Category Archives: Other Reds

2017 Hastwell & Lightfoot Montepulciano

When I was trying this wine, I got to thinking.  Back in the mid 1800’s when vines were starting to be planted in Mclaren Vale, I wonder if John Reynell and/or Thomas Hardy ever thought to plant Montepulciano vines?  I … Continue reading

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2018 Maclean Bay Pinot Rosé

In the past, Pinot Noir rosé has not been my ‘go to’ rosé.  There you go, I said it.  The reason is, they have generally lacked body, been one dimensional, a little on the sweet side and a bit like … Continue reading

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2017 Chapel Hill McLaren Vale Mourvèdre

If you’re keen to try a damn good Mataro or a Monastrell, get your mitts around a bottle of this Chapel Hill Mourvèdre.  It may or may not come as a suprise to you, but they are one and the … Continue reading

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2017 Matriarch & Rogue ‘Jean’ Malbec

If I asked most of my group of friends which six grape varieties make up a traditional Bordeaux blend, like me, they would probably be able to name four of them.  Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc (that may stump a few), … Continue reading

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2018 Robert Stein Farm Series Rosé

Remember when everyone had a box of barbeque shapes in the pantry or cupboard for when people dropped in unexpectedly?  You knew there’d be very few left by the time the crowd decided to go home.  How good is it … Continue reading

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2017 Matriarch & Rogue M&R Riverland Saperavi

I knew there were red grapes that had red flesh, and subsequently red juice, but I didn’t know they had a name.  That name is teinturier grapes.  Saperavi is a teinturier type grape.  I’m sure there are others but I … Continue reading

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2017 Tamburlaine Single Vineyard Cabernet Franc

I feel a little sorry for Cabernet Franc.  It seems it’s the middle child of the Cabernet family, with Cabernet Sauvignon at one end and Merlot at the other end of the Bordeaux bunch of red grape varieties.  Not necessarily … Continue reading

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