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The Vincast Episode 132 – Steve Lubiana from Stefano Lubiana Wines

There aren’t many people who call Steve Lubiana Stefano, and you merely need to spend a few minutes with him to understand why. He is one of the most affable and soft-spoken Australian vignerons you’ll find, very much a product of having grown up in the Riverland, the product of Italian migrants. In spite of his very generous and gregarious nature, he is a philosophical wine grower with a deep passion for not only biodynamic farming but the history of these practices. His imprint on the island state of Tasmania is immeasurable, and has been producing outstanding wines from the Derwent Valley for several decades.

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Let’s Taste – Stefano Lubiana Collina 2012 & Sasso 2013

In 2016 one of the top wines I tasted here on Let’s Taste was the Stefano Lubiana Late Disgorged 1996 sparkling wine. I picked up the bottle when I visited their winery in the Derwent Valley just outside of Hobart in Tasmania. They generously (very) sent me some samples of their top two wines, and I was absolutely thrilled to share my impressions here. What do you think? Let me know in the comments below!

Wines tasted;
Stefano Lubiana Collina Chardonnay 2012 – RRP $90.00
Stefano Lubiana Sasso Pinot Noir 2013 – RRP $120.00

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April 3, 2017 · 4:49 pm

The Vincast Episode 094 – Lance Redgwell from Cambridge Road Vineyard

Lance Redgwell learned an appreciation for quality produce from his grandmother, who grew many of her own vegetables that she used in her kitchen. Once an adult he discovered wine and liked how it made him think, and decided to embark on a wine career. His policy was to learn by doing, and over his career he has gained experienced in a number of elements of the industry and in many locations. After much searching he decided to create his own wine in the Martinborough region of New Zealand, and the vineyard he purchased happened to be on Cambridge Road.

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The Vincast Episode 071 – Shashi Singh from Avani

Shashi Singh moved to Australia from India when she was 21 years old, to marry her husband of over 30 years Devendra. Her family in India to this day are involved with agriculture (growing sugar cane and wheat), but before she left India she completed a Master’s degree in Chemistry. After running a succesful Indian restaurant in Frankston for many years, and having visited many producers on the nearby Mornington Peninsula, Shashi and Devendra decided to purchase a vineyard in the region and carve out their own story. While studying viticulture and oenology with Charles Sturt University, Shashi’s real education came from working with Phillip Jones, the man behind cult pinot noir producer Bass Phillip. Since 2009 the Avani story has been all about syrah, and though small in production has turned a lot of heads.

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The Vincast Episode 062 – Julian Castagna from Castagna Vineyard

Before entering the wine industry, Julian had a successful and diverse career in the film and advertising industries, until he desired a more peaceful life on a vineyard. He scoured Australia for his slice of heaven but “kept coming back to Beechworth” in Victoria, eventually establishing Castagna Vineyard at 500m on granite soils. Due to his fascination with and affinity to biodynamic European wines, he became the first official biodynamic vintner in Australia, and an ambassador for biodynamic agriculture in the country, organising such fantastic events as the Return to Terroir tastings.

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The Vincast Episode 061 – Neil Prentice from Moondarra & Holly’s Garden

Neil Prentice has a career in the wine industry both long and storied. On this episode of The Vincast, he tells of coming from dairy-farming stock, working in hospitality since the halcyon days of the late ’80s, planting a biodynamically-grown pinot noir vineyard in Gippsland called Moondarra, and his love of pinot gris for Holly’s Garden.

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Si Vintners – 19/5/2015

Tasted with Iwo Jankovicz in the Si Vintners winery in Margaret River.

Lello 2014
Oily herbal quince, floral mineral. Sherbety fresh open expression juicy and nice texture acidity.

Babayaga 2015 (98% skin contact sauvignon blanc, 2% whole bunch cabernet)
Has that same juicy profile as the Lello, just a totally different profile of fruit.

2015 Halcyon Chardonnay
Slightly closed toastiness, salty caramel coriander hazelnuts. Protecting itself for now, interesting bite, dense yet fresh fruits, cumquats.

Sin Syrah 2015
Juicy closed dark fruit chocolate. Very juicy soft but full flavours, hits of pepper, soft dark fruits, bit of bitter chocolate. Super yummy booze.

Sin Syrah 2014
Spicy white pepper violets and gherkin. Really nice bite had brightness, sweet and sour notes, very Szechuan nature.

Halcyon Pinot Noir 2014
Pretty dark fruits, juicy and fresh, good drinking, very friendly.

Halcyon Cabernet 2012
Possibly the best MR cabernet I’ve tasted.

Iwo Jakimowicz at Si Vintners in the Margaret River

Iwo Jakimowicz at Si Vintners in the Margaret River

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The Vincast Episode 051 – Iwo Jakimowicz from Si Vintners

Iwo Jakimowicz is the ‘I’ in Si Vintners, the ‘S’ being his wife Sarah Morris. In 2010 they bought a historic vineyard in southern Margaret River and immediately began farming it using organic then biodynamic practices, something still uncommon in the region. They have quickly garnered both praise and criticism for their very hands-off approaches, particularly in the winery, in what is a very established and traditional area where significant investment has been made in establishing pedigree and style. Listen to my chat with Iwo as he explains why he and Sarah chose this path, and why they hope that more producers will embrace this approach in the future.

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Cullen – 18/5/2015

Wines tasted after a visit to Cullen in Margaret River.

Moon opposite Saturn Sauvignon Blanc
Quite light and a bit herbal, subtlety of the grassy asparagus note. Fresh and vibrant but still quite lean, very delicate dustiness.

Kevin John Chardonnay 2013
Ripe citrus notes sweet nuttiness. Soft rich light subdued leesy but showing a bit of alcohol at the moment, a very generous expression, perhaps needs more time.

Amber 2014
Quite phenolic on the nose, spicy herbal notes, kind of waxy. Very pleasant and probably better with food, a tad awkward though.

Rosé 2013
Very fine, good tannins, quite cabernet dominant.

Preservative Free Merlot 2014
Nice focus tannins small dark berries. Excellent expression of the variety, bright tight and focused, very dry.

Mangan East Block 2012
Quite subtle, closed focus, mature dustiness. Fresh and clean, bit of juiciness but focused tannins. Bit of savoury to boot.

Diana Madeline 2012
Quite closed and a more dusty expression, very subtle on the nose. Very generous and soft with just a touch of oak sweetness on the tannins, bold balanced generous but focused.

Diana Madeline 2011
A touch lean and green for the moment, subtle eucalyptus notes, ripe red capsicum. Juicy bright acids with that savoury green/red notes, quite intense tannins, great grip, more my style of vintage.

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The Vincast Episode 021 – Louise Chalmer of Clever Polly’s

The growth in interest for natural wine cannot be denied, and although still only representing a tiny proportion of total wine production, those who love it do so fervently. My guest on this episode is Louise Chalmer, who recently opened Melbourne’s first bar dedicated to natural wine and other artisan products. She joins me to chat about what led her to choose this particular type of venue, and how she expresses herself through it.

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Louise Chalmer Picture: Eugene Hyland

Louise Chalmer
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