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2015 Taylors ‘Taylor Made’ BDX

The term BDX should tell you this is a Bordeaux blend and it is.  A very traditional one at that.  Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec and Cabernet Franc make up the mix and they all have a say in this. Looks … Continue reading

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2016 Best’s Great Western LSV Shiraz Viognier

I am a big fan of this blend.  Côte-Rôtie should take a bow.  It has inspired a number of Australian producers to release a Shiraz Viognier blend resulting in many fine examples.  This is definitely in that category. It is a … 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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2017 Chapel Hill Shiraz Mourvèdre

The Two Ronnies, Simon & Garfunkel, Hawke & Keating, Hamish & Andy.  Famous couples that have gotten on so well together they have stuck in the minds and hearts of many over the years.  Okay, maybe there’s some doubt about … Continue reading

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2014 Robert Stein The Kinnear

Many moons ago, English wine connoisseur, Professor George Saintsbury, stated that “Hermitage is the manliest wine I have ever drunk”.  What do you get when you add a small amount (3%) of the noble grape, Cabernet to it?  Well, let … Continue reading

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2015 Shanahans ‘The Barking Dog’ Grenache Shiraz Mataro

Grenache Shiraz Mataro (or Mourvèdre) blends, GSMs for short, are not to be approached in a blasé or perfunctory fashion by winemakers these days.  They are becoming quite the ‘go to’ wines when it comes to adaptability for a variety of foods … Continue reading

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2015 Grey Sands Romanesque

Have you noticed how many Roman Empire constructions are still standing some 2000 years after they were built?  Well apparently they have worked out why.  A bloke by the name of Vitruvius (What was his mother thinking?!) wrote of “a … Continue reading

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