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Let’s Taste – Amato Vino Montepulciano 2015

Winemaker and raconteur Brad Wehr was my guest on Episode 58 of my wine podcast The Vincast. He talked about challenging the status quo of wine, particularly in his base of Margaret River, Western Australia. One of the tent-poles on which he has established himself is the Amato Vino brand, which focuses on alternative grapes, particularly Italian varieties. Not only does he source grapes in WA, but also from the future icon vineyard – Ricca Terra Farms – based in the Riverland, South Australia. The wine I opened on this episode is the Montepulciano 2015 from this very vineyard, let me know what you think in the comments below, be sure to like and subscribe as well!

Amato Vino Montepulciano 2015

Amato Vino Montepulciano 2015

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Let’s Taste – Cape Mentelle Cabernet Sauvignon 2002 & 1996

A week away at the snow with my Dad requires some serious wines, so I took up two bottles of the iconic Cape Mentelle Cabernet Sauvignon from my cellar. I thought it might be interesting to open them both at the same time, and see how such an important red wine in the Margaret River develops, and how vintage conditions play a big part in that ageing process. Let me know what you think in the comments below!

Cape Mentelle Cabernet Sauvignon 2002 & 1996

Cape Mentelle Cabernet Sauvignon 2002 & 1996

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August 26, 2016 · 1:31 pm

Let’s Taste – Cullen Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 1998

To celebrate my 34th birthday, I opened up something with a bit of age from the cellar. Cullen are one of the most important producers in Margaret River – in Western Australia for that matter – and their crown jewel is the Diana Madeline Cabernet Sauvignon. This 1998 vintage was before it was officially given it’s name. It’s been in the cellar for a while, so I was glad to have the chance to drink it. Let me know what you think in the comments below.

Cullen Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 1998

Cullen Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 1998

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July 12, 2016 · 8:41 am

Let’s Taste – My Granny’s Cellar!!

Last September my amazing Grandmother passed away at the incredible age of 89 (vintage 1927). As my family went through the emotional process of organising and cleaning her house of 40 years, I discovered a number of bottles of wine in the cupboard under the stairs. With permission from my family I opened some of these bottles on this video, and the results were quite surprising.

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February 8, 2016 · 10:28 am

Let’s Taste – Pierro Chardonnay 2005

A mature chardonnay wine from the Intrepid Cellar, from arguably Australia’s premier chardonnay region. I bought this bottle of Pierro Chardonnay 2005 from the Victorian distributor, and I thought it would be interesting to open it with 10 years of age. Also my cork skills are pretty woeful, so apologies for that.

Pierre Chardonnay 2005

Pierre Chardonnay 2005

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December 24, 2015 · 9:33 am

Let’s Taste – Icon Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon 2000

At home for dinner I had a look in the Intrepid Cellar, I pulled out two iconic Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon wines and did a Let’s Tate comparison. The first wine was the Leeuwin Estate Art Series Cabernet Sauvignon 2000, which I bought some years ago on Langtons. The second was the Moss Wood Cabernet Sauvignon 2000, which I bought at a local bottle shop. Let me know what you think of my impressions, and be sure to subscribe to the YouTube channel for more videos like this.

Leeuwin Estate Art Series Cabernet Sauvignon 2000 and Moss Wood Cabernet Sauvignon 2000

Leeuwin Estate Art Series Cabernet Sauvignon 2000 and Moss Wood Cabernet Sauvignon 2000

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August 22, 2015 · 8:59 am

Let’s Taste – Cape Mentelle Cabernet Sauvignon 1995

I opened my bottle of Cape Mentelle Cabernet Sauvignon 1995 from the Intrepid Cellar, and recorded my impressions, talking a bit about Margaret River, the Jimmy Watson Trophy, and mature cabernet sauvignon wines. In spite of the amazing wine knife made by Code 38, I need to improve my technique with these older bottles as the corks are more fragile and can break.

Cape Mentelle Cabernet Sauvignon 1995

Cape Mentelle Cabernet Sauvignon 1995

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August 17, 2015 · 8:46 am

The Vincast Episode 058 – Brad Wehr from Amato Vino

When Brad Wehr began selling wine called Wine By Brad, using very distinctive packaging that was quite different to the more traditional style, and actually marketing it to new customers, it caused quite a stir. As far as wine goes, Margaret River is fairly conservative, in contrast to the surfing image it has. So Brad has definitely turned heads over the years, and has continued to do so more recently as he focuses on alternative varieties with Amato Vino.

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Si Vintners – 19/5/2015

Tasted with Iwo Jankovicz in the Si Vintners winery in Margaret River.

Lello 2014
Oily herbal quince, floral mineral. Sherbety fresh open expression juicy and nice texture acidity.

Babayaga 2015 (98% skin contact sauvignon blanc, 2% whole bunch cabernet)
Has that same juicy profile as the Lello, just a totally different profile of fruit.

2015 Halcyon Chardonnay
Slightly closed toastiness, salty caramel coriander hazelnuts. Protecting itself for now, interesting bite, dense yet fresh fruits, cumquats.

Sin Syrah 2015
Juicy closed dark fruit chocolate. Very juicy soft but full flavours, hits of pepper, soft dark fruits, bit of bitter chocolate. Super yummy booze.

Sin Syrah 2014
Spicy white pepper violets and gherkin. Really nice bite had brightness, sweet and sour notes, very Szechuan nature.

Halcyon Pinot Noir 2014
Pretty dark fruits, juicy and fresh, good drinking, very friendly.

Halcyon Cabernet 2012
Possibly the best MR cabernet I’ve tasted.

Iwo Jakimowicz at Si Vintners in the Margaret River

Iwo Jakimowicz at Si Vintners in the Margaret River

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Dormilona – 19/5/2015

Tasted with winemaker Jo Perry in the Dormilona winery in the Margaret River.

2015 Semillon
Nice and juicy on the nose, fresh broad generous good balanced ripeness.

Semillon Sauvignon Blanc 2014
Rich full balanced fruit green and mineral. Presence on the palate,  nice texture and depth from lees contact.

2015 Chardonnay barrel
Earthy texture, great mid palate texture.

2015 Chardonnay pot
Much purity, much balance, much completeness.

Chardonnay 2014
Quite classic Margaret River Chardonnay aromatics, malo quite prominent for now.

2015 Chenin Blanc
Pure bright fresh light lean, long.

2015 Sauvignon
Sweet texture, floral brightness, lovely length, nice bit of bite late on the palate.

2015 Cabernet
Personality plus, plush but fine, nice balance with solid fruit.

Jo Perry from Dormilona Wines in the Margaret River

Jo Perry from Dormilona Wines in the Margaret River

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