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 Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

A contrast in style to the 2013 reserve cabernet with a return to the lush, generous styles we generally associate with the grape and the region. Dark, dense in colour, it makes a resounding first impression with layers of structured elegance. It’s all laid out before the drinker: blackcurrant, Damson plum, nutmeg, cedar and a touch of tomato leafiness. Fruit is well-defined and fresh with a touch of pepper. In keeping with Gralyn style, structure is once again a feature with finely grained tannins standing guard.A layered, complex cabernet.

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Gralyn Estate Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

A contrast in style to the 2013 reserve cabernet with a return to the lush, generous styles we generally associate with the grape and the region. Dark, dense in colour, it makes a resounding first impression with layers of structured elegance. It’s all laid out before the drinker: blackcurrant, Damson plum, nutmeg, cedar and a touch of tomato leafiness. Fruit is well-defined and fresh with a touch of pepper. In keeping with Gralyn style, structure is once again a feature with finely grained tannins standing guard.A layered, complex cabernet.

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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 Wildberry Springs Reserve Chardonnay 2017

Straw green in colour and makes an impact from the outset. Pure and juicy grapefruit, white peach, citrus with a warm, almond meal cosiness. Unless the temperature is in the high 30s, don’t be tempted to chill the marrow out of this lovely chardonnay. Should you venture down that path you will be rewarded with an increased appreciation of acidity over fruit. This wine is built on a foundation of racy acidity, attractively so, but lowering the temperature it is served at would do it a disservice. Let the nectarine, white peach, grapefruit pith and mealy, wood smoke shine through.

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Gralyn Estate Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

A contrast in style to the 2013 reserve cabernet with a return to the lush, generous styles we generally associate with the grape and the region. Dark, dense in colour, it makes a resounding first impression with layers of structured elegance. It’s all laid out before the drinker: blackcurrant, Damson plum, nutmeg, cedar and a touch of tomato leafiness. Fruit is well-defined and fresh with a touch of pepper. In keeping with Gralyn style, structure is once again a feature with finely grained tannins standing guard.A layered, complex cabernet.

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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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