Monthly Archives: August 2018

2010 Patrick of Coonawarra ‘Grande Reserve’ Cabernet Sauvignon

When this wine appeared at a tasting recently, I said nothing else to those in attendance except, “put that one aside and try it later.”  A couple of people went home but the majority stayed and they remembered what I’d … Continue reading

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2017 Hughes & Hughes Chardonnay

Tasmanian varieties and styles such as Sparkling wines, Pinot Noir and Riesling have inadvertently developed a high level of popularity while varieties like Chardonnay seemed to have almost been forgotten.  Not entirely but almost. Take a whiff and flinty characters … Continue reading

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2016 Innocent Bystander Yarra Valley Chardonnay

I’m more than happy to admit to a weakness for Chardonnay.  The forgotten variety that sits lower on the popularity scale than Sav Blanc and Pinot Gris/Grigio.  Sadly, I can’t see this improving in the near or distant future.  It … Continue reading

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2017 XO Wine Co ‘Small Batch’ Shiraz Grenache

I tried the XO Shiraz and the XO Grenache so now it’s time to try the XO Shiraz Grenache.  Seems to be the natural order of things don’t you think? It starts off with fresh berry basket and spiced cherry … Continue reading

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2016 Huntington Estate Tim Stevens ‘Signature’ Shiraz

When you put your name to something, anything really, it’s a pretty big endorsement.  When it’s your product you’re putting your name to, you’re moving things up a rung in my view.  Not that Tim Stevens isn’t proud of the other … Continue reading

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