Category Archives: Australia

2012 McWilliam’s Hanwood Estate Chardonnay

The website mentions the Riverina but the bottle makes no reference to a GI. The value is undeniably high. There’s not a great deal of personality but it drinks well. Ripe but fresh lemon and nectarine with peaks of mango … Continue reading

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2012 Trentham Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot

Good value drinking from Trentham Estate. It’s what they do best. Blackcurrants, chocolate, licorice and olives with some basic polished floorboard and spice barrel (or stave?) influence. It isn’t a refined wine by any means but at the price it offers … Continue reading

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2013 Logan Apple Tree Flat Rosé

I’ve liked the vintages of Logan Wine’s Hannah Rosé that I’ve tasted. This is my first encounter with the less expensive Apple Tree Flat tier. It’s ok but it isn’t anything to get rowdy about. Has a strawberry and cherry … Continue reading

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2010 Chandon Vintage Brut

Chandon’s Vintage Brut is looking particularly smart this year. The best expression I’ve seen since at least the 2006 vintage. It’s fresh, pristine and quite delicious. Grapes were sourced from the Yarra Valley, the King Valley, the Strathbogie ranges and … Continue reading

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2013 Trentham Estate Verdejo

This is the first Australian Verdejo I’ve come across. And it’s pretty good. Reminds me of why I once held a fair amount of respect for Trentham Estate. Wish I had a bottle image to promote it. It has some texture and presence, … Continue reading

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2013 Trentham Estate Pinot Gris

I have absolutely no information about this wine except that it comes from Australia. So let’s cut to the chase. Smells and tastes of lime sherbet and brown pears over lychees. A hint of spice. Residual sugar sweetness but some … Continue reading

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2013 De Bortoli Sacred Hill Chardonnay

Serviceable Chardonnay and as good as you’re likely to find for seven dollars. Some respect for De Bortoli mentioning on their website that oak staves (rather than barrels) were used during fermentation. The oak influence does feel cheap but what do you … Continue reading

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2013 De Bortoli Sacred Hill Semillon Sauvignon Blanc

I don’t really drink De Bortoli’s Sacred Hill range but when they’re on song they deliver good value for minimum expenditure. This is 93% Semillon from the Riverina and 7% Sauvignon from the King Valley. Not that I suspect its … Continue reading

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2013 Trentham Estate Pinot Noir

“Wine of Australia” it says on the label. I’m no fan of “Brand Australia” but this is all I have to go on. It has new livery too and the website is hopelessly out of date so I can’t provide … Continue reading

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2009 Chandon Blanc de Blancs

The Chardonnay grapes for this were sourced from a myriad of cool climate regions within Australia; the Yarra Valley, the Strathbogie Ranges, Macedon, Adelaide Hills, King Valley and Tasmania. It spent 30 months on lees and tastes dry with a … Continue reading

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