Tag: 2012

Tahbilk Marsanne 2012 Review

Tahbilk Marsanne 2012

Marsanne is a troublesome white wine varietal that originated in the Northern Rhone region of France and has challenged winemakers and their viticultural practices for centuries. Notoriously difficult to grow, it struggles in heat or freezing conditions and it is susceptible to a wide range of vineyard diseases. Depending on the conditions and terroir, it…
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Pressing Matters Riesling R9 2012 Review

Tassie Temptation

Low Alcohol Wines It is a well-known industry deception, that the alcohol content of a wine as described on the bottle, is largely understated. The Food Standards Code in Australia allows a level of tolerance which generally means that wines are labelled as being lower in alcohol than they actually are. A recent study by…
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Veronese Delights

Veronese Delights

My slightly offbeat and spiritual sister would say it is fate or destiny, but some of the best viticultural discoveries I’ve encountered were completely unintended and happened upon purely by chance. Big Sis would take a fatalistic view and claim it was karma at play but I personally prefer to see these happenings as chance,…
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Heartland - Shiraz 2012 - Review

Heartland, Shiraz 2012

The $15 to $20 price point is a crowded and competitive space amongst Australian wines. And our iconic Aussie varietal, Shiraz, is no exception. At least in my house, it is normally the Barossa and McLaren Vale Shiraz that dominate the quaffing space in the cellar, but having recently sampled the Heartland 2012 Shiraz, all…
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The Niche, Regional Reserve Sauvignon Blanc 2012 Review

The Niche, Regional Reserve Sauvignon Blanc 2012

I am not normally an advocate of Kiwi Sauvignon Blanc, but if the style floats your boat, you may as well drink one that is made by Australians and in a palate-friendly form. The Niche Regional Reserve Sauvignon Blanc is made by a boutique winery based in Tanunda in South Australia’s Barossa Valley but is,…
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Sevenhill, St Ignatius 2012 Review

Sevenhill, St Ignatious 2012

Riesling from South Australia’s Clare Valley has been putting the area on the viticultural map for years, but it wasn’t until I recently took a field trip to the region that I realised the emphasis that local winemakers place on their red wines as well. Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz do very well in the Clare,…
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Langmeil, Valley Floor Shiraz 2012 Review

Langmeil, Valley Floor Shiraz 2012

The Barossa Valley is synonymous with Shiraz and while there are any number of sub-regions around the townships of Lyndoch, Tanunda, Williamstown and Nuriootpa, it’s impossible to fault any of them for the quality of their vineous produce. So, when I recently visited the Langmeil Estate near Tanunda, the reasoning behind the creation of the…
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Whispering Sisters, Old Block Shiraz 2012 Review

Whispering Sisters, Old Block Shiraz 2012

You’ve got to love Australian wine regions and more so, their diversity. From the gravelly loam soils of the Margaret River to the cool windy climate of Tasmania and the temperate Mediterranean feel of South Australia’s McLaren Vale. The regional traits of the wines our country produces are remarkably varied, but their wildly different character…
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Captains Paddock, Shiraz Merlot Cabernet 2012 Review

Captains Paddock, Shiraz Merlot Cabernet 2012

I’d never heard of Captains Paddock Winery until a friend recently returned from a work trip to Kingaroy and hastily thrust a bottle of their 2012 Shiraz Merlot Cabernet in my direction. My research suggests that the winery is only 8 kms north-east of Kingaroy and offers a cellar door outlet, café and a B&B…
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Rosemount Estate, M.V. Collection Shiraz 2012 Review

Rosemount Estate, M.V. Collection Shiraz 2012

It’s been years since I last braved the cool westerly winds and Dagwood Dog fuelled crowds of the Brisbane “Ekka”, but this year I’ll be there with bells on! And not because of sideshow alley, the 350 different show bags on offer, or the fashion and farm animals, but rather, simply to indulge my love…
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