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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

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 – Mandala Chardonnay & Pinot Noir 2017

I’ve only recently been introduced to the wines of Mandala in the Victorian region of the Yarra Valley, and I was thrilled to have a chance to look at the 2017 vintages of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Let me know what you think in the comments below!

Wines tasted;
Mandala Chardonnay 2017 – RRP $30.00
Mandala Pinot Noir 2017 – RRP $30.00

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July 2, 2018 · 6:04 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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The Vincast Episode 135 – Jonathan Ross MS

Though Jonathan Ross always had competitive tendencies, it wasn’t until he discovered hospitality and wine that he truly applied himself and found his passion. From growing up in New Jersey to working at one of the top restaurants in the world, his career has always had an upward trajectory. Soon after relocating to Australia with his fiancée Jane Lopes (who is also a top sommelier), he became a Master Sommelier of which there are currently only 249 in the world. He joins me on this episode of The Vincast to talk about his journey, and his new-found love of Australian wine.

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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

Let’s Taste – Michael Hall Roussanne, Pinot Noir & Syrah 2016

I’ve been seeing quite a bit of the Michael Hall wines around Melbourne of late, and it’s clear to understand why. I was very excited to have an opportunity to taste more wines from the range, and I’d love to hear what you think in the comments below!

Wines tasted;
Michael Hall Barossa Valley Roussanne 2016 – RRP $38.00
Michael Hall Adelaide Hills Pinot Noir 2016 – RRP $47.00
Michael Hall Adelaide Hills Syrah 2016 – RRP $50.00

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May 14, 2018 · 5:34 pm

Let’s Taste – d’Arenberg ‘The Footbolt’ 2016 and ‘The High Trellis’ 2015

More d’Arenberg wines, the samples just keep on coming, and I always relish the chance to look at new vintages from one of Australia’s most iconic brands. Let me know what you think in the comments below.

Wines tasted;
d’Arenberg ‘The Footbolt’ Shiraz 2016 – RRP $18.00
d’Arenberg ‘The High Trellis’ Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 – RRP $18.00

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April 30, 2018 · 4:45 pm

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