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Yalumba Signature 2013

yalumba-signatureThis 2013 vintage is the 55th Signature and it does not disappoint. Each year Yalumba dedicates this wine to a ‘signatory’ in recognition of their achievements as part of the tight-knit team involved in making the eloquent Yalumba wines. Read More

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Two ‘Great Whites’ from Central Victoria

Who said that in the Game of Rhones that the only colour was blood red…..

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The Barolos, Pelavergas and Barberas of Fratelli Alessandria

F Alessandria review

 

Here are some of the wines from Fratelli Alessandria …….

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An Australian Master from Langhorne Creek in your glass

wb-masterUntil the early 2000’s, Wolf Blass Black Label was the pinnacle of the Wolf Blass line which sported those quirky coloured tombstone shaped labels. Then came Platinum Label, a straight varietal Shiraz. A departure for the eponymous brand founded by the winemaker with the moniker of ‘the Master Blender’. Wolfgang Blass himself.

It gives a sense of continuity that this new pinnacle of the extensive Wolf Blass range is back to the original formula of a blend, albeit from a single vineyard rather than a blend of regions as well as varieties. This time 61% Cabernet and 39% Shiraz as opposed to the 51% Cabernet / 49% Shiraz varietal composition of the current 2010 vintage of Black Label. Read More

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The d’Arenberg Shiraz legacy

darenberg-footbolt-wmUnder the current custodianship of Chester Osborn, d’Arenberg has continued to flourish with new wines being introduced regularly to keep the brand fresh. While some of the newer wines have names that seem bonkers, such as The Cenosilicaphobic Cat Sagrantino Cinsault and Stephanie the Gnome with Rose Tinted Glasses Shiraz Sangiovese, the family remain respectful of their history and have made sure that the new sits amicably beside the traditional.

The ‘traditional’ includes the d’Arenberg coat of arms containing the distinctive red stripe. The ‘new’ reflects the impish sense of humour that prompts Chester’s choice of shirt and the names that appear on the labels. That distinctive red stripe and quirky sense of humour has landed the family in some hot water with the Mumm Champagne house, hence the change of name recently for their sparkling wine from Dadd to Polly. And yes, Read More

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