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The Vincast Episode 136 – Michael John Corbett from Vanguardist Wines

Growing up in the Hawkes Bay region of New Zealand it is not surprising that Michael John Corbett ended up working in the wine industry, even though he doesn’t come from a wine family. After studying winemaking he had the opportunity to work vintages in Europe, which was where he discovered a great love of the grenache variety. After originally meeting in Hawkes Bay, he joined forces with Burgundian Edouard Maurisset-Latour and his Australian wife Ali to launch Vanguardist Wines, producing incredible wines from the Adelaide Hills, Clare Valley and McLaren Vale.

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Let’s Taste – Michael Hall Roussanne, Pinot Noir & Syrah 2016

I’ve been seeing quite a bit of the Michael Hall wines around Melbourne of late, and it’s clear to understand why. I was very excited to have an opportunity to taste more wines from the range, and I’d love to hear what you think in the comments below!

Wines tasted;
Michael Hall Barossa Valley Roussanne 2016 – RRP $38.00
Michael Hall Adelaide Hills Pinot Noir 2016 – RRP $47.00
Michael Hall Adelaide Hills Syrah 2016 – RRP $50.00

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May 14, 2018 · 5:34 pm

Let’s Taste – Michael Hall 2016 white wines

I was thrilled to be introduced to a new producer on this edition of Let’s Taste with The Intrepid Wino. Michael Hall – originally from the United Kingdon – produces wine from fruit sourced from the Adelaide Hills, the Barossa Valley and the Eden Valley. The three white wines tasted on this edition of Let’s Taste are all from the Adelaide Hills. Let me know what you think in the comments below.

Wines tasted;
Michael Hall Adelaide Hills Sauvignon Blanc 2016 – RRP $35.00
Michael Hall Sang de Pigeon Blanc de Pigeon 2016 – RRP $28.00
Michael Hall Adelaide Hills Chardonnay 2016 – RRP $50.00

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April 11, 2018 · 3:43 pm

Let’s Taste – d’Arenberg 2017 White Wines

The d’Arenberg sample party continues with some 2017 white wines. What can be said about d’Arenberg that I haven’t said already? I just it just remains for me to interview Chester Osborne at some point for The Vincast.

Wines tasted;
d’Arenberg ‘The Broken Fishplate’ Sauvignon Blanc 2017 – RRP $20.00
d’Arenberg ‘The Money Spider’ Rousanne 2017 – RRP $20.00

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December 12, 2017 · 5:37 pm

Let’s Taste – Deviation Road Wines November 2016

Deviation Road is an artisan producer based in the Adelaide Hills region. Last year I opened two of their sparkling wines here on Let’s Taste, and I’ve again been sent some samples to share my impressions. Please let me know your thoughts in the comments below, don’t forget to like share and subscribe to the channel!

Wines tasted;
Deviation Road Loftia Vintage Brut 2014 – RRP $45.00
Deivation Road Sauvignon Blanc 2016 – RRP $25.00

 

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November 30, 2016 · 8:33 pm

The Vincast Episode 109 – Ashley Ratcliff from Ricca Terra Farms

For the past fourteen years, Ashley Ratcliff has worked for arguably Australia’s most important family-owned wine business, Hill-Smith Family Vineyards. Over those years he worked in many different elements of the business, from viticulture to marketing, operations to running one of the wineries. More recently he has established a vineyard in the Riverland – considered one of the warm-hot irrigated regions known for large volume grape production – and has been planting more alternative varieties to show the potential for these grapes in the region, particularly for high quality fruit. He has now thrown himself 100% into Ricca Terra Farms, and even has other plans for the future.

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Ashley Ratcliff from Ricca Terra Farms

Ashley Ratcliff from Ricca Terra Farms

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Let’s Taste – Manon “Love Lies Bleedings” Pinot Noir 2015

While visiting my new favourite local wine retailer Cult of the Vine, I picked up a bottle of Australian wine to try. The Manon wines are part of the exciting movement for very low intervention winemaking, many of which come from the Adelaide Hills in South Australia. Let me know what you thought of my impressions, if you agreed with me or not, in the comments below.

Manon "Love Lies Bleedings" Pinot Noir 2015

Manon “Love Lies Bleedings” Pinot Noir 2015

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August 31, 2016 · 2:03 pm

Let’s Taste – d’Arenberg 2015 Dessert Wines

I’m always thrilled to receive samples, particularly from Tash at d’Arenberg Wines in McLaren Vale. On this edition I taste not one but FOUR different sweet wines made by Chester, fruit coming from either McLaren Vale, the Adelaide Hills or both. Let me know what you think in the comments below!

d'Arenberg 2015 Dessert Wines

d’Arenberg 2015 Dessert Wines

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July 28, 2016 · 2:53 pm

Let’s Taste – Deviation Road Loftia Vintage Brut 2013 & Altair Brut Rosé NV

The guys from Deviation Road sent me two of their Sparkling Wines to taste, no doubt in the lead up to the Festive Season. They are experts in methode traditionelle sparkling wines, and these two perfectly exhibit that. The wines are the Loftia Vintage Brut 2013 (RRP $45.00) and the Altair Brut Rosé NV (RRP $32.00). Here are my impressions!

Deviation Road Loftia Vintage Brut 2013 & Altair Brut Rosé NV

Deviation Road Loftia Vintage Brut 2013 & Altair Brut Rosé NV

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Let’s Taste – Ashton Hills Reserve Pinot Noir 2009

Another bottle from the Intrepid Cellar, this time a bottle I bought from cellar door in the Adelaide Hills in late 2011.

Ashton Hills Reserve Pinot Noir 2009

Ashton Hills Reserve Pinot Noir 2009

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October 10, 2015 · 3:00 am