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Let’s Taste – Tahbilk Marsanne, Pinot Gris & Rosé 2018

I’ve looked at wines from Tahbilk on a number of occasions, and I have also interviewed owner and CEO Alister Purbrick for The Vincast (https://intrepidwino.com/2015/10/02/the-vincast-episode-069-alister-purbrick-from-tahbilk-winery/). On this edition of Let’s Taste I open the first wines from the 2018 vintage from Tahbilk, and share my impressions. Let me know what you think in the comments below!

Wines tasted;
Tahbilk Marsanne 2018 – RRP $19.50
Tahbilk Pinot Gris 2018 – RRP $21.50
Tahbilk Rosé 2018 – RRP $21.50
Website – http://tahbilk.com.au

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October 6, 2018 · 7:11 am

Let’s Taste – Topper’s Mountain ‘Bricolage Rouge’ & Wild Ferment Nebbiolo 2014

Completing a series looking at new releases from Topper’s Mountain are two reds that are quite intriguing. I’m excited to look at Topper’s Mountain wines for a number of regions. Firstly they are from a wine region that you don’t see very often. Secondly they are working with some very interesting alternative varieties. Thirdly they are making the wines in sometimes experimental ways, and blending varieties that don’t often get blended together. Let me know what you think of my impressions of these wines below, and please get in contact if you’d like to submit samples.

Wines tasted;
Topper’s Mountain ‘Bricolage Rouge’ 2014 – RRP $30.00
Topper’s Mountain Wild Ferment Nebbiolo 2014 – RRP $38.00

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October 3, 2018 · 12:28 pm

Let’s Taste – Quealy Wines ‘Turbul’ Friulano 2016

The impact that husband and wife-team Kathleen Quealy and Kevin McCarthy have had on the Mornington Peninsula and Australian wine industries is pretty hard to quantify. They are pioneers in so many respects it’s kind of hard to believe. The wine opened on this edition of Let’s Taste is one of the more pioneering from Quealy Wines as I explain. Let me know what you think in the comments below, don’t forget to subscribe!

Wine tasted;
Quealy Wines ‘Turbul’ Friulano 2016 – RRP $30.00

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August 19, 2018 · 3:31 pm

Let’s Taste – Mandala Shiraz 2016 & Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

Having recently visited Mandala Wines in the Yarra Valley and learning more about it from owner Charles Smedley, I eagerly anticipate samples of new vintages to look at on Let’s Taste. The varieties that made these wines are ubiquitous in Australia, but as always it’s exciting to see what certain regions have to say through the grape. Let me know what your thoughts are in the comments below, as always many thanks for the samples Mandala.

Wines tasted;
Mandala Shiraz 2016 – RRP $30.00
Mandala Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 – RRP $30.00

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August 11, 2018 · 12:31 pm

Cultivar Vinos Chilean Wines!

Recently I interviewed both halves of Cultivar Vinos on Episode 137 of The Vincast wine podcast – Lucy Kendall and Alice L’Estrange – and some time ago Alice gave me some bottles they have imported from Chile. Here are my notes on the wines I tasted over a few weeks. Continue reading

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Let’s Taste – George 2017 Wines

I’ve been following the incredible work of Lucy Kendall and Alice L’Estrange recently, particularly their work importing some awesome and authentic wines from the South of Chile. I recently invited them each onto episodes of my wine podcast The Vincast, to chat about their backgrounds, and to talk about the launch of their own locally made wines under the George branding. Here are my pre-release impressions of 80% of the wines now available.

Wines tasted;
George ‘Lilac Wine’ Gently Sparkling Pinot Noir 2017 – RRP $30.00
George ‘Golden’ Sauvignon Blanc 2017 – RRP $30.00
George ‘Picnic Wine’ Merlot Cinsault 2017 – RRP $32.00
George Mouvedre Cinsault 2017 – RRP $32.00

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July 28, 2018 · 3:02 pm

Let’s Taste – d’Arenberg wines June 2018

Another month, another box of samples from d’Arenberg. Without question the team at d’Arenberg have been the biggest supporters of Let’s Taste with The Intrepid Wino and I always appreciate the opportunity to look at new releases. On this edition we are looking at wines I’ve tasted before, so great to taste new vintages.

Wines tasted;
d’Arenberg ‘The Hermit Crab’ Viognier Marsanne 2017 – RRP $15.00
d’Arenberg ‘The Lucky Lizard’ Chardonnay 2017 – RRP $25.00
d’Arenberg ‘The Sticks & Stones’ Tempranillo Grenache Souzao Tinta Cao 2014 – RRP $29.00
d’Arenberg ‘The Custodian’ Grenache 2015 – RRP $18.00
d’Arenberg ‘The Derelict Vineyard’ Grenache 2014 – RRP $29.00
d’Arenberg ‘The Bonsai Vine’ Grenache Shiraz Mouvèdre 2016 – RRP $29.00

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July 2, 2018 · 4:33 pm

Let’s Taste – Domaine d’Esterre ‘Lalou’ Rosé 2017

Recently I was down in Geelong for a lovely event at The Hot Chicken Project were I was profiling my own Vino Intrepido wines along with some incredible examples from the Enoteca Sydney portfolio that I represent here in Melbourne. I was joined by my gorgeous fiancé, and before the event we went for a drink at Geelong Cellar Door, owned by John Helmer who I met some years ago when he was working at Corks Crew Cellars in Torquay. John insisted we try his first foray into winemaking, and I was thrilled to open a bottle of his Domaine d’Esterre ‘Lalou’ Rosé 2017. Let me know what you think in the comments below.

Wine tasted;
Domaine d’Esterre ‘Lalou’ Rosé 2017 – RRP $35.000

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Let’s Taste – Yealands Estate ‘Baby Doll’ Sauvignon Blanc 2017

Thrilled to open my first ever sample from New Zealand on this edition of Let’s Taste! Yealands Estate is a prominent Marlborough based wine producer, one that I’ve only ever had one other experience with, tasting their Gruner Veltliner on an early episode of The Vincast (https://itunes.apple.com/au/podcast/vincast-episode-012-gruner-veltliner-in-new-world-james/id712047040?i=1000357479947&mt=2). Here I taste the 2017 Sauvignon Blanc from their ‘Baby Doll’ range, let me know what you think in the comments below.

Wine tasted;
Yealands Estate ‘Baby Doll’ Sauvignon Blanc 2017 – RRP NZ $17.99

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Let’s Taste – d’Arenberg ‘The Ironstone Pressings’, ‘The Dead Arm’ & ‘The Coppermine Road’ 2015

The final in a three-part series on d’Arenberg looking at some of their new releases. On this edition it’s the annual release of their icon reds, something wine reviewers and customers alike wait for with great anticipation. Let me know what you think in the comments below!

Wines tasted;
d’Arenberg ‘The Ironstone Pressings’ 2015 – RRP $70.00
d’Arenberg ‘The Dead Arm’ 2015 – RRP $70.00
d’Arenberg ‘The Coppermine Road’ 2015 – RRP $70.00

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May 14, 2018 · 5:40 pm