Tag: Red

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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Stefano Merbein Vineyard Sagrantino 2018

Stefano de Pieri Sagrantino 2018

Increase your knowledge of wine and sample something out of the box According to the experts, the contemporary wine consumer in Australia has a growing level of confidence in selecting a bottle of wine from the shelves, but ironically, a lower level of knowledge of wines than consumers did a decade ago. While branding remains…
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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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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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Altero Nero d' Avola

Altero, Nero d’ Avola

It’s an ironic twist, but as a child I loathed any mention of the Coorong or South Australia’s Fleurieu Peninsula. But these days start talking Fleurieu or Currency Creek, and like Pavlov’s Dog, my taste buds set my salivary glands in to overdrive! It must have been the English teachers I had for parents but…
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Toms Cap Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 Review

Escape with Vine Wine

Wine Tourism is growing and the Gippsland Region should be top of your list Wine tourism is a burgeoning industry in Australia and with a falling Aussie dollar that trend seems destined to continue; especially for regions that are blessed with ideal terroir, temperate climate and close proximity to a large airport. One of the…
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Drinking Red in Summer

As the mercury climbs a cold glass of Sauvignon Blanc or Riesling usually becomes a Sunday afternoon staple, but a rise in the temperature doesn’t have to mean that the red varietals have to be banished to the back of the cellar. In fact, there are plenty of reds that are well suited to the…
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2015 Gartelmann “Diedrich” Shiraz Review

Orange is the new pink

According to the well known Charles Caleb Colton aphorism, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. Or for the Oscar Wilde disciples, “imitation is the sincerest form of flattery that mediocrity can pay to greatness”. So when winemakers leave their regional heartland to source fruit from a competitor district, it must surely be taken by…
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Ian Botham Wines

Ian Botham Wines

They were long, hot and often dry summers, but some of my fondest childhood memories are of spending the Christmas school holidays going to the beach, swimming in my friends’ pools, and spending countless hours with eyes glued to a static-ridden tv screen listening to Richie Benaud calling the Ashes. I loved watching Dennis Lillee…
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