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Let’s Taste – d’Arenberg Reds December 2017

An intriguing tasting of d’Arenberg wines on this edition of Let’s Taste, comparing a classic blend for the McLaren Vale, and a variety that has recently gained a new following. Let me know what you think in the comments below!

Wines tasted;
d’Arenberg ‘The Anthropocene Epoch’ Mencia 2017 – RRP $29.00
d’Arenberg ‘The Bonsai Vine’ Grenache Shiraz Mouvedre 2015 – RRP $29.00


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December 13, 2017 · 10:17 pm

Let’s Taste – d’Arenberg 2017 White Wines

The d’Arenberg sample party continues with some 2017 white wines. What can be said about d’Arenberg that I haven’t said already? I just it just remains for me to interview Chester Osborne at some point for The Vincast.

Wines tasted;
d’Arenberg ‘The Broken Fishplate’ Sauvignon Blanc 2017 – RRP $20.00
d’Arenberg ‘The Money Spider’ Rousanne 2017 – RRP $20.00

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December 12, 2017 · 5:37 pm

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

Let’s Taste – Heartland ‘Spice Trader’ 2014 Red Wines


When I was recently contacted by Heartland Wines with the offer of samples, I gratefully jumped at the opportunity. Heartland Wines are made by Ben Glaetzer – a name synonymous with quality – and come from the Langhorne Creek region. The Spice Trader range are very much a value proposition. These are my impressions, let me know what you think in the comments below!

Wines tasted;
Heartland ‘Spice Trader’ Shiraz 2014 – RRP $16.99
Heartland ‘Spice Trader’ Shiraz Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 – RRP $16.99
Heartland ‘Spice Trader’ Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 – RRP $16.99

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December 12, 2017 · 5:02 pm

Let’s Taste – Moss Wood Ribbon Vale Merlot & Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

It’s always an honour to taste wines from Margaret River pioneer and icon winery, Moss Wood. On this edition of Let’s Taste I’m looking at the 2015 Ribbon Vale Merlot & Cabernet Sauvignon. Please let me know what you think in the comments below.

Wines tasted;
Moss Wood Ribbon Vale Vineyard Merlot 2015 – RRP $65.00
Moss Wood Ribbon Vale Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 – RRP $65.00
Website – http://mosswood.com.au

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December 7, 2017 · 4:03 pm

Let’s Taste – Galli Estate Adelé Pinot Grigio 2015 & Syrah 2014

The new episode of The Vincast wine podcast is with winemaker Ben Ranken, who has been at the helm of Galli Estate for over ten years. One of the more intriguing projects he has been working on is the Adelé range at a more premium price point. On this edition I looked at two wines that come from the Sunbury vineyard, and on another edition I will look at a few wines from the Heathcote vineyard. let me know what you think in the comments below!

Wines tasted;
Galli Estate Adelé Pinot Grigio 2015 – RRP $38.00
Galli Estate Adelé Syrah 2014 – RRP $38.00

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November 23, 2017 · 1:36 am

The Vincast Episode 126 – Marie Doyard from Champagne Andre Jacquart

When Marie Doyard says that “Champagne is running through her blood”, she’s not kidding. Not only was she born in Reims and raised in the region, but her great-grandfather Maurice Doyard was one of the founders of the Comité Interprofessionnel des Vins de Champagne (C.I.V.C.) during World War II. Her parents brought the Jacquart and Doyard estates together – all based in the Côte des Blancs – and when she took over in 2004 she had some dynamic ideas of how to take Champagne Andre Jacquart into the new millennium. On a recent visit to Melbourne I was able to find out more about her journey and about grower-champagne.

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Marie Doyard from Champagne Andre Jacquart

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Let’s Taste – Oxford Landing Sauvignon Blanc & Merlot 2017

Hill-Smith Family Vineyards is one of Australia’s largest family owned wine business, incorporating some legendary historic brands and many new ones as well. Oxford Landing is an entry-level brand that has a sustainable focus, and I was interested to look at these samples submitted by the company to see what they could do with wine for people on a budget. Let me know what you think in the comments below!

Wines tasted;
Oxford Landing Sauvignon Blanc 2017 – RRP $8.99
Oxford Landing Merlot 2017 – RRP $8.99

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November 3, 2017 · 1:23 pm

Let’s Taste – Monte by Bodega Montepulciano 2016

Recently I was in Geelong and paid a visit to the amiable Andy and Lewis at Union Street Wine. While showing my now available Vino Intrepido wines, we chatted about the incredible work being down by Ricca Terra Farms in the Riverland region. The mentioned that they had bought some montepulciano fruit in the 2016 vintage, and offered me a bottle of the wine they made. Here are my impressions!

Monte by Bodega Montepulciano 2016 – $23.00 at Union Street Wine

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November 1, 2017 · 7:49 am

Let’s Taste – d’Arenberg Red Wines September 2017

Certainly not for the first time I’m looking at some wines from iconic McLaren Vale-based producer d’Arenberg, from a box of samples sent to me recently. Let me know your thoughts about these wines in the comments below!

Wines tasted;
d’Arenberg “d’Arry’s Original” 2014 – LUC $18.00
d’Arenberg “The Footbolt” 2015 – LUC $18.00
d’Arenberg “The High Trellis” 2014 – LUC $18.00

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