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Let’s Taste – Billanook Estate Barbera 2013

Whilst the D’Aloisio family have been involved with agriculture in the Yarra Valley since the 1960s, it wasn’t until 1994 that they planted their own vineyards. Starting with the most important varieties for the region (Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc), they have since diversified with alternative varieties. Barbera is one of those grapes, and I was excited to try a bottle of their 2013 vintage. Let me know what you think in the comments below!

Billanook Estate Barbera 2013 – $22.00 at Atlas Vinifera

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June 28, 2017 · 7:07 pm

AAVWS 2016 Part Four – The Fellowship Experience

It was a distinct honour and a privilege to be named the third fellow for the Australian Alternative Varieties Wine Show. What an incredible insight into one of the most forward-thinking initiatives in the Australian wine scene today! Here are some of the amazing experiences that came with such an honoured award, I was truly humbled. Many thanks to the AAVWS for the opportunity to attend as the 2016 Fellow, I heartily encourage everyone to consider applying for this years show!

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May 4, 2017 · 2:08 pm

The Vincast Episode 116 – Brian Walsh from Wine Australia

Like so many in the industry, Brian Walsh got into the wine business almost by accident. As a teenager from the McLaren Vale, he was more interested in surfing that wine, but needing a job he took what was intended as a temporary position with Chateau Reynalla. He spent 20 years working in the McLaren Vale before accepting the position of chief winemaker at Yalumba in the Barossa in 1988. After an incredible 26 years he stepped away from full-time winemaking, and now sits on a number of industry boards, including the chair of Wine Australia.

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Let’s Taste – Moss Wood Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

Moss Wood was the first commercial vineyard planted in the Margaret River region, and since 1969 it has built much of its international reputation on its Cabernet Sauvignon. I was thrilled an honoured to be sent a bottle of the 2014 vintage and be able to share my impressions of one of Australia’s most iconic wines. Let me know your thoughts below, what’s the best Australian Cabernet Sauvignon you’ve ever tasted?

Moss Wood Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 – RRP $128.00

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April 6, 2017 · 8:18 am

Let’s Taste – Yalumba Museum Reserve Antique Tawny

I love fortified wines, but like pretty much every wine drinker in the world, I don’t drink them anywhere near as often as I should. Australia has a rich tradition of producing high quality fortified wines, and the Barossa region in South Australia is only second to the Rutherglen region as far as acclaim. Yalumba have been around more than long enough to build up a library of wine to blend an outstanding tawny, which they have in this Museum Reserve Antique Tawny. I was thrilled to share my impressions of this wine on the YouTube channel, and I’m very interested to hear what you think in the comments below!

Yalumba Museum Reserve Antique Tawny – RRP $25.00 (375ml)

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March 28, 2017 · 4:32 pm

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 – Blue Wren Verscato 2016

Moscato wines have gained a lot of popularity over the last ten years, but there are a lot of variety in their style. Some are sparkling, some have a light spritz, and some are still wines. Blue Wren Wines have produced their version, choosing the Verdelho grape to make it from. They submitted a bottle for me to share my impressions, let me know what you think of them in the comments below!

Blue Wren Verscato 2016 – RRP $25.00

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March 28, 2017 · 4:12 pm

Let’s Taste – Scorpo Eocene Chardonnay 2010

The Mornington Peninsula was the first wine region I fell in love with as a newbie wino, and undoubtedly the most important white variety here in this maritime climate is chardonnay. Scorpo Wines is located in Merricks North, established in 1997, and this bottle of their reserve chardonnay was gifted to me a few years ago by their Victorian distributor Cellarhand. Let me know what your thoughts are, have you enjoyed a premium Mornington chardonnay lately?

Scorpo Eocene Chardonnay 2010 – RRP $65.00 (current vintage)

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March 17, 2017 · 12:26 am

Let’s Taste – De Bortoli Noble One 2003

Most Australian wine lovers would have heard of family owned wine producer De Bortoli, and if they have there’s a good chance they’ve heard of Noble One. This is Australia’s most famous dessert wine, created back in 1982, which coincidentally was the year I was born. Further coincidentally I was given this 750ml bottle of the 2003 vintage for my birthday by my older sister, and I’ve had it in my cellar for the past eight years or so. Here are my impressions of an iconic Australian sweet wine with some age.

De Bortoli Noble One Botrytis Semillon 2003 – RRP $64.00 (current vintage)

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March 15, 2017 · 10:57 pm

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