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Let’s Taste – Amato Vino Teroldego & Nebbiolo 2014

Not for the first time, I’m tasting wine made by Brad Wehr from Amato Vino, who was a guest on Episode 58 of my wine podcast The Vincast. Unlike last time, I’m tasting wine Brad made from Margaret River fruit, but they are both Italian grape varieties. Please let me know what you think in the comments below, and be sure to check out the episode of The Vincast with Brad!

Wines tasted;
Amato Teroldego 2014 – RRP $40.00
Amato Nebbiolo 2014 – RRP $40.00

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February 11, 2017 · 10:32 am

Let’s Taste – Billy Button White Wines December 2016

I’ve followed Jo Marsh and her Billy Button Wines for some time, mostly as they are focused on my beloved Italian grape varieties. After finally meeting Jo at the Australian Alternative Varieties Wine Show late last year, I was thrilled to finally be able to open some bottles here on the IntrepidWino YouTube channel. I looked at three white wines made from varieties that originate from different parts of Italy. Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!

Wines tasted;
Billy Button ‘The Delinquent’ Verduzzo 2015 – RRP $25.00
Billy Button ‘The Honest’ Fiano 2016 – RRP $25.00
Billy Button ‘The Versatile’ Vermentino 2016 – RRP $25.00
Website – http://billybuttonwines.com.au

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January 22, 2017 · 9:41 pm

Let’s Taste – Alex Russell Wines Alejandro Graciano 2016

My first video upload for 2017 was in fact recorded last year, and it was one of the wines from Alex Russell Wines. Fruit for this wine was grown by Ricca Terra Farms in the Riverland region of South Australia, and it’s part of a range that focuses on emerging varieties from Italy and Spain. I was impressed with other wines I tasted from the range back at the Australian Alternative Varieties Wine Show in November, and was keen to share my impressions of this wine on the channel. Let me know what you think in the comments below, please feel free to ask me any questions you may have!

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January 21, 2017 · 10:32 pm

Let’s Taste – Yering Station Reserve Shiraz Viognier 2005

On this edition of Let’s Taste with The Intrepid Wino, I open another bottle from my personal cellar. This is the third episode looking at wines from well-known Yarra Valley producer Yering Station, and the second looking at their Reserve Shiraz Viognier. In this case it is the 2005 – under scew-cap this time – let me know what you think in the comments below!

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December 22, 2016 · 3:40 pm

Let’s Taste – Clonakilla Riesling 2004

For a long time the Intrepid Cellar was made up mostly of wines sourced from trawling the Langtons auctions. Back in those days I was educating my palate on classic Australian wines, and preferably ones with some age. One style I was particularly interested in was aged riesling. Clonakilla is a producer from the Canberra District of New South Wales famous for its Shiraz Viognier, but it was the more accessible Riesling I was interested in when I bought it. Here are my impressions of the 2004 vintage from my cellar, with some help from Milly our dog. Let me know your thoughts in the comments below, and be sure to like share and subscribe if you enjoyed the video!

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December 20, 2016 · 6:58 pm

Let’s Taste – Hardys Brave New World 2015 wines

On this edition of Let’s Taste with The Intrepid Wino, I look at some brand new wines from Hardys, the premier brand from Accolade Wines. This new range is called Brave New World, with the idea of introducing customers to new grape varieties and new expressions, all from McLaren Vale fruit. Let me know what you think in the comments below, and be sure to like and share this video if you enjoyed it!

Wines tasted;
Hardys Brave New World Grenache Shiraz Mouvedre 2015
Hardys Brave New World Shiraz Sangiovese 2015
Hardys Brave New World Shiraz Black 2015

Hardys Brave New World 2015 wines

Hardys Brave New World 2015 wines

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December 20, 2016 · 5:11 pm

Let’s Taste – Moss Wood Reds December 2016

On the second of two parts looking at Moss Wood wines, I taste four of their red wines. The Margaret River region is famous for it’s red wines made from Bordeaux varieties like Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, and three of the four wines in this tasting are dominated by these grapes. The fourth is made from a well-known grape variety, that is not very common in this region; pinot noir.

Wines tasted;
Moss Wood Pinot Noir 2011 – RRP $60.00
Moss Wood Ribbon Vale Merlot 2014 – RRP $65.00
Moss Wood Amy’s 2015 – RRP $38.00
Moss Wood Ribbon Vale Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 – RRP $65.00

Moss Wood Pinot Noir 2011, Merlot & Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 and Amy's 2015

Moss Wood Pinot Noir 2011, Merlot & Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 and Amy’s 2015

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December 13, 2016 · 7:24 pm

Let’s Taste – Moss Wood Whites December 2016

Moss Wood is one of the most historic estates in the Margaret River region, with original plantings occurring in 1969. They were generous enough to send me some samples, which I will taste across two editions of Let’s Taste. On this edition I look at two of their white wines, made from varieties synonymous with the region.

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December 6, 2016 · 9:37 am

Let’s Taste – S.C. Pannell McLaren Vale Grenache 2011

Just over three years ago I helped out at the annual trade day for Cellarhand Wines here in Melbourne, and as a thank you I was gifted a few bottles of wine. They have both been sitting in my cellar since then, and I decided to open one on this edition of Let’s Taste. Steve Pannell is one of the most celebrated winemakers in Australia, and amongst his gems is the S.C. Pannell McLaren Vale Grenache, already a multiple trophy winner. Let me know your thoughts in the comments below, and be sure to like share and subscribe!

S.C. Pannell McLaren Vale Grenache 2011

S.C. Pannell McLaren Vale Grenache 2011

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December 5, 2016 · 5:16 pm

AAVWS 2016 Part Three – Trophies Long Lunch

Without question, the most fun part of the Australian Alternative Varieties Wine Show calendar is the famous Long Lunch where the trophies are announced. The five-course menu is designed by none-other than Mildura institution Stefano Di Pieri, with a selection of wines from the previous years show, many of them trophy winners. The festivities are emceed by the Chair of the AAVWS, which this year was former guest on The Vincast wine podcast and all around lovely guy, Ashley Ratcliff. Have a watch, then head to the show website to find out all of the trophy winners. Don’t forget to let me know what you think in the comments below, like share and subscribe, and be sure to visit my website and follow me on social media. Many thanks to the AAVWS for the opportunity to attend as the 2016 Fellow, and also for the use of some pictures from the Facebook page.

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December 5, 2016 · 2:07 pm