Monthly Archives: July 2018

2017 XO Wine Co Mclaren Vale Shiraz

I can’t think of a better way to start this review than by saying this is fresh, fruity and full of life, no doubt about that.  Straight away I knew I was in for something pretty good.  All the signs … Continue reading

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2016 Windowrie Estate Family Reserve Shiraz

Let’s face it, the cover and title of a book goes a long way to attracting the attention of a reader.  I don’t think it’s any different when it comes to a wine label.  Take this one for instance.  When … Continue reading

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2014 Yelland & Papps Divine Shiraz

I heard a conversation on the radio the other day where a fellow said, “You can’t see the wind but you can see what it does.”  That is so true, obvious, but true.  You may not be able to see … Continue reading

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2018 XO Wine Co Games Night Riesling

While mother nature may be inflicting the cruelty of the cold upon us, she also seems to be trying to be kind with some gloriously sunny days.  It doesn’t quite take the chill off the outside air but let it into … Continue reading

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2016 Levantine Hill Katherine’s Paddock Chardonnay

How fitting, how appropriate, how perfect is it that the Latin meaning for Katherine is ‘pure’.  This wine is pure power, pure elegance, pure deliciousness and a pure delight to drink.  I actually don’t think I need to say anymore…but of course, … Continue reading

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2017 XO Wine Co. ‘Single Batch’ McLaren Vale Grenache

Here’s something you may not know about Grenache.  They grow it in China.  Yep, there is 12,000 acres of it.  Now, that sounds a lot but when you take into consideration the size of China, Grenache only takes up 0.0005% … Continue reading

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2016 Yelland & Papps ‘Devote’ Greenock Shiraz

These days there’s not much lasting 12 years.  Sports players, a television series, novelty gadgets and games (you know, yoyo, slinky, knuckles), washing machines or gym memberships.  I mean, even in the workforce, it’s becoming quite rare for people to … Continue reading

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2015 Windowrie Family Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

I’m not a fan of being sneaky when it comes to serving wine to my wife.  99 times out of 100, I’ll tell her what wine she is about to taste.  However, sometimes it’s necessary not to as long as … Continue reading

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2017 Yelland & Papps Devote Rousanne

Rousanne is a grape that originated in the northern Rhône area of France and, from the pictures I’ve seen, they are reddish-brown in colour.  Roux is the French word for this colour meaning russet and it’s believed this is where … Continue reading

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2017 Jim Barry Assyrtiko

When it comes to white wine varieties that are either hard to pronounce or difficult to spell, we can thank the Spanish for Albariño, the Austrians (amongst others) for Grüner Veltliner, the Italians (mainly) for Gewürztraminer and now, the Greeks for Assyrtiko. Peter … Continue reading

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