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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

The Vincast Episode 138 – Leanne De Bortoli from De Bortoli Wines

In 2018 De Bortoli Wines is celebrating 90 years of wine history in Australia, and as a member of the third generation, Leanne De Bortoli has worked tirelessly with her winemaker husband Steve Webber to take the company to new heights. Growing up in Griffith where the business was founded by her grandfather, she and Steve helped establish their Yarra Valley-based facility in the 1980s and was instrumental in evolving the brand image to a more premium one. In a number of ways and at numerous times De Bortoli have been trend-setters in the wine industry, and as a member of Australia’s First Families of Wine they are well placed to continue producing outstanding wines and having a positive influence.

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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 – Mandala Blanc de Blancs 2015

Another wine from a producer new to Let’s Taste – Yarra Valley’s Mandala Wines – this time a sparkling, the Blanc de Blancs 2015. Blanc de Blancs are white wines made from white grapes, in this case 100% Chardonnay. Let me know what you think in the comments below.

Wine tasted;
Mandala Blanc de Blancs 2015 – RRP $35.00

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April 28, 2018 · 5:46 pm

Let’s Taste – Mandala 2014 Reds

Another new producer for the Let’s Taste series, this time from a very familiar region. Mandala Wines are a Yarra Valley based producer that focuses on classic varieties for the region. I was thrilled to have a chance to look at their premium reds across three varieties, unfortunately there was a technical problem with the initial record and I lost one of the wines. Let me know what you think in the comments below.

Wines tasted;
Mandala ‘The Prophet’ Pinot Noir 2014 – RRP $50.00
Mandala ‘The Rock’ Shiraz 2014 – RRP $50.00
Mandala ‘The Butterfly’ Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 – RRP $50.00

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April 11, 2018 · 5:36 pm

Let’s Taste – Mac Forbes Coldstream Pinot Noir 2015

If you haven’t listened to it already, on Episode 123 of The Vincast podcast I chatted with winemaker Mac Forbes, who has been working for over 10 years to change perceptions of sub-regional Yarra Valley. He generously gave me a bottle of his 2015 Coldstream Pinot Noir and I was thrilled to share my impressions of the wine here on Let’s Taste. I was particularly thrilled to share the experience with my six-month-old son Ollie!

Mac Forbes Coldstream Pinot Noir 2015 – RRP $50.00

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September 27, 2017 · 8:57 am

The Vincast Episode 123 – Mac Forbes from Mac Forbes Wines

Having worked in the Yarra Valley and spent plenty of time driving around it, I’m amazed at how geographically large and diverse it is. Mac Forbes has been one of the most important wine producers that has attempted to show how different each part of the region can be. He does this through the medium of grape variety, having released a number of sub-regional wines every vintage since 2004. I was thrilled to sit down with him and hear more about his journey and what led him to take such a serious risk in choosing this approach.

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The Vincast Episode 122 – John Harris from Mitchell Harris Wines

Growing up in Ballarat, John Harris graduated from Charles Sturt University with a degree in oenology in 1999, and soon took up a position at Domaine Chandon. Over the next seven years he gained much experience and by the end of his tenure was in charge of sparkling production for the Yarra Valley-based operation. In 2008, along with his wife’s extended family, he began the Mitchell Harris brand that would eventually be based in their mutual home town of Ballarat.

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Let’s Taste – Out of Step Wine Co. August 2017

I’m always thrilled when I get an email from David Chatfield letting me know there are some new Out of Step Wine Co. releases. This is probably even more the case since I was privileged enough to share winery space with Dave this year, and see some of the wines in their early developments. One of those wines is tasted on this edition of Let’s Taste, accompanied by a few 2016 wines. Let me know what you think in the comments below!

Wines tasted;
Out of Step “Catbird” 2017 – RRP $28.00
Out of Step Willowlake Pinot Noir 2016 – RRP $33.00
Out of Step Malakoff Estate Shiraz 2016 – RRP $32.00

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August 29, 2017 · 10:14 am

Let’s Taste – Yeringberg Chardonnay 2005

As mentioned before here on Let’s Taste and on my podcast The Vincast, Yeringberg is a very special winery for me as they produced my epiphany wine that led me to follow my career path. For a period of time I would try to find older bottles of Yeringberg wines, and this was the last one I had. The bottle unfortunately wasn’t in great condition, but the wine still looked pretty good. Let me know what you think in the comments below!

Wine tasted;
Yeringberg Chardonnay 2005 – RRP $60.00 (current vintage)
Website – http://www.yeringberg.com

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August 13, 2017 · 11:07 am