Category Archives: Other Whites

2011 Marques de Tezona Macabeo Sauvignon Blanc

Another inexpensive Spanish white quaffer although it isn’t in quite the same league as the Elefante reviewed underneath. 80% Macabeo, 15% Verdejo, 5% Sauvignon Blanc. Restrained aromatics. Lemon and florals mostly. Sea shells more than brine. Some notes of pear filling … Continue reading

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2012 Elefante Blanco

A blend of 50% Macabeo, 40% Verdejo and 10% Sauvignon Blanc. Goes well for the dollars and has a fair amount of interest. Stonefruit, assorted tropicals nudging pineapple and some significant briney qualities. Grassy more than herbaceous. A few slices of … Continue reading

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2012 Houghton Classic White

In 1937 the legendary Jack Mann created a wine known as Houghton’s White Burgundy. It was renamed the “Houghton Classic White” in 2005 (as the laws surrounding the use of French regional names demanded) and it’s still a very smart wine for the … Continue reading

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2012 De Bortoli Yarra Valley Reserve Release EZ

A few changes to the De Bortoli EZ (Edelzwicker or Alsatian field blend) this year. It wasn’t released in 2011 as Steve Webber felt that the fruit they would have used had too prominent a ginger character. 2012 sees a more … Continue reading

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2011 Between Five Bells White

One of the most exciting developments in the Australian wine scene last year was the arrival of Between Five Bells - a collective comprised of David Fesq, Lethbridge’s Ray Nadeson and sommelier Josh Dunne. Sign up to their newsletter and check out their blog. … Continue reading

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2012 The Story Westgate Vineyard Blanc

The third release of The Story’s Rhone white blend, composed of Marsanne, Roussanne and Viognier (60%/20%/20%). More forward than the 2011 and more complex than the 2010. All good expressions mind you. This was actually one of the wines I chose … Continue reading

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2012 SC Pannell Pronto Bianco

For all the success Stephen Pannell has had with his Grenache and Nebbiolo, he’s still a champion of blended wines. This one is made up of Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling and Pinot Grigio from the Adelaide Hills, all adding a distinct … Continue reading

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2011 Domaine de Belle Vue de Muscadet ‘Gabbro’ Sèvre et Maine

I like a good Muscadet when the weather turns warm. They can often taste as if they’re made from pulverised rocks as opposed to crushed Melon de Bourgogne grapes – which are apparently very neutral in flavour anyway. This is … Continue reading

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2012 Wirra Wirra Scrubby Rise Sauvignon Blanc Semillon Viognier

“If you want, want my love Take it baby If you want, want my heart Take it baby You can have it all.” – Yo La Tengo I’ve always been fond of this snappy little white blend from Wirra Wirra. … Continue reading

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2011 Topper’s Mountain Barrel Ferment Petit Manseng

A little bit of background information for those who might be unaware; the New England region sits below the border of New South Wales and Queensland. It’s a diverse area with vineyards such as Topper’s Mountain sitting at high altitudes … Continue reading

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