Tag: 2014


A glass of Zinfandel makes a worthy companion to an Aussie barbecue

Zinfandel may not be a varietal that is widely grown in Australia, but in the United States it’s one of the most commonly grown grapes, accounting for over 10% of all Californian vineyard plantings. And as I discovered recently, it’s a style with a story! Zinfandel grapes are black skinned and heat tolerant as consequently,…
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2014 Seraphim Heathcote Shiraz

Sam Scarpari

In this 21st Century digital and commercialised world we live in, it’s the big end of town that seemingly holds the whip hand when it comes to promoting and selling wines in Australia. After all, when you consider that between Coles and Woolworths, they control (on some estimates) between 70 and 80 percent of the…
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Moorooduc Estate McIntyre Chardonnay 2014

Charonnay to die for

Moorooduc Estate 2014 McIntyre Vineyard Chardonnay will enamour your taste buds I may be stealing a song lyric from over a decade ago but, as Fats Domino famously sang, “I’m in love again”! I have always said that Chardonnay is the most regal of white wine varietals, but in recent years, some of the lean…
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Brockenchack, Zip Line Shiraz 2014 Review

Brockenchack, Zip Line Shiraz 2014

Australian wine consumers are a fortunate bunch.  Not only do we have a wide range of varietals to choose from, but we are blessed with remarkable quality for the prices we are asked to pay.  And no more so than amongst our vigneron’s Shiraz offerings where the Brockenchack Zip Line Shiraz 2014 is one of…
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Deviation Road - Pinot Gris 2014 Review

Deviation Road, Pinot Gris 2014

The simple tricks of clever winemakers can create mouth-watering styles of wine that often defy their traditional characters. And there aren’t too many better examples of uncomplicated viticultural stratagem paying handsome dividends in the bottle, than the Deviation Road Pinot Gris 2014. Winemakers, Hamish and Kate Laurie, realised that Pinot Gris can be tightly wound…
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Matua, Pinot Noir 2014 Review

Matua, Pinot Noir 2014

When a light weight red is the order of the day, it’s hard to go past a youthful Pinot Noir. But as any winemaker will tell you, being a low yielding grape and troublesome in the vineyard, it’s a style which is notoriously expensive when you are looking for a wine of reasonable quality. And…
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O'Leary Walker, Polish Hill River Riesling 2014 Review

O’Leary Walker, Polish Hill River Riesling 2014

Whether you’re a wine novice, occasional tippler or even a connoisseur, we all have very different palates when it comes to the type and style of wine we find most appealing. As they say, one man’s meat is another man’s poison, and in wine, there is no more divisive style than Riesling. It’s a grape…
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Andrew Thomas, Braemore Semillon 2014 Review

Andrew Thomas, Braemore Semillon 2014

Once upon a time, the Hunter Valley produced enjoyable wines that only became top shelf once you got past the forest floor dirtiness that tended to dominate the nose and taint the front palate. But the new generation of Hunter Valley winemaker has purged the barrels of any yeasty residue and developed a clean, unadulterated…
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Shingleback, Haycutters Salmon Rose 2014 Review

Shingleback, Haycutters Salmon Rose 2014

With the worst of winter behind us and the buds and blooms of Spring poking their reluctant heads out to sun themselves in anticipation of clear blue skies, it’s a perfect time of year to put some pink (Rosé that is) on your table at your next Sunday lunch. Rosé is an obvious compromise between…
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