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The Vincast Episode 128 – Rory Lane from The Story Wines

Without knowing it Rory Lane was about ten years ahead of the modern era of the Garage Winemaker in Australia with The Story Wines. In 2004, with only a few vintages experience mostly working in wineries in the United States, he took a punt on starting his own wine project, working out of a rented warehouse in suburban Melbourne. Fortunately he was able to purchase some outstanding Grampians fruit, and capture it in a bottle in an elegant expression that almost immediately began to turn heads. He is now considered to be one of the most exciting winemakers in Australia, and is an important representative for small ‘virtual’ wineries both here and overseas.

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Let’s Taste – Mount Langi Ghiran Langi Shiraz 2004

I’ve been sitting on this second bottle for a few years now, and thought it was about time to open it. The Mount Langi Ghiran Langi Shiraz has one of the best modern pedigrees for shiraz in Australia, and it is richly deserved, as it is one of the most consistent and age-able. Former guest of the podcast Dan Buckle was the winemaker when this 2004 vintage was made, and I was excited to see how it was travelling. Let me know what you think in the comments below!

Mount Langi Ghiran Langi Shiraz 2004 – RRP $120.00 (current vintage)

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February 25, 2017 · 7:30 pm

The Vincast Episode 093 – Ben Haines from Mount Langi Ghiran

Ben Haines wasn’t sure what he wanted to do as a career, but his father sensed that the wine industry would be a great option. After studies and experience in viticulture, he discovered that quality doesn’t stop once the grapes are harvested, it continues all the way through to bottling. Postgraduate studies in winemaking lead him on a career path that would include vintage experiences overseas, and eventually led he was appointed chief winemaker at famed Grampians estate, Mount Langi Ghiran. Ben spoke about his journey on this episode of The Vincast.

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Ben Haines from Mount Langi Ghiran

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Best’s Wines Great Western – 31/01/2016

These were wines that I tasted while visiting Best’s Wines in Great Western, on their invitation to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the estate’s establishment , and also to record an episode of The Vincast with owner Viv Thompson. Make sure to listen to the episode to hear how you can win a bottle of the 2014 Bin 0 Shiraz that I tasted. Many thanks again to the Thompson family and everyone at Best’s for the wonderful opportunity, for the bottles of wine, and of course to Fireworks PR for facilitating an amazing visit.

Riesling 2003
Lime sherbet floral. Quite viscous fresh broad, very shy at the moment, possibly an awkward phase.

Riesling 2014
Flinty spritzy zippy zesty like cordial yellow flowers. Nice intensity.

Foudre Ferment Riesling 2014
Lemon barley cordial, a little toasty. Dried pear, toasty honey, crystallised ginger.

Chardonnay 2013
Pithy grapefruit white peach kiwi. Quite toasty but not too flabby, hints of smokiness dried orange and a bit leesy too.

Pinot Noir 2014
Tight light bright lithe cherries strawberries. Actually quite yummy and drinkable.

Dolcetto 2013
Black fruits, sweet black olives, fresh soft but without the bite of Langhe dolcetto.

Riesling 1995
Oily viscous ambrosial lime blossom, walnuts maple syrup blue cheese, apricot. Constantly evolving.

Foudre Ferment Riesling 2015
Toasty almonds, peaches and cream.

Bin. 0 Shiraz 2014
Peppery briny spicy pickles and black fruits. Solid soft focused fresh juicy fruits and spices.

Bin. 0 Shiraz 1984
Savoury earthy meaty leathery red fruits. Still exceptionally fresh bright fruits, lively acids, some dried red fruits but fresh black fruits, rosemary sage, unctuous soft delicious.

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Best’s winemaker Justin Purser

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The Vincast Episode 082 – Viv Thomson from Best’s Wines

When the Thomson family bought the Best’s vineyard and winery in the 1920s they were continuing and building on a tradition that began 150 years ago. Great Western is one of the most historic regions in Australian wine, and it is here that some of the oldest vines and winemaking history continue to this day. Viv Thomson is the fourth generation to run this historic estate, and has been involved with the family business for the better part of 50 years. On this episode of The Vincast he shared with me not only his family’s story, but also how the wine industry has changed since the 1960s.

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Viv Thompson from Best's Wines

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Let’s Taste – Mount Langi Ghiran Langi Shiraz 1998

Back when I was scouring the Langtons auctions for good wine with a bit of age on it, I managed to secure a lot of six bottles of the Mount Langi Ghiran Langi Shiraz 1998. This is the last of those six bottles, and I’ve enjoyed all of them to varying levels. This was probably the best of the six, and I was happy to share why. Let me know in the comments what you thought of this tasting, if you’ve had a chance to taste this wine, and what experiences you’ve had with mature Australian shiraz.

Mount Langi Ghiran Langi Shiraz 1998

Mount Langi Ghiran Langi Shiraz 1998

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November 11, 2015 · 9:52 am

Let’s Taste – Best’s Great Western New Releases

Best’s Great Western is one of Victoria’s oldest and most-loved wine producing families, and will next year celebrate their  150th anniversary. They sent me three of their new release wines for me to taste; Riesling 2015, Bin. 1 Shiraz 2014 and Cabernet Sauvignon 2014. All three have a RRP of $25.00, and are now available.

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Best's New Releases

Best’s New Releases

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September 19, 2015 · 9:43 pm

Let’s Taste – Mount Langi Ghiran Langi Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 1998

I opened my last bottle of Mount Langi Ghiran Langi Cabernet Merlot 1998, and showed how best to open an older wine that may have a more fragile cork, in a very gentle way.

Mount Langi Ghiran Langi Cabernet Merlot 1998

Mount Langi Ghiran Langi Cabernet Merlot 1998

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September 8, 2015 · 2:43 pm

Let’s Taste LIVE – Jamsheed Single-vineyard wines with Gary Mills

Gary Mills from Jamsheed Wines joined me on the 17th of August at 6pm AEST as we tasted his four single-vineyard syrah wines LIVE, allowing viewers to taste along, ask questions and make comments. Listen back to the episode of The Vincast podcast with Gary here. Buy the wines at Different Drop if you would like to taste the wines as well!

Wines tasted;
Yarra Valley ‘Seville’ Syrah 2013
Great Western ‘Garden Gully’ Syrah 2013
‘Pyren’ Pyrenees Syrah 2013
Beechworth Syrah 2013

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Jamsheed Seville Syrah 2013

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August 4, 2015 · 10:27 pm

The Vincast Episode 059 – Gary Mills from Jamsheed Wines

Gary Mills didn’t learn how to make wine from any studies or books, he learned by doing. After falling into the wine industry in his home state of Western Australia, he got an opportunity to work in California for one of the most fabled vintners in the state, and his fate was sealed. He eventually returned to Australia and settled in Victoria, where he has become one of the most sought after single-vineyard winemakers in the country.

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Gary Mills from Jamsheed Wines, photo courtesy of Hawk Waka Waka Wine Reviews

Gary Mills from Jamsheed Wines, photo courtesy of Hawk Waka Waka Wine Reviews

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