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Patritti Section 181 McLaren Vale Grenache 2015

0472A27E-AF67-4E4B-8D47-059DD1D1FC17Section 181 refers to the single vineyard that is the source for these Grenache grapes. Section 181 Branson Road, Tatachilla, a vineyard Giovanni Patritti purchased in 1960 and planted with varieties such as this dry grown Grenache.  This old vine red expresses typical McLaren Vale regional ripeness, boldness and generosity in its raspberry, red plum and cherry fruit supported by vanilla, cinnamon and a handful of dried herbs.

Ripe tannins wraps around fresh acid and a fuller body. Once this wine settles on the tongue there is plenty of intensity and the fresh red fruit lingers on. This is a wine that has a story to tell, it will just take some time for it to hit its stride. It is good drinking now, but certainly it will do well with some cellar time and once you taste it, Read More

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Five Rosés for this Summer

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With the heat of summer approaching there is nothing quite like the versatility of a pink wine. As refreshing as a white with a long line of lively acid with more body and deeper berried flavours.

There has been a recent movement towards the Provencal style of rosé.  A style which is a pale salmon in colour, with little residual sugar or sweetness and a silkiness that comes from some time on lees. The best of these wines are made with fruit specifically chosen for that wineand have a savoury edge of cream, spice and maybe some gentle dried herbs such as lavender to the ripe berry fruit.
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d’Arenberg Sticks & Stones Tempranillo, Grenache, Tinta cao, Souzao 2010

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d’Arenberg has recently given many of their wines a fresh, slick new look and The Sticks and Stones 2010 is now sporting distinctive new togs.

An allsorts bag blending Spain (Tempranillo and Garnacha/Grenache) and Portugal Read More

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Clos du Mont Olivet Sabon Chateauneuf du Pape 2009

Clos du Mont Olivet Sabon Chateauneuf du Pape 2009

Clos du Mont Olivet Sabon Chateauneuf du Pape 2009

 

To taste a Chateauneuf du Pape should be on everyone’s bucket list and if you have a cellar, get at least a few laying down for long term cellaring. The region itself is well worth the visit with picturesque vineyards covered with pudding stones in various shades of cream.

Fragrant with violets, cherry, blackberry, olive, liquorice and wild mint that is evocative of walking through the town square in any French town on market day. Full bodied with tannins that are still strident and sticky supporting the fleshiness. The fruit weight has power and a length of dark fruit, olives and dark chocolate. Give it some time to smooth out more and gain some graceful polish or drink it now with some game.

Date: September 2013   Price:  $65+  Value: $$   Drink:  3 –10+

 

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A white hot bakers dozen wines for Summer under $25

Thirteen wines that will cover all your wine needs this Summer whether you are at the beach, BBQ or just chilling on the couch!

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What’s hot in your glass this summer?  The summer of 2014 will be one where there are plenty of wines vying for a share of your wine glass. Moscato continues its expansion on shelves and fridges with new variants such as Banrock Station’s Red Moscato ($9). So too does Pinot Grigio or its sweeter version Pinot Gris.  Read More

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