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The Wine Show with Phil Smith from The Wine Depository – 25/11/2018

On the 28th of November 2018 I was privileged to join colleague, friend and multiple-time former guest of the podcast Phil Smith from The Wine Depository on The Wine Show, a weekly program broadcast on 96.5 Inner FM here in Melbourne. Phil has become a regular host of the show which focuses on wine topics and features a co-host as well as several guests via telephone. Our guests on this edition were;

Celia Hinault from Richmond Hill Café & Larder speaking about wine and cheese pairing;

Daniel Balzer from Willem Kurt Wines speaking about vermentino;

Kim Chalmers from Chalmers Wines Australia speaking about importing Italian grape vines; and

Brian Lewis from Bike & Barrel Wines speaking about schioppetino.

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Let’s Taste – The Local Drop Intrepid Wino Pack #1 – Italo-Australians

I was thrilled to have been contacted by the team at The Local Drop recently, who are fans of my podcast The Vincast, and invited me to curate my own wine packs based on things I was excited about. I’m very proud to share my first collection, which probably wouldn’t surprise some of you is all around Australian wines made from Italian varieties. I continue to be blown away by the quality of these wines and their applicability not only to the Australian climate but also the culture around food and wine here. I hope you enjoy my tasting video, please head to The Local Drop website to find out more and to purchase, please let me know if you have any questions in the comments section below.

Wines tasted;
Trentham Estate Prosecco NV
Wine Unplugged ‘The Dagger’ Pinot Grigio 2016
Range Life Garganega 2015
Unico Zelo Dolcetto 2017
Fighting Gully Road Sangiovese 2016
Vino Intrepido Spanna in the Works Nebbiolo 2017

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August 7, 2018 · 11:44 am

Let’s Taste – Billy Button White Wines December 2016

I’ve followed Jo Marsh and her Billy Button Wines for some time, mostly as they are focused on my beloved Italian grape varieties. After finally meeting Jo at the Australian Alternative Varieties Wine Show late last year, I was thrilled to finally be able to open some bottles here on the IntrepidWino YouTube channel. I looked at three white wines made from varieties that originate from different parts of Italy. Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!

Wines tasted;
Billy Button ‘The Delinquent’ Verduzzo 2015 – RRP $25.00
Billy Button ‘The Honest’ Fiano 2016 – RRP $25.00
Billy Button ‘The Versatile’ Vermentino 2016 – RRP $25.00
Website – http://billybuttonwines.com.au

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January 22, 2017 · 9:41 pm

The Vincast with Simon Killeen from Simâo & Co.

Simon Killeen comes with quite the pedigree, being a seventh-generation Rutherglen-born winemaker. Growing up in vineyards and cellars very quickly made an impact, he barely entertained any other career apart from wine. After many years of experience in vineyards and wineries around the world, he made the bold decision to start his own project; Simão & Co. It was his intention to champion the Greater North-East of Victoria, purchasing grapes from growers in multiple regions. He joined me on this episode to talk about his journey and how he hopes to change people’s perceptions of this somewhat misunderstood part of the country.

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Let’s Taste LIVE – Australian Riesling with The Intrepid Wino and Mattia Cianca

On Sunday the 22nd of November 2015 from 6:30pm AEST, Mattia Cianca (3rd best young sommelier in the world) and I tasted six Australian riesling wines, talking about their provenance and how the style is evolving.

Wines tasted were as follows;

2014 Rieslingfreak No.2 Polish Hill River Riesling (Clare Valley, SA)

2014 Sons of Eden Freya Riesling (Eden Valley, SA)

2014 Frankland Estate Isolation Ridge Riesling (Frankland River, WA)

2014 La Violetta Das Sakrileg Riesling (Great Southern, WA)

2015 Ravensworth Riesling (Canberra, NSW)

2015 Billy Button The Torment Riesling (Alpine Valleys, VIC)

Many thanks to Different Drop for providing the wines. If you would like to taste these wines, simply head here and remember to use the code IntrepidWino to secure your discount and let them know I sent you!



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November 17, 2015 · 5:00 pm

The Vincast with Mario Marson from Vinea Marson

Mario Marson has worked in vineyards in Australia for many years, and has been a champion for high quality grapes making high quality wines. When he decided to plant his own vineyard, he chose to do so in the Victorian region of Heathcote, and he chose to plant some grape varieties that were close to his family heritage in Italy. His Vinea Marson wines were some of the first to show how high quality wines from alternative grapes could be achieved in Australia, and today are highly sought after by a market that is embracing difference.

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Vinea Marson – 3/05/2013

2013 Prosecco Base Wine
Crisp and fresh but plenty of vibrant fruit. Needs a touch more bitey acid.

2013 Malvasia Istriana
Lovely bright sharp citrus pineapple guava. Freshness and texture, mouth filling and food-friendly.

2013 Pinot Bianco
A touch closed at the moment. Depth and weight, certainly not shy.

2013 Friulano
Looking a little reductive at the moment. But good structure.

2013 Friulano
Much more complete textural full wine.

2013 Picolit
Crunchy toast and marmalade.

2013 Viognier
Nice bitey tang, lots of quince, great with food.

2013 Rosé Sangiovese
Nice bright red fruits and raspberry. Nice and sharp and fresh

2013 Mudgee Clone Sangiovese
Fresh light balanced long and pretty.

2013 De Marchi Clone Sangiovese
Tighter and straighter.

2013 Grosso Brunello Clone
Darker plum.

2013 Nebbiolo (little barbera)
Good wine, but far from classic of the variety.

2013 Nebbiolo (new clones)
Very tight bright and lifted. Linear and precise, lacking flesh.

2013 Nebbiolo
Lifted floral structured finesse.

2013 Syrah Viognier
Sweet dark fruit fine long and elegant. Unrepentantly hands-off and simple approach.

Prosecco 2012
Slighter bead but finer, linear precise refined style. Not friendly punter style, brisk and lean. More interesting.

Grazia 2011
A little shy and thin at the moment. Perhaps the vintage. Good freshness but a bit lacking. Very late savoury almond notes.

Grazia 2012
More lifted aromatics, floral but also mineralic. More depth and expression, ripeness and concentration. Taken to its logical conclusion.

Viognier 2011
Intensity life but very fresh and lithe. Pinpoint accuracy, a very different expression.

Rosé 2011
Lovely colour. Depth life and plenty of flavour but dry, fresh and a bit savoury. Just a hint of sweetness at the end.

Sangiovese 2009
Darker plummier cherry fruit. Soft unctuous and just a hint if fruit sweetness, still very fine and fresh.

Nebbiolo 2008
Tight sweet dark fruit. Structure and depth, great tannins. Very young IMHO.

Syrah 2008
Purity elegance ethereal, lifted delicate expressive assured.

Vinea Marson Syrah & Sangiovese

Vinea Marson Syrah & Sangiovese

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