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Cantina Valpolicella Negrar La Tirela Amarone Classico DOCG 2014

tirela-amarone-wmValpolicella produces some of Italy’s vinous treasures and fascinatingly, all the wines come from a blend of the same three grape varieties – Corvina, Molinara and Rondinella. Perhaps the wine most sort after here is Amarone made by semi-drying the ripe red grapes after they are picked. Either laid on shelves or hung to get Read More

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Philip Shaw Edinburgh NV Chardonnay Pinot Noir


A truly unique label from a winemaker that carves his own ground. Philip Shaw has made his home in Orange, New South Wales and his cellar door there is rather spectacular.

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A Griffin from Croatia – Ivancic Griffin Single Vineyard 2015

Have you tried any of the wines beginning to come from Croatia yet?



Alas, I must confess that this was one of my first and I am now keen to try others.

The Griffin is a single vineyard blend by winemaker Krešimir Ivančić that brings some Chardonnay structure to the hardy, Northern Europe grape Muller Thurgau. The vineyards where these grapes were grown are some of the highest in the Plešivica region at around 400m and within a stone’s throw of Zagreb. Read More

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Oliver’s Taranga Fiano 2016

olivers-t-fiano16There is more and more Australian Fiano wines becoming available and this is one of the wines you should try if you are new to the grape or new to Oliver’s Taranga label. This Italian grape has certainly captured Australia’s imagination and heart. Corrina Wright is not only well respected and loved for her contribution to the Australian Wine Industry but also for her role in keeping the innovative spirit alive at the family winery. She does all this whilst paying homage to the rich McLaren Vale history of the family’s wine heritage.

While this Fiano is unadorned with additional artifice, using indigenous yeasts, natural acid and no oak, it has developed a spicy, nutty nuance to its zippy citrus and crisp white peach nature. Silky, long and Read More

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Peter Lehmann Wigan Riesling 2012

PL-wigan-wmThe Wigan is named after winemaker Andrew Wigan and hails from the well drained, higher altitude soils of South Australia’s, Eden Valley. The Valley is one of Australia’s best regions for fine expressions of Riesling, the classic German grape. It is known for its lush aromas, ripeness and often floral overtones. This is one of Australia’s most highly awarded Rieslings.

Pre-cellared for 5 years already on release it shows some honeyed toastiness amongst the ripe lime juice and zest. Some floral prettiness was showing as well. But in the mouth, the beauty of this wine shone with a soft acid that was evenly balanced out. That soft line of acid drives Read More

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