Chapel Hill The Vicar Shiraz 2019

Love this pure expression of McLaren Vale. Nicely made from select parcels of fruit that set the Vicar style. Dark chocolate and savoury plum notes with a dash of roasted coffee and mocha. It’s so generously proportioned with an excellent tannin and oak structure and it rolls off the tongue effortlessly through to a very long finish.

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Chapel Hill The Vicar Shiraz 2019

Love this pure expression of McLaren Vale. Nicely made from select parcels of fruit that set the Vicar style. Dark chocolate and savoury plum notes with a dash of roasted coffee and mocha. It’s so generously proportioned with an excellent tannin and oak structure and it rolls off the tongue effortlessly through to a very long finish.

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Robert Stein Half Dry Riesling RS15 2022

There is a pleasing trend whereby we are seeing some emerging Rieslings offering various degrees of sweetness – as they often did many years ago. Not necessarily botrytis-level stuff, but sometimes, just a hint to help fill out the palate and offer a delightful point of difference. In addition, they tend to have the ability to age surprisingly well. ‘Half Dry’ is a nice way to put it. The fruit here came from the Angullong Vineyard at Millthorpe near Orange in NSW. A slow and cool ferment which was stopped when the residual sweetness sat at 15 grams/litre. The wine

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Robert Stein Half Dry Riesling RS15 2022

There is a pleasing trend whereby we are seeing some emerging Rieslings offering various degrees of sweetness – as they often did many years ago. Not necessarily botrytis-level stuff, but sometimes, just a hint to help fill out the palate and offer a delightful point of difference. In addition, they tend to have the ability to age surprisingly well. ‘Half Dry’ is a nice way to put it. The fruit here came from the Angullong Vineyard at Millthorpe near Orange in NSW. A slow and cool ferment which was stopped when the residual sweetness sat at 15 grams/litre. The wine

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Grenache Assembly at Alkina Wine Estate – A Deep Dive into Site, Soil, Clone and Winemaking

Grenache was brought to Australia in the 1830s as part of the Busby collection and quickly became the workhorse grape for the country’s fortified and light dry red wines. Although plantings declined steadily, and Grenache fell victim to the infamous vine pull scheme in the 1980s, South Australia remains home to the oldest surviving Grenache vines in the world. Today, there is a growing popularity for the variety encouraging producers to use their ancestral vines. The combination of unique growing conditions and skilful winemaking offers a broad range of flavours in the glass. I recently tasted a fine selection of

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Grenache Assembly at Alkina Wine Estate – A Deep Dive into Site, Soil, Clone and Winemaking

Grenache was brought to Australia in the 1830s as part of the Busby collection and quickly became the workhorse grape for the country’s fortified and light dry red wines. Although plantings declined steadily, and Grenache fell victim to the infamous vine pull scheme in the 1980s, South Australia remains home to the oldest surviving Grenache vines in the world. Today, there is a growing popularity for the variety encouraging producers to use their ancestral vines. The combination of unique growing conditions and skilful winemaking offers a broad range of flavours in the glass. I recently tasted a fine selection of

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Robert Stein Dry Riesling 2022

The fruit for this fine Mudgee Riesling is sourced partly from the Estate’s own vineyard, as well as a number of other local sites. They were all selected with an eye on higher elevation and in each case, a vine age exceeding forty years. Handpicked, whole bunch pressing and then a cool fermentation in stainless steel tanks by way of inoculated yeasts. A very pale lemon yellow in colour, this is young but delightfully pungent with aromas of limes, florals, citrus and wet stones with a crisp apple note present throughout. A lovely clean style, as close to dry as

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Robert Stein Half Dry Riesling RS15 2022

There is a pleasing trend whereby we are seeing some emerging Rieslings offering various degrees of sweetness – as they often did many years ago. Not necessarily botrytis-level stuff, but sometimes, just a hint to help fill out the palate and offer a delightful point of difference. In addition, they tend to have the ability to age surprisingly well. ‘Half Dry’ is a nice way to put it. The fruit here came from the Angullong Vineyard at Millthorpe near Orange in NSW. A slow and cool ferment which was stopped when the residual sweetness sat at 15 grams/litre. The wine

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A Thousand Gods,Love Letter Rose Pinot Rose 2020

Don’t let the colour fool you. With a deeper tone than the pale roses you commonly find on the shelves, this remains a dry rose but with depth and intensity.  There is a Hibiscus, rooibos, berry iced tea thing happening. It is refreshing but it does give a mouthful you wouldn’t usually expect from a rose. The flavours are close knit, making this more aromatic whilst staying light-hearted. It has a Christmas spice vibe to it, almost like a Rose that wants to be a light Grenache from L’Anglore. Spice is present; oriental spices and dried red fruits. Dried cranberries, leaning

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A Thousand Gods,Love Letter Rose Pinot Rose 2020

Don’t let the colour fool you. With a deeper tone than the pale roses you commonly find on the shelves, this remains a dry rose but with depth and intensity.  There is a Hibiscus, rooibos, berry iced tea thing happening. It is refreshing but it does give a mouthful you wouldn’t usually expect from a rose. The flavours are close knit, making this more aromatic whilst staying light-hearted. It has a Christmas spice vibe to it, almost like a Rose that wants to be a light Grenache from L’Anglore. Spice is present; oriental spices and dried red fruits. Dried cranberries, leaning

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Querceto Di Castellina Chianti Classico L’Aura  D.O.C.G 2020

This is everything you want Chianti to be – bright cherries, ripe yellow plums, savoury herbs and a delicate earthy minerality. With a quick slosh into a decanter, spicy cola and raspberry licorice came to the fore. It’s fresh and vibrant on the palate with sour cherry, loads of dried sage, and well-integrated toasty oak. Savoury tannins offer enough structure to age but are approachable now. A beautiful classic(o!) example of the quality wines that can be produced in Chianti at a great price.

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Querceto Di Castellina Chianti Classico L’Aura  D.O.C.G 2020

This is everything you want Chianti to be – bright cherries, ripe yellow plums, savoury herbs and a delicate earthy minerality. With a quick slosh into a decanter, spicy cola and raspberry licorice came to the fore. It’s fresh and vibrant on the palate with sour cherry, loads of dried sage, and well-integrated toasty oak. Savoury tannins offer enough structure to age but are approachable now. A beautiful classic(o!) example of the quality wines that can be produced in Chianti at a great price.

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