas and new oak. The palate is then bone dry and tannic with a dusting of dried herbs over deepset blackcurrant and gravel before a long, firm finish. It’s still young and tight with best drinking in around a decade when the tannins are better integrated.  

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Gralyn Estate Reserve Chardonnay 2018

After tasting the range from Gralyn Estate this was my favourite of the lot, a Margaret River Chardonnay that has embraced a full-flavoured style but also provides great complexity. It opens with beautifully savoury, cashew and earthy notes before launching into an intense array of citrus and nectarine fruit well supported by spicy oak. The palate is then dry and powerful with a creamy texture thanks to reserved acidity. It’s also silky and long thanks to generous fruit and is already delicious but will also improve with time in bottle.

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Smith & Sheth CRU Wairau Sauvignon Blanc 2019

When someone asks ‘does Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc age’ I usually say ‘no it doesn’t’. Because let’s face it, the joy of Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc is in its sheer youthful exuberance. It has an unapologetically vivid, full throttle personality that shouts ‘drink me NOW!’. And once this starts to fade, as the wines age, a little of the magic disappears. But I suspect this 2019 Smith & Sheth Wairau Sauvignon Blanc never shouted anything. Instead it has chosen to be quietly powerful, a carefully crafted wine whose appeal lies in its depth of flavour. With a little time in bottle, and

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Smith & Sheth CRU Wairau Sauvignon Blanc 2019

When someone asks ‘does Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc age’ I usually say ‘no it doesn’t’. Because let’s face it, the joy of Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc is in its sheer youthful exuberance. It has an unapologetically vivid, full throttle personality that shouts ‘drink me NOW!’. And once this starts to fade, as the wines age, a little of the magic disappears. But I suspect this 2019 Smith & Sheth Wairau Sauvignon Blanc never shouted anything. Instead it has chosen to be quietly powerful, a carefully crafted wine whose appeal lies in its depth of flavour. With a little time in bottle, and

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Bernard Schurr Organic Cotes du Rhone Villages 2018

Cotes du Rhone is the one of the largest appellations in France which turns out millions and millions of bottles every year. With that much wine, it can sometimes be hard to pick a winner. But no such problem here with this wine really delivering plenty of French personality and flavour. It’s big for a Cotes du Rhone with good concentration and aromas of blackberry, leather, spice and old oak. It all sits over a layer of rustic baked earthy complexity. That leads to a mid-weight palate, but with loads of twists and turns – dark cherry, white pepper and

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Bernard Schurr Organic Cotes du Rhone Villages 2018

Cotes du Rhone is the one of the largest appellations in France which turns out millions and millions of bottles every year. With that much wine, it can sometimes be hard to pick a winner. But no such problem here with this wine really delivering plenty of French personality and flavour. It’s big for a Cotes du Rhone with good concentration and aromas of blackberry, leather, spice and old oak. It all sits over a layer of rustic baked earthy complexity. That leads to a mid-weight palate, but with loads of twists and turns – dark cherry, white pepper and

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