The Vincast Episode 081 – Max Allen

Most wine enthusiasts and professionals would be familiar with the name Max Allen, as for the past few decades he has been one of the foremost authorities on Australian wine. He has been a contributor to most of the countries important wine and food publications, and has himself penned a number of successful books including The Future Makers and Crush. He is such an advocate for authentic Australian wine that many may be unaware he is actually an ex-pat having emigrated here from England in the early 1990s! This partly explains his great passion for ciders, which we only briefly touched on in this fascinating chat about his background and philosophies on wine and wine communication.

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Let’s Taste – My Granny’s Cellar!!

Last September my amazing Grandmother passed away at the incredible age of 89 (vintage 1927). As my family went through the emotional process of organising and cleaning her house of 40 years, I discovered a number of bottles of wine in the cupboard under the stairs. With permission from my family I opened some of these bottles on this video, and the results were quite surprising.

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February 8, 2016 · 10:28 am

Let’s Taste – Liquid Rock ‘N’ Roll Nebbiolo 2013 WITH Vegetarian Lasagne

Recent guest on The Vincast Podcast Alex Byrne gave me a bottle of his Nebbiolo 2013, made from fruit grown in the Heathcote region, under the Liquid Rock ‘N’ Roll brand. I thought I might try a wine and food pairing exercise, as I was having a plate of vegetarian lasagne. What do you think is the best pairing wine for lasagne??

Liquid Rock 'N' Roll Nebbiolo 2013

Liquid Rock ‘N’ Roll Nebbiolo 2013

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February 3, 2016 · 4:20 pm

The Vincast Episode 080 – Alex Byrne from Byrne Wines & Noisy Ritual

Originally born in Ballarat, Alex discovered an interest in wine helping a childhood friend in his family winery for harvest one year. He then worked vintages in numerous regions and countries, before returning to Australia and commencing employment at Lethbridge Wines in Geelong. Here he started playing around with his own wines, quickly getting some attention for himself with the Byrne Wines brand. More recently he launched Noisy Ritual with some friends. Noisy Ritual is an urban winery that allows people to become members and work together to make wine that they can then enjoy with their friends and family.

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Let’s Taste – Maidenii Classic Vermouth

Gilles Lapalus, French-born winemaker formerly at Sutton grange winery, was my recent guest on The Vincast podcast. Some years ago he became involved with a project to make a premium vermouth from Australian grapes. Maidenii is one of the few that is not only single-estate but also single-vintage. I haven’t tasted a huge range of vermouths, but I thought I’d give it a go for Let’s Taste. Let me know what you think!

Maidenii Classic Vermouth

Maidenii Classic Vermouth

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January 25, 2016 · 7:34 pm

Let’s Taste – Linnaea Vineyards Arlequin Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

Recent guest of my podcast (The Vincast) Daniel Fischl gave me a bottle of each of his currently available wines, and one of them was the 2013 vintage of the Linnaea Vineyards Arlequin Cabernet Sauvignon from the Heathcote region in Victoria. I opened the bottle, and these are my impressions.

Linnaea Vineyards Arlequin Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

Linnaea Vineyards Arlequin Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

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January 21, 2016 · 3:18 pm

The Vincast Episode 079 – Gilles Lapalus from Maidenii

Gilles Lapalus was “born in a barrel”, as wine is in his family in the Burgundy region of France. After working for many years in different roles he took a trip to the furthest place he could think of, Australia. It was here that he was not only introduced to the “new world” of wine, but also his partner. Gaining experience in South and North America, he pursued further projects in France and Italy before he was lured back to Australia and became the winemaker at Sutton Grange just outside Melbourne. During his tenure he introduced many elements to the brand, and also launched a vermouth to a thirsty Melbourne bar scene.

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Gilles Lapalus from Maidenii

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The Vincast Episode 078 – Daniel Fischl from Linnaea Vineyards

Daniel Fischl didn’t find working in laboratories particularly appealing, and whilst completing a PhD in Plant Molecular Genetics at UC Davis (California) he was introduced to viticulture and was seduced with what lay outside. It also helped that the viticulture and winemaking students seemed to have more fun. Fast forward many years of experience consulting as a viticulturist and agricultural scientist, he and his winemaker wife Michelle started the Linnaea Vineyards project with a Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. As he got work consulting in vineyards around the world he and Michelle discovered more terroirs and made more wines, across a number of continents and expressions.

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Daniel Fiscal from Linnaea Vineyards

Daniel Fiscal from Linnaea Vineyards

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Let’s Taste – Out of Step Nebbiolo 2014

Did you happen to listen to recent double episode of The Vincast wine podcast with Dave Chatfield and Nathan Reeves, the guys behind Out of Step Wine Company? Perhaps you’ve seen my previous Let’s Taste videos of some of their white wines? Well here are my impressions of their nebbiolo wine from 2014, the fruit of which came from the Malakoff vineyard in the Pyrenees region of Victoria. Let me know what you think!

Out of Step Nebbiolo 2014

Out of Step Nebbiolo 2014

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January 6, 2016 · 9:28 am

Let’s Taste – Bindi Macedon Cuvée 2003

When I was still discovering more about wine, about one year into my tenure at Chandon, I was running some little wine dinners with family members. One of these started with a sparkling wine made by Bindi Winegrowers. It was an extended lees-contact methode traditionelle, that I believe had spent seven years on lees. I’m not sure when, but at some point they stopped making this wine, but perhaps still have wine still sitting on lees which is periodically disgorged.

I spotted this 2003 vintage which spend ten years on lees in my local bottle shop, and couldn’t resist toasting the new year with it. Here are my impressions, what do you think? Have you tasted this wine?

Bindi Macedon Cuvée 2003

Bindi Macedon Cuvée 2003

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January 5, 2016 · 7:10 pm