La Bohème Act Two Dry Pinot Noir Rosé 2016


When the De Bortoli family launched this wine in 2010, the Rosé Revolution was also born as a celebration of the dry rosés produced in Australia at a time when this type of rosé was barely on wine lovers radar. Now, when visiting a small local bottle shop in Australia, you have a much greater chance of finding a dry rosé, it may even be pale, in amongst the candy coloured, off dry pinks. There is even a good chance Read More

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The Austins & Co Pinot Noir masterclass

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Austins-Ireland-PNAustins & Co are probably better known for their 6ft6 range of wines. The family winery from Australia’s Geelong wine region have a knack for producing quality wine with funky labels at around the $20 mark. They also have recently embarked on releasing two wines that showcase the potential for Pinot Noir in Geelong’s, Moorabool Valley. Read More

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Hungerford Hill Dalliance 2010



This fizz is often lauded as one of New South Wales’ best sparkling offerings and having tasted it several times recently, it is a wine that certainly stands up and puts itself forward. The Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes for this wine come from the very cool climate Tumbarumba region and display the fine ripe flavours and the acid to balance the bubbles. The Dalliance 2010 is a richer wine compared to the 2008 and it has evolved into a rich honey citrus and cinnamon apple wine layered with brioche and almond nougat.

Not only does it work as an aperitif, with that intensity and texture, try it with seafood, light canapés and starters too. Just don’t serve it too cold and really enjoy the complexity that the 2010 has to offer.

Date:  7th December 2014   Price: $35    Value: $$   Drink: Now, why wait

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Five Rosés for this Summer



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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Lerida’s Latest

Here are two of Lerida Estate’s latest releases …..

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Lerida Estate 2012 Chardonnay ($25)

On your way to Canberra in 2012, if you drove past Lake George you would have noticed it had water in it. I remember back in the 1980s when the Lake was getting up close and personal to the highway and then it mysteriously disappeared in the 90s. In 2012, I saw it way off in the distance for the first time in such a long time. So I guess that vintage must be significant to Lerida Estate, the winery situated right there on the banks of Lake George.  Having that body of water and a cool but long summer melded to give a Chardonnay that you will want another bottle of.

The cool ripe and tangy grapefruit and white stonefruit are crisp and clean combined with some lightly spiced oak.  A wine with a nice balance, elegantly bodied and long length. There is a lot of finesse in this tightly textured Chardonnay and it will take a couple of years to unfurl some more if you want to wait.

Lerida Estate Cullerin 2013 Pinot Noir ($35)

This vintage had a loads of fragrant appeal in the nose of cherry, mushroom and exotic spice. For me however, it is a wine that needs food to counter the extra alcoholic heat and sweetness. I enjoyed it with the rich sweet sauce of Peking Duck and it came to life with that spiced perfume coming to the fore.

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