Category Archives: White Blends

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 Oakridge Local Vineyard Series Fumare

The wine formerly known as the Oakridge Fume. Smoking name change. A blend of 71% Sauvignon Blanc from the Guerin vineyard in Gladysdale, 19% Semillon from the Oakridge vineyard in Coldstream and 10% Pinot Gris from the Syme vineyard in Seville. The … Continue reading

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2012 David Hook Reserve Central Ranges De Novo Bianco

Another Australian white blend crosses my path. It makes me happy. Onwards! We must move forward, not backward; upward not forward; and always twirling, twirling, twirling towards freedom! A blend of Pinot Grigio, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Riesling grown on … Continue reading

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2012 Brash Higgins SM/R

A field blend of McLaren Vale Semillon and Riesling. It shouldn’t work but it does. Co-fermented using native yeasts for six months in five year-old French barriques. Sea spray, citrus blossom, lemons and limes with exotic star fruit notes. Juicy and … 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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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 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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Vale WWEI: Prepare to Meet Your Maker

Vale interloper Gods listen. Or at least that’s the conclusion I came to at the end of a three-day junket in McLaren Vale earlier in July. To begin with, I kind of muscled my way into the Queensland “Meet Your … Continue reading

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2011 TarraWarra Estate Viognier Roussanne Marsanne

TarraWarra’s fourth vintage of a ‘Rhône’ white blend and the first I’ve tasted from them. Judging from this, they’ve gotten the hang of it pretty darn quickly. The composition changes from year to year depending on vintage variation and the winemaking team’s … Continue reading

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