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Let’s Taste – Vanguardist ‘CVR’ Riesling 2016 & La Petite Vanguard Grenache 2017

I recently bumped into Michael John Corbett in Melbourne as we happen to share some warehouse space. I’d seen the Vanguardist wines out and about in my travels as a wine rep, and had noticed them not far from mine tucked away in inner Melbourne ready for delivery. Michale mentioned that he would love to be involved with The Vincast, and generously offered me some wines to taste. Please let me know what you think in the comments below!

Wines tasted;
Vanguardist ‘CVR’ Riesling 2016 – RRP $40.00
La Petite Vanguard Grenache 2017 – RRP $27.00
Website – https://www.vanguardistwines.com

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December 16, 2017 · 11:58 am

Let’s Taste – d’Arenberg 2016 Chardonnays

The third and final in another series of Let’s Taste d’Arenberg wines, this time looking at two chardonnays from the 2016 vintage. McLaren Vale, although considered a warmer climate ideal for red varieties, still has a lot of chardonnay, as there are cooler parts of the region suited to white varieties. The Adelaide Hills is possibly considered the best region in South Australia for chardonnay, so it makes sense they should use fruit from here. Let me know your thoughts in the comments section below!

Wines tasted;
d’Arenberg ‘The Olive Grove’ Chardonnay 2016 – RRP $15.00
d’Arenberg ‘The Lucky Lizard’ Chardonnay 2016 – RRP $25.00

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December 16, 2017 · 11:32 am

Let’s Taste – d’Arenberg Reds December 2017

An intriguing tasting of d’Arenberg wines on this edition of Let’s Taste, comparing a classic blend for the McLaren Vale, and a variety that has recently gained a new following. Let me know what you think in the comments below!

Wines tasted;
d’Arenberg ‘The Anthropocene Epoch’ Mencia 2017 – RRP $29.00
d’Arenberg ‘The Bonsai Vine’ Grenache Shiraz Mouvedre 2015 – RRP $29.00

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December 13, 2017 · 10:17 pm

Let’s Taste – d’Arenberg 2017 White Wines

The d’Arenberg sample party continues with some 2017 white wines. What can be said about d’Arenberg that I haven’t said already? I just it just remains for me to interview Chester Osborne at some point for The Vincast.

Wines tasted;
d’Arenberg ‘The Broken Fishplate’ Sauvignon Blanc 2017 – RRP $20.00
d’Arenberg ‘The Money Spider’ Rousanne 2017 – RRP $20.00

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December 12, 2017 · 5:37 pm

Let’s Taste – Dalfarras Pinot Grigio & Rosato 2017

Dalfarras is a sub-brand of Tahbilk, a producer that I am a bid supporter of having tasted numerous wines here on Let’s Taste, and having interviewed CEO Alister Purbrick on The Vincast wine podcast. I was intrigued with these wines as they are made from Italian varieties. Let me know what you think in the comments below!

Wines tasted;
Dalfarras Pinot Grigio 2017 – RRP $19.50
Dalfarras Rosato 2017 – RRP $19.50

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December 12, 2017 · 5:09 pm

Let’s Taste – Moss Wood Ribbon Vale Merlot & Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

It’s always an honour to taste wines from Margaret River pioneer and icon winery, Moss Wood. On this edition of Let’s Taste I’m looking at the 2015 Ribbon Vale Merlot & Cabernet Sauvignon. Please let me know what you think in the comments below.

Wines tasted;
Moss Wood Ribbon Vale Vineyard Merlot 2015 – RRP $65.00
Moss Wood Ribbon Vale Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 – RRP $65.00
Website – http://mosswood.com.au

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December 7, 2017 · 4:03 pm

Let’s Taste – Shaw Vineyard Estate Riesling 2017 & Cabernet Shiraz 2015

I’ve tasted some wines from Shaw Vineyard Estate on Let’s Taste before, and was keen to see some new wines from them. I don’t often get the opportunity to try wines from Canberra District so this was a treat. Let me know what you think in the comments below!

Wines tastes;
Shaw Vineyard Estate Riesling 2017 – RRP $30.00
Shaw Vineyard Estate Cabernet Shiraz 2015 – RRP $30.00

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December 7, 2017 · 2:36 pm

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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Rory Lane from The Story Wines

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Let’s Taste – Oxford Landing Sauvignon Blanc & Merlot 2017

Hill-Smith Family Vineyards is one of Australia’s largest family owned wine business, incorporating some legendary historic brands and many new ones as well. Oxford Landing is an entry-level brand that has a sustainable focus, and I was interested to look at these samples submitted by the company to see what they could do with wine for people on a budget. Let me know what you think in the comments below!

Wines tasted;
Oxford Landing Sauvignon Blanc 2017 – RRP $8.99
Oxford Landing Merlot 2017 – RRP $8.99

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November 3, 2017 · 1:23 pm

Let’s Taste – Monte by Bodega Montepulciano 2016

Recently I was in Geelong and paid a visit to the amiable Andy and Lewis at Union Street Wine. While showing my now available Vino Intrepido wines, we chatted about the incredible work being down by Ricca Terra Farms in the Riverland region. The mentioned that they had bought some montepulciano fruit in the 2016 vintage, and offered me a bottle of the wine they made. Here are my impressions!

Monte by Bodega Montepulciano 2016 – $23.00 at Union Street Wine

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November 1, 2017 · 7:49 am