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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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The Vincast Episode 142 – Sir Ian Botham

For cricketing fans the name Ian Botham should be very familiar as one of the most famous all-rounders in English test cricket history. Not as many know that Sir Ian has long been a passionate wine lover, having taken advantage of both the proximity of European regions from England, and a touring schedule that took him to many new world wine producing countries. I was invited late 2018 to a tasting of his recently released range of wines from a number of premium Australian regions, and I was honoured to have the opportunity to sit down with him to find out more about his love of wine and enthusiasm for crafting his own.

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Let’s Taste – Moss Wood Sauvignon Blanc Semillon & Semillon 2017

The last recorded edition of Let’s Taste for 2017 was on New Year’s Eve, and it was for two 2017 white wines from Moss Wood. Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc are varieties that have a rich and important history in Margaret River, but possibly don’t get as much love as other grapes. I was very interested to see what the 2017 vintage offered in the west, let me know what you think in the comments below!

Wines tasted;
Moss Wood Sauvignon Blanc Semillon 2017 – RRP $32.00
Moss Wood Semillon 2017 – RRP $35.00

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January 10, 2018 · 10:56 am

The Vincast Episode 130 – Dan Pannell from Picardy Wines

The Pannell family is one of the most iconic in Australian wine, having not once but twice pioneered the vigneron model in Western Australia. After being one of the first commercial wine producers in the now legendary and substantial Margaret River region (Moss Wood), they had a complete shift East to the still somewhat unexplored Pemberton region, where they established Picardy Wines. Here they focused on Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, and invited their son Dan to be an important part of the future. With such an incredible wine pedigree and a passion for Burgundy, it’s easy to understand why Dan is regarded as one of the most incredible and honest winemakers in the state.

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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 – Moss Wood Chardonnay 2016 & Pinot Noir 2015

Moss Wood is one of Australia’s most iconic wine brands, and one of the most important in the Margaret River as one of the first commercial producers. I was excited to be contacted about some of their new releases, and even more excited to get the chance to taste some. Here are my impressions, let me know what you think in the comments below!

Wines tasted;
Moss Wood Chardonnay 2016 – RRP $65.00
Moss Wood Pinot Noire 2015 – RRP $60.00

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September 5, 2017 · 12:29 am

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 – Amato Vino Teroldego & Nebbiolo 2014

Not for the first time, I’m tasting wine made by Brad Wehr from Amato Vino, who was a guest on Episode 58 of my wine podcast The Vincast. Unlike last time, I’m tasting wine Brad made from Margaret River fruit, but they are both Italian grape varieties. Please let me know what you think in the comments below, and be sure to check out the episode of The Vincast with Brad!

Wines tasted;
Amato Teroldego 2014 – RRP $40.00
Amato Nebbiolo 2014 – RRP $40.00

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February 11, 2017 · 10:32 am

Let’s Taste – Moss Wood Reds December 2016

On the second of two parts looking at Moss Wood wines, I taste four of their red wines. The Margaret River region is famous for it’s red wines made from Bordeaux varieties like Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, and three of the four wines in this tasting are dominated by these grapes. The fourth is made from a well-known grape variety, that is not very common in this region; pinot noir.

Wines tasted;
Moss Wood Pinot Noir 2011 – RRP $60.00
Moss Wood Ribbon Vale Merlot 2014 – RRP $65.00
Moss Wood Amy’s 2015 – RRP $38.00
Moss Wood Ribbon Vale Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 – RRP $65.00

Moss Wood Pinot Noir 2011, Merlot & Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 and Amy's 2015

Moss Wood Pinot Noir 2011, Merlot & Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 and Amy’s 2015

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December 13, 2016 · 7:24 pm

Let’s Taste – Moss Wood Whites December 2016

Moss Wood is one of the most historic estates in the Margaret River region, with original plantings occurring in 1969. They were generous enough to send me some samples, which I will taste across two editions of Let’s Taste. On this edition I look at two of their white wines, made from varieties synonymous with the region.

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December 6, 2016 · 9:37 am