Category Archives: Other Reds

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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Pizzini Pietra Rossa Sangiovese

This is my second Australian Sangiovese in four days.  Admittedly tonight, it was always going to be a Sangiovese.  When my daughter kindly said she was going to put together a very nice spicy tomato based pasta dish, this variety … Continue reading

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2017 Main & Cherry McLaren Vale Sangiovese

I reckon when this wine was bottled it took an oath.  An oath along the lines of, “I promise to show the fruit, the whole fruit and, to a certain extent, nothing but the fruit so help me god I … Continue reading

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2016 Yalumba Old Bush Vine Grenache

Grenache was, and probably still is, used for fortified wines.  It is my view that both of these are so under-rated in Australia.  Let me explain. In this country, we have some extraordinary fortified wines made from old material that … Continue reading

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