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Sir Ian Botham Wines – Tasting 27/11/2018

In case you missed it, I’ve just released my interview with Sir Ian Botham for The Vincast, which I recorded in late November 2018 just before I had the chance to taste the following wines from the inaugural release of Ian Botham Wines. Here are my first impressions, I was generally very impressed with them, particularly at the entry level, all of excellent quality for the price.

Botham All Rounder Chardonnay 2018 – RRP $14.00
Peach cobbler, lemon butter. Very clean and fresh, fairly broad and simple but decent depth, freshness disappears a bit, more melon on the palate than stone or citrus fruits.

76 Series Margaret River Chardonnay 2018 – RRP $17.99
Very delicate flint and smoke, lemon pith and some pepper notes, opens up to a bit more grassy on the nose with some stone fruits on the back. Denser and finer on the palate, focus without the flesh, a bit more bite.

Sir Ian Adelaide Hills Chardonnay 2017 – RRP $100.00
Oak stands out right off the back, smoky floral note. Even denser, sweeter vanilla notes, good fleshy but fine fruit notes, very elegant but fuller.

All Rounder Shiraz 2018 – RRP $14.00
Really exuberant and powerful blue fruits, a little bit of sweet salty meat, some dried florals and spice. Dried red fruits, soft but fairly fresh, looks like a blend. Dry finish.

81 Series Barossa Shiraz 2017 – RRP $17.99
Meaty tomato almost Bolognese sauce, kind of leafy, a bit of basil. Warm generous good balance of dried fruit and slightly savoury elements, decent freshness and no apparent oak.

Sir Ian Barossa Valley Single Vineyard Shiraz 2013 – RRP $100.00
Super intense, not showing any age at all. Still showing a think fog of oak at first, extremely dense and dark on the nose, vanilla and blueberries. It’s there but the oak is dominating, hard to see where it may be in five years but doesn’t look like it’s losing anything, certainly appeals to a palate, not mine though. I get it.

80 Series Coonawarra Cabernet 2016 – RRP $17.99
Unmistakable Coonawarra Cabernet, eucalyptus and cigar leaf, a bit soapy and minty. Decent focus, good balance, soft yet not broad or bruised tannins, good tannins.

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Let’s Taste – Brand’s Laira ‘Blockers’ Shiraz 2014 & Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

On my wine podcast The Vincast I recently interviewed chief winemaker for Brand’s Laira, Peter Weinberg (https://intrepidwino.com/2018/12/20/the-vincast-episode-141-peter-weinberg-from-brands-laira/). Peter spoke a bit about the history of this Coonawarra producer, and something interesting about one of the founders Eric Brand, was that after acquiring the Laira property in 1950 he worked for 16 years as a ‘Blocker’, the Coonawarra name for a grower who sold their fruit and didn’t make wine. This range of wines is named after this period, and I was interested to see how Peter expressed the two most important varieties for the region, let me know what you think in the comments below.

Wines tasted;
Brand’s Laira ‘Blockers’ Shiraz 2014 – RRP $25.00
Brand’s Laira ‘Blockers’ Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 – RRP $25.00

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December 22, 2018 · 3:13 pm

The Vincast Episode 141 – Peter Weinberg from Brand’s Laira

Peter Weinberg has been at the helm of Brand’s Laira in the Coonawarra region for almost twenty years, having relocated from the Hunter Valley with experience at Mount Pleasant. Originally from Newcastle his reason for getting into the wine industry was a love of the outdoors and good hard manual labour. On this episode of The Vincast Peter speaks about his journey to becoming the custodian of one of Coonawarra’s most historic vineyards and cellars, and how he has guided the brand since he joined the team.

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Let’s Taste – Rymill Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 & Maturation Release 2012

I’ve been familiar with the Coonawarra producer Rymill since my days as a wine buyer for a Melbourne independent wine store, though it’s been at least five years since I’ve tasted any of their wines. I was very interested to look at two of their cabernet sauvignon wines that I received as samples, here are my impressions.

Wines tasted;
Rymill Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 – RRP $32.00
Rymill Maturation Release Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 – RRP $45.00

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August 24, 2017 · 3:42 pm

Let’s Taste – Katnook Estate Shiraz 2012

Following on from the last edition of Let’s Taste, I opened a bottle of the Katnook Estate Shiraz 2012 that was sent to me by the lovely people at the Wingara Group. These are my impressions of the wine, let me know in the comments below if you agree with me, and be sure to like this video and subscribe to my channel!

Katnook Estate Shiraz 2012

Katnook Estate Shiraz 2012

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June 17, 2016 · 4:02 pm

Let’s Taste – Katnook Estate Founder’s Block Shiraz 2015 & Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

The Wingara Group – owner of many great wineries around the world – sent me some samples from one of their Australian brands; Katnook Estate. They are both from the Founder’s Block range, both with a retail price of $20. They are the 2015 Shiraz and the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon.

Katnook Estate Founder's Block Shiraz 2015 & Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

Katnook Estate Founder’s Block Shiraz 2015 & Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

 

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June 17, 2016 · 3:58 pm

Let’s Taste – St Hugo 2013 Red Wines

Pernod-Ricard, who amongst other wineries own St Hugo, sent me some samples of three 2013 reds from Barossa Valley and Coonawarra fruit. Here are my impressions.

St Hugo 2013 Reds

St Hugo 2013 Reds

 

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May 27, 2016 · 9:23 am

Let’s Taste – Azahara Sparkling Chardonnay PN & Katnook Founder’s Block Sparkling Shiraz 2013

The guys from the Wingara Wine Group sent me a few bottles of bubbles in the lead up to the Spring Racing Carnival to see what I thought of them. Unfortunately I couldn’t taste them until I got back from Italy, which happened to be DURING the Spring Racing Carnival. The wines were the Azahara Sparkling Chardonnay Pinot Noir NV (RRP $15.00) and the Katnook Estate Founder’s Block Sparkling Shiraz 2013 (RRP $25.00). Check out my impressions!

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Voyager Estate Masterclass 2013

For the fifth year in a row, Margaret River producer Voyager Estate hosted a masterclass in Melbourne and other Australian cities to benchmark new releases of some of their wines. This was my second time at this event; one of my first entries on this blog spoke about the first time back in September of 2011, just before I left for my trip. The exercise is designed to show sommeliers, buyers and media that Voyager is very confident about the quality of their wine against exceptional examples from around the world. Showing even more hubris, they do this against their three key wines; chardonnay, shiraz and a cabernet/merlot blend. That’s serious chutzpah.

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