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2012 Master Blender Castro’s Ligador Shiraz Mataro

An extension of of the Mr Riggs Wine Co. portfolio from what I can make out. McLaren Vale fruit. Highly aromatic and jubey. Abundant blueberry, blackberry and plum fruits, French vanilla, minor mocha oak and strong, ferrous tannin. Crushed spice. … Continue reading

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2011 Schmitges Seit Erdener Treppchen Riesling Spätlese

A friend of mine spent time working vintage in the Mosel last year and came back with manifold insights and an ever-increasing love of the Rieslings made there. Given his generosity of spirit, I’ve shared significantly in the spoils. Imported … Continue reading

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2012 Born and Raised Heathcote Nebbiolo

Fruit from Galli Estate’s Camelback vineyard is used to make a Nebbiolo of some largesse. Wild ferment, matured entirely in used oak. It smells of raspberries, bitumen, cherries and leather. Raisined notes on a palate structured by angular acidity and sandpaper … Continue reading

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2012 Cradle of Hills Row 23 Scarce Earth Shiraz

A powerful Vale Shiraz from the Sellick’s Hill subregion. In Scarce Earth parlance it belongs to the Christies Beach geological formation. Owners Paul and Tracy Smith were seeking a vineyard with a maritime influence. Black cherry-berry fruits, fleshy plums, vanilla … Continue reading

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2013 Howard Park Miamup Sauvignon Blanc Semillon

Sauvignon Blanc from the southerly regions of the Margaret River GI with the Semillon sourced from more central areas. Mostly tank fermented, a few batches in barrel. Nettles, passionfruit, and lemony extension. Minor level of sweatiness. Has body and intensity. … Continue reading

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2011 Gemtree White Lees Shiraz

Shiraz poured on top of white grape lees left in new French oak. Velvety, full-bodied and mouth-filling. Smells (unsurprisingly) yeasty and somewhat more unexpectedly of orange blossom. Saturated black and purple fruits, milk chocolate, red strap licorice and pepper. Big, … Continue reading

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2013 Logan Apple Tree Flat Semillon Sauvignon Blanc

“The more I think about it the bigger it gets” – graffiti in an underpass that leads to Fortitude Valley in Brisbane. Soft acidity, blurry tropical fruit and citrus flavour. The aromas and palate lack dynamics. Bitter herbs hang around … Continue reading

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2012 Garagistes Tuerong Chardonnay

This offering from the Tuerong area of the Mornington Peninsula is big on character and flavour but not at all over the top. It does feel regional. It offers the same clarity of fruit as the 2012 Merricks Chardonnay but … Continue reading

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2010 Jacob’s Creek St Hugo Cabernet Sauvignon

A very polished and balanced release even if it lacks any real excitement. Lots of eucalypt/peppermint too, so don’t say I didn’t warn you. Malty, toasty chocolate oak adds to the commercial appeal. It’s quite elegant with a touch of … Continue reading

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