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Grange Travis Schultz Wine Review

What’s all the hoo-ha about Grange?

It’s an Australian icon and a household name around the world, but just when you start to think that Penfolds Grange just can’t get any more expensive, another auction closes and yet another record is set. On 15 December 2019, the annual Langton’s Rewards of Patience Auction closed and a set of Penfolds Grange from…
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Discovering Angullong

It’s an ironic if not cruel twist of fate, but when our viticulturists do it tough through the drought, it’s the consumers who benefit from the struggles in the vineyard. In drought-stricken regions when a lack of water smashes the crop, the lower yields and stressed vines can mean a higher quality of fruit as…
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taylors estate travis schultz wine review

Taylors Shiraz

Riesling may be the rockstar varietal of the Clare Valley, but if you ask me, their shiraz is a well above average support act. Blessed with a moderate continental climate, the region enjoys warm days which are generally followed by afternoon breezes and cooler nights. And it’s this wide diurnal temperature range that makes for…
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Patina Wines “Jezza” 2016 Travis Schultz Wine Review

Bordeaux style wines from Orange – Patina Wines “Jezza” 2016

The Bordeaux blend style of red is up there with the bestselling in the world, and for good reason. The blend benefits from the best attributes of each of the different varietals and is also capable of ageing gracefully, making it a wine of many dimensions. And it’s also widely available thanks to the enormous…
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Organic wines – Pig in the House

Right up there on the list of discredited old wives’ tales (is that a politically incorrect term these days?) is the one I occasionally hear from friends at dinner parties, that they prefer to drink organic wines because “they don’t give me a hangover”. It’s a furphy of the ilk of the other famous dinner…
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Travis Schultz Wine Review Capel Vale

Capel Vale

It’s been more than a few years since I’ve made the sojourn across our continent to visit the wineries of the west. We are blessed in Australia to have so many wine districts around the country that offer 5-star cellar doors and also turn out world-class wines. It’s a shame that for those of us…
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Golden Grove Wines

When I heard that Golden Grove’s 2018 Barbera won champion wine, and their 2019 Vermentino a gold medal, at the Courier Mail Queensland Wine Awards earlier this year, I couldn’t help but make a beeline for my laptop to get online and order a few bottles. After all, there’s nothing better than discovering a new…
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Altolandon Mil Historias Garnacha 2017

Altolandon Mil Historias Garnacha 2017

Ask any sommelier what styles and varietals of wines are seeing sales growth, and you’ll normally be told that it’s all about rosé, Mediterranean varietals and organics. Some venues have seen rosé sales increase by as much as 40% while orders for sauvignon blanc (especially the highly aromatic styles) have declined as consumers are developing…
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Gwyn Olsen: Art or Oenology?

Head winemaker at Peppertree wines in the Hunter Valley produces a drop arguably more art than oenology….. There’s a place for tradition and respect for time-honoured winemaking practices, but in this day and age, consumers increasingly expect something fresh, different and cool before they will part with their hard-earned. And this drift towards wines that…
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Wine Aeration Travis Schultz

Aeration of Wines

Those of us who have a tendency to “lose” wines in the cellar would be well familiar with the happy situation of “finding” a well-aged bottle of red amongst more recent vintages and dusting off the label to reveal a birth date much further back in history than we expected. Though opening these elder statesmen…
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