Wine of the Week

Wine of the Week   Feudi di San Gregorio Sannio Falanghina DOC 2010 Having tasted quite a few of the San Gregorio wines recently I’ve been heartily impressed with them all. Their Aglianico red wines and sparkling wine are well worth buying but this wine from the variety Falanghina takes the trophy of most enjoyable. … Read more

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Wine of the Week Du Cedre ‘Heritage’ Cahors 2009 It was a pretty hard job trying to pick my favourite wine of the week, but this lovely wine won out for its charm and drinkability at the South West France tasting this week. That and the weather has gone cold again! An entry level red … Read more

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Wine of the Week      Sigalas Santorini Assrytiko 2009  The wine of the moment Not surprisingly that following the Greek dinner and masterclass last night I’ve found an interesting Greek wine to recommend. This wine is definitely not a sit down a drink on its own affair. But that is where the … Read more

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Wine of the Week Paradigm Hill Riesling 2011 Paradigm Hill is an impressive vineyard on the Mornington Peninsula. Probably most famous for their Pinot Noir I have always had a soft spot for their Riesling. We visited Paradigm Hill on Sunday when Main Ridge Estates cellar door was closed (so sad). It is a great experience … Read more

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Francoise & Denis Clair Cotes de Beaune Village 2009 Following on from our All The Pinots tastings a good friend had their 40th Birthday. So naturally a bottle of Burgundy was the order of the day. The heart of Burgundy is known as the Cote d’Or (Golden Slope) and this wine could be sourced from anywhere in the Southern … Read more

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Bouscasse Madiran 2009 Gotta a whole lotta South West France love! Since the weather is still cold what better for you than a corset of tannins that is like a hug in a wine glass? Dark, minerally, hint of oak – somewhat reminiscent of Hunter Valley Shiraz. Nutty, smokey/flinty, nice acidity, silky and dense. Great … Read more

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WINE OF THE WEEK Greenstone Rosso di Colbo Sangiovese 2011 The Greenstone vineyard is the result of a lot of know how, experimentation and breaking a few ‘rules’. There is a strong focus on producing good quality Sangiovese (to good results it would appear!) but of course in Heathcote you have to give Shiraz some … Read more

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Kate Hill Riesling 2011 What? White in winter? Yes, and it is fantastic. For more than ten years Kate has been making wine in some of the world’s prime wine-making regions including South Australia, Tasmania, France, California and Chile in both large companies and small. After all this experience she chose Tasmania to settle down, … Read more

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WINE OF THE WEEKKaesler Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 – Continuing the theme of Cabernet for winter is this delicious example from the Barossa. Kaesler was established in 1893. The estate has changed hands a couple of times since then but at the core of the property is large parcel of vines over 40 years old, affectionately known as ‘The Old Bastards’. A great … Read more

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WINE OF THE WEEKPatrizi Moscato d’Asti 2011 – One of my (surprisingly) favourite wines from the Piedmont Dinner I hosted in May http://winedep.blogspot.com.au/2012/05/piedmont-dinner-and-masterclass-at.html Patrizi Moscato d’Asti Moscato is the traditional way to cleanse the palate after a meal before getting stuck into the Grappa (which is what we did). I was a hint sceptical at … Read more

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WINE OF THE WEEK:Thomas Sweetwater Shiraz 09 – One of the best producers in the Hunter Valley, in fact some of the best wines in NSW overall. Andrew Thomas cut his teeth at Tyrrell’s before setting up his own winery with the aim to specialise in great Semillon and Shiraz from single vineyards. One of my … Read more

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WINE OF THE WEEK: Reilly’s Shiraz 2008 – Awesome Clare Valley producer who has been making some great value wines for well over a decade. The first wine I had of theirs was the Dry Land Shiraz 2001 way back in 03/04. It was love from then on in. The key to Reilly’s success is they have … Read more

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WINE OF THE WEEK:JL Chave Selection Offerus Saint-Joseph 2008 – Chave is one of the top producers in the Northern Rhone Valley, world famous from their exemplary Hermitage (see my previous Chave encounter here).The Selecion label is the Chave negociant arm which that allows them to buy fruit from outside vineyards to make more wine at a more affordable price. … Read more

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WINE OF THE WEEK: Three Wishes Chardonnay 2008 – From the beautiful Batman Peninsula in Tasmania’s Tamar Valley. Three Wishes is a small, family run vineyard that makes some lovely wines. This is one of my favourite producers in the whole world and Pete the owner very generously sponsored TWD Sentinels in last years Wine … Read more