There’s no richness without decay…

2003 St Andrews Cabernet Sauvignon   A: Tending to tawny on the rim, yet still deep ruby. There's still life here. N: Memories of blackcurrant, cassis, roast tomatoes, savoury herbs and a hint of decay. Like an old growths forest, in September before the frost arrives. P: There's that Cabernet richness held together with (still) …

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Just in time for summer, the pink and the light red…

In southern hemisphere, summer is fast approaching. In Sydney, it's peeking it's head every few days before winter claims it's rightful place yet again. While today might be a tad chilly, all of 11 degrees, next week is looking sunny and positively pink drinking weather! Recently, I've had the pleasure to try some rose and …

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Durif

What is it you find yourself asking? French native crossing of Petit Syrah and Peloursin, propagated by Dr Durif (I would also name a vine after myself!). In it's native land of France, it was not considered to be a grape of high quality and you'll be hard pressed to find it these days. It …

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2006 Capercaillie The Ghillie, Hunter Valley NSW

14% alc Grapes: Shiraz/Syrah Fruit sourced from the exceptional Graham Woodward’s Valley View Vineyard planted in 1972. The wine was bought at the cellar door, which is a must to visit at least once. A combination gallery and cellar door there is a little for everyone. The wines are works of art in the bottle. …

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2005 Kochertalkellerei Ingelfingen

Ingelfingen Kocherberg Schillerwein QbA Erzeugerabfullung Wurttemberg 12% alc 250ml   Going a little salmon in colour. Lovely and bright. Barnyard and red fruit aromas, that are gentle on the nose. Strawberry concentrate aromas. Feels almost off dry but still quite dry on the palate. Lovely acidity with relatively intense palate, with the strawberry character following …

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