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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 – The Local Drop Intrepid Wino Pack #1 – Italo-Australians

I was thrilled to have been contacted by the team at The Local Drop recently, who are fans of my podcast The Vincast, and invited me to curate my own wine packs based on things I was excited about. I’m very proud to share my first collection, which probably wouldn’t surprise some of you is all around Australian wines made from Italian varieties. I continue to be blown away by the quality of these wines and their applicability not only to the Australian climate but also the culture around food and wine here. I hope you enjoy my tasting video, please head to The Local Drop website to find out more and to purchase, please let me know if you have any questions in the comments section below.

Wines tasted;
Trentham Estate Prosecco NV
Wine Unplugged ‘The Dagger’ Pinot Grigio 2016
Range Life Garganega 2015
Unico Zelo Dolcetto 2017
Fighting Gully Road Sangiovese 2016
Vino Intrepido Spanna in the Works Nebbiolo 2017

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August 7, 2018 · 11:44 am

Let’s Taste – Tahbilk GSM, Shiraz & Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

Long overdue tasting of some new releases from iconic and historic Tahbilk Winery based in Nagambie Victoria. On this edition we are looking at three reds from the 2016 vintage, let me know your thoughts below.

Wines tasted;
Tahbilk Grenache Shiraz Mouvedre 2016 – RRP $25.70
Tahbilk Shiraz 2016 – RRP $25.70
Tahbilk Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 – RRP $25.70

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July 30, 2018 · 2:52 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 – d’Arenberg wines June 2018

Another month, another box of samples from d’Arenberg. Without question the team at d’Arenberg have been the biggest supporters of Let’s Taste with The Intrepid Wino and I always appreciate the opportunity to look at new releases. On this edition we are looking at wines I’ve tasted before, so great to taste new vintages.

Wines tasted;
d’Arenberg ‘The Hermit Crab’ Viognier Marsanne 2017 – RRP $15.00
d’Arenberg ‘The Lucky Lizard’ Chardonnay 2017 – RRP $25.00
d’Arenberg ‘The Sticks & Stones’ Tempranillo Grenache Souzao Tinta Cao 2014 – RRP $29.00
d’Arenberg ‘The Custodian’ Grenache 2015 – RRP $18.00
d’Arenberg ‘The Derelict Vineyard’ Grenache 2014 – RRP $29.00
d’Arenberg ‘The Bonsai Vine’ Grenache Shiraz Mouvèdre 2016 – RRP $29.00

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July 2, 2018 · 4:33 pm

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 – 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