Jumiper Cornerstone Karridale Chardonnay

Juniper Cornerstone Karridale Chardonnay 2020

In a word, delicious! Takes some cool Karridale fruit in the Margaret River region and delivers a real wow of a Chardonnay. The wine has the region’s signature Gin Gin clone (aka Mendoza) written all over it in its beachy, sea breeze scent and plush fruit. Stone fruits aplenty, particularly nectarine, with layers of red apple, citrus, mandarin

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Jumiper Cornerstone Karridale Chardonnay

Juniper Cornerstone Karridale Chardonnay 2020

In a word, delicious! Takes some cool Karridale fruit in the Margaret River region and delivers a real wow of a Chardonnay. The wine has the region’s signature Gin Gin clone (aka Mendoza) written all over it in its beachy, sea breeze scent and plush fruit. Stone fruits aplenty, particularly nectarine, with layers of red apple, citrus, mandarin

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Clurichaun Mataro NV

Paisley Wines Celtic Clurichaun Mataro 2018

May I begin by saying that I have no idea about marketing, but I must say that it would never have occurred to me that it was a good idea to call a wine ‘Clurichaun’. Not something that rolls off the tongue for the poor sod aiming to impress on a first date. Still, as I said, I know nothing about this. The reason is that a Clurichaun is apparently, and I am not making this up, a bad tempered cousin of the Leprechaun (hands up all those of us who had no idea that a Leprechaun even had relatives).

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Clurichaun Mataro NV

Paisley Wines Celtic Clurichaun Mataro 2018

May I begin by saying that I have no idea about marketing, but I must say that it would never have occurred to me that it was a good idea to call a wine ‘Clurichaun’. Not something that rolls off the tongue for the poor sod aiming to impress on a first date. Still, as I said, I know nothing about this. The reason is that a Clurichaun is apparently, and I am not making this up, a bad tempered cousin of the Leprechaun (hands up all those of us who had no idea that a Leprechaun even had relatives).

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Florita

The Vintage Journal Jim Barry Florita Vertical

The Clare Valley’s historic Florita Vineyard at Watervale was the source of John Vickery’s exquisite Leo Buring DW series. Today the Barry family have returned the vineyard’s reputation to be amongst the nation’s leading sources of fine, ageworthy riesling as evidenced by a recent full vertical tasting stretching back to the inaugural 2004 vintage.

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Florita

The Vintage Journal Jim Barry Florita Vertical

The Clare Valley’s historic Florita Vineyard at Watervale was the source of John Vickery’s exquisite Leo Buring DW series. Today the Barry family have returned the vineyard’s reputation to be amongst the nation’s leading sources of fine, ageworthy riesling as evidenced by a recent full vertical tasting stretching back to the inaugural 2004 vintage.

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Grenache

Oliver’s Taranga Small Batch Grenache 2022

McLaren Vale is increasingly seen as the home of Grenache in Australia. Rightly so, with a complete range of styles being produced. This Grenache slips easily into the bright and lively category with its light-ish red colour and summery cherry-berry-musk-confection notes. Red cherries are a dominant feature, but as it gains ground on the palate there is some added heft as the wine fills out with gentle sweet, smoky oak and texture. It’s a little charmer built to be enjoyed without food, if you fancy. It’s complete in itself.

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Mencia

Oliver’s Taranga Mencia 2022

Each vintage, the Spanish import variety – Mencia – just gets better and better. Pronounced “men-thee-ah,” its flavour profile has been compared to Pinot Noir. In the Vale, it takes on more weight than most Pinots, soaking up the warm Mediterranean climate. In that regard, it’s more akin to Shiraz. The ’22, off a “near perfect growing season” according to the maker, boasts an enticing scent and flavour based around dusty, earthy, cranberry, red fruits and licorice. A beautifully woven young wine with arresting fruit charm, integrated oak and real presence in the glass.

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Dice by Dicey Central Otago Pinot 2021

It is a bird, it is a plane, no but it is a very respectable Central Otago Pinot Noir in a cask! Hey, it’s not the most serious Central Pinot on the block but it is incredibly inviting with loads of earthy, spicy and old leather tones supported by a rich bed of dark cherry fruits. Quite elegant and supple too, with lacy tannins supporting what ends up being quite the lengthy finish. This is quite possibly the ultimate goon bag for a posh day in the park.

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Dice by Dicey Central Otago Pinot 2021

It is a bird, it is a plane, no but it is a very respectable Central Otago Pinot Noir in a cask! Hey, it’s not the most serious Central Pinot on the block but it is incredibly inviting with loads of earthy, spicy and old leather tones supported by a rich bed of dark cherry fruits. Quite elegant and supple too, with lacy tannins supporting what ends up being quite the lengthy finish. This is quite possibly the ultimate goon bag for a posh day in the park.

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