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Donnafugata Bell’Assai Vittoria DOC Frappato Sicilia 2016

donnafugata-bellassaiFrappato is a one of my recent discoveries. The grape is one of Sicily’s many natives and is a lighter bodied red, this one hailing from Vittoria in the South East of the island. Donnafugata is the label of the Rallo family, who have made Marsala since the mid-19th Century.  Today, they make varietal wines showcasing some of Sicily’s most interesting native varieties.

Bell’Assai beguiling wine made from the Frappato grape with an evocative nose of wild herbs, cherry, rose, orange peel and spice. It is ever so smooth, very elegant and well balanced. Stainless steel all the way has left the ripe tannins soft and slippery. Read More

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Pizzini Arneis 2017

pizzini-arneis-wmArneis is one of Italy’s white wine grapes and is just one of the Italian varieties that the Pizzini family of Australia’s King Valley champion.  It is a variety that has a richly perfumed heart redolent of honeysuckle and stonefruit that brings with it the essence of summer. It makes as good a companion for spicy food as it does for a fleshy piece of white fish with toasted flaked almonds and lemon beurre blanc.

This tasty mouthfilling, dry white has all the hallmark aromas of jasmine and honeysuckle wrap themselves around ripe peach and pear. The fuller body has a lushness in the mouth that is balanced with a soft, fresh flush of acid. Chill it lightly to get the best from this wine’s loquacity.

Quickie review «This wine’s rich perfume exudes the scents of summer while keeping it fresh. Very stylish indeed! »

Country of Origin: Australia  Date: February 2018   Price: AUD24 | GBP16   Drink: now  Needs food: no   Source: tasting

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John Duval Plexus Shiraz Grenache Mourvedre

John Duval winesJohn Duval’s mastery in winemaking is apparent in the elegance of the wines in his range. The former Penfold’s winemaker makes wines that are immediately drinkable or even better with some rest in your cellar. The Plexus is a Rhone blend, one that makes Shiraz the star with it making up 52% of the blend, Grenache 32% and the rest Mourvedre. All sourced from around the Barossa Valley. There is a matching pair, a white blend of Marsanne, Roussanne and Viognier which I have also found to be a fragrant treat.

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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

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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?

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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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When ice wine gets a sparkly make over…… Inniskillin Sparkling Ice Wine Vidal 2014

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Inniskillin has become synonymous with Canadian Ice Wine and a common find on the shelves of travel retailers around the world. A sweet and sticky dessert wine, ice wine is a little different to Australia’s most common dessert wine style Read More

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Le Prince de Courthézon Côtes du Rhône AOC 2016

le-prince-de-CWhen looking for a Cotes du Rhone that delivers generosity as well as value, this quaffable red will please.  Le Prince de Courthézon is produced from grapes sourced close to Chateauneuf du Pape, Read More

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