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The Vincast Episode 133 – Loic Avril from Dinner by Heston Melbourne

Loic Avril was destined to work with wine, considering he grew up in one of France’s most historic wine regions, and sharing of great wine and food was always important to his family.  His love of hospitality and restaurants came very early, from the age of ten in fact, and he was determined to follow a path in fine dining. After gaining experience in restaurants in the Loire Valley and northern England, he joined the team at The Fat Duck – at one point considered the best restaurant in the world – and soon received significant attention when he was named the global best young sommelier. When the restaurant relocated to Melbourne for six months he relocated, and decided to stay and run the wine program when it transitioned to Dinner by Heston.

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Let’s Taste – Mandala Blanc de Blancs 2015

Another wine from a producer new to Let’s Taste – Yarra Valley’s Mandala Wines – this time a sparkling, the Blanc de Blancs 2015. Blanc de Blancs are white wines made from white grapes, in this case 100% Chardonnay. Let me know what you think in the comments below.

Wine tasted;
Mandala Blanc de Blancs 2015 – RRP $35.00

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April 28, 2018 · 5:46 pm

Let’s Taste – Mandala 2014 Reds

Another new producer for the Let’s Taste series, this time from a very familiar region. Mandala Wines are a Yarra Valley based producer that focuses on classic varieties for the region. I was thrilled to have a chance to look at their premium reds across three varieties, unfortunately there was a technical problem with the initial record and I lost one of the wines. Let me know what you think in the comments below.

Wines tasted;
Mandala ‘The Prophet’ Pinot Noir 2014 – RRP $50.00
Mandala ‘The Rock’ Shiraz 2014 – RRP $50.00
Mandala ‘The Butterfly’ Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 – RRP $50.00

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April 11, 2018 · 5:36 pm

Vino Intrepido 2017 Part Four – Blend & Bottle

A little late to the party (vintage 2018 is almost over already), but I got there eventually. Here’s the fourth and final video on the 2017 vintage for Vino Intrepido, finishing the wine and getting it into bottle.

The vermentino and nero d’avola components were racked and blended in September 2017, and bottled not long after that. The nebbiolo was racked and blended in October, returned to barrel, then racked and bottled in January 2018.

Find out more about all of the 2017 wines here!

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March 8, 2018 · 12:03 am

The Vincast Episode 131 – Jean-Jacques Morel

When Jean-Jacques Morel made the decision to move his family from Paris to Burgundy, it in fact wasn’t for wine, his entry into the wine industry was merely to earn a living once he moved to the region. It was his previous influences and experience that not doubt led to him finding a true passion for viticulture, and the decision was made to follow a path of wine farming. His incredible journey in life has not only influenced his approach to his wines, but also his approach to life, as his enthusiasm and affability his hard to deny. The fact that he limits interference with his wines is but a small part in his mystique and acclaim, and spending a short amount of time it’s hard not to find his love of life infectious.

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The Vincast Episode 129 – Mattia Cianca from Dinner by Heston

Despite having grown up in Rome and working in hospitality for a number of years, it wasn’t until Mattia Cianca was working in Perth that he became interested in wine. The added irony was that he was working in an Italian restaurant, learning about Italian wines, in Australia! Since arriving Down Under he has been on a fast track for sommelier stardom, working at Australia’s number one restaurant (Attica), and now with access to one of the most enviable lists in the country (Dinner by Heston). His talent and hard work was recently recognised by Sommeliers Australia, who named him 2017 Sommelier of the Year, and he is on a path to become a Master Sommelier in the next few years.

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Let’s Taste – Dalfarras Pinot Grigio & Rosato 2017

Dalfarras is a sub-brand of Tahbilk, a producer that I am a bid supporter of having tasted numerous wines here on Let’s Taste, and having interviewed CEO Alister Purbrick on The Vincast wine podcast. I was intrigued with these wines as they are made from Italian varieties. Let me know what you think in the comments below!

Wines tasted;
Dalfarras Pinot Grigio 2017 – RRP $19.50
Dalfarras Rosato 2017 – RRP $19.50

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December 12, 2017 · 5:09 pm

The Vincast Episode 128 – Rory Lane from The Story Wines

Without knowing it Rory Lane was about ten years ahead of the modern era of the Garage Winemaker in Australia with The Story Wines. In 2004, with only a few vintages experience mostly working in wineries in the United States, he took a punt on starting his own wine project, working out of a rented warehouse in suburban Melbourne. Fortunately he was able to purchase some outstanding Grampians fruit, and capture it in a bottle in an elegant expression that almost immediately began to turn heads. He is now considered to be one of the most exciting winemakers in Australia, and is an important representative for small ‘virtual’ wineries both here and overseas.

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Let’s Taste – Tahbilk Marsanne, Riesling and Viognier 2017

Not for the first time I’m looking at some wines from Tahbilk Winery from Nagambie in Victoria. The three varietal wines are all from the 2017 vintage, and are all very important to Tahbilk. For those interested to find out more about the Tahbilk story, listen to my interview with Alister Purbrick on The Vincast here.

Wines tasted;
Tahbilk Marsanne 2017 – RRP $19.50
Tahbilk Riesling 2017 – RRP $19.50
Tahbilk Viognier 2017 – RRP $20.60

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November 28, 2017 · 6:57 pm

Let’s Taste – All Saints Estate Rosa 2017

At the beginning of the year I sat down with Eliza and Angela Brown, two of the three owners of All Saints Estate in Rutherglen Victoria. It was fantastic to hear about their family background, the wine dynasty of the Brown family, and the incredible work their father put into this historic brand. I was very happy to receive a sample of this gorgeous packaged rosé from them recently, and thought I would share my impressions here on Let’s Taste. Please feel free to share your comments or questions below!

Wine tasted;
All Saints Estate Rosa 2017 – RRP $32.00

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November 27, 2017 · 10:29 am