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The Vincast with Nick James-Martin from Wines of Merritt

Nick James-Martin had a long and varied career in wine before ending up in the Margaret River in 2017, freshly relocated with his family from Adelaide. Due to unforeseen circumstances Nick found himself with an opportunity to launch his own project, which he did under the Wines of Merritt banner. In only a few vintages he and his wife Sarah have gained a cult following and much acclaim for their wines that break the mould of one of Australia’s most prestigious (but also conservative) wine regions. He joins me on this episode to talk about his journey and influences that led to making wine his way.

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Nick James-Martin from Wines of Merritt

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Let’s Taste – Witchmount Lowen Park Sangiovese Rosé & Estate Cabernet Franc 2016

Witchmount Estate is one of the closest wineries to central Melbourne, and has been producing outstanding wines for many years. Having been submitted some samples I was thrilled to taste some Witchmount wines on Let’s Taste for the first time! Let me know what you think in the comments below!

Wines tasted;
Witchmount Lowen Park Sangiovese Rosé 2016 – RRP $19.00
Witchmount Estate Cabernet Franc 2016 – RRP $32.00

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March 28, 2017 · 4:19 pm

Let’s Taste – Yeringberg Red & Pinot Noir 2004

Yeringberg was my epiphany producer; the 1997 Pinot Noir is the reason I continued working in the wine industry. Back when I worked at Domaine Chandon in the Yarra Valley, I went to Yeringberg’s Open Day to taste, and bought these two 2004 wines. I’ve relinquished them from my cellar and thought I’d share my impressions. Let me know what you think in the comments below.

Yeringberg Red & Pinot Noir 2004

Yeringberg Red & Pinot Noir 2004

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June 21, 2016 · 8:57 am

Let’s Taste – Yarra Yering 2006 wines

You may have heard me recently mention the re-birth of the Yarra Valley in the 1970s as a wine-producing region. Yarra Yering was in fact the first of these estates that was established in 1969, by Dr. Bailey Carrodus. When he passed away in 2008 the property was sold and has gone through somewhat of an evolution since then, whilst still retaining its core. These 2006 wines were purchased by myself while I was working in the Yarra Valley, and if I remember correctly it was after Dr. Carrodus passed away. I actually bought them well before they opened their cellar door, on their then annual open days. So I thought I would open them both, and talk about them. Let me know what you think in the comments below!

Yarra Yering Pinot Noir & Dry Red No. 1 2006

Yarra Yering Pinot Noir & Dry Red No. 1 2006

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May 11, 2016 · 1:45 pm

Let’s Taste – Sally’s Paddock 2012

Neill Robb, owner and founder of Sally’s Paddock Redbank Winery, was my guest on Episode 90 of The Vincast, my wine podcast. He talked about why he chose the site in the Pyrenees region of Victoria, and why he chose to plant the grape varieties he did. He generously brought me a bottle of the 2012 Sally’s Paddock, the top wine from the estate, and I was very excited to open it and share my experiences here on Let’s Taste. Let me know your thoughts in the comments below, please like and subscribe!

Sally's Paddock 2012

Sally’s Paddock 2012

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May 10, 2016 · 6:48 pm

Domaine Catherine & Pierre Breton – an Intrepid Wine Tasting

Catherine & Pierre Breton farm 11 hectares of vines organically and biodynamically, just outside of Bourgeuil in the middle-Loire Valley. They produce Chinon & Bourgeuil wines from cabernet franc, and some Vouvray from chenin blanc as well. All the estate was founded in 1982, they introduced organic viticulture in 1991 and biodynamics in 1994. The wines are being imported by George McCullough Imports, who I bought these bottles from and am happy to share my notes.

La Dilettante Vouvray 2014
Creamy pithy melons leesy pear, quince tart, oxidative vanilla. Warm apple pie, some savoury custard notes, fresh but not crunchy, quite creamy in texture.

La Ritournelle Bourgueil Rosé 2014
Sharp stalky savoury celery tomato leaf herbs, raspberries. Brisk and tight, nice crunchy tannins, fresh and focused, compelling and delicious savoury rosé.

Avis de Vin Fort Bourgueil 2014 Clairet
On the funky side, raw wild stinky, very vibrant aromatically, sour plums, blackberries and middle eastern spices. Crunchy again, darker but lighter in style, some earthy black fruit expressions, a fresh but wild finish.

Nuits d’Ivresse Bourgueil 2013
Black olive tapenade, syrupy balsamic, black cherries, wild herbal notes, brambles. Crunchy fresh, dancing tannins, wild acids, oxidative savoury bitter almonds.

Les Perrieres Bourgueil 2011
Dark pomegranate blackberry sour blood plums, earthy undergrowth, sweet carob notes. Soft but tight, lithe light crunchy, broad and mellow on the back, very long, dense but lively.

Domaine Breton wines

Domaine Breton wines

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