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Let’s Taste – Mandala Shiraz 2016 & Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

Having recently visited Mandala Wines in the Yarra Valley and learning more about it from owner Charles Smedley, I eagerly anticipate samples of new vintages to look at on Let’s Taste. The varieties that made these wines are ubiquitous in Australia, but as always it’s exciting to see what certain regions have to say through the grape. Let me know what your thoughts are in the comments below, as always many thanks for the samples Mandala.

Wines tasted;
Mandala Shiraz 2016 – RRP $30.00
Mandala Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 – RRP $30.00

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August 11, 2018 · 12:31 pm

The Vincast Episode 138 – Leanne De Bortoli from De Bortoli Wines

In 2018 De Bortoli Wines is celebrating 90 years of wine history in Australia, and as a member of the third generation, Leanne De Bortoli has worked tirelessly with her winemaker husband Steve Webber to take the company to new heights. Growing up in Griffith where the business was founded by her grandfather, she and Steve helped establish their Yarra Valley-based facility in the 1980s and was instrumental in evolving the brand image to a more premium one. In a number of ways and at numerous times De Bortoli have been trend-setters in the wine industry, and as a member of Australia’s First Families of Wine they are well placed to continue producing outstanding wines and having a positive influence.

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Leanne De Bortoli from De Bortoli Wines

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Let’s Taste – Tahbilk GSM, Shiraz & Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

Long overdue tasting of some new releases from iconic and historic Tahbilk Winery based in Nagambie Victoria. On this edition we are looking at three reds from the 2016 vintage, let me know your thoughts below.

Wines tasted;
Tahbilk Grenache Shiraz Mouvedre 2016 – RRP $25.70
Tahbilk Shiraz 2016 – RRP $25.70
Tahbilk Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 – RRP $25.70

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July 30, 2018 · 2:52 pm

Let’s Taste – George 2017 Wines

I’ve been following the incredible work of Lucy Kendall and Alice L’Estrange recently, particularly their work importing some awesome and authentic wines from the South of Chile. I recently invited them each onto episodes of my wine podcast The Vincast, to chat about their backgrounds, and to talk about the launch of their own locally made wines under the George branding. Here are my pre-release impressions of 80% of the wines now available.

Wines tasted;
George ‘Lilac Wine’ Gently Sparkling Pinot Noir 2017 – RRP $30.00
George ‘Golden’ Sauvignon Blanc 2017 – RRP $30.00
George ‘Picnic Wine’ Merlot Cinsault 2017 – RRP $32.00
George Mouvedre Cinsault 2017 – RRP $32.00

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July 28, 2018 · 3:02 pm

The Vincast Episode 137B – Alice L’Estrange from Cultivar Vinos & George Wines

Alice L’Estrange is undoubtedly a lover of culture and language, so it is unsurprising that she got into wines from Chile. While spending a year living in Mexico improving her Spanish, she gained an appreciation for the purity of farming and natural agricultural produce, but it was her friend Lucy who introduced her to wine. After a fateful evening and a fateful bottle, they decided to do something wine-related, and Cultivar Vinos was that something.

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The Vincast Episode 137A – Lucy Kendall from Cultivar Vinos & George Wines

Lucy Kendall has managed to fit in quite a bit of winemaking experience in a relatively short amount of time, both in Australia and overseas. Thanks to her BFF Alice she got the opportunity to not only make wine in Chile, but also import some to Australia via Cultivar Vinos and give trade and consumers the opportunity to see authentic traditional Chilean wines. More recently she and Alice have been making wine closer to home and are about to launch them under the George brand.

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Lucy Kendall from Cultivar Vinos and George Wines

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Let’s Taste – Mandala Chardonnay & Pinot Noir 2017

I’ve only recently been introduced to the wines of Mandala in the Victorian region of the Yarra Valley, and I was thrilled to have a chance to look at the 2017 vintages of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Let me know what you think in the comments below!

Wines tasted;
Mandala Chardonnay 2017 – RRP $30.00
Mandala Pinot Noir 2017 – RRP $30.00

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July 2, 2018 · 6:04 pm

Let’s Taste – d’Arenberg wines June 2018

Another month, another box of samples from d’Arenberg. Without question the team at d’Arenberg have been the biggest supporters of Let’s Taste with The Intrepid Wino and I always appreciate the opportunity to look at new releases. On this edition we are looking at wines I’ve tasted before, so great to taste new vintages.

Wines tasted;
d’Arenberg ‘The Hermit Crab’ Viognier Marsanne 2017 – RRP $15.00
d’Arenberg ‘The Lucky Lizard’ Chardonnay 2017 – RRP $25.00
d’Arenberg ‘The Sticks & Stones’ Tempranillo Grenache Souzao Tinta Cao 2014 – RRP $29.00
d’Arenberg ‘The Custodian’ Grenache 2015 – RRP $18.00
d’Arenberg ‘The Derelict Vineyard’ Grenache 2014 – RRP $29.00
d’Arenberg ‘The Bonsai Vine’ Grenache Shiraz Mouvèdre 2016 – RRP $29.00

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July 2, 2018 · 4:33 pm

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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Michael John Corbett of Vanguardist Wines

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Let’s Taste – Domaine d’Esterre ‘Lalou’ Rosé 2017

Recently I was down in Geelong for a lovely event at The Hot Chicken Project were I was profiling my own Vino Intrepido wines along with some incredible examples from the Enoteca Sydney portfolio that I represent here in Melbourne. I was joined by my gorgeous fiancé, and before the event we went for a drink at Geelong Cellar Door, owned by John Helmer who I met some years ago when he was working at Corks Crew Cellars in Torquay. John insisted we try his first foray into winemaking, and I was thrilled to open a bottle of his Domaine d’Esterre ‘Lalou’ Rosé 2017. Let me know what you think in the comments below.

Wine tasted;
Domaine d’Esterre ‘Lalou’ Rosé 2017 – RRP $35.000

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