Month: December 2015

Penfolds, Bin 9 Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 Review

Penfolds, Bin 9 Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

Penfolds Cabernet Sauvignon, like the Shiraz and red wine blends, is renowned for its high quality, but notorious for its exorbitant price tag.  Their Bin 407 retails at close to $100.00 a bottle while its big brother, the Bin 707 sits in a Grange-esque range of around $300 to $500, depending on the vintage. Against…
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Taylors - Reserve Parcel Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 Review

Taylors, Reserve Parcel Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

I’ve always had tremendous respect for Mitchell Taylor and the wine-making team at the family-owned Taylors Wines in South Australia’s Clare Valley, but with a St Andrews Reserve Cabernet pitched at around $55, I struggle to understand the reason for recently releasing a “Reserve Parcel” Cabernet at its $25 price point! Perhaps it’s just the…
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Bird in Hand - Sparkling Pinot Noir 2015 Review

Bird in Hand, Sparkling Pinot Noir 2015

As the festive season approaches, our thoughts turn to Christmas parties, entertaining and family reunions, and if mine is anything to go by, our palates tend to recalibrate themselves away from the heavy reds of winter in favour of cold, refreshing, crisp whites and at times, a salutary (and at times, celebratory) glass of bubbles.…
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