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Let’s Taste – Heggies Vineyard Chardonnays

Heggies Vineyard is part of Hill-Smith Family Vineyards, planted at high elevations in the Eden Valley region of South Australia. Much of the wine is sold through major retailers or exported. The focus is on white wine, particularly chardonnay. These samples were submitted for my impressions, let me know what you think in the comments below.

Wines tasted;
Heggies Vineyard <500m Chardonnay 2016 – RRP $22.00
Heggies Vineyard Estate Chardonnay 2015 – RRP $31.00

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The Vincast Episode 116 – Brian Walsh from Wine Australia

Like so many in the industry, Brian Walsh got into the wine business almost by accident. As a teenager from the McLaren Vale, he was more interested in surfing that wine, but needing a job he took what was intended as a temporary position with Chateau Reynalla. He spent 20 years working in the McLaren Vale before accepting the position of chief winemaker at Yalumba in the Barossa in 1988. After an incredible 26 years he stepped away from full-time winemaking, and now sits on a number of industry boards, including the chair of Wine Australia.

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Let’s Taste – Yalumba Museum Reserve Antique Tawny

I love fortified wines, but like pretty much every wine drinker in the world, I don’t drink them anywhere near as often as I should. Australia has a rich tradition of producing high quality fortified wines, and the Barossa region in South Australia is only second to the Rutherglen region as far as acclaim. Yalumba have been around more than long enough to build up a library of wine to blend an outstanding tawny, which they have in this Museum Reserve Antique Tawny. I was thrilled to share my impressions of this wine on the YouTube channel, and I’m very interested to hear what you think in the comments below!

Yalumba Museum Reserve Antique Tawny – RRP $25.00 (375ml)

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March 28, 2017 · 4:32 pm

The Vincast Episode 109 – Ashley Ratcliff from Ricca Terra Farms

For the past fourteen years, Ashley Ratcliff has worked for arguably Australia’s most important family-owned wine business, Hill-Smith Family Vineyards. Over those years he worked in many different elements of the business, from viticulture to marketing, operations to running one of the wineries. More recently he has established a vineyard in the Riverland – considered one of the warm-hot irrigated regions known for large volume grape production – and has been planting more alternative varieties to show the potential for these grapes in the region, particularly for high quality fruit. He has now thrown himself 100% into Ricca Terra Farms, and even has other plans for the future.

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Ashley Ratcliff from Ricca Terra Farms

Ashley Ratcliff from Ricca Terra Farms

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Let’s Taste – Yalumba ‘The Y Series’ Sangiovese Rosé 2016

The wonderful Pippa from Hill-Smith Family Vineyards sent me a care package of samples, including three different rosé wines from the portfolio, so I decided to do a three-part series. This is part one, and is for the Yalumba ‘The Y Series’ Rosé 2016. The Y Series was always a great value option back when I worked in wine retail. Let me know what you think in the comments!

Yalumba 'The Y Series' Sangiovese Rosé 2016

Yalumba ‘The Y Series’ Sangiovese Rosé 2016

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November 2, 2016 · 8:54 am

Let’s Taste – Yalumba The Scribbler 2013

The final in a series looking at wines from Yalumba thanks to a box of samples sent by Pippa Merrett from Hill-Smith Family Vineyards. The Scribbler is a classic Australian blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz, and is a great wine for the price. Let me know what you think in the comments below!

Yalumba The Scribbler 2013

Yalumba The Scribbler 2013

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July 21, 2016 · 10:39 am

Let’s Taste – Yalumba Roussanne & Viognier 2015

Another in a series of Yalumba Let’s Taste videos, this time some incredible white wines from Yalumba Family Vignerons in the Barossa. Let me know what you think in the comments below!

Yalumba Roussanne & Viognier 2015

Yalumba Roussanne & Viognier 2015

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July 15, 2016 · 9:26 am

Let’s Taste – Yalumba Patchwork Shiraz 2014

The second in a series of Yalumba wine tastings, this time the Patchwork Shiraz 2014, which is named as such because it is a blend of different parts of the Barossa Valley region. Let me know what you think in the comments below, and thanks for watching!

Yalumba Patchwork Shiraz 2014

Yalumba Patchwork Shiraz 2014

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July 14, 2016 · 8:15 am

Let’s Taste – Yalumba Galway Vintage Shiraz 2014 & Malbec 2013

The first in a series of Yalumba episodes of Let’s Taste, thanks to a lovely box of samples sent by Pippa from Hill-Smith Family Vineyards. This episode focuses on the Galway Vintage range, particularly on the Shiraz and Malbec wines. Let me know what you think in the comments below, and don’t forget to subscribe!

Yalumba Galway Vintage Shiraz 2014 & Malbec 2013

Yalumba Galway Vintage Shiraz 2014 & Malbec 2013

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July 10, 2016 · 12:33 pm

Let’s Taste – My Granny’s Cellar!!

Last September my amazing Grandmother passed away at the incredible age of 89 (vintage 1927). As my family went through the emotional process of organising and cleaning her house of 40 years, I discovered a number of bottles of wine in the cupboard under the stairs. With permission from my family I opened some of these bottles on this video, and the results were quite surprising.

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February 8, 2016 · 10:28 am