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Let’s Taste – Mitchell Harris Wines September 2017

John Harris – winemaker for Mitchell Harris Wines – was my guest on Episode 122 of The Vincast wine podcast. We chatted about his journey and all the exciting things he and his in-laws have been doing with their wine brand and wine bar in Ballarat. He generously brought a long a few bottles of his wine, and I was glad to open and share my experiences here on the Intrepid Wino channel!

Wines tasted;
Mitchell Harris ‘Sabre’ 2013 – RRP $42.00
Mitchell Harris Sauvignon Blanc Fumé 2016 – RRP $27.00
Mitchell Harris Shiraz 2016 – RRP $35.00

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September 19, 2017 · 2:09 pm

Let’s Taste – Bindi Macedon Cuvée 2003

When I was still discovering more about wine, about one year into my tenure at Chandon, I was running some little wine dinners with family members. One of these started with a sparkling wine made by Bindi Winegrowers. It was an extended lees-contact methode traditionelle, that I believe had spent seven years on lees. I’m not sure when, but at some point they stopped making this wine, but perhaps still have wine still sitting on lees which is periodically disgorged.

I spotted this 2003 vintage which spend ten years on lees in my local bottle shop, and couldn’t resist toasting the new year with it. Here are my impressions, what do you think? Have you tasted this wine?

Bindi Macedon Cuvée 2003

Bindi Macedon Cuvée 2003

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January 5, 2016 · 7:10 pm

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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A funny thing happened… (Macedon Ranges, Victoria – 20/08/2013)

It’s been a while since I’ve written one of these posts, so you’ll forgive me for being a bit rusty. For various reasons the last time I got out of Melbourne was way back at the beginning of May. It certainly was lovely to get back to regional Victoria, particularly to do what I actually started this blog for; visit wineries. Thankfully there are no shortage of wine regions within an hour of the city, and Macedon was at the top of my list. As the coolest region for viticulture (currently) in Australia, I was very interested to catch up with a number of producers to explore some elegant wines. I had only visited the Macedon Ranges once before, many years ago, and had visited Hanging Rock Winery.

Curly Flat Vineyard

Curly Flat Vineyard

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Knights Granite Hills – 20/08/2013

Riesling 2012
Lovely bright fresh floral sherbet citrus. Nice mid-palate weight and texture, a Riesling if actual personality.

Riesling 2005
Slightly more closed on the nose, protective state. Starting to show some oily texture, developing a little bit but still tight fresh and holding fruit.

Chardonnay 2012
Very delicate crisp citrus pith. Nice clean pure bright fruit, not much oak or malo character, just beautiful bright fruit.

Tor Chardonnay 2009
Very quite subdued lees derived complexity, very delicate toast. Quite robust and rich, tight bold and a little brooding smoky for now.

Pinot Noir 2010
Black cherry, a little too simple, lacking finesse/structure. Earthy.

Tor Pinot Noir 2009
Darker sweeter black fruits, generous earthy but not aggressive. For the style is exceptional, soft yet robust, dark yet fresh.

The Gordon Cabernet blend 2007
Tighter jubier cassis florals. Core of earthy dark fruit, perfect sweet spot.

Shiraz 2006
Dark olive, blackberry, a little hot and tannic, possibly from oak, surprisingly dark for the region. On the warm and sweet side.

Tor Syrah 2006
More perfumed aromatically vibrant, sweet black pepper. Bright fresh vibrant on the palate, expressive generous tannic but rounder and softer tannins.

Winemaker Llew talks about his wines

Winemaker Llew talks about his wines

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Domaine Epis – 20/08/2013

Rosé 2013
Quite intense robust, a little tight and reductive, good juicy red fruit. Robust red cherry strawberry, good length, done bright cherry tomato, some savoury texture too.

Chardonnay 2012
Pure flinty round ripe citrus notes. Dense concentrated quite earthy rich yeasty texture, fairly savoury but light restrained.

Chardonnay 2011
Riper rubenesque cheesy tight focused. Round generous not heavy or fat but broad.

Pinot Noir 2012
An interesting spice cardamon clove turmeric herb note, tight dark fruits. In character somewhere between syrah and pinot noir. Very light and bright.

Cabernet 2010
Lean tight bright. A touch underripe. Region not right for the variety/style in my humble opinion.

Domaine Epis wines

Domaine Epis wines

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Curly Flat – 20/08/2013

Pinot Gris 2012
Quite intense and concentrated, slightly dusty musky fig guava. Layered texture and weight, but still bright fresh and spritzy, tight fresh fleshy citrus pith, round residual sugar.

Chardonnay 2010
Classic aromatics, rich developed but very elegant and restrained. Quite tight and lean on the palate, good acidity, minimal malo character, carries it well, excellent example.

Chardonnay 2011
A little fatter and fuller on the nose, more leesy, a little on the pineapple peach style. A little broader and creamier but style fine and long, a little closed for now.

Pinot Noir 2008
Tight lean slightly stalky, dark berries, precise fine focused. Fresh bright but tight lean and focused, some black olives.

Pinot Noir 2009
Slightly darker in colour. More brooding and open, but quite focused pomegranate, a little on the savoury side. Rich full sweeter tannins, generous chewy savoury tannins too, broader on the palate, intense and extracted but long too.

Pinot Noir 2010
Quite closed, very tight precise, small bunch red berry. Very delicate but intense fruit profile, precise crisp acids.  Wine of the tasting, exceptionally well handled and will hold together for a long time.

Curly Flat cellar door, only open on weekends

Curly Flat cellar door, only open on weekends

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Paramoor – 20/08/2013

2013 MG Chard Barrel
Lovely bright apple cider notes, crisp fresh long pure. Excellent balance.

Paramoor Chardonnay 2013

Paramoor Chardonnay 2013

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