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2013 Clonakilla Jack Reidy Shiraz

Posted a photo of this to Facebook and Bryan Martin, who works alongside Tim Kirk at Clonakilla, offered the following: “Ahh, I remember you Jacky boy. Comes from the Euroka park and Eastern vineyards. Tough to declassify from the other … Continue reading

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2013 Xanadu DJL Margaret River Chardonnay

100% wild barrel ferment, 20% new, nine months maturation in said French oak, lees stirring. Entirely Gin Gin clone. Admirable freshness given just how flavoursome it is. Brown pears, melons, lemony-grapefruit acidity. Ginger and vanilla porridge with a drizzle of … Continue reading

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2007 Tscharke Lumberjack Vintage Fortified Touriga

I’m a fortified and I’m ok…Don’t get sent many. Not popular. More’s the shame. The bottle has changed. Not blocky anymore. A pity given the Lumberjack moniker. Smells and tastes of toffee, dark chocolate, citrus peel, blackcurrants and plums with … Continue reading

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2012 Domenica Roussanne Marsanne

Made by longtime Giaconda assistant winemaker Peter Graham. The 2013 release isn’t far off now but you can still track this down and it’d be worth your while. 60% Roussanne, 35% Marsanne and 5% Viognier. Golden and textural. Mouthfilling yet … Continue reading

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2013 Punt Road Napoleone Vineyard Yarra Valley Pinot Noir

Not of the same standard as the 2012 but still a compelling option for the price. A sour cherry and sweet black raspberry profile. The fruit becomes darker as it moves through its line. Quite chocolatey and forward by the … Continue reading

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2012 Killerby Margaret River Chardonnay

Killerby have failed to impress me in the past. Nothing has changed with this wine. Sweet tropical fruit, very little definition. Devoid of purpose in the mouth. Creamy oak and lees. Short. Amorphous and unremarkable. Getting awfully close to flaccid. … Continue reading

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2013 Oakridge The Parish of Gruyere Chardonnay

Coles exclusive. Certainly on the fruity side for an Oakridge Chardonnay. Almost precocious. Still possesses minerally acidity and trademark phenolic crunch. Hints of pineapple with melon and peach. Honeycomb, caramel and a slight syrupyness. Very spicy, slightly biscuity. Interesting to … Continue reading

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2012 Clarence Hill Chardonnay

From the Adelaide wine region. I can’t give you anymore detail. Lots and lots of melon, canned peaches, cheap oak and vanilla with very forced citric cut. Rough. Feels industrially made. 82 Region: Adelaide Alcohol: 13.0% Closure: Screwcap Price: $18 … Continue reading

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2013 Ten Minutes by Tractor 10X Pinot Noir

Genuine abundance in a Pinot that’s more than ready to go straight away. Lots of ripe, dark brambly fruit and plums. A little red cherry flavour basking on top. Spicy and juicy with substantial weight. Not overly complex but will … Continue reading

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