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The Vincast with Sue Dyson and Roger McShane from Living Wines

One of the most authentic voices about great restaurants and natural wine comes from somewhere you may least expect; Hobart, Tasmania. This is where for many years Sue Dyson and Roger McShane have been based, travelling and writing about the best places to eat and drink not only on the Apple Isle, but also across Australia and France, for their website Food Tourist. It is also from here that they import some of the most delicious natural wine produced in France for their Living Wines business. We had a fantastic chat about a number of topics on this episode of The Vincast.

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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

Tasmania Unbottled Sommeliers Australia Masterclass

A number of producers from around the Apple Isle were in town to promote the wines of Tasmania, and in conjunction with Sommeliers Australia a masterclass was hosted to show wines that weren’t made from chardonnay or pinot noir (including sparkling wines). The masterclass was hosted by Dan Sims, Tasmanian-based eccentric wine communicator Winsor Dobbin, Nick Glaetzer from Glaetzer-Dixon, and Rebecca DUffy from Holm Oak.

Moorilla Muse Riesling 2011
Blossomy sherbet lime and quince. Fresh but focused, not fruity fat or sweet. Quite textured lean earthy savoury.

Dalrymple Sauvignon Blanc 2012
Tight bright lean green papaya guava fig. Generous body and fruit, round but not sharp. Fresh and vibrant with just a touch of herbaceous notes.

Bay of Fires Pinot Gris 2012
Deeper riper floral notes. Fairly rich in texture but not long, fat and friendly but not ideal.

Bream Creek Schonburger 2011
Very musky floral aromatic but a tad hollow. Easy drinking but lacking something.

Holm Oak Arneis 2012
More mineral salty lemon pith. Dense body and nice balance between fruit freshness and savoury texture.

Glaetzer-Dixon Mon Pere Shiraz 2008
Spicy small berry restraint, slightly meaty. Suitably soft and juicy without weight or oak, pure fresh cherries.

Grey Sands Merlot 2007
Nice and tight, slightly smoky, stalky black olive. Forward warm and tannic, not flabby but focused, nice compact focused.

Petit ‘a’ Domaine A 2008
Spicy dusty red earth red currants. Persistent velvety firm tannin structure, very fine and focused balance.

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Stoney Rise – 12/06/2013

Holyman Chardonnay 2012
Clean classic varietal citrus/peach, some lees barrel notes. Nice savoury creamy front, pure lines with depth, textured elements.

Stoney Rise Pinot noir 2012
Very bright fresh fleshy red berry fruits. Tight pure fresh clean crisp acids, tight light tannins, a bit of friendly extension.

Holyman Pinot Noir 2011
Tighter leaner more subdued, slightly earthy darker red fruits. A bit meatier, softer fuller more mellow, deeper extension.

Holyman Project X Pinot Noir 2010
Denser tighter more robust tannin structure, savoury earthy green whole bunch influence. Needs much time.

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February tastings

Petaluma Hanlin Hill Riesling 1998
Subtle dried coconut, lemon butter, creamy oily nuts. Subtle rich and creamy texture, oily and dense. Soft mid palate, exceptionally long.

Petaluma Hanlin Hill Riesling 1998

Cloudy Bay Late Harvest Riesling 2004
Very oily and keroseney, kumquat quince and orange blossom. A little closed flat and thin, creamy oily lanolin, lemon butter.

Cloudy Bay Late Harvest Riesling 2004

Josef Chromy Pinot Gris 2012
Light crisp and spicy on the nose, a little orange rind and cinnamon. Full oily and a little sweet, warmish and a little aggressive, not enough fruit to support the weight.

Josef Chromy Pinot Gris 2012

Teusner ‘The Empress’ Riesling 2011 (Eden Valley)
Lovely crisp fresh citrussy lime and lemon, hints of white peach and green apples, slight flicks of minerality. Very vibrant fruit, juicy and full, bold in flavour and lacking in zingy acids compared to European examples, nice breadth and extension on the palate.

Teusner The Empress Eden Valley Riesling 2011

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