Tag: Margaret River

Meerlust Rubicon 2014

Meerlust Rubicon 2014

Bordeaux blends are among my favourite French styles of wine, but while my palate yearns for their wet gravel nose and balance of juicy fruit and chalky tannins, my wallet resents their lofty price tag. Typically, a good quality Bordeaux wine will set you back upwards of $50 a bottle, and up to $5,000 for…
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Once & Well Chardonnay 2017

Once & Well Chardonnay 2017

Turns out a good chardonnay runs in the family genes It could be a case of unconscious bias, but I’ve never been keen on writing about the Dan Murphy’s or BWS stable of highly promoted and often, overhyped reds and whites. Leaving aside the big brands like Tyrells, Penfolds, McGuigan, Taylors and De Bortoli, many…
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Devil's Lair, Dance with the Devil Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 Review

Devil’s Lair, Dance with the Devil Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

Stand aside nerds, there’s a new kid on the Margaret River Cabernet block, and with her oenological charm, she seems destined to fit right in with the popular crowd. Devil’s Lair have recently released a new “on premise” Cabernet, the Dance with the Devil which sells at around $25 a bottle and is crafted to…
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Killerby, Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 Review

Killerby, Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon 2010

There’s no better place to source Cabernet than in Western Australia’s Margaret River region and you’ll have to search high and low to find a more approachable example than the 2010 Killerby Cabernet Sauvignon. I can’t help but enjoy the slightly dusty mintiness that hits you on the nose, but it’s the full-bodied blackcurrants and…
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alley of the Giants, Sauvignon Blanc Semillon 2013 Review

Valley of the Giants, Sauvignon Blanc Semillon 2013

Buying wine at the value end of the spectrum can be a little hit and miss, but you can vastly improve your prospects of scoring runs by buying a type of wine that is the strength of its region of origin. Like the Valley of the Giants Sauvignon Blanc Semillon 2013. It’s an example of…
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Plan B, CB Chenin Blanc 2012 Review

Plan B, CB Chenin Blanc 2012

While I’ve never been a disciple to the sweet and floral style of white wine, I admit that everything has its place. And while I would never countenance serving Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc as a table wine with anything I’d personally prepared, there are times when an aromatic white wine with high residual sugar is the…
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Shelton, Calem Blue Shiraz 2012 Review

Shelton, Calem Blue Shiraz 2012

When West Australian wines grace my table it’s normally the Margaret River Cabernet that grabs the attention of my tastebuds but having recently tried the Shelton “Calem Blue” Shiraz 2012, I think I might have to broaden my horizons! The Calem Blue sits at the budget end of the spectrum but shows the ripeness of…
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Devil's Lair, "The Hidden Cave" Chardonnay 2012 Review

Devil’s Lair, “The Hidden Cave” Chardonnay 2012

The Devil’s Lair Chardonnay has always been a wine that is near and dear to my heart, but I can’t help but feel a little jaded since the winemaker, Oliver Crawford, put her once bold and oaky Chardy on a diet. Where once the flavours were full, the texture creamy and the mouth feel buttery…
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Vasse Felix Classic Dry White 2008 Review

Vasse Felix, Classic Dry White 2008

I’m not sure why Vasse Felix brand it their “Classic Dry White” as the 2008 version of their Semillon Sauvignon Blanc (S.S.B.) is such a fruit driven and aromatic style that you’d swear it was more Sauvignon Blanc than Semillon! The Margaret River region of W.A. consistently produces great S.S.B., but the 2008 vintage was…
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Brookland Valley, Verse 1 Chardonnay 2010 Review

Brookland Valley, Verse 1 Chardonnay 2010

I’m normally a sucker for a Margaret River Chardonnay, but they really should have called this one “The Verse 1 Doughnut”, because I reckon there’s a really big hole in the middle. The French Oak and yeast lees are evident on the nose from the moment that you raise your glass. At first, the front…
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