Monthly Archives: January 2016

2014 Faux Pas Mourvédre

Also known as Mataro and Monastrell (Spanish), Mourvédre (French) is a late ripening, thick skinned, heat resistent, aquaphobic grape that grows and ripens particularly well in McLaren Vale.  The oldest vines in Australia are in the Barossa Valley and believed to … Continue reading

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2013 Guthrie Obtenu Bois Sauvignon Blanc

Those who know me would be surprised, to say the least, that I have tried let alone bought a Sauvignon Blanc.  I will say though, I have tried and purchased some good Fumé styles (partially fermented and aged in oak … Continue reading

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2014 Kinvarra Estate Pinot Noir

It may come as a surprise to you but Pinot Noir was brought to Australia in 1831 with the first cuttings planted in the Hunter Valley.  Let’s just say, it was not successful and as such, other areas of the … Continue reading

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2013 Ruckus Estate Merite Merlot

I reckon merlot is the type of grape variety that feels it has to keep proving itself.  I can imagine it standing in front of the mirror saying, “mirror mirror on the wall, whose is the best merlot of them … Continue reading

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2009 Izadi Crianza Rioja

The title of this wine could be foreign to some people, so let me break it down a little. Izadi – the brand name of the winery (like Wynns, Taylors etc).  Crianza – the level it fits in the brand’s … Continue reading

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2013 Yelland & Papps Cabernet Sauvignon

Firstly, how cool is the label on this wine?  Our friends commented on it as soon as I put it on the table at their home last weekend and it was the topic of conversation for quite a few minutes … Continue reading

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2014 Yelland & Papps Sete Di Vino

My first contact with Susan and Michael was via Twitter.  I was keen to try their wines and they were keen to get a hold of some Tassie Pinot Noir.  So, we swapped some wines, easy.  As a result one … Continue reading

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2011 Butler Crest Margaret River Semillon

The Butler Crest range is under the same umbrella as Night Harvest and Table Talk wines.  All of which are pretty much managed by Andy Ferreira the viticulturist with contract winemaker Bruce Dukes making the wines.  The Butler Crest vineyard … Continue reading

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2012 Grey Sands The Mattock

Bob and Rita Richter have a small vineyard on the west Tamar in northern Tasmania.  They have 18 different grape varieties growing on their 3.5 hectare vineyard and three of those have been used in this blend. Consisting of Merlot, … Continue reading

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2012 Best’s Great Western Bin 0 Shiraz

Picture this if you will.  You arrive at a classical music concert and the orchestra members are tuning their instruments and it sounds like a bit of a mish mash of tones and notes.  The conductor steps onto the stage, … Continue reading

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