Category Archives: Victoria

2012 Crittenden Estate Cabernet Merlot

A blend of 60% Cabernet and 40% Merlot from Port Phillip. “Fruit for this wine was grown at our Patterson Lakes Vineyard in Southern Victoria. Although this site doesn’t share the regional name of the Mornington Peninsula it does share … Continue reading

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2012 Crittenden Geppetto Shiraz

Grapes for this Shiraz were sourced from the Patterson Lakes vineyard in Southern Victoria. Wild yeast with maturation in used French barriques. If I were winemaker Rollo Crittenden I’d be deadset furious about the shitty Dan Murphy’s branded and owned … Continue reading

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2012 Redbank The Long Paddock Merlot

The more interesting of the two 2012 Redbank reds and for that reason it warrants a review. If you’re after a safer, less challenging and unremarkable red at around the $10 mark then you might be better off with the … Continue reading

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2012 Jamsheed Harem Series José the Rosé

A similar assemblage of grapes to past releases of José the Rosé. Syrah and Pinot with a dash of Chardonnay and maybe something else as well. Don’t think Frankenstein, think playfulness and pleasure. Eight months on lees and some barrel … Continue reading

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2012 Redbank The Long Paddock Sauvignon Blanc

My second least favourite of the current Redbank Long Paddock releases (there will be no review of the Chardonnay but I’d advise giving it a miss). I can see a certain demographic slugging it back though. I won’t describe who … Continue reading

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2011 Redbank The Long Paddock Pinot Gris

The website tells me this is King Valley fruit but the bottle just goes with Victoria. Not quite sure what to make of that. On the back label lies the PinotG Style Spectrum™ which situates this just on the ‘crisp’ side of … Continue reading

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2008 Brown Brothers Patricia Cabernet Sauvignon

As good as the Brown Brothers Patricia Pinot Noir Chardonnay is year in year out, and as undeniably high-class as the Patricia Noble Riesling can be I feel that the Patricia Shiraz, Chardonnay and now the Cabernet are letting the … Continue reading

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2009 Brown Brothers Patricia Chardonnay

A little bit country, a little bit rock ‘n roll. A cool climate Chardonnay gussied up in an old-fashioned frock. Dysphoric at heart and it doesn’t pull it off with the same interest, charm or class as Antony Hegarty. 44% of … Continue reading

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2012 Brown Brothers Chardonnay

Introduction? I got nothing. No tech specs, nothing witty to say, no song lyrics to attach. Nada. Sorry. Fruity little number aromatically. All tropical like with banana, stonefruits, fig and ripe lemon. Smells like you should tick a swizzle stick … Continue reading

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2012 Brown Brothers Tempranillo

A blend of Tempranillo grapes from Brown Brothers’ Heathcote Vineyard (35%) and the Banksdale Vineyard (65%) which sits in the King Valley between the high-altitude Whitlands area and Milawa. Simple varietal pleasures. Vanilla, raspberry, forest fruits, cola and cinnamon. Significant savoury elements on an otherwise … Continue reading

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