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The Vincast Episode 138 – Leanne De Bortoli from De Bortoli Wines

In 2018 De Bortoli Wines is celebrating 90 years of wine history in Australia, and as a member of the third generation, Leanne De Bortoli has worked tirelessly with her winemaker husband Steve Webber to take the company to new heights. Growing up in Griffith where the business was founded by her grandfather, she and Steve helped establish their Yarra Valley-based facility in the 1980s and was instrumental in evolving the brand image to a more premium one. In a number of ways and at numerous times De Bortoli have been trend-setters in the wine industry, and as a member of Australia’s First Families of Wine they are well placed to continue producing outstanding wines and having a positive influence.

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Let’s Taste – Topper’s Mountain Bricolage Blanc 2015 & Tannat 2013

Not for the first time I’m tasting samples sent from Topper’s Mountain, New England NSW based producer of some alternative wines. I’m fascinated by this region as I don’t see much else from there, and the TM crew are doing some really cool things up there. Let me know what you think of the latest edition of Let’s Taste, I’d love to hear from you and appreciate you subscribing to the Intrepid Wino channel.

Wines tasted;
Topper’s Mountain Bricolage Blanc 2015 – RRP $30.00
Topper’s Mountain Wild Ferment Tannat 2013 – RRP $38.00

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March 28, 2018 · 11:50 am

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

Let’s Taste – Glenguin Estate Semillon Wines September 2017

I love looking at wines from Glenguin Estate, mostly as I don’t often have the opportunity to taste Hunter Valley wines. To have the chance to look at the three most important styles of Semillon (the region’s champion variety) was incredible, so thanks to the Phil for sending me some samples. Let me know what you think in the comments below!

Wines tasted;
Glenguin Estate Glenguin Vineyard Semillon 2017 – RRP $27.50
Glenguin Estate Cellar Release Semillon 2013 – Cellar Door Only $35.00
Glenguin Estate ‘The Sticky’ Botrytised Semillon 2017 – RRP $27.50 (375ml)

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September 6, 2017 · 9:00 pm

Let’s Taste – Blue Wren White Port

I’ve tasted a few wines from Blue Wren, but this is certainly the first Australian white port I’ve ever tasted. Here are my thoughts, let me know what you think in the comments below.

Wine tasted;
Blue Wren White Port (375ml) – RRP $25.00

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August 24, 2017 · 4:48 pm

Let’s Taste – Shaw Vineyard Semillon Sauvignon Blanc 2015 & Shiraz 2014

Shaw Vineyard was a producer I wasn’t familiar with, but to be honest I’m pretty unfamiliar with a lot of wines from New South Wales. The Canberra area is one of the states most premium wine-producing regions, so I was intrigued to look at the Shaw Vineyard wines. Here are my thoughts.

Wines tasted;
Shaw Vineyard Estate Semillon Sauvignon Blanc 2015 – RRP $22.00
Shaw Vineyard Estate Shiraz 2014 – RRP $34.00

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August 24, 2017 · 4:03 pm

The Vincast Episode 120 – Jim Chatto from Mount Pleasant & Chatto Wines

Becoming the Chief Winemaker for Mount Pleasant Wines – one of the most important and historic vineyard/winery operations in Australia – is no mean feat. Being only the fourth chief winemaker since Maurice O’Shea is even more impressive. With incredible and diverse winemaking experience behind him, Jim Chatto did this a few years ago. He also manage to find time to produce some outstanding wines in Tasmania under the Chatto Wines label, where he has also recently been appointed Chief Winemaker of Kreglinger Estates.

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Let’s Taste – Toppers Mountain Tempranillo 2012 & Shiraz 2013

Not the first time I’ve tasted Toppers Mountain wines on the channel, but the first time I’ve tasted some of their red wines. Toppers Mountain – located in the northern New South Wales region of New England – are known for their use of alternative varieties. They do however produce some more prominent international varieties, so here I can compare their approach to two grapes!

Wines tasted;
Toppers Mountain Tempranillo 2012 – RRP $32.00
Toppers Mountain Tempranillo 2013 – RRP $30.00
Website – http://www.toppers.com.au

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August 12, 2017 · 2:57 pm

Let’s Taste – Frankly, This Wine Was Made By Bob Riesling Petit Verdot Merlot 2016

The first I became aware of Bob Colman was as a listener of my wine podcast The Vincast, and met him in person at Rootstock Sydney 2015. He’s been a fan of the new wave of low-intervention wine in Australia, and started making his own using fruit he purchased, made in his shed in the Blue Mountains. This is own of his 2016 wines, which he donated to the cause whilst visiting Melbourne recently. Let me know what your thoughts are in the comments below!

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June 12, 2017 · 11:02 pm

Let’s Taste – Glenguin Estate Aristea Shiraz 2009

One of my top wines tasted on Let’s Taste last year was the 2014 Glenguin Estate Aristea Shiraz. I was thrilled to be sent a back vintage bottle of the same wine, in part to celebrate the birth of my new son Oliver! Here are my impressions of the wine, let me know what your thoughts are in the comments below!
Glenguin Estate Aristea Shiraz 2009 – RRP $59.90

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April 20, 2017 · 11:07 am