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Let’s Taste – Heartland First Release Malbec 2016

I was recently sent a sample from Heartland Wines, this time looking at a more premium wine from their range than I had seen before. Let me know what you think in the comments below, have you tried many Australian malbec wines?

Wine tasted;
Heartland ‘First Release’ Malbec 2016 – RRP $50.00

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April 17, 2018 · 6:17 am

Let’s Taste – d’Arenberg ‘The Laughing Magpie’ 2013

d’Arenberg wines are back on Let’s Taste, and perfect timing as we head towards Winter, we are looking at some red wines. This is the first in a series of three videos I’ll be recording looking at d’Arenberg wines. I’ve also updated my tasting room with some lovely maps of Burgundy! Let me know what you think in the comments below.

Wine tasted;
d’Arenberg ‘The Laughing Magpie’ Shiraz Viognier 2013 – RRP $29.00

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April 17, 2018 · 5:51 am

Let’s Taste – Michael Hall 2016 white wines

I was thrilled to be introduced to a new producer on this edition of Let’s Taste with The Intrepid Wino. Michael Hall – originally from the United Kingdon – produces wine from fruit sourced from the Adelaide Hills, the Barossa Valley and the Eden Valley. The three white wines tasted on this edition of Let’s Taste are all from the Adelaide Hills. Let me know what you think in the comments below.

Wines tasted;
Michael Hall Adelaide Hills Sauvignon Blanc 2016 – RRP $35.00
Michael Hall Sang de Pigeon Blanc de Pigeon 2016 – RRP $28.00
Michael Hall Adelaide Hills Chardonnay 2016 – RRP $50.00

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April 11, 2018 · 3:43 pm

Let’s Taste – Pewsey Vale ‘The Contours’ Riesling 2007 & 2012

On the second of a two-part edition of Let’s Taste, I continue to look at wines from Pewsey Vale that have recently been released. ‘The Contours’ is considered to be one of Australia’s best riesling wines, and I was honoured to be able to compare two vintages of this wine side-by-side. Let me know what you think in the comments below, and feel free to recommend some more rieslings for me to try!

Wines tasted;
Pewsey Vale ‘The Contours’ Riesling 2012 – RRP $35.00
Pewsey Vale ‘The Contours’ Riesling 2007 – RRP N/A

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April 4, 2018 · 9:56 pm

Let’s Taste – Heartland Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

I’ve tasted some Heartland wines on Let’s Taste before, and in this case it was exciting to look at a step up in their range, being the Cabernet Sauvignon. Ben Glaetzer is a highly respected winemaker, and does an incredible job with the Heartland wines, let me know what you think in the comments below.

Wine tasted;
Heartland Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 – RRP $19.99

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April 4, 2018 · 9:48 pm

Let’s Taste – Pewsey Vale 2017 Rieslings

Very excited on this edition of Let’s Taste to look at the 2017 rieslings from Pewsey Vale, particularly having tasted across the 2016 wines previously. The big difference on this occasion is there is a new wine to the range, and it was fascinating seeing how it fit in with the other wines of the same vintage. Let me know what you think in the comments below, and stand by for a part two looking at two different vintages of The Contours Riesling.

Wines tasted;
Pewsey Vale Riesling 2017 – RRP $20.00
Pewsey Vale 1961 Block Riesling 2017 – RRP N/A
Pewsey Vale Prima 22gr Riesling 2017 – RRP $25.00

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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 – Mitchell McNicol Riesling 2009 & Shiraz 2007

This is the final in a three-part series looking at wines from Mitchell Winery in the Clare Valley. On previous editions I have looked at current release Mitchell wines compared with museum releases, but they also have a specific late release range under the McNicol branding. Here I look at the riesling and shiraz from this range. Let me know what you think in the comments below.

Wines tasted;
Mitchell McNicol Riesling 2009 – RRP $45.00
Mitchell McNicol Shiraz 2007 – RRP $50.00

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March 27, 2018 · 10:10 am

Let’s Taste – Moss Wood Sauvignon Blanc Semillon & Semillon 2017

The last recorded edition of Let’s Taste for 2017 was on New Year’s Eve, and it was for two 2017 white wines from Moss Wood. Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc are varieties that have a rich and important history in Margaret River, but possibly don’t get as much love as other grapes. I was very interested to see what the 2017 vintage offered in the west, let me know what you think in the comments below!

Wines tasted;
Moss Wood Sauvignon Blanc Semillon 2017 – RRP $32.00
Moss Wood Semillon 2017 – RRP $35.00

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January 10, 2018 · 10:56 am

The Intrepid Wine Awards 2017

This past year, not unlike the previous one, was both momentous and often challenging. There were a number of life-changing events in 2017, most importantly the birth of my son which put a hold on podcast episodes and Let’s Taste videos. What his birth couldn’t change was the second vintage of the now named and released Vino Intrepido brand, and it was very difficult to leave home in the months after to visit the winery. Balancing work and personal became even more challenging starting a new position with importer Enoteca Sydney, and I was contemplating putting the podcast on indefinite hiatus. That was until I was invited to be part of the Melbourne podcast network Ear Buds, which saw me get The Vincast out to a bigger audience, and also hold the first ever live recording at Noisy Ritual in Brunswick East. I’ve got big plans for 2018; more wine, more podcast episodes, more live events, more everything!

Of course many more bottles were opened on the IntrepidWino YouTube channel, and as always I feel incredibly privileged to share my impressions of how awesome Australian wine is. Many thanks to those individuals and companies who submitted samples, and thanks to the growers and winemakers who put in so much hard work to get such incredible booze into the bottle. The following wines were some of the most impactful that I opened for Let’s Taste in 2017, please let me know what you think in the comments below.

The newest addition to the Let’s Taste couch!

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