Wine & Musings

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Carrick Bannockburn Pinot Noir 2016

Carrick Bannockburn Pinot Noir 2016

As Burgundian wines cement themselves as the most sought after collectable wines around the globe, prices continue to climb for the iconic French pinot. The rapid rise in the average sale price for the most popular Grand Cru Burgundy wines is a story in itself, with the Domaine Leroy Musigny Grand Cru now selling at…
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Zonte’s Footstep Violet Beauregard 2016

Zonte’s Footstep Violet Beauregard 2016

Superstar Argentine a warming winter wine Although it was once known only as being one of the six varietals used in the famed French Bordeaux blends, Malbec has become somewhat of a superstar for the Argentine wine industry. It’s a thick-skinned grape that needs a bit of extra heat and sun to do its best…
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Vermentino

Vermentino

Refresh, reinvent and reinvigorate are terms often thrown around by marketeers and business consultants and we well know that the alcohol sector is not immune from their self-proclaimed wisdom. It may be a statement of the obvious, but it’s probably fair to say that these days, consumers are looking to try something new and different…
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Costanzo and Sons Kinship Chardonnay 2016

Costanzo & Sons Kinship Chardonnay 2016

It was 1878 when Ned Kelly and his band of bushrangers were drawn to the Strathboogie region in country Victoria by the prosperity of the area from wool production. Our most infamous bushranger and his henchmen successfully robbed the Euroa Bank of $2000 pounds in cash and a stash of gold. Fast forward 100 years…
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Pooley Wines

Pooley Wines

It is perhaps the most underrated wine area in Australia but could this also be one of the best? Wine industry tourism (or “Enotourism” to those proficient in the lingo) is flourishing around Australia and visitors are spoilt for choice. While some of our best regions, like those in southern Western Australia) are inconveniently located…
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Pindarie Estate Winery

Pindarie 2016 Western Ridge Shiraz

For oenophiles like me, there’s an indisputable romance in wine, wineries and the vinicultural process. Sampling the product of other’s hard labour in the vineyard and expertise in the winery is enchanting, if not seductive; but for mine, there’s nothing more intoxicating than a good story about the journey of the people behind the brand.…
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Robert Stein 2017 SRG - Semillon Riesling Gewurztraminer

Perfect Partner Found

At last we have a suitable white for Asian-fusion dishes The rise of Asian fusion style restaurants and our penchant for dishes with a hint of spice has seemingly caught Australian winemakers a little by surprise; is it just me or is there a dearth of wine lists with a wide selection of whites with…
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Brockenchack Wines

Brockenchack Wines

It’s confession time, and while I hesitate to admit it, the reality is I was wrong. Erroneous, incorrect or just plain mistaken, I was firmly of the view that longtime Sunshine Coast resident, Trevor Harch, had gone stark raving mad when he first told me that he had purchased a vineyard near Keyneton in the…
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Murray Street 2017 Red Label "The Barossa" GSM

Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Murray Street Vineyards 2017 Red Label “The Barossa” Fans of the comedy series, Frasier, would be acquainted with the French style, Châteauneuf-du-Pape; the red wine that Frasier Crane is frequently observed ordering while eating out at French restaurants. It’s a blend of red varietals from a region in the southern Rhône area near Avignon which…
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Temple Bruer Wines

While the French and the Americans are still fighting about what it means to be an “organic” wine, there are some up-and-coming Australian producers who are kicking goals with “preservative free” styles of popular varietals; wineries like Temple Bruer in South Australia who are not only organic but also vegan friendly. I hadn’t ever had…
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